Technical training and equipment required
44m – 46m
The Fawkner was a steam hopper barge; built in Dundee Scotland in 1883, a sister ship to the Batman. Her overall length was 153.6 ft, her beam was 26.1ft and her draught was 12.2 ft giving her a displacement weight of 257 tons. The Melbourne Harbour Trust owned her but in the 1880s she was attached to the Victorian Navy as an auxiliary unit and was fitted with gun mountings. She sank after a collision with the steamer Karoola in the Yarra River on the 24 September 1913. The Fawkner ended up with her bow submerged, while a diver was inspecting her the following day she rolled in the swell striking the divers helmet and throwing his pump operator into the water, fortunately neither the diver or the pump man died. She was eventually scuttled in the Ships’ Graveyard.