SS Monumental City – first steamship to cross the Pacific

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The US steamship Monumental City was declared a historic shipwreck under the provisions of the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act (1976) on 11 March 1982. At the time it was the only steam shipwreck declared under the Commonwealth Act in Victoria and the only declared Historic Shipwreck on the 500 kilometres of Victorian coastline near Melbourne.
During August 1982 the site was inspected by the Officer in Charge of the newly formed Historic Shipwrecks Unit of the Victoria Archaeological Survey. In October 1984, the (renamed) Maritime Archaeological Unit carried out a three day preliminary site survey during a two week Wreck Inspection trip to Mallacoota. The report presents the results of this work together with a historical background of the vessel and her place in Victoria's maritime heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIron ships & steam shipwrecks
Subtitle of host publicationpapers from the first Australian Seminar on the management of Iron vessels & steam shipwrecks
EditorsMike McCarthy
Place of PublicationPerth, WA
PublisherWA Museum
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0730915212
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes
EventFirst Australian Seminar on the Management of Iron Vessels & Steam Shipwrecks - Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Western Australia, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 19855 Dec 1985


SeminarFirst Australian Seminar on the Management of Iron Vessels & Steam Shipwrecks


  • SS Monumental City
  • Shipwrecks
  • Steamships
  • Maritime archaeology
  • Underwater archaeology
  • Mallacoota
  • Victoria -- History -- 19th century


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