Thistle: Victoria's oldest located shipwreck site

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"During the first century of European settlement in Australia, communication, trade and transport between the settlements was only possible by ship. The vessels which voyaged from Britain were large (usually over 200 tons) and thus not particularly suitable for the cargo carrying needs of the colonies or the conditions in Australian coastal waters. This created a desperate shortage of suitable small trading vessels to conduct the inter-colonial trade during the first years of settlement. This paper considers Thistle, an Indian-built vessel which is the oldest located shipwreck site in the Australian state of Victoria."
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-27
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian Sea Heritage
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • Thistle
  • Brigantines
  • Schooners
  • Shipwrecks
  • Port Fairy, Victoria
  • Australia -- History -- 19th century


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