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The remains of at least 40 abandoned vessels lie embedded in silt and partially hidden by mangroves in the backwaters of the Port Adelaide River. The collection includes large and small sailing, steam and motor vessels, barges, pontoons and dredges.

The Port Adelaide graveyards are made up of five abandonment sites, including the Garden Island, Jervois Basin, Mutton Cove, Broad Creek and the Angas Inlet. The Garden Island graveyard is the largest site, with 25 known vessels to have been abandoned between 1909 and 1945.

As vessels within the Port fell into disrepair or were no longer viable, harbour authorities needed to cater for their disposal. South Australia's relatively shallow Gulf waters meant that scuttling at sea was not generally an option. The alternative was that most obsolete vessels were beached and broken up at various sites around Port Adelaide - some were completely salvaged but others were only partially scrapped.

Many ended their working days in Port Adelaide as storage hulks or lighters. The ending for other vessels were a little more inventive with some becoming a footbridge, a floating grain mill and a crayfish depot.

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Vessel type

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Mutton Cove

Excelsior

steel screw steamer

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Jupiter

composite paddle steamer

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Jervois Basin

Alert

wooden ketch

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Trafalgar

composite paddle steamer

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Fides

wooden schooner

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Fish Market Pontoon

wooden pontoon

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unnamed

wooden pontoon

N/A

Fitzjames

wooden ship

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Garden Island

Dorothy H Sterling

wooden schooner

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Enterprise

iron screw steamer

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Flinders

iron screw steamer

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Garthneill

steel barque

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Gem

composite paddle steamer

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Glaucus

iron screw steamer

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Grace Darling

steel screw steamer

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Juno

iron screw steamer

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Killarney

wooden motor launch

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Lady Daly

wooden schooner

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Mangana

iron screw steamer

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Moe

iron barque

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Santiago

iron barque

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Sarnia

composite steam dredge

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Seminole

wooden barque

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Stanley

iron paddle steamer (tug)

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Sunbeam

iron barque

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Thomas and Annie

wooden ketch

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unnamed

iron pontoons (four)

N/A 

unnamed

wooden barge

N/A

unnamed

iron hopper barge/dredge

N/A

unnamed

iron dredge

N/A

Angas Inlet

unknown

approximately six assorted recreational craft

N/A

possibly Kadina

wooden ship

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unnamed

wood and iron pontoon

N/A

Broad Creek

Dorothy S

wooden schooner

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No 1 Hulk

iron bucket dredge

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