26 July 2008


Cash for Cerberus

It has been sinking at a rate of 16 millimetres a year, but the shipwrecked HMVS Cerberus has just been thrown a lifeline.

The 140-year-old hulk, which acts as a breakwater off Half Moon Bay, Black Rock, was given an extra $500,000 yesterday by the federal Heritage Minister, Peter Garrett. The money will help prevent the wreck sinking, the hull having collapsed in 1993. The money would allow the Cerberus to be raised and placed on an underwater platform, he said.

The Cerberus, an iron-hulled British warship powered by steam, was acquired by the Victorian government in the 1860's as a powerful warship to protect the coastline.