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Anchor presented by the Apollo Bay and District Historical Society commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the sinking of the "S.S. Casino". 

The loss of the SS Casino was a tragedy for Victoria’s West Coast. For fifty years, the iron steamship took cargo and passengers between Melbourne and Portland, stopping at Apollo Bay, Warrnambool and Port Fairy. Although the ship’s departures and arrivals were seldom punctual, the SS Casino was an important feature of local life.

The SS Casino made 2,500 voyages in the treacherous waters of Bass Strait and was considered one of the "immortals" of Port Phillip. It was involved in several incidents but each time the steamer was repaired and returned to its West Coast run. 

On 10th July 1932, the SS Casino sank while trying to secure a mooring at Apollo Bay pier. This time, the steamer could not be saved and the captain and several crewmen lost their lives. The wreck of the SS Casino lies beyond the breakers at Apollo Bay and is a popular dive. 


Address:Collingwood (Great Ocean Road ) & Nelson Streets, Apollo Bay, 3233
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.759303
Long: 143.670633
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:10-July-1932
Actual Event End Date:10-July-1932


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th July, 1982
Front Inscription

Anchor of S.S. Casino

Presented To The Shire Of Otway
On 10th July 1982 By The Apollo
Bay And District Historical
Society To Commemorate The
Sinking At Apollo Bay Of S.S.
Casino On 10th July 1932, With
The Loss Of 10 lives.

M. Biddle President,
R. B. Davis Secretary

Source: MA,RUMV
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au