A 446-ton, collier that steamed down the NSW coast on its regular journey between Newcastle and Sydney. The fate of the SS Kiama was sealed in 1951 when she was caught in a storm off the Entrance Bommie. Being a well-known traveller along the Central Coast with a few of the ships crew, being residents of the Central Coast.
The SS Kiama may not have been the prettiest of colliers but, as a workhorse plying her trade almost by clockwork along the coast, she was very profitable and reliable for her owners.
The tragedy of the Kiama was a blow to several families of the coast as the crew were all well known locals. To the crew, after the Kiama capsized, having to float off the coast so close to shore but yet so far, must have been extremely difficult to endure.
The Kiama lays in 45 metres of water. The most prominent feature is the engine laying off to the port side and the large boiler. This is a dive for experienced deep divers and some artefacts can still be found.