Rocket Shed & The Ripple

Inverloch’s Historical Society & Clock Tower Committee joined forces to create a maritime precinct along the town’s foreshore. The lovingly restored Rocket Shed and replica of The Ripple sit side by side and showcase Inverloch’s connection to the water.

The Ripple is responsible for delivering timber for the first house built in Inverloch and the Rocket Shed tells the story of a time when ocean rescues were less sophisticated than in more recent times.

Rocket Shed

The Rocket Shed, which is one of only three remaining in Victoria, is 115 years old. In the early 1900s, the Rocket Shed housed equipment used to rescue crews from distressed ships along the Inverloch coastline.

Rockets with lines attached were fired to the ships, and then a Bosun’s Chair was pulled aboard and used to rescue crew members

In 2009, the Society received a grant from the Commonwealth Government to restore the Inverloch Rocket Shed.

The Shed has now been restored to Heritage standards.

An Interpretive Display has been placed in the interior.

Coupled with the Replica of the “Ripple” at 22 The Esplanade, Inverloch, the Shed and the Ship form a Maritime Precinct.

The Ripple ketch

The ketch “Ripple” operated in local waters in the late 1880’s and played a big part in the establishing Inverloch as a sea port.

It serviced the area for 40 years, transporting freight & passengers.

Built in 1872, near Gosford, the ketch was 57 feet long and 16 feet wide weighing 29 tons.

“Ripple”, a ketch that serviced early Inverloch, “Ripple” in Port Phillip bay, Circa 1890.
The “Ripple” leaving Anderson’s Inlet c.1896.

The reproduction of the “Ripple” at Inverloch. The Ripple ketch by the Eaton Family