Omeo is an historically significant and federally protected iron steamship that was built in 1858 in Newcastle (England) and later converted to a sailing ship. It was used to lay the Bass Strait Telegraph cable, and the Overland Telegraph linking Australia to Britain via Singapore. As well as being involved in the international trade, this vessel also participated in intercolonial passenger networks. It traded for many years between Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand, and famously collided with and wrecked the Swan Spit pile lighthouse in Port Phillip in 1881, before becoming a coal hulk. Omeo was involved in several near miss wrecking events such as in Hamelin Bay while unloading a cargo of jarrah, before ending its days in Fremantle, where it parted cables, was driven ashore and wrecked in 1905.