...continued Port Willunga has always been a favourite destination for generations of White families. Samuel White, an influential entrepreneur of the Willunga area, helped expand Port Willunga, a coastal shipping site in the 1850's. He established a flour mill in nearby Whites Valley using Port Willunga to export his grain and flour produce and he purchased four ships, the Alice Martin, Maid of the Valley, Maid of the Mill and Grenada. Port Willunga played an important role in expanding the South Australian colony. By the 1860's it was the second largest port in South Australia used primarily to transport large amounts of grain and slate. This trade was short lived and by the 1900's very few vessels loaded cargo from the coastal site. Known by some as the 'coast of sorrows', the site of Port Willunga is famous for its notorious ship wrecks. Historical records indicate that there have been at least 5 wrecks at Port Willunga and many strandings.  The most legendary and well known is the Star of Greece which was built in 1868 in Belfast and ran trade routes to India.  In 1888 the ship sailed to the new colony in South Australia, carrying a canon for defence of the colony. On her return journey, laden with a cargo of wheat, the ship was blown off course in a strong gale and wrecked on the reef at Port Willunga. A walk northward along Port Willunga Beach and past a small rocky outcrop brings one to the site of the Star of Greece wreck, two hundred metres offshore. The wreck lies in 5 metres of water and, in good weather can be reached easily by swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers.  At very low tides, parts of wreckage can be seen protruding from the water. Occasionally pieces of broken pottery have been found washed ashore, reminders of the wreck that covered the coast on that July morning. Go to www.onkaparingacity.com/libraries see local history section and read more about this sorry disaster and more about the historic people and places of Port Willunga.