The George Roper is archaeologically and historically significant as an example of a large fast international trader built especially for the Australian run. The wreck lies in 4-5 metres of water, and is accessible to recreational divers. Though it was severely broken up during its wrecking, parts of the ship remain clearly identifiable, and are a good source for public interpretation. Artefacts recovered by divers during the 1970s and 1980s are in the custody of private individuals, institutions and the Victorian Government. These artefacts are available for research, interpretation and exhibition, enabling further public interpretation for the non-diving public.