Another hot day in Rye, so going under the pier was a great idea. Kirsty and I saw lots of young Leatherjackets, a couple of large Horseshoe Leatherjackets, big schools of Red Mullet, lots of Pilchards, and a few Blennies. There was also a big Smooth Stingray cruising around the outside of the pier.

Later in the day William and I did another dive under the pier, this time bringing the GoPro. The Smooth Stingray came to have a good look at us, making a couple of close passes. As with the morning dive, there was lots to see, including a large Sweet Ceratosoma nudibranch.

About 9 pm, incoming SS Penola ( 500 tons) struck and ran down City of Launceston which began to settle almost immediately. Passengers and crew transferred with difficulty to Penola. Sunken vessel valued at about 17,000 pounds - not insured. Sold by auction to Barrett, engineer of City of Launceston, who sold to a syndicate but salvage attempts eventually abandoned. Victorian Steam Navigation Board Inquiry held City of Launceston to blame for accident. Two separate Supreme Court actions by the respective owners for damages found in favour of the plaintiff in each case! An appeal by the aggrieved owner of the Penola for a non suit or a new trial was ultimately refused. Eleutheria, lighter, exhibited light at wreck site until it too sank. City of Launceston was the first shipwreck to be declared an Historic Shipwreck under new Victorian legislation. Built for the Melbourne to Launceston Bass Strait run, it was a regular trader across Bass Strait. - See more at: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/shipwrecks/124#sthash.aPC0R645.dpuf
About 9 pm, incoming SS Penola ( 500 tons) struck and ran down City of Launceston which began to settle almost immediately. Passengers and crew transferred with difficulty to Penola. Sunken vessel valued at about 17,000 pounds - not insured. Sold by auction to Barrett, engineer of City of Launceston, who sold to a syndicate but salvage attempts eventually abandoned. Victorian Steam Navigation Board Inquiry held City of Launceston to blame for accident. Two separate Supreme Court actions by the respective owners for damages found in favour of the plaintiff in each case! An appeal by the aggrieved owner of the Penola for a non suit or a new trial was ultimately refused. Eleutheria, lighter, exhibited light at wreck site until it too sank. City of Launceston was the first shipwreck to be declared an Historic Shipwreck under new Victorian legislation. Built for the Melbourne to Launceston Bass Strait run, it was a regular trader across Bass Strait. - See more at: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/shipwrecks/124#sthash.aPC0R645.dpuf

Dive 1

Divers: Peter Batchelor, Kirsty Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Slight, 10-15 Knot Southerly.
visibility: 6-7 metres.
Water temperature: 21°C.
Maximum depth: 4.5 metres.
Time of entry: 09:14.
Duration: 76 minutes.

Dive 2

Divers: Peter Batchelor, William Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Slight, 10-15 Knot Southerly.
visibility: 6-7 metres.
Water temperature: 22°C.
Maximum depth: 4.7 metres.
Time of entry: 14:00.
Duration: 78 minutes.

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