This was supposed to be a dive on the ex HMAS Canberra, followed by a scallop dive back in the bay, with the RMIT club on Still a Shambles, but when we got in the water off Barwon Heads William's regulators were playing up, so we scrubbed the Canberra dive, and decided to just do the scallop dive, with a borrowed set of regulators.

As we were coming back through the heads we spotted a submersible marker bouy, attached to a diver in rebreather gear. He had been diving on the Lonsdale Bommie, and the strong current had swept him some distance away from his charter boat. We picked him up and we were told that there were others in the water as well. On our way to his boat we spotted another diver, and upon reaching the boat were were told that there were another ten still in the water. We stayed in the area for fifteen minutes or so, spotting the other divers for the charter boat to pick up. The SMBs certainly made it easier to locate the divers - without one the swell would have easily hidden divers any distance away from the boat.

William and I both got a chance to drive the boat, starting the induction process that will allow us to be used as drivers for the club. Once we got to Blairgowrie, we stopped off White Cliffs on a sandbank in about 4 metres of water. Swimming with the slight current, South from the sandbank, we descended along a gentle slope to 15 metres and found lots of scallops. Most were quite small, but there were more than enough large ones for us. Will quickly got the hang of spotting the scallops, and had a great time on this dive.

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

Divers: Peter Batchelor, William Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Flat, flood tide.
visibility: 7-8 metres.
Water temperature: 18°C.
Maximum depth: 15.1 metres.
Time of entry: 12:50.
Duration: 34 minutes.

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