This is probably the best dive I've had at Ricketts Point! there was an amazing abundance of life on display - at some points it was like diving in an aquarium.

Kirsty and I saw more more Dusky Morwong than we've ever seen before,  as well as lots of Zebra fish, Moonlighters, Sweep, Old Wives, a variety of Leatherjackets, Magpie Perch, Scalyfins, Snapper, Trevally, and a Banjo Shark.

We went in about an hour after high tide, and had great visibility for most of the dive, varying between 5 and 10 metres. During this dive we tried out our new Submersible Marker Buoy. It took a bit of time to get used to, but I think that we should be able to deploy it now without heading towards the surface in the process.

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, Kirsty Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Calm, 5 Knot Northerly.
visibility: 5-10 metres.
Water temperature: 22°C.
Maximum depth: 4.1 metres.
Time of entry: 08:30.
Duration: 90 minutes.

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