After such a great dive here last weekend Kirsty and I decided to come back again, rather than head down to the peninsula.

We were diving on a rising tide, with much less visibility than last week, except in small pockets of the reef where the vis was excellent.

It was quite a different dive to last week. There was still a lot of life, but in most places the fish disappeared as soon as they saw us, hiding in the crevices or heading off across the tops of the reef to other ledges. The only spot where we were able to get close to lots of fish was the same reef as last week.

I saw another Banjo shark - this time not hidden in the weeds, and we also got a glimpse of a school of Yellow Kingfish, just on the edge of visibility. Lots of Sweep, large Leatherjackts, Old Wives, Snapper, Dusky Morwong, and a few small stingrays as well.

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 Knots Easterly .
visibility: 5-8 metres.
Water temperature: 21°C.
Maximum depth: 4.6 metres.
Time of entry: 11:40.
Duration: 90 minutes.

This is my first attempt at a narrated dive video. If you prefer the video without narration, the original video is available here.

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