On Sunday, 28 February Kirsty and I did a couple of dives off our sailing dinghy, Kirsty Ann. We were in Rye for a Wooden Boat Association day, and brought along our dive gear to see how easy diving off the boat would be.

The first dive was near the pier. There were lots of comb jellyfish, quite a few pygmy leatherjackets, and a large Short Tailed Ceratasoma nudibranch. The second dive was further along the coast, towards White Cliffs. Visibility wasn't fantastic, and there wasn't really a whole lot to see, apart from more jellyfish.

We found that to get back into the boat it was best to get out of our BCD, clip it onto a line trailing from the boat, and lift it out of the water once we were in the boat. Kirsty Ann is a bit narrow for diving from, but seems OK for just two of us.

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

Dive 1:
Weather/Sea: calm.
visibility: 5 metres.
Water temperature: 19°C.
Maximum depth: 4.8 metres.
Time of entry: 11:48.
Duration: 30 minutes.

Dive 2:
Weather/Sea: slight South Westerly.
visibility: 4-5 metres.
Water temperature: 20°C.
Maximum depth: 5.3 metres.
Time of entry: 14:48.
Duration: 28 minutes.

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