On Saturday, 26 March, I did a couple of dives with Stephen Kuipers, off his mate's boat, looking for scallops. There weren't that many around, and most of those that we did find were quite small. There were lots of Stingarees on the bottom, and a few flathead. Visibility on the first dive wasn't fantastic, so we made this a short dive.

We moved up the coast a bit, towards Blairgowrie, for our second dive. Ther were more scallops here, but most were still small. Lots of Comb Jellyfish floating around, and a beautiful Gurnard. The visibility was better here, and the bottom also looked more pristine.

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, Stephen Kuipers

Dive 1:
Weather/Sea: slight sea, 10-15 knots S/W
visibility: 3-5 metres.
Water temperature: 20°C.
Maximum depth: 12 metres.
Time of entry: 15:18.
Duration: 20 minutes.

Dive 2:

Weather/Sea: slight sea, 10-15 knots S/W
visibility: 5 metres.
Water temperature: 20°C.
Maximum depth: 10 metres.
Time of entry: 16:07.
Duration: 26 minutes.

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