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

This was a great dive!. We saw lots of Weedy Sea Dragons and Ornate Cowfish, and had a fantastic view of a Pale Octopus coming out of a hollow in one of the old piles lying on the sand under the pier.

Kirsty also found a beautiful Decorator Crab well camoflaged on a pylon. A few Butterfish and Old Wives, and lots of Weed Whiting were seen in the sea grasses outside the pier, and a large Smooth Ray cruised past to check us out at one point as well. At the end of the pier a Short Finned Pike took a look at us before it disappeared into deeper water.

Under the pier were lots of Leatherjackets, including a Gunn's Leatherjacket, Magpie Perch, Melbourne Silver Bellies, and a curious little electric blue and yellow fish that I think must be a Wrasse of some sort.

We were in the water just before high tide, close to a full moon, so the tide was just about as high as I've ever seen it at Flinders, covering some of the lower platforms along the pier.

Another wonderful dive with Kirsty. We have so much fantastic life around Victoria's coast!

Divers: Peter Batchelor, Kirsty Batchelor

Weather/Sea: calm.
Visibility: 5 - 8 metres.
Water temperature: 19°C.
Maximum depth: 5.1 metres.
Time of entry: 11:20.
Duration: 81 minutes.

Dive Log - videos and photos (most recent first)