We used up the rest of our air from the Flinders Pier dive. This was also quite a murky dive for Ricketts, and there was nowehre near as much life to be seen as we would normally expect here. We did see several Scalyfins, Zebrafish, Horseshoe and Pygmy Leatherjackets, Sweep, Dusky Morwong, an d lots of Southern Hulafish. We also spotted a couple of Stingarees. Grass Flathead, and Banjo Sharks. On the way back in Kirsty found a large Sweet Ceratosoma seaslug funching through some of the grasses.

While packing up we met a skindiver who suggested that next time we try heading West, past the flage that mark the channel for the yacht club boats. There is a large, sandy bowl there, with a ledge that often harbours Port Jackson Sharks. We've only seen a couple of Port Jacksons here, although we are told that they are quite common.

The water was remarkably warm - my computer indicated 25oC, which was within a degree of the readings on the other two computers. We assume that the temperature had been pushed up by several days of the air temperature being in the high 30's, but I don't remember ever diving in water this warm in Port Phillip before.

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: Kirsty Batchelor, Peter Batchelor, William Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Calm.
Visibility: 3-4 metres.
Water temperature: 25°C.
Maximum depth: 4.5 metres.
Time of entry: 10:13
Duration: 84 minutes.

 

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