This was intended to be a dive at either Pope's Eye or South Channel Fort, but it turned int oa comedy of errors, and I had to drive back to the house twice - once for my camera, and then for the life jackets that had not been stored with the boat. We missed the tide, so put in at Rye instead, and anchored to the West of the pier and swam in. We saw lots of juvenile Moonlighters feeding together. Most books suggest that juveniles re solitary, but over the last few dives we've seen lots of them in groups. A Pale Octopus was in the tyre off the end of the pier, and there were a few small schools of Calamary around. We also saw a couple of Big-belly Seahorses locked together by their tails. From the pronounced split on the belly of the male we think that they were getting ready to transfer eggs to his pouch.

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: 5 Kts Northerly.
Visibility: 5 - 6 metres.
Water temperature: 20°C.
Maximum depth: 5 metres.
Time of entry: 10:45
Duration: 45 minutes.

 

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