Another surprising dive at Rye!

After a lacklustre start we saw a large school of small Leatherjackets being chased by a Cormorant, and then saw a massive school of Squid keeping station off to the West of the pier. More Hermit Crabs were found at the end of the pier, and Kirsty had a close encounter with a Blue Ringed Octopus whilst we were heading out to Elsa's Reef.

On the way back in we were surprised by a large Smooth Ray. Will practised a mask and regulator retrieval, and whilst he was doing that I spotted a large Shaw's Cowfish - the largest one I've ever seen, and the only one I've seen at Rye!.

There were lots of Moonlighters, Old Wives, and Wrasse out at the Eivion wreck, as well as Stingarees and Banjo Sharks.

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, William Batchelor, Peter Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Light Southerly.
Visibility: 4 - 5 metres.
Water temperature: 22°C.
Maximum depth: 7.4 metres.
Time of entry: 15:32
Duration: 87 minutes.

 

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