Kirsty, Amelia and I had a great dive at Flinders today.

There were lots of Weedy Sea Dragons around, many of the males were carrying eggs. Off the end of the pier I found a female Ornate Cowfish, although she was very shy, and it was hard to get a good photo of her.

This was my first dive with my new Polar Pro Switchblade for the GoPro Hero8. The macro lens did a great job, but the red filter was a bit too strong for the depth and water at Flinders. Next time I'll try the magenta filter. The Macro lens captured fantastic closeups of the Weedy Sea Dragons, even with the slight surge.

A large Smooth Ray came quite close, after circling us earlier in the dive. It was hunting in the sea grass meadows to each side of the pier.

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, Amelia Batchelor, Peter Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Southerly, 5 Knots.
Visibility: 10 Metres.
Water temperature: 18°C.
Maximum depth: 4.8 metres.
Time of entry: 14:02
Duration: 55 minutes.

 

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