This was the best visibility we have ever seen on a dive in Victoria! Checking the pier in Google Maps showed that we had at least 20 Metres visibility today. Several days of light Southerlies, combined with diving a couple of hours before high tide, certainly helped. The visibility was double what we had two days earlier.

We found lots of Weedy Sea Dragons, including some that we had seen before. Directly below the entry platform we found three, including the one in the print I gave to Kirsty for Christmas. A great start to a fantastic dive!

This time we also saw several Cowfish, both Shaw's and Ornate, although most were still quite skittish. There were lots or Weed Whiting and Dusky Morwong out in the sea grass meadow at the end of the pier, and two two Smooth Rays patrolling the perimeter.

The Polar Pro Sitchblade for the GoPro Hero8 is working really well, with the macro lens providing great closeups when needed. I'm still coming to terms with the white balance options on the Hero8, but when set to auto it seems that the magenta filter is a better option than the red filter for diving under piers in Victoria

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

Weather/Sea: Light South Easterly.
Visibility: 20 Metres.
Water temperature: 17°C.
Maximum depth: 4.8 metres.
Time of entry: 12:09
Duration: 71 minutes.

 

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