Kirsty and I thought that the visibility was slightly better than yesterday, but not by much. The Go Pro Hero 8 had trouble with the the muck in the water throwing off the white balance and focus. The old Hero 4 that Kirsty was using got much better footage of the school of Yellow Kingfish that circled us near the start of the dive.
We did manage to find the Port Jackson Sharks again, spotting 8 of them in a long cave. We also found a big mail Blue Throated Wrasse, a couple of Old Wives, Snapper, Dusky Morwong, Moonlighters, and some Scalyfins tending their algae patches.
I found out on this dive that the battery for the GoPro Hero 8, when set to 30 frames per second, wide, with image stability turned off, doesn't quite stretch to 100 minutes - something that the Hero 4 could do comfortably. On the other hand, the image quality of the 8 is far bettter than the 4...
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
Visibility: 5-7 Metres.
Water temperature: 18°C.
Maximum depth: 5 metres.
Time of entry: 09:16
Duration: 100 minutes.