Lots of divers in the water at Flinders for Australia Day!
Viz was not as good as the last dive here, but still pretty impressive. I got some great footage of a Weedy hunting and catching food, and we also filmed a couple of Cowfish grazing on the sea grasses at the end of the pier.
Kirsty had a close encounter with a large Smooth Ray, which I thought at one point was going to swim right over the top of her!
All in all, a great dive, in sunny conditions. Two hours later there were bands of rain coming through the area, so we picked the right time of day for this dive...
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: 15 Metres.
Water temperature: 18°C.
Maximum depth: 4.7 metres.
Time of entry: 09:45
Duration: 63 minutes.