After not being able to get a park at Blairgowrie the last time we went down to the peninsula, we decided to have another try. This time there was plenty of carparking, and there were lots of divers in the water, some of them training, and many more taking photos, looking for nudibranchs and juvenile seahorses.
We saw several different nudibranchs, but no seahorses. It turns out that we should have been looking up near the surface. We did find a Peanut Worm, and there were quite a few Old Wives under the protective mats set along the edge of the pier, along with Bullseyes,, Leatherjackets, and female Wrasse.
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: 5 Kt Southerly.
Visibility: 8 Metres.
Water temperature: 18°C.
Maximum depth: 5.6 metres.
Time of entry: 10:22
Duration: 98 minutes.