Very few people around, and no other divers in the water! We saw several Pale Octopuses out at Elsa's Reef, and hiding in bricks on the way out to the reef. There were also a few Mosaic Leatherjackets that seemed to be standing sentry duty on the star pickets that mark the way to the reef from the pier.
There were several Spider Crabs passing through, heading East. No aggregations though. We also spotted some squid, a couple of Barber Perch, several Magpie Perch, a Big Bellied Seahorse and a Sweet Ceratasoma nudibranch, along with lots of Goatfish and Leatherjackets.
The new (for us) steps on the pier made getting into and out of the water very easy.
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: Calm, fairly strong ebb current.
Visibility: 8 Metres.
Water temperature: 17°C.
Maximum depth: 8 metres.
Time of entry: 12:00
Duration: 60 minutes.