Very poor visibility on this dive! Kirsty and I did manage to see one Weedy Sea Dragon, and lots of Cowfish, but the conditions were pretty poor. I think there's only been one other dive where the visibility here has been worse. There were quite a few Leatherjackets and a Rainbow Cale, and glimpsed a Smooth Ray out from the end of the pier.
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 winds, but quite a strong surge under a relatively flat surface.
Visibility: 2 - 4 Metres.
Water temperature: 13°C.
Maximum depth: 5.5 metres.
Time of entry: 10:55
Duration: 45 minutes.