I spotted a small nudibranch on this dive, possibly one of the Tambja species, but I didn't get a good photo of it. Perhaps I rushed it, but the camera just didn't focus on it. I saw what I think was a colony of Grape Ascidian in the weed near Eivion. The highlight of the dive would have to have been the time we spent watching a Blue-Ringed Octopus moving between pylons under the pier. There were lots of juvenile Leatherjackets around, and a school of Herring was also found, out towards 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: Peter Batchelor and Kirsty Batchelor
Weather/Sea: 10 Kts Southerly.
Visibility: 5-6 Metres.
Water temperature: 19°C.
Maximum depth: 4.8 metres.
Time of entry: 4:05pm
Duration: 75 minutes.