This is probably the best visibility that Kirsty and I have ever seen at Flinders Pier - easily 20 Metres!
There were lots of Cowfish, and quite a few Weedy Sea Dragons, with some of the males carrying eggs. There were also lots of Weed Whiting feeding in the seagrass meadows on either side of the pier. We glimpsed a large Smooth Ray off the end of the pier, but it wasn't interested in coming back to check us out.
There were lots of divers in the water, and lots of people on the beach when we finished our dive. The car park was well and truly overflowing, so it was a great days to be there early!
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, with no surge.
Visibility: 20 Metres +.
Water temperature: 17°C.
Maximum depth: 5.5 metres.
Time of entry: 09:50
Duration: 65 minutes.