There were still lots of Snapper around on this dive, and once again they followed us around, as if we were the biggest fish in the school. There were quite a few Zebrafish grazing in one small area, and some large Leatherjackets. I saw a couple of Flathead and Moonlighters, and lots of small Sweep near to top of one rocky outcrop fairly close in. Visibility changed markedly during the dive, with some areas being quite murky but other areas being excellent.
Lots to see, and quite a shallow dive lead to us staying in the water for 100 minutes, with both of our cameras running out of battery towards the end of the dive. Kirsty dropped her camera on our way back in, but we were able to find it after going back out past where she had taken her gloves off, and swimming in again while searching the bottom for the camera.
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
Visibility: 5-10 Metres.
Water temperature: 19°C.
Maximum depth: 4.3 metres.
Time of entry: 09:56am
Duration: 100 minutes.