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Local Wreck Dive Sites
Ex HMAS Canberra
Location: Graveyard Depth: 8m to 30m Minimun Certification Level: Open Water Deliberately scuttled for divers in October 2009. Explore flight decks, bridge, engine rooms, galley and the accommodation quarters. There's lots for divers to see including vices, engines, chairs, cooking equipment, clothes presses and more. Divers are able to access the superstructure of all decks. Highlights are the mural in the mess hall, the captain's cabin and his chair.
J4, 26 Meter Sub
Location: Graveyard Depth: 27m Minimum Certification Level: Advanced Open Water Scuttled in the 1920s, this submarine was rediscovered by divers in 1982. Known as the 26m, or 90 foot sub, the wreck lies with its bow pointing out to sea. During its scuttling the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes. Good conditions for photography are often found near the conning tower, which is usually surrounded by many fish.
J5, 36m Sub
Location: Graveyard Depth: 36m Subject to Shipping: No Minimun Certification Level: Deep Built in 1916 & scuttled in June 1926, the J5 was built to carry 5 officers and 40 men. "Yellow Submarine" due to its covering in part by yellow zoanthids, she sits upright on a sandy bottom. Penetration is possible at several points, where, apparently, plates were removed prior to scuttling. She lies facing north south (bow south) in 36 meters of water, her conning tower rising to 30 meters.
Location: Graveyard Depth: 38m - 42m Minimum Certification Level: Deep The Courier was a steel screw steamer launched in 1887, scuttled in 1928. Measuring 220 x 30 x 14ft, displacing 728 tons. Built as a bay steamer she rests in 42 meters with her bow rising up to 39 meters, when she sank she landed facing with the bow to the south west. The center section has collapsed, exposing large boilers, but some limited penetration is still possible around the bow and stern section.
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