City of Brisbane Wreck Dive

Today, as the algae bloom has receded sufficiently, we undertook a dive to the wreck of the City of Brisbane, a cargo ship torpedoed during the First World War. The sip sank approximately three miles SSE of Newhaven and lies at a depth of 20m. The boat ride out was rougher than usual with a strong winds and waves over a meter in height. Our faces were pelted with stinging rain as the Paradox skipped across the waves like a bright orange stone on a pond thrown by a sea god with a grudge against those who trespass in his realm. We reached the dive site shortly before neap tide and readied our kit as Karl Fitzhugh, who acted as dive leader, cast out a shot line to the wreck. Sunny Chu, one of our newest Ocean Divers was the final member of our three man team, and Neil Watson provided surface cover. We descended to the wreck and moved along it, the beams from our torches penetrating the murk, looking for the plentiful marine life that calls the ship home. We did not need to look far. We found multiple lobsters that scuttled into their hiding places as we approached, their long antennae protruding to test their surroundings. Their were large groups of common starfish and shoals of the modestly beautiful bib fish, their three stripes plainly visible. We were particularly excited to come across a facelina auriculata, a species of nudibranch, a type of sea slug, as well as a cuttlefish. There were many corals, including dead man's finger. After a total of 37 minutes of dive time I deployed a DSMB and we ascended to find a much calmer sea.