Dive Site - Rotomahana
|Dive Site - Rotomahana|
|Dive Location:||City / Island:|
|Rotomahana||The Heads, Bass Strait, VIC|
|Australia||40 m||Advanced Open Water plus Deep|
|38° 19.197′ S||144° 32.175′ E||Google Map||WGS84|
|2 dives at this location:|
|87 | 280|
The SS Rotomahana, a steel screw steamer displacing 1727 tons, was completed in 1879 and served for many years on the Melbourne-New Zealand routes until 1894. After a period running between Melbourne and Tasmania until 1921, she was put out of commission and spent some years languishing by the dock in Melbourne before being scuttled in her present home off Barwon heads in 1928.
Little other than the four massive boilers remain, although there are plenty of steel girders and other debris including the old bowsprit. Very limited penetration is possible, chiefly between and underneath the boilers.
The depth means that one should be both experienced and well-prepared before attempting to dive the Rotomahana. Short bottom times mean that you should concentrate on a section of the wreck, returning later to see more.
Location GPS coordinates from Dive Victoria. Accuracy unknown.