Feb 14,1998 we dived (Les is our sixty year old coxswain and deep diver, and four other
divers) our favorite wreck off Sydney, Australia, the SS Tuggerah. This collier sunk 78
years ago and is a good dive into 19th Century steam technology but ... it has great
Here is a description of the dive.
A sunny day, with clear water at 22 degrees celcius at the surface
and almostly no current.
The wreck is at 47 metres and is obscured by fish called Nannygai
and Yellowtail scad, both small fish. Some bonito flashed through the fish. Dozens of Sea
Pike (a small cousin of the barracuda) hover over the wreck. A small spotted wobbygong
sits under the three metre prop.
A most pleasant narcosis adds to the exhilaration. I notice the
Giant Serpent eels at 8 feet long in their sand burrows. Eggs of the Local Baler shell
everywhere. NO Stargazers today. (A fish I have been stalking for six years now and
We deco for 25 mins after 14 minutes bottom time and 4 mins
ascent. We keep our eyes peeled because of recent sightings of bronze whalers and one Bull
A brilliant dive. I've been to Truk, Rabaul, the Coolidge and
Guadalcanal... but the Tuggerah is still a great dive, and it is just down the coast.