Shipwrecked. I finally got to fly above the wreck of the Ozone paddle steamer in Indented Heads. It looks totally different from above. From land only one paddle wheel is visible. It is a home for a flock of resting birds. The history- OZONE departed Scotland on 25th August 1886 and steamed through the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal and across the Indian Ocean to Thursday Island then down the east coast of Australia arriving in Melbourne on Friday 26th November.
Her first revenue earning voyage took place on 18th December 1886 sailing from Melbourne to Mornington, Sorrento, Queenscliff and return. Sadly though some of the glamour of the occasion was lost when OZONE, berthing at Queenscliff for the very first time, collided heavily with the pier.
For the next 32 years OZONE plied Victorian waters servicing the ever-popular resort ports and running countless day trips around the Bay.
Eventually though the arrival of even larger, more luxurious steamers led to a decline in OZONE's popularity and she was withdrawn from service in 1918. Stripped of her fittings this once grand old lady of the sea was scuttled off Indented Head in 1925 to create a breakwater. (google)
The wreck of the Yongala, as she lays on the ocean floor for over 100 years. GBR 2018.
The wreck of the Yongala is a ridiculous display of diversity, how the ocean is reclaiming the wreck must be seen to be believed. Hands down one of the best dives on the East coast of Australia for avid divers. GBR 2018.