SS Rotomahana

Location: Queenscliff
State: VIC
Date Sank: 1928
Vessel Type: Steamer
Construction Material: Steel
Max Depth: 40
Average Depth: 38
Average Visibility: 20
Diver Qualification: Deep
Access Type: BOAT
Directions: Charter Boat
Wreck Description: The Rotomahana was built in 1879. She was used for passenger runs motly between Melbourne and New Zealand. After that she was used on the Tasmanian run then left tied up in Melbourne for a good many years then scuttled to her present home circa 1928. On dropping down the shot line you often see her full outline on your descent. A wonderful view. Not a great deal of her exists other than for her main four big boilers and a lot of scattered steel and girders. I have found it to be a very interesting dive though and it is one that I never seem to be able to do enough of and often find myself and our party returning there time and time again just to go and look at the sheer size of her. The boilers are amongst the biggest that I have ever encountered even on any other old ship or modern one for that matter. I estimate them to be about seven metres in diameter. Fish life around this wreck is very plentiful with it being close to the mouth of the Barwon Rivers seeming to attract those fish that might like waters that are a bit brackish rather than all salty. There have been know to be a few crays found on this wreck and taken home too. Definately a dive of only the advanced and very experienced diver. A bottom time of not more than 10 minutes should be planned on this dive to keep all good safety margins in place. It therefore makes for short dives and many return trips to keep seeing the wreck from one end to the other.