SS Orizaba

Location: Point Peron
State: WA
Date Sank: 1905
Vessel Type: Screw Steamer
Construction Material: Iron Hull
Max Depth: 8
Average Depth: 5
Average Visibility: 15
Diver Qualification: Open Water
Access Type: BOAT
Directions: GPS Required. On a calm day the wreck is visible from the surface when you are directly above it, however in even slightly choppy water, it becomes difficult to see. There are no nav markers. Lat: 32
Wreck Description: The Orizaba is an excellent wreck to dive in calm weather. Five Fathom Bank is well known for large swell and a quite strong undertow, particularly in the afternoon South-Westerly. On the right day, (weather and viz) the Orizaba is a great dive for all diving skill levels due to it's shallowness, but can be made more challenging by investigating the Keel and Steering mechanisms. Be careful in conditions with a heavy undertow, as you can be bumped into the wreck quite easily if you are not perpared for the next surge. The boilers are still intact and interesting to look around, although deteriorating in parts. Various places around the hull create nice caves where you can observe a range of marine life. Check out the WA Maritime Museum's details on the Orizaba at: http://www.mm.wa.gov.au/Museum/march/shipwrecks/Metro/orizab/orizab.html