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A deep dive on the SS Nord should be booked in advance as she is one of Tasmania's few complete shipwrecks and hard to reach.

Name Dive Site:SS Nord Wreck
Depth: 35-40m (114-131ft)
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The SS Nord was built in 1900, weighed 1057 tonnes and measured 289.4 feet. She was a cargo ship carrying case oil when she sank on November 8th, 1915, after striking a sunken pinnacle near Hippolyte Rock. All her crew survived the wreck, which is situated near a reef in 42 metres of water near Cape Pillar, a few miles from Tasman Island.

The SS Nord is one of Tasmania's few "intact" shipwrecks. Although the superstructure has collapsed, she still resembles a ship, the bow and stern are still reasonably intact and the rudder still moves! The wreck has attracted a variety of fish and is covered in colorful encrusting marine life. There are still a number of artefacts to be seen on the wreck including brass fittings and Chinese crockery, but no artefacts can be removed as the wreck of the SS Nord is now protected.

The wreck of the SS Nord is a dive for experienced divers only, with a minimum of Deep Diver Specialty (or equivalent) qualification. The dive site is exposed to southerly and easterly weather and can be prone to currents - a minimum of 4 suitably qualified divers is required to run a charter to this site - bookings are essential.



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