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Norma

Norma

24 Photos, 4 Dives Logged
Depth: 14m, Difficulty: OW
GPS: -34.823576 138.417282 ( 34°49.415'S 138°25.037'E )
Last Edited: 10/7/2021, 4:26:11 PM
Description

The NORMA was a steel 4 masted iron barque of 2122 tons, measuring 278 feet, that sank in the main shipping channel of Outer Harbour in 1907 when it was rammed whilst at anchor by the Ardencraig.

The day after the sinking the Jessie Darling ran over the wreck and sank on top of the Norma breaking her back. The Jessie Darling was subsequently refloated.

Because of the danger to shipping, the Norma was dynamited. The wreck lies about 5kms offshore from North Haven and is subject to strong tidal currents. Access is by boat from North Haven boat ramp.

The wreck of the Norma is spread out over quite a large area and consists of a large area of twisted metal lying on the bottom. The bow area is still recognisable and acts as a marine haven for fish.

The remains are very interesting, The fish life is prolific with wobbegongs frequently seen.

Access

Access is via boat with the closest boat ramp being the North Haven Boat Ramp.

Be aware it is still in the shipping channel and it is unwise to leave your dive vessel without surface support as large ships still use the channel.

Photos

Photo at Norma.
Photo of Wobbegong at Norma.
Photo at Norma.
Photo at Norma.
Photo of Fanta at Norma.
Photo at Norma.
Photo of Old wife at Norma.
Photo of Old wife at Norma.
Photo at Norma.
Photo at Norma.