The TSS Hall Caine was a timber ship that went down in 1937. Michael McFadyen has a more detailed description of the wreck and it's history on his website. The GPS co-ordinates that we used are 33o32.725' S 151o25.407' W.
What remains of the ship is the boiler and the 2 engines, the 2 props, each with 2 blades sticking up out of the sand, scattered pipes and valves and what could have been winches. Ahead of the boiler lying in the sand are 2 metal rings beside each other, may be part of the funnel.
It's a long way to the wreck from Brooklyn where we put the boat in the water. About a 27km trip towards Avoca, it took us about 45 mins. The wreck sits in 45m depth so twins and stages are necessary. We did our standard dive profile, 25 minute bottom time on 27% followed by accelerated decompression on 50% making for a 63 minute dive.
When we descended our anchor was sitting in the sand 10m from the wreck. We dragged the anchor across and secured it on the wreck. The first obvious thing is the boiler which sits upright with the 2 fireboxes on the bottom. It sits well clear of the sand. Behind it are the 2 engines, side by side, surrounded by scattered pipes and valves and other wreckage. About 15m back are the 2 props, sitting side by side with 2 of the 3 blades proud of the sand. Going forward from the boiler are other bits and pieces which could be winches and then lying on the sand side by side are 2 metal rings about 1.5 to 2m in diameter. There is nothing much further forward from these.
The wreck as plenty of Nanniegai and bullseye around it. There was a surprising number of Sgt Bakers on the wreck and a lovely small Wobbiegong. We saw quite a number of moray eels - one under the boiler and another in the port engine posed nicely for me.
This is a wreck worth visiting. It is a long trip out from Brooklyn boat ramp and is quite deep at 45m but worth diving occassionally. But if you are looking to dive a great wreck at this kind of depth the Birchgrove Park at 50m is by far a better dive.