Scuttled in the 1920s, this submarine was rediscovered by divers in 1982. The Melbourne Bottom Scratcher's Dive Club has placed a plaque at the conning tower base commemorating their find.
Known as the 26m, 27m and 90 foot sub, the wreck lies with its bow pointing out to sea. During its scuttling
the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications.
Depths of up to 30m can be gained around and under the broken bow section.
As with the other Subs, the 26m sub is host to a variety of plant and animal life.
Good conditions for photography are often found near the conning tower, which is usually surrounded by many fish.
For the experienced diver, with the proper certificationn, penetration of the wreck is possible via several large openings in the hull. Such penetration should not be taken lightly, as being shallower than the other subs, this wreck is particularly susceptible to surge. Unwary divers can be literally sucked in and catapulted through the wrecks interior.
However, the surge prevents any silting, and under suitable conditions this makes for one of Melbourne top dives.
Certification required: Deep 39m