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Australia - Cape Hatteras NC

Australia is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Cape Hatteras, NC. The maximum depth is 91-100ft/28-30m. The average visibility is 31-35ft/9-11m.

(previous name: Mary Ellen O’Neil [1929]) Type: Tanker Built: 1928 by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co Owner: The Texas Compay (Texaco)
Home Port: Wilmington, DE Size: 509 x 70 x 39 Tonnage: 11,628 tons Propulsion: Twin diesel engines, twin screws/speed 11 knots Date Sunk: 3/16/42 Cause: Torpedoed by U-332 L ocation: Cape Hatteras, NC GPS: N35° 07.377’/W75° 21.176’ Description: The wreck of the Australia is in two pieces. I have dove the stern section several times but have never been on the bow. The stern section is small and can be easily circumnavigated several times in one dive. The extreme stern provides the highest relief on this portion of the wreck. I did spot a blade of a propeller underneath the stern wreckage. This wreck suffers the variety of conditions found on any wreck lying so close to the shoals.

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