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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "The SS Hilda is a nice wreck within reach of experienced divers"
    SS President Coolidge - Chain Locker
    CHAIN LOCKER (Maximum depth 20m)

    This is not a dive in itself, it is a few minutes of distraction on the way back to the deco stop. The Chain Locker is located right at the bow of the ship. The very small hatch is just few minutes back from the tip of the bow.

    Until about 1999 you could only access the Chain Locker by entering the hatch. However, since then you can access it from Hold One as the walls between the hold and the locker have corroded enough to let divers through.

    There are a number of dives that the operators take people on that end up going through the Chain Locker. One is at the end of visiting Holds One and Two and the other is The Gauntlet. This is where you start at Hold Seven and travel all the way through the ship whilst inside and exit at the hatch.

    The Chain LockerThe Chain Locker
    Kelly about to exit the Chain LockerSome of the items in the bottom level

    Either way, you normally do the dive by entering the Chain Locker from Hold One on C Deck. This brings you into the second bottom level of the locker. If you look to your right to the bottom level you will see are coils of rope, chain, hose and assorted items. These are also in the C Deck Level. Each level is connect by a hatch.

    When you go up a level to B Deck, there looking right towards the bow there are five or six shovels. In the top level, A Deck, there are more things to see. There is at least one spare porthole here. From here you need to swim to the right to exit the hatch.

    The Chain Locker is still very dark despite the opening up of the locker from Hold One. You can also explore from the hatch if you want.

    Return to the SS President Coolidge Dive Index Page.

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