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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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    Trio
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - The Trio While most of the wrecks off the Northern Side of Sydney were deliberately scuttled (see other articles) there are a couple of excellent "real" shipwrecks. One of the these is the The Trio, a large barge about 50 metres long. It is located off Mona Vale Beach at a depth of 51 metres. The deck of the barge sits about 5 metres off the sand.

    Even more interesting about the wreck is that it has a fair sized ferro-cement yacht in the middle hold. In about 1991 the yacht was in pretty good condition but today (late 1990s) it is completely stuffed. The other large rear hold as well as a smaller forward hold is empty and the steering compartment stands right at the stern. Inside the compartment is a toilet. In front of the compartment is a below deck compartment. A large winch and a number of bollards are located at the bow.

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    Some bollards at the bowThe toilet in the bridge area

    Just how this wreck came to be located here I am not sure. I now know that the wreck's name really was not The Trio. I still do not know the correct name, so if you do, please let me know. The story I was told is that it was being towed from Pittwater to Sydney Harbour when it sank along with its cargo.

    Western MarkNorth-western Mark
    Western MarkNorth-western Mark
    The wreck was discovered on 15 July 1988 by Bob Mansfield and two others. Hence the name they gave it, The Trio, since there were three discoverers.

    To find the wreck, travel about 4 kilometres north of the Long Reef wreck site towards Bangalley Head until you are two kilometres off Mona Vale Beach. GPS marks of 33° 41' 01"S 151° 21' 54"E puts you near the wreck (see my GPS Page for details). Line up the Bahai Temple (the white dome on the horizon) above the right-hand side of the top floor tower of Mona Vale Hospital as shown in the drawing at far left. Run out to sea until Barrenjoey Headland appears behind Bangalley Head as shown in the other drawing. Turn your depth sounder on and run slowly back in on the marks. The depth will be 54 to 52 metres and will come up slightly to 51 as the northern mark of Barrenjoey starts to disappear behind the Bangalley Head. Just before it is completely lost, the wreck will show on the sounder, the wreck being 46 metres. Manoeuvre over the wreck and drop anchor. Unless you drop right on the wreck you are unlikely to drag back onto it.

    Only worth a couple of dives every now and again.

    TrioTrio
    Part of the cement yacht (I think)The bridge

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    If you know any more information about The Trio, please email me.

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    Photos scanned 2011 from slides taken in 1992 (I think).

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