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The Scottish Prince

Posted in Local Attractions @ Sep 21st 2012 12:25pm - By Administrator
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There are many fascinating dive sites on the Gold Coast. One of them, The Scottish Prince, lies near the Southport Spit.

In 1887, "The Scottish Prince", sank as she was sailing from Glasgow, Scotland to Brisbane with a cargo of whiskey, mousetraps, linen and other assorted cargo. The wreck remains to this day and is a popular dive site.

The wreck cannot be penetrated but is beautifully covered with soft corals, sponges and sea squirts. The many nooks and crannies are a haven for crayfish and over 20 wobbegong sharks. The Scottish Prince is home to many other creatures. Unusual fish such as the leafy scorpionfish have been found among the broken decking. It is also a haven for Shovelnose rays, Leopard and wobbegong sharks, and other tropical fish. On some days the whole wreck can be covered in bullseyes and yellowtail. Reef fish are abundant. At times, divers can also see kingfish, jewfish and cobia.

The highest points are the bow and stern which have broken away. The main deck has crumbled with some of the decking laying to the north. The age of the wreck means that it is protected under Commonwealth Law, so the only souvenirs permissible are your memories and photographs.

The Queensland Scuba Diving operates regularly to the Scottish Prince Wreck. They offer introductory dives for the complete novice.

See a wealth of marine life. Explore the Scottish Prince Dive Site just a few minutes from our Gold Coast Broadwater Accommodation.

 

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