Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Mulloway (Jewfish) speared on the Birchgrove Park, with scuba, by Wal Gibbins (St George Club) in 1969
Former advertising in Liverpool Street, Sydney.


Finding the sunken collier, Birchgrove Park miles off a northern Sydney beach and in some 55 meters of depth using just an echo sounder was no mean feat for Wally Gibbins and his dive partner Ken Bateman.
This was when echo sounders were scare in the early 1960′s and involved a lot of search time that paid off.
The iron propeller would have been a disappointment which is why it is still there. Picture shows a section of the Birchgrove Park prop in 1967

By 2008 much of the ship had collapsed as this video illustrates.

NSW State Championships, Currarong 1961

Bob Grounds - Port Hacking Penguins

Arthur Taylor - Eastern Suburbs 'White Water Wanderers'

Vic Ley aboard Riversong

Vic Ley - Eastern Suburbs club at Bloomfield Reef

Bob Grounds at Saumarez Reef 

Ron Taylor, St George club member at North West Island

Vic Ley, John Harding (with Mulloway) Ron Taylor, Arthur Taylor at Kirra Reef, 1964
Quintrex with 45 HP Mercury owned by Vic Ley
The spearfishing clubs lost many top members who turned to abalone diving from 1965

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