Encounter (Ex-H.M.A.S) - Light Cruiser
Sydney, Disposal Area
Max Depth: 75 Mtrs Average Depth: 72 Mtrs
Average Viz: 15 Mtrs Lives Lost: 0
Construction: Steel Sank In: 1932
Class and type: Challenger class cruiser  Armament: 11 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk VII guns
Displacement: 5,880 tons   9 x 12 pounder guns
Length: 376 ft (115 m)   8 x 3 pounder guns
Beam: 56 ft (17 m)   2 × 18-inch (450-mm) torpedo tubes
Draught: 20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)  
Propulsion: 12,500 horsepower  
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)  

Portside view HMAS Encounter Encounter was laid down for the RN by HM Dockyard at Devonport in Plymouth on 28 January 1901. The ship was launched on 18 June 1902, and completed on 21 November 1905. Loaned to RAN 1912 and transferred to RAN 1919. Encounter paid off into reserve on 30 September 1920, was renamed Penguin on 1 January 1923, and served as an accommodation ship until decommissioned on 15 August 1929.

She was scuttled on 14 September 1932 off Sydney. Used for target pratice, hence very broken up, and is more of a wreck site.

She is the largest wreck in Sydney at 115 metres, and 5880 gross tonnage. The bow area is the most dominant feature with some penetration possible. Marine life usually prolific with large schooling fish often seen. This wreck is used for student training on Trimix courses, and is one of the easy wrecks to anchor on. 




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