J2 Submarine - Conning Tower (front view) by Greg Blair

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The J2 Submarine is one of several scuttled outside of Port Phillip Bay in Bass Strait towards Barwon Heads. It sits at a depth of 38-40 metres. This image was taken using a Nikon F-80 and Sigma 15mm fisheye in an Ikelite housing. The film used was FujiPress 800.

J-Class Submarine History
Seven J class submarines were built in 1915 to 1916 for the Royal Navy during the First World War. At that time they were the fastest in the world, with a surface speed of 19 knots and a submerged speed of 10 knots. The J class subs were 84 metres long and carried a crew of 44.

In 1919, Britain presented the Royal Australian Navy with six submarines however extremely high operating costs together with a huge post-war cut in the defence budget resulted in a decision to decommission and scrap the submarines. They were sold to a Melbourne salvage company in 1924 and all six J class submarines were eventually scuttled. Two became breakwaters, the J7 at Sandringham, and J3 at Swan Island. In 1926 the J1, J2, J4 and J5 were towed outside the Port Phillip Bay heads and sunk in the ships’ graveyard.

On 10 January 1997, this particular submarine, the J2, was the site of a diving fataility, the diver becoming trapped inside and running out of air and drowning.


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  • boss
    bossalmost 7 years ago

    Great recording of history and a great image, technically smicko, magnificent…

  • Greg Blair
    Greg Blairalmost 7 years ago

    Boss, thank you for your kind comments, greatly appreciated.

  • Crokuslabel
    Crokuslabelalmost 7 years ago

    This is sad for the lost soul there… :(
    But this is a great shot… and I would just love to be so blessed to do underwater photography… it is very intriguing.. mystic… mysterious… all that life growing on it… it is something… :)

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 7 years ago

    the story of war even there kife can be reborn nice photo

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 7 years ago

    Cool underwater shot! Great color and clarity.

  • Greg Blair
    Greg Blairalmost 7 years ago

    Alan and Helen,
    Thank you for your comments. They are appreciated.

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskialmost 7 years ago

    Great wide angle Bear,have dove all 3 subs several times,this ones my favourite,cheers

  • WOLF
    WOLFalmost 7 years ago



  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullneralmost 7 years ago

    Another brilliant shot. your making me want to go see these monoliths…cheers, Rob.

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    I like technically smicko, he’s dead right! Good to read the story too!

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