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J5 Yellow Submarine

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Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Diesel Electric Submarine | Max Depth: 36 metres (118 feet) — Graveyard

J5 Submarine
J5 Submarine
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Originally HMS J1, later HMAS J1, this is one of the J class submarines designed and built during WW1 by the British Royal Navy.

The J5 Submarine was sold to the Melbourne Salvage Company on 26 February 1924, and she was scuttled off Port Phillip Heads on the 4 June 1926. Popularly known as the 36 Metre Sub, the 120 Foot Sub, the Yellow Submarine due to its covering in part by yellow zoanthids, or the Intact Sub. She sits upright on a sandy bottom. Penetration is possible at several points, where, apparently, plates were removed prior to scuttling. She lies facing North South (bow South) in 36 metres of water, her conning tower rising to 30 metres.

J5 Submarine
J5 Submarine
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Built in 1915/1916 and scuttled on 1 June 1926, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 83.7 metres (275 feet), beam 7.2 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.7 metres (15 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,092 tonne (1,204 short tons) surfaced. The J5 Submarine was relocated by the Geelong Skindivers Club on 4 May 1974.

Four subs, J1, J2, J4, and J5, were scuttled in the ship graveyard. Two were scuttled as breakwaters: J3 near Swan Island, and J7 at Sandringham Yacht Club.

See also Wikipedia: HMS J5,
Australian National Shipwreck Database: J-5 Submarine, and
Heritage Council Victoria: J-5 Submarine.

Latitude: 38° 18.649′ S   (38.310822° S / 38° 18′ 38.96″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.118′ E   (144.568632° E / 144° 34′ 7.08″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-09-08 05:27:37 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Coogee, 520 m, bearing 31°, NNE
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, UK, 1915/1916.
Scuttled: 1 June 1926.
Depth: 25 to 36 m.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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