This was the second dive of the day from Lowestoft Diver, having successfully launched at Sea Palling, keeping her in the water between slacks.
- Divers: Hayden, Simon and Paul
- Max Depth: 23.5 metres
- Dive Time: 38
- Water temperature: 17 degrees C
- Viz: 6-7 metres
- Dive Details: We arrived early and grappled into what turned out to be one of the ships large boilers. Once Luke and James had kitted up and started their descent, Simon, Hayden and I made ready and rolled in. The tide was easing off and by the time we had reached the bottom (and the shelter of the two boilers) there was minimal current. We saw the wreck clearly from about 17 m depth and swam along the line until we reached the grapple. Simon attached the wreck reel before we swam off between the boilers and shoals of large pouting into what was left of the tide. Heading out over the wreckage, we spotted lots of dead man’s fingers, purple sea slugs, wrasse, lobsters, crabs and more bib before Hayden took charge of the reel and allowed Simon to get some footage of the dive unencumbered! We reeled back to the grapple, having explored that bit of the wreck, and continued on past our starting position. I took the reel from Hayden for the third leg of the dive when Hayden spotted a seal swimming past the boiler! We followed in hopes of a playful interaction but it had disappeared as quickly as it arrived so we returned to sort the grapple and headed back up the line towards Lowestoft Diver. Once safely aboard and discussing the highlights of the dive, the inquisitive seal made a few close passes and we were all tempted to jump straight back in! Perhaps we won’t have to wait until the Farne Islands trip to play with some seals after all…