A few changes to the boat crew and Lowestoft Diver was ready to go out again to catch the high water slack.
None of the divers had dived this wreck before so they didn’t know what to expect, also it was quite close to shore so they weren’t sure if the visibility would be any good.
- Divers: Hayden, Paul
- Max Depth: 21.3 metres
- Dive Time: 45
- Water temperature: 17 degrees C
- Viz: 6-7 metres
- Dive Details: Weather was a bit lumpy and had divers limited to 20m so visited a wreck which is only 4.5KM offshore given its proximity to shore and the knowledge it had been blown up to disperse it for shipping, expectations were low but WOW I was wrong this is a super pretty wreck that is small and easy to navigate! Our shot had landed just south of the wreck and again hooked into the gravel but only 10m away from the wreck, so after a quick search we found it no problem. We followed the wreck south until we came to stern that still has the propellor and parts of the rudder intack that is a little swim through, We came across anchor 1 here (more on these later). We swam back along the wreck following what was some sort of deck until we came across the boiler and all sorts of machinery. These boiler have their sides stripped away and therefore can see through to the other side with the sun silhouetting in between all the hydroids and sponge in all colours of the rainbow surrounded by hundreds of fish, it was stunning, pictures just don’t do it justice, we then swam to the bow where we found 2 more anchors before finding another midship although Luke found 5. We spent more time around the boilers and winches before heading back up the shot line, Rating 8 out 10
- Divers: Luke, James
- Max Depth: 20.3 metres
- Dive Time: 49 mins
- Water temperature: 18 degrees C
- Viz: 8-10 metres
- Dive Details:
WOW! What a dive.
It was hard to know what to expect with this dive. Initially, upon arrival it was hard to see the wreckage on the depth sounder and it took a little while to find what we thought was the mark. Shotline deployed, we sat and waited for full slack. A few meters drift could be seen on the GPS at this point and personally I was sure we had just hooked a sand bar.
Myself and Luke descended down the shotline. I had taken a line with us to use on the grapple if we were indeed over sand, still not convinced at the capabilities of my own navigation yet.
Finally down to the grapple we were indeed over sand. I hooked on the wreck reel and we headed off in the direction we had first seen the mark on the GPS. In around 20 the wreckage loomed out of the haze. I tied the wreck reel off onto the wreckage not wanting to be restricted by it, navigation would be easy on the wreckage as we had hit the side of the hull.
We swam to the bow first, there were anchors everywhere, we counted five in total. Some were rather large.
From here we continued around the wreckage and came across the boilers. We bumped into Hayden and Paul who indicated there was a propeller on the end of the prop-shaft. We swam the length of the prop-shaft to the stern where we found the propeller.
We swam back along the propshaft and continued in the same direction passing over a large deck space. In the distance I could still see my wreck reel indicating the way back to the shot, and thankfully not snapped, effectively anchoring the boat to the wreck with 1.5mm cord.
We had one last swim around the boilers, taking a good look inside. I was shocked to find they were hollow and not full of silt and debris. In a smaller boiler was a rather large lobster! He’s very lucky we forgot our goodie bags!
Eventually, it was time to get out, it was now totally slack and the 10m and 6m stops were very very easy on the shotline.
A brilliant dive. Loads of life, nice light.