The predicted sea state at Weybourne looked ideal for a shore dive on the wreck of the SS Rosalie. It was a mid week dive so not many many members could attend as they would have been working. We decided to dive the high water slack tide which meant we were entering the water at 10:30.
We were sitting at the top of the beach watching a kayaking fisherman and waiting for the slack tide.
- Divers: Simon, Jane, Julie
- Max Depth: 9.7 metres
- Dive Time: 52 minutes
- Water temperature: 16 degrees C
- Viz: 4 metres
- Dive details: After a long walk in full kit, up stony hills and along the coast, we eventually arrived exhausted, near the sea where we could see the lobster pot buoys on the Rosalie. To be fair, Julie and Simon had already taken their weights there first, as if not, Julie would have struggled even more than she did. It was very hot on the beach, about 27°c. It was a relief to get into the water. We then surface swam some 180 metres to the buoys. This was exhausting for Julie too! After a wait at the shot line to catch our breath again, we descended to the wreck of the Rosalie. We explored the wreck as a trio. Simon pointed out the various parts of the wreck, such as the bow, propeller, etc. The wreck was covered with anemones and sea life of all kinds, in glorious colours. We saw two lobsters, caught in a lobster pot. Another one was hiding in the wreck. We also saw lots of crabs and fish. One crab was shielding a smaller crab, and yet another was busy eating a fish. Most scuttled off when they saw us. We swam back to shore underwater, as this was the easiest way. There were a few hermit crabs on the sea floor on the way back. Getting out of the sea at the shore was tricky, as the waves pushed us off balance. We then began the walk back up the stony beach, and after stopping to catch our breath, began the long walk back to the car park in full kit.
- Summary: The Rosalie wreck is a long hard walk and swim, but worth the effort.