Whitby, June 2015

A small group (just 2 from our club plus two others) went out in exceptionally good weather to dive an as yet unidentified steam ship about 20miles off the North Yorkshire coast. No identifying stuff was found, but we had a good dive nontheless. The bow sticks up at 60dgrees as if the ship hit the bottom nose first, bent it up and and then fell flat on its back. The back half of the ship is broken off and lies at a 90degree angle to the forward part. The other divers, who had last dived it 4 years ago, thought it was considerably more broken up than last time. The bow was unfortunately covered in a large trawl net, which had to be avoided, but otherwise was very pretty, covered in white coral fingers and with a huge population of tompot blennies, more than I have ever seen in one place at one time, also some of the biggest brown crabs I have spoted in a long time, a conger eel and some wary cod hiding in holes. My buddy even spotted an intact porthole, not something you see often these days. The visibility was in excess of 10metres, but due to a surface layer of algae, rather dark. Sadly at 60m+ depth we had to leave the wreck behind all too soon and spend a long time hanging around decompressing, but we enjoyed our brief visit to the depths and the sense of adventure from visiting a site that might only have seen three or four divers before, ever :-)
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