Olympic diving: Isle of Wight 28 July 2012

Ten CSAC divers (Adele, Chris, David, Dominic, Geoff, Len, Mark, Naomi, Nick, and Peter) travelled to Eastney near Portsmouth on Saturday 28 July.  After friendly welcome from Roy, skipper of Wight Diver, a safety briefing and a cup of tea!, we were off from the pier at 10.15.  Champagne diving conditions – calm and sunny up top and good vis down below. 

Our first dive was the Camswain.  She is a 3,500 ton British steamship sunk on 19 October 1917 in about 18m of water. She was dispersed with explosives in the 1920’s.  The wreckage stands on average about 3-4m off the seabed.  A good rummage dive with the wreck spread over a very wide area.  Lobsters, crabs, schools of bib… Max dive time about 55 minutes.

After a sunbathing and soozing on deck, our second dive was the Louis in Sandown Bay.  The Louis is a 400ft long cargo ship which was torpedoed by UC-71 in 1918.  We were on the look out for brass shell cases which formed part of her cargo.  We descended the shot to the twin boilers which are massive – standing about 4m proud of the seabed.  All over the wreck there are small round lead shot: the anti-personnel filling from the large shells. Maximum dive depth was about 18m and dive time about 45 mins. 

Steaming home we saw some interesting ships (modern and old) at sea and were back at the quay by about 18.00.

This was a great day’s diving.   Many thanks for David for organising.

CR: 29 July

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