Archive for the 'Diving News' Category

SS Rockpool

Saturday, August 7th, 2021

The Steam Ship Rockpool, was a 4.5k ton cargo ship from WW1 era owned by Pool Shipping of West Hartlepool. She was sunk by U 94 in 1918 off the coast of Mayo. Lying in over 140m the visibility is stunning as can be seen in this 6 minute video – https://vimeo.com/584077652

U89 & Justicia anchor

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Couple of nice photos taken by a group of Polish divers.

Justicia anchor
U 89 periscope

Justicia bow in state of collaspe

Friday, August 28th, 2020

The great Justicia bow – one of the most iconic shipwreck photos in the world has, over the winter of 2019/2020 suffered a dramatic loss of integrity as the pair of photos below show. A large section of plating on the upper starboard side is peeling away and the anchor is lowering to the seabed. Somewhat sad but inevitable with the passage of time.


Iconic Justicia bow, photos by Simon Kay

British Submarine, D6

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Lying in 87 metres, the D6 is one of the rarest wreck finds off the north Donegal coast.

https://military.org.uk/wiki/British_D-class_submarine

https://military.org.uk/wiki/HMS_D6

The conning tower, lying horizontal to the seabed.
The top or upper torpedo tube of the bow (2 tubes at bow & one at stern)

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Video, Justicia, Empire Heritage & U2511

Empire Heritage(66m) & Devonian(79m)

Monday, July 29th, 2019


Great photo of Sherman tanks lying on the seabed off the Empire Heritage

The 6 inch stern gun on the Devonian

Audacious gun turret from above (again!)

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Photo of twin-turret 13.5 inch gun on HMS Audacious

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Unusual photo angle of the big guns of the Audacious viewed from above

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2019 starts …..

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Veni, vidi, vici – well more like steamed, pinged, dived – The FV Thomas Hankins – https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/107.html – a Fleetwood steam trawler sunk by U 33 in November 1939 – in really nice condition. Nice find and nice dive in 99m.

The bow of the fishing trawler Thomas Hankins, broken off by one of the shells from U33

Unusual to see any images of the propellers on the Justicia, but the stern is also well worth a look almost as much as the bow

Another nice shot of the Justicia’s huge 3 bladed propeller
The service/fireman’s tunnel of the Justicia – just behind the bridge

HMS Carinthia, 115m, 20,277 Tons

Monday, August 20th, 2018

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Carinthia_(1925)

U 2506, Type XXI (electro U-boat) photos

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Couple of photos with super visibility of one of only 2 of Operation Deadlight’s Type XXI Electro U-boats. This particular U-boat lies in 67m around 3 miles north east of the Empire Heritage.

Photos courtesy of Darren McDonagh.

Type XXIII U-boat discovered in 105m

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Great find – only 1 other Type XXIII diveable in the world.

Photographs courtesy of Stewart Andrews.

Type XXIII coastal defence U-boat intact and in very good condition. Lying on Starboard side showing scuttling charge damage forward of conning tower and on conning tower on port side. Single screw with aft rudder. 2 forward torpedo tubes with rectangular outer hatches closed.


Streamlined bow lying completely on her side, with Yvonne at the forward port hydroplane.


Broken open by internal explosion – showing a large battery and the (only) two inner torpedo tube doors.


Periscope and upper Conning tower.


Propellor, rudder and keel in a very streamline design. The port hydroplane is on the left.

Video – Classics ++

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Amazon Bow photos

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Couple of uncommon photos of the bow of RMS Amazon, taken in August 2017 by Stewart Andrews.

Roscommon stern photos(Previously Oswestry Grange)

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Couple nice photos by Simon Kay of the rudder & 6 inch gun at the stern of the Roscommon (77m)

360’ photogrammetry image of one of the guns on the Audacious

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Image courtesy Barry McGill

Audacious 13.5 inch gun

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

5 Minute YouTube video from 2016

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Mid July – videos of Justicia Bow

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Videos courtesy of & taken by Paul Fassaloss

U 45 found

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Amazingly, in a litle more than a year since the Rosguill put divers onto one of the Uboats which had help sink the Justicia (UB124) we found and had 2 dives on U 45. U 45 was sunk by the British submarine D7 in September 1917 using one of her stern torpedoes.

The U boat is broken 10m or so forward of the conning tower, no doubt due to the force of the explosion and the 88mm deck gun is missing. Also of interest is the depth which makes this find attainable for the majority of Technical divers.

Photos below courtesy of Stewart Andrews.

105mm Deck Gun