Archive for the 'Diving News' Category

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.

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


2019 starts …..

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Veni, vidi, vici – well more like steamed, pinged, dived – The FV Thomas Hankins – – 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

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

2017 – best vis for long time

Friday, June 16th, 2017

4 photos of 3 of the “Classics” – Empire Heritage, Audacious & Laurentic taken mid June. If this vis continues to improve, we are in for a really cracking season.

2016 season ends

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

2016 has been a poor season for weather – perhaps not just as poor as 2015 (which was the worse since 2000 in my opinion).

Visibility through the season remained OK – but never fantastic, with my records not showing anything better than 20m on any day.

The Rosguill continues to explore new wrecks & marks and during 2016 the following are of note: –

UB 124 – the WW1 Uboat which helped sink the Justicia was dived for the second time.

U110 – the WW1 Uboat which sank the Amazon is believed to be pinged & hope to dive this mark in 2017

Found & dived an unknown mark which turned out to be a Type IX operation Deadlight in around 95m

Found and dived a WW1 steam trawler which is possibly the Corientes.

Dived the bow section of HMS Curacoa 126m

Found & pinged a small wreck, approximately 30m in 104m – hope to dive in 2017

Of note, on another dive boat, a diver recovered crockery printed with – ‘Manchester Liners’ – finally confirming the identity of the Manchester Commerce, which now leaves a very large unknown cargo wreck in 95m to be positively ID’ed

I look forward to 2017 with curiosity & interest.