Qualification Level: Ocean Diver
Depth Range: 0-10
When to dive: Can be dived at any time but high water is best. South westerlies will blow the site right out.
Key Features: Wreck, fish, nice beach for non divers
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Launch Site Address: Thurlestone, Devon. TQ7 3NZ
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Travel time from Boat Shed: 2h: 20m
Site Facilities: Parking (£2 a day is latest info), Toilets and Café (seasonal) 200m along the beach.
Launch Fee: N/A
Distance over water: N/A
Is it permanently bouyed: No
Air Fill: None close (Plymouth is nearest)
Coastguard 999 or 112 (both numbers function identically)
For advice on diving related incidents or urgent and emergency hyperbaric referrals including carbon monoxide poisoning in the South West of England contact DDRC on +44 (0)1752 209999
Hyperbaric Recompression Chambers:
DDRC: at Tamar Science Park, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BQ. 24hr Advice Line – 01752 209 999
The Diver Clinic, 7 Parkstone Road (A350), Poole, Dorset, BH15 2NN. 24 hour cover Telephone: Day time – 01202 678278, Emergency 07770 423637 (answer service) A return call will be made
The Finstrokes website gives excellent direction and explanation to find this wreck.
The Belgian steamer Louis Sheid (built as Ultor) was lost in Beacon Cove at Thurlestone, South Devon. This 6.057 tons gross steamer, 418ftx55ft, built in 1920 for the Rickmers Line, was on hand when the Dutch cargo liner Tajandoen was torpedoed by U-47 in the Atlantic and stopped long enough to rescue sixty-two crew, mostly coloured men, from a sea of blazing oil in which six died.
The Louis Sheid was making for Antwerp (from Buenos Aires) with a cargo of grain when she stranded in Bigbury Bay on 7 December 1939.
Refloated and beached at Thurlestone she broke in two and became a total loss, but was later so heavily salvaged that today only her double bottoms remain recognisable.
17/09/14 – External Link Update
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