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Type: Wreck
Qualification Level: Sports Diver
Depth Range: 24m (top of wreck) to 31m (Sea bed)
When to dive: Slack water 2-3 hours before High Water @ Portland or 3-4 hours after HW
Key Features: Large wreck, lots of life, plaice, crabs, lobsters
Chart Plotter Name: GIBEL HAMN
GPS Location:N50°35.8560′ W002°53.0330′

Launch Site Address: West Bay, Dorset, DT6 4HE
Google Maps: Click For Map
Travel time from Boat Shed: 1 hr 20 mins
Site Facilities: Toilets and cafe huts near slip, parking both sides of harbour but early arrival to get best parking close to slip, Air available in the village, plenty of free parking for the boat trailer.
Launch Fee: Paid annually by SSAC
Distance over water: 8.4 nm 25mins
Is it permanently bouyed: No
Air Fill: Angling Centre, 10a West Bay Rd, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL (formerly, West Bay Water Sports.)

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

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Article Credits: www.westbaydiving.co.uk

Article Author: John Todman

General Information

31m, depth to top of wreck is 24m.
A small british steam ship built at Newcastle in 1895. On September 14 1918, while on passage to France from Swansea with a cargo of coal, she was hit by a torpedo from UB-103.
Twenty one crew, including the captain, were lost, only one man surviving – the Coxswain.
The wreck now lies upright on a sandy sea bed, her stern intact. Amidships, where the torpedo hit on her port side, there is much damage, as you would expect! Her boiler is partly exposed
the wreck is privately owned and you are not allowed to take anything. Also, even though we have never seen anything, human remains of the 21 crewmen who perished are still aboard – so please treat it with respect.
 

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