Dover Shipwreck Sites - Over 400 to dive !


The area around Dover has many Shipwrecks from all periods of history including Submarines, Merchantmen,Warships and Cargo Vessels. Depths range from shallow wrecks like the SS Loanda at 16 mtrs right up to the SS Sambut at 50+ mts , so there is something for every style of diver and with over 400 local wreck sites , you will be spoilt for choice.

Vis is always high on peoples question list .....On average the vis is around 4/5 mts , but can range from 2 to 15+ . Much of the vis is dependant on the chosen wreck location , and we will always advise divers where they are likely to get the best Vis bearing in mind the weather and tides on the day. As a "Rule of thumb" - the further you go offshore, the better the vis gets ...its that simple !....All levels of divers can safely dive the waters here in the Dover Staits ...However this area offer some of the best yet challenging diving in the world - Please ensure you have the appropriate "Talent" level and training . Dover is within easy reach of much of the UK with the M20 and M2 motorways going almost right past the marina. Local accomodation is cheap and plentyfull and many within walking distance from the harbour area.

The boat can be met at either Dover Slipway - which is half way along the main promanade or at main Marina - you will be advised prior to boarding.

Make Dover your next diving trip destination and you will assured of a great time with the help of Mutiny Diving. Call Chris on 07889 821266 for any further help or info or email


Hms Brazen

One of my personel favourites !.... Great vis as she lies 6 miles out of Dover on a gravel / single seabed. Recent weather and storm have uncovered much of the wreck site (2011) and now the main deck area is clear , with torpedoe tubes and gun  mounts clearly visable. Lots of history to this local wreck as well which makes it a great first dive. Broken into 3 parts you will need to cross the sandbanks between the main area to get the best from this WWII shipwreck. Vis is often good in this area and with only 24 to 28 mtrs of depth - dive time is long as well. Lots of brass still in place a maybe the occasional lobster !

Recommendation 9 out of 10 (Chris)

HMS Greyhound (New entry for 2013 )

As yet undived -

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SS Maloja
SS Maloja

Sunk on Febuary 27th 1916 , this P&O liner is a very impressive site. Now lieing around 4 miles from Dover in 24 to 30mtrs of water this impressive wreck is best dived when the inshore Vis is know to be good. The origins of this vessel are clear to see, with passenger artifacts and personel possesion being seen on the wreck.Now well dispersed and flattened she make a great local dive, as with the right gas mix you can have over an hour of exploration time.

Recommendation 8 out of 10 (Chris)


SS Filleigh (New entry for 2013)

As yet not dived .

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SS Naworth Castle (New for 2013 )

The vessel was owned, 1893 thru 1896 at least, by J. H. Watson & Co. of Sunderland. And in 1907, when owned by Angus Shipping Co. of Dundee, Scotland, she was sunk, on Jan. 19, 1907, in a collision with Vaderland (Belgian passenger liner en route from New York to Antwerp, Belgium) off the South Goodwin Lightship, Goodwin Sands (off the coast of Kent). There was dense fog at the time. The collision occurred between 2:00 a.m. & 3 a.m. in the morning. Naworth Castle 'was so seriously injured she sank like a stone'.Vaderland suffered bow damage below the waterline & her fore peak became full of water, but her fore bulkhead held & she was able to continue on to Antwerp. Naworth Castle, en route from Newcastle to Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy, with a cargo of coal, had a crew of 20, 17 of whom were saved. 

SS Pomerania

The SS Pomerania was a German ocean liner steamer that was built in 1873 and measured 360-feet by 40-feet at 3382grt, and carried 109 passengers. Produced 600 horsepower from a two-cylinder compound engine.  Sailing for the Hamburg-Amerika Line under the command of Captain Schwensen, she made regular trips between New York and Hamburg via Plymouth.On 25 November, 1878, she was hit amidships on her starboard by the iron-hulled Welsh barque Moel Eilian off Folkestone and sank in less than half an hour. The Moel Eilian was too badly damaged to assist, barely making it to Dover. Fortunately, the steamer Glengarry was nearby and came to the rescue. The wreck today is one of the most dived in the area due to her size, cargo, and that she was a liner !......Clock parts and all manner of artifact have been seen on or around the wreck site. Depth is 25 to 31 mtrs. She lies around 5 miles from Dover hence the Vis is often good.

Recomendation 8 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Nickolas M Embricos (New entry for 2013)

As yet not dived

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SS Josephine Willis (New entry for 2013)

As yet not dived .

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SS Brighton Belle (New entry for 2013)

As yet  not dived.

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HMS Hermes

This rarely dived wreck is around 16 miles or so from Dover on the French side , so special permission is required to dive her. Now lieing upside down in 24 to 28 mtrs of water she is a spectacular dive , with swimthroughs near the stern and midships area.  Lots to see and photograph but its a long ride there and back - so make sure you bare this in mind !....But its well worth it if the weather is good.

Recommendation 8 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Agness Wyllie

New entry for 2014 

Not dived yet .

Hms Flirt

Depth 38mtrs and about 12 miles out of Dover near the centre of the shipping lanes !......But If you go.... what a reward you can have !....Dripping with all sorts of things you can expect to see on any HMS. Be mindfull of the large net over the centre section of the wreck , but its been there for a long time so should'nt pose a problem with entanglement.Lots of shell cases etc litter the surrounding seabed, but she only stands about 2mtrs proud. Limited bottom time due to depth - No S.m.b's as to close to shipping lanes- long way there and back- But the VIS is nearly allways excellent !

The C class as designated in 1913 was a heterogeneous group of torpedo boat destroyers (TBDs) built for theRoyal Navy in the late-1890s. They were constructed to the individual designs of their builders to meet Admiraltyspecifications. The uniting feature of the class was a top speed of 30 knots, a "turtleback" forecastle and that they all had three funnels. The funnels were spaced equidistantly and were of equal height, but the central one was thicker.

In 1913 all "30 knotter" vessels with 3 funnels were classified by the Admiralty as the "C" class to provide some system to the naming of HM destroyers (at the same time, the 4-funnelled, "30 knotters" became the "B" classand the 2-funnelled ships the "D" class). All vessels had the distinctive turtleback that was intended to clear water from the bows but actually tended to dig the bow in to anything of a sea, resulting in a very wet conning position and poor seaboats that were unable to reach top speed in anything but perfect conditions.

They generally displaced around 350 tons and had a length of around 200 feet. All were powered by triple expansion steam engines for 5,800 shp and had coal-fired water-tube boilers, except some unique "specials" that used steam turbines in addition to, or in lieu of, the reciprocating engines. Armament was one QF 12 pounder on a bandstand on the forecastle, five QF 6 pounder (two sided abreast the conning tower, two sided between the funnels and one on the quarterdeck) and 2 single tubes for 18 inch torpedoes.

Recommendation 9 out of 10 (Chris)

Hmt Peridot

HMT Peridot an Admiralty Trawler of 398 Tons and completed in 1933 was sunk after striking a mine off Dover on the 15 march 1940. Small wreck but well worth a visit . Max depth 32 mtrs in the scour ,26 or so mtrs to the main deck. Holds can be entered. Badly damaged both for and aft  - caution some fishing line and nets on this wreck plus its close to the ferry routes so up and down the shot line is a must !.....Local divers have recently return to this wreck and say its improving with age ?

Recommendation 7 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Toward

The SS Toward was built in 1899 in Glasgow and was a Steel steamship sailing with a General Cargo from London to Belfast on the 31 October 1915 when she struck a mine laid by UC-6, who was a very successful sub sinking a total of 54 ships. This mine exploded under No2 hatch just forward of the Bridge with the ship rapidly catching fire and starting to settle in the water, the crew abandoned ship and were all picked up, including 5 who had jumped into the sea. The wreck today is up to 6m proud in a max depth of 31m, lots of areas to penetrate . Bows blown off and lying on the seabed about 12 mtrs away from main wreckage.

Recommendation 7 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Efford

Dived this one in August 2011 !....Great wreck , lots to see and find , very close to the harbour so short transit time . Depth 25 to 30 mtrs. We where lucky with the Vis on the last visit but as its so close in - the Vis is often poor !......But who khows what you may get if you choose to dive this rarely visted wreck site. Lots to see and photograph.

Recommendation 8 out of 10 (Chris)

SS The Queen

The Queen was a 1,676 GRT steamship  which was built in 1903 for the South Eastern and Chathan Railway (SECR). In 1908, she was involved in a collision with another SECR ship. In 1916, she was captured by a German destroyer, following which she was torpedoed and sunk.The Queen was the first turbine powered steamship built for the SECR. She entered service on the Dover - Calais service, making her maiden voyage on 27 June 1903. In 1907, she was transferred to the Folkestone - Boulogne  route. On 1 June 1908.Today the SS The Queen lies upright in around 27 mtrs. Rows of portholes can still be see along the sea bed where she has settled in to sands. Large wreck and well worth a diving ...... One of my personel favourites!

Recommendation 9 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Strathclyde

Located only 2 miles from Dover this impressive wreck has been one of the top local sites for many years. However its not dived to oblivian as the Vis is often poor this close to shore - but when the Viz is good The SS Strathclyde is nearly always on our lists of wrecks to dive !.....Lots of cargo - mainly crockery / glassware / Gin and wine bottles etc and at a depth of 30 mtrs to the seabed. Now well brocken up but the forward holds and bow area is generally intact .The steamship STRATHCLYDE, Capt J D Eaton, bound from London to Bombay, left Dover on Thursday, February 17th 1876, having on board a crew of 47 and 23 first class passengers. The ship was about two and a half miles from Dover proceeding at nine knots when she was overtaken by the German steamship FRANCONIA. Capt Eaton turned his ship to starboard but at the same time the FRANCONIA turned to port and the collision became inevitable. She settled rapidly by the stern, the first lifeboat lowered with 15 female passengers on board was swamped by the swell and capsized drowning most of its occupants. A second lifeboat was launched without mishap and managed to save 2 of the drowning people. By this time, the seas were breaking over the vessel as high as the bridge and washing overboard many of those on deck. The captain, 2nd Engineer and a fireman, the last to leave, jumped overboard as she sank. Of those on board, 38 were drowned, Capt Eaton was among the survivors.

Recommendation 10 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Lariston

F. C. Strick & Co.; 1896; W. Gray & Co.; 2,134 tons; 290X 42-2x19-2; 218 n.h.p.; triple-expansion engines. The British cargo ship Laristan sank after a collision with the s.s. Crimea off Dover on October 22nd, 1899, while on a voyage from Bona to Rotterdam carrying a cargo of iron ore.The site of this wreck was effectively unknown until a sweep found it and its very close neighbour the Denbighshire in 1961. The wreck has been identified by its bell. It’s original position was reported off the South Goodwin’s, but is in closer proximity to the Varne Bank, just on the edge of the shipping lanes.Today this is a big wreck lying in a max depth of 30m is about 5 miles from Dover and standing up to 10m proud. Many of the plates have collapsed and it’s quite easy to have a look inside. The Sailing Schooner Denbighshire lies parallel with and just next to this site (about 10m away) and there is also a barge connecting the two with the mast of one off the veseels almost touching the other. Great dive as your get two for the price of one!

  Recommendation 7 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Anglia

The SS Anglia was built by Wm Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland. It was built on behalf of the London & North Western Railway, who operated the cross channel Irish services, and she arrived in Holyhead on the 2nd of May1900. She grossed 1862 tons, and was of steel construction with twin screw propellers.Capable of speeds up to 22 knots, she was an express passenger steamer, initially used on the Holyhead to Dublin North Wall service, then from 1908 on the Holyhead to Kingstown (later named Dun Laoghaire) service.After the outbreak of WWI, the Anglia was commandeered for war service by the Admiralty, and refitted as an auxiliary hospital ship - known as H.M.H.S. Anglia - and under the command of Captain Lionel J. Manning.On November 17th 1915 the Anglia was returning to Dover from Calais, and was loaded with 390 injured officers and soldiers, and their doctors and nurses. In addition there were 56 crew - predominantly Anglesey men - on board. They could not know that the German submarine UC-5 had been laying mines in the English Channel.At around 12:30 pm, one mile east of Folkestone Gate, H.M.H.S. Anglia struck a mine, and quickly began to sink. The Royal Navy ship H.M.S. Hazard raced to her aid. It took the Anglia just 15 minutes to sink, and during that time many acts of bravery were witnessed. The total loss of life is not truly known, but estimates vary between 120 and 164 personnel - including 25 of her crew - who were either killed by the explosion, or by drowning. The tragedy had occurred only 12 days after her sister ship - HMS Tara (renamed from the S.S. Hibernia) - had been sank off Tripoli by a torpedo from a German U-boat. The people of Anglesey, and in particular the town of Holyhead, were distraught.The submarine that had laid the fateful mines - UC-5 - herself came to grief after she became stranded on a sandbank. Captured by the Royal Navy, she was later put on display at Temple Pier on the Thames, This was an act of propaganda, and she was later transported to the U.S., where the same was done with her there.

 Recommendation 10 out of 10 (Chris)

Hms Drumtochty

Small armed trawler sunk just this side of the shipping lanes 6 miles from Dover ...........Depth 31 mtrs to the seabed and stands upright , top of the wreck is at 26mtrs. Very intact wreck , ammo cases seen over  the last couple of years. Lots of marine growth around the bows and f'csle area. Sand and gravel seabed with little or no silt. Holds can be entered with caution. Great dive site.

Recommendation 8 out of 10 (Chris)

HMS Blackwater

The Varne Wreck (unknown)

This Unknown wooden vessel lies in 32/34mtrs 8 miles fom Dover on the northern eastern edge of the "Varne Bank" just past the "Light Ship". Carrying with all sorts of items  - Crockery,glasswear,hand tools and cutlery to name but a few, the cargo is stroon all over the seabed. Standing just 2 mtrs proud this is more of a rummage around type of dive than a full blown wreck dive. But there is a lot here to keep even the most hard to please diver entertained !.... Very close to the shipping lanes - so dont worry to much if you hear a ship going past. This far out Vis is nearly always good . Caution on this site due to depth and some fishing line.

Reccomendation 9 out of 10 (Chris)

Texaco Caribean

On 11 January 1971, the Panamanian tanker the Texaco Caribbean was on a ballast voyage from the Netherlands to Trinidad when she was struck by the 12,000-tonne Peruvian freighter the Paracas in thick fog. The latter ignored the shipping lanes of Dover Straits and took the shorter way along the English coast. The Texaco Caribbean exploded, split in two and sank, releasing 600 tonnes of bunker and ballast. 8 sailors lost their lives in the incident and 22 were rescued.The Paracas was sailing from Peru to Hamburg with a cargo of fishmeal and fishoil. She was also seriously damaged in the incident. The salvage tug the Heros towed her to Hamburg where they arrived on 14 January.
To my knowledge this wreck has'nt been dived by anyone local !......So on the "To Do" list maybe.


SS Henry Moon

This british collier sunk 25/07/1940 has been a popular dive site for many years. Lieing 3 miles from Folkestone harbour in 25 to 30 mtrs. Well brocken and dispersed with lots of entry points this wreck stands 6 mtrs proud in places . Hugh shoals of fish inhabite the wreck . Some holds are still intact and can be entered with caution as the inside is silty. Brocken into 3 main parts, you will need to swim across the breaks to get the best from this dive. Large crabs and lobster abound !

Recommendation 7 out of 10 (Chris)


Grosser Kurfurst

Grosser Kurfürst was sunk on her maiden voyage in an accidental collision with the ironclad SMS Konig Wilhelm. The two ships, along with  SMS Prussen were steaming in the  English channel on 31 May 1878. The three ships encountered a group of fishing boats, and in turning to avoid them, Grosser Kurfürst inadvertently crossed too closely to König Wilhelm. The latter rammed Grosser Kurfürst, which sank in the span of about eight minutes, taking between 269 and 276 of her crew with her.Today this wreck site is not so often vistied as its very close to shore , but if's theVis is good - what a great dive! . Depth around 25mtrs , so loads of bottom time. Lots of interesting history on this wreck as well.

 Recommendation 9 out of 10 (if you get VIS - Chris)


SS Loanda

The Loanda was a 2702-ton, 253hp triple-expansion engines steamer, measuring 328ft x 39ft, built in 1891. The ship was travelling from Hamburg to West Africa, for the Elder Dempster Line, when she collided with the Russian steamer Junona.The cargo was hundreds of cases of gin, rum, champagne and barrels of gunpowder and other general cargo. She was badly damaged on port side near engine room, an attempt was made to save her but she sank under tow on the 31 May 1908.Today she is mainly upright and 5m proud at a depth of 17-23m and brocken into several main parts. Sweeping and collision damage have exposed the engines. The bell has been recovered. Bottles everywhere, mainly gin and champagne but contents undrinkable. Lots of clay pipes, perfume bottles and trading beads. Prop intact. Great diving with loads and loads of bottom time - fairly large ship , so well worth a dive.

Recommendation (8 out of 10) (Chris)

SS Dunholme

This British cargo ship sank after a collision with the SS KINLOCH off Dover on July 6th 1891. She was carrying a general cargo on a voyage from Antwerp to Rio de Janeiro. Seventeen of her crew were lost. Now lieing on a shingle/sand seabed she offer divers the chance to explore her hidden treasures. Depth around 30 mtrs with lots of areas of interest - One of my favourite dives !

Recommendation 9 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Luna

The ss Luna. Built in Bergen 1911.Steel hull, 213.9’ x 32.1’ x 12.7’, 959 gt, 1400 tdwt, Triple Expansion (Laxevaags) 115nhp, 9 knots. Sunk  10 miles frm Dover by submarine U 32 whilst on a voyage from London to Trondheim with general cargo, including rubber hose, zinc plates and hessian cloth. Now lieing upright in 48 mtrs to the seabed and around 40 to to top of the wreck , she makes for a challenging but spectacular dive.



UB-78 (type III) struck a mine off Dover on April 19th 1918. This wreck site is one of the very best examples if you like sub's. The main body of the vessel is intact , but the aft section is detatched and lylng on the seabed just a few metres away as are the two rudders. Conning tower and gun are still in place along with and open hatch aft , which I presume would be to load the torpedoes. The main section forward is in remarkably good condition with the bow torpedo tubes being clearly visible along with the hydroplanes. Depth 24 to the top - 28 to the seabed.

Recommendation 10 out of 10 (Chris)


This German type II minelaying submarine in the  Grerman Imperial Navy during WW I. The U-boat was ordered on 20 November 1915, Laid down on 1 February 1916, and launched  on 8 August 1916. She was commisioned 15th  September 1916 as UC-46 In 4 patrols. UC-46 was credited with sinking 10 ships, either by torpedo or by mines laid. UC-46 was rammed and sunk southeast of Goodwin Sands  by the British destroyer HMS Liberty on 8 February 1917. Current depth around 30 to 35 mtrs

Recommendation ( hav;nt dived it so can't help !)


22 Apr 1918 - Mined while outbound in Strait of Dover. This wreck lies in 34mtrs and stands 4 mtrs proud some 7 miles out from Dover. The aft of the sub is in good condition and the conning tower and periscope are still in place .The forward section is badly broken up and there is a large debris field in this area. It is a great wreck to look at ,but treat with respect as it is a war grave.Lots of interesting area to photgraph.

Recommendation 9 out of 10 (Chris)


This WWII submarine was moved in 2010 as it was in shallow water just inside the south bound shipping lane. Now repositioned about 2 miles away in 44 mtrs this very intact sub would be a great dive !.....However just a few days after it was relocated an large fishing vessel caughts its nets around the wreck .....And we are talking a VERY LARGE NET.... as you can imagine ,the dive was terminated and I hav'nt had the time to return to see whats its current condition is like !......If its now safer to dive - I think it would be one of the best !

Recommendation ???

HMS B-2 (sub)

Sank off Dover after collision with SS Amerika In the early hours of 4 October HMS B2 was on the surface about four miles north east of Dover when the 23,000-ton steamer SS Amerika, on passage from Hamburg to New York, via Southampton, collided with the submarine. B2 was struck just forward of the conning tower, a fatal blow that sent the submarine immediately to the bottom. Today the wrecksite lies in 28mts on a chalk and sand seabed close to the shipping lanes. This is a small wreck , now fairly well brocken up - but a very interesting dive never the less.

Recommendation  7 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Leo

SS Leo is a British cargo steamer of 1,128grt built in 1908 by Stettiner Oderwerke, Stettin-Grabow, Germany as the SS SPES a German cargo steamer for R. C. Cribel, Stettin, Germany. In 1920 she was renamed SS Leo when purchased by the Ellerman´s Wilson Line. Sunk On the 25th July 1940 during an air raid which saw several other ships destroyed and sunk.Now lying 2 miles from Dover in 23 mtrs . She offer lots of keep you entertained. Mainly upright but upperworks have all gone . Holds are open in places with easy access.Short transit time .

Recommendation 8 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Shenandoah

SS SHENANDOAH  was a 3885 gross ton ship, built by Alexander Stephen & Co, Glasgow for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Co. She started sailings between Liverpool and Newport News in 1893. Transferred to the ownership of Furness Withy in 1907. She was sunk on 14th April 1916 by a mine laid by the German submarine UC-6 in the English Channe when 1½ miles west Folkestone Gate. 2 lives lost. Depth is around 24 to 29 mtrs. Now very well brocken and dipersed. Lots of small entry points. Caution ! - some fishing nets seen on her. Cargo included blank unpressed shell cases. This area is know for silt and this wreck can be silty at times - good bouyancy control a must !.....Great dive and well worth a visit.

Recommendation 7 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Couvier

A Collision occurred at approx 5am with the SS Dovre, a Norwegian steamer, carrying coal from Burntisland (near Kirkcaldy in Fife) to Dieppe. The SS Dovre arrived in Dieppe with considerable damage, but no reports from her that she'd stopped after collision.The SS Windsor picked up the second mate and 2 other seaman,from a capsized lifeboat at 7am, all the others presumed drowned. The captain and 3rd mate were seen to jump from the bridge, but presumably did not survive. Following the collision (on the starboard quarter) the survivors stated that she blew her whistle for assistance, and shortly afterwards settled down by the stern and sank. Most of the men were in their bunks.A court case followed but on May 14 the local court in Dieppe found the SS Cuvier alone to blame for the collision, and awarded the SS Dovre '2,400l' for 'damages, demurrage, and indemnity.The wreck today is 9 miles from Dover and very intact , lying in a max of 46mtrs in the scour with the shallowest part of the wreck around 37mtrs. Heavy damage to bow area. Some supersructure is still intact with swimthroughs along the main deck area . Holds can be entered with caution. Cargo includes plate,crockery.glasswear etc. One of my favourite dive's , but be remember the depth - there is so much to see and do ..... time runs away with you ! Up and down the shot - No SMB's as very close to shipping lanes.

Recommendation 10 out of 10 (Chris)

M/V Brandenburg

Sunk 12/01/1971 , this german cargo ship is on the "Must do list". Others in the team dived this wreck in Augustn 2011 - reporting back that if was very good ! ....Sunk after a collision with the remains of the "Texaco Caribean" some 12 miles from Dover

Recommendation ???



SS W.A.Scholten

The W.A.SCHOLTEN was a 2,529 gross ton ship, length 351ft x beam 38.2ft, clipperstem, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 50-1st and 600-3rd class passengers. Built by Robert Napier & Sons, Glasgow, she was launched for the  Holland America Line on 16th Feb.1874. Her maiden voyage started on 16th May 1874 when she left Rotterdam for Plymouth and New York. She continued this service until starting her last voyage when she sailed from Rotterdam on 18th Nov.1887. The following day she was sunk in collision with the British ship ROSA MARY in the English Channel with the loss of 132 lives. She Now lies 3 miles from Dover in 29mtrs. Well brocken up in a single seabed , much of the cargo of crockery can still be seen.

Recommendation  8 out of10 (Chris)



MV Anderman

The Swedish motorship Andaman SS collided with the "Fortune" in a fog on May 24th, 1953, near the South Goodwin lightship and sank in 50mtrs. She was on a voyage from Gothenburg to Calcutta.This is one of the largest wrecks locally. Lies on here side and still very much intact. Top of the wreck starts around 35mtrs seabed at 50 or so.

Recommendation  9 out of 10 (Chris)

SS Unity

MV Flaschee

HMS Havntgotaclue I

HMS Havntgotaclue II

HMS Havntgotaclue III