More wrecks added: Cairnmona, Ethel Gwendoline, Kildale, Ormonde, Simonburn, Svarton & Tynemouth Castle
More videos added:  Kildale, Mercator, Svarton, Taylor & Tynemouth Castle

Enjoy
 
 
MikeW and I were interviewed by STV today for a piece on the U1206 to be shown on next weeks 6 o’clock news.  It was filmed at Collieston so got a good chance to see what the sea is doing – looks remarkably calm for the state of the wind, but it will be rough further offshore.  It’s forecast to come down tonight and switch to westerlies so there is a chance we will get in to dive tomorrow – but I expect it will still be a little lumpy.  I doubt we’ll be able to travel far – the Buchan Elle doesn’t like lumpy seas.  It looks like we will have to dive something closer to home like the Atland.  I’d like to refresh my memory about her for the website report, particularly the stern area.

Even if we don’t get out, we’ll be down at the marina scraping off the barnacles on BE’s hull – get here streamlined for the long trips out to sea that we are planning this summer.

 
 
So, after all these years of secrecy about the names and positions of our local wrecks, we have decided to publish all of their details on the web.

Our main reason is that we have such a collected wealth of information about these great maritime vessels it seemed unfair to hoard.  It’s also because these wrecks are on a pretty unforgiving and remote part of the UK coast, for people to dive them, they would have to be committed – and the deep diving culture nowadays tends to be of the look-don’t-touch nature.  We’ve been secretive to protect the remains through the lump hammer and crow-bar days, but they can probably look after themselves now.

And, after finding, researching, diving and identifying the ships – over 30 of them since I started diving with Buchan Divers in March 2000 – we have started to move into the deeper water beyond the 12 mile limit.  There are many more interesting wrecks to find and dive – we have good quality information on the positions of some massive remains of vessels like the 7,157 GRT William Rockerfeller, the 410’ long cargo liner, the Cape York and the 480’ long, 8,043 GRT Port Denison – sister ship of the frequently dived Port Napier which sank off Kyle of Lochalsh.  This summer, we will also be looking for the 4,599 GRT Trevorian 3 and the sister ship of the Atland – the Malmland, another wonderful turret steamer.

So we’ll keep this blog going to show our progress to anyone who is interested.

Jim

 
 
Unfortunately the videos for the Wrangler & Charles Goodanew won't play on iPads or mobile phones - this is because of copywrite restrictions for the music soundtracks.  They will play on PC.

Not going to change the soundtracks - like the music too much!
 
 
Anvers & Charles Goodanew (with video) added plus videos for Bretagne & Wrangler.
 
 
A number of wrecks have now been added to the site - Atland, Bretagne, Mercator, Sophie Bakke, Taylor, Windward Ho & Wrangler.

 
 
Having finally found and dived the U-1206 in May 2012 after many years of searching, we thought it about time to make public the results of our twenty-odd years of wreck hunting and research off the North-East coast of Scotland.