Added Jim's video taken on the wreck of the Simonburn last July.
Axel Nosloe has been in touch, his grandmother's brother ( Símun Svendsen, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands) was one of the 19 that were lost when Atland sank of Peterhead. We will arrange some photos and video when we next dive her and get them sent to Axel.
Some minor changes & re-formatting. Location for the Lochnagar corrected - thanks to Ian Crawford (Argyll Shipwrecks & Clyde Shipwrecks) for noticing the typo.
Just completed an extremely successful 10 days diving on our NE shipwreck heritage. The weather and visibility was fine allowing us to take our pick of the local wreck and dive three new marks. We finally dived the Trsat after many years of avoiding her due to a mistaken belief that she was upside-down (she’s not upside-down but largely buried in sand). We dived the Remuera, but in poor vis for the year, had a fantastic dive on the Simonburn in 20m visibility, enjoyed old favourites like the Cairnmona and dived two new wrecks 12-16miles offshore. We found, dived and identified the Subworker (a dumb steam dredger, remarkably intact for her 100 years submerged) in 86m and had an exciting dive in a spring tide at 96m on the wreck we believe to be the cargo liner, Cape York. We also explored the “Hit or Miss” mark and discovered that she is no less than 3 different shipwrecks, 3 wrecks in one dive!
Thought we'd finally found the Malmland today at 57 42.045N 01 43.885W - looked like a wreck on the sounder - and in the right area, seven miles east of Cairnbulg. MikeW & JimB dived and found a large rocky outcrop in 69 meters - needless-to-say, they didn't stay long. Not much to see on video footage, however the sound of a nearby scallop dredger could be clearly heard.
Back in 2010, again when looking for the Malmland we found a monster rock 10 meters high, 20 meters wide & 90 meters long at 57 37.445N 01 38.035W
Oh well, still have another mark for the Malmland to check out - however it's in 89 metres.
We found the remains of the Aberdeen steam trawler Lochnagar today - not much left of her, she went down over a hundred years ago in 1909. She's four miles east of Buchan Ness in 63 mts (it was 67 mts to seabed today).
See 'The Wrecks' for details.
More wrecks added: Cairnmona, Ethel Gwendoline, Kildale, Ormonde, Simonburn, Svarton & Tynemouth Castle
More videos added: Kildale, Mercator, Svarton, Taylor & Tynemouth Castle
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.