The Ponus was a 5077 ton oil tanker.It came ashore near Gyllyngvase Beach in November 1916. It’s cargo caught fire and kept Falmouth lit for three nights. It was heavily salvaged but there’s still quite a lot of remains.
Today it is well broken and often a lot is covered in sand. Still a nice rummage dive, the highest point is only about 2m. This is primarily a shore dive but does make an easy boat dive. read more →
The Spyridion Vagliano was a 1708 ton Greek Freighter. On route to Falmouth with barley and maize it is believed their position (reckoning) was incorrect and she hit the Voices (Maen Voes) of the Manacles in 1890.
Today it is well broken and often has a coverage of kelp in the summer time.The outer casing of the boiler has all but rotted away leaving some interesting views of a boilers insides. read more →
The Hera was a 4 mast 280ft long steel barque, that foundered in rough weather on the 30th January 1914. Her cargo was 30,000 British Pounds worth of nitrate from Chile, a valuable cargo for the time. When it sank in 15-18m only her masts and rigging remained above water, the crew were clinging to the wet ropes for their lives. With one whistle between them, they passed it along and blew in turn until the Falmouth lifeboat, guided by the whistle rescued the survivors. read more →
The Mohegan was a 6889 ton steamship that was on voyage to New York from London. It’s course past Cornwall was just a couple of degrees out and it ended up hitting Vase Rock on the Manacles at full speed, it lost it’s rudder and crashed onto the rocks known as the Voices (Maen Voes). Over 100 people including crew and passengers lost their lives on the 147m long ship. read more →
The Stanwood was a 4158 ton steamship, that had been confiscated from the Germans at the end of the Great War (WW1). It was used for carrying cargo for many years, until one day in December 1939, it caught fire. It was then towed to the north bank in the Carrick Roads where they opened the sea cocks to flood the ship to put the fire out and let it rest in 10m. The idea was to the re-float it, but, it fell over and ended up sliding down the bank. After some heavy salvage the remains were dynamited to remove the hazard to shipping. read more →
The Rock Island Bridge was a American Cargo Steamer of 3,545 tons that sank in the Helford Passage, near Falmouth. It was under tow after a collision with the American Steamer the “S.S. Kenosha” on the 23rd March 1920. It was certain it was going to sink so it was taken to the south entrance of the Helford rather than the Fal. After attempts to re-float it failed it was dynamited to flatten it as it would be a danger to shipping. read more →
ss N.G. Petersen, built 1898 and owned by A/S Dampsk. Selsk. Vendila (Svendsen & Christensen), Copenhagen. She was lost while at anchor in Falmouth Bay on March 13, 1918, due to a collision with Norwegian ss SIRI while in convoy. The vessel was carrying a cargo of iron ore, which is most of what remains. Maximum depth is around 22m on high water. Recent ships at anchor have disturbed parts of the wreck making it a little more interesting. read more →
The Epsilon detonated a mine laid on Jan 22 1917 by German submarine UC-17. Voyage Buenos Ayres to Amsterdam with maize. Owner : N.V. Vrachtvaart Mij. Bothnia (B. J. van Hengel), Amsterdam. The Epsilon wreck is very broken, it was dynamited after being designated a hazard to shipping and they did a good job. At sometime during the 1980’s, some local divers found a mine, they persuaded the bomb squad to move the bomb to the Epsilon to help ‘open her up’. It did more than open her up.
What remains of the wreck are 3 boilers, 2 large and one smaller boiler and lots of twisted metal. If you head in a south west direction, away from the boilers, you head towards the stern. The stern is well broken with lots of twisted metal, with some plates standing a few metres above the sea bed. The large steering quadrant is visible amongst the broken wreckage. With resident conger eels, wrasse and pollack cruising around, it is quite a nice dive.
Maximum depth is 26m on a high water springs.
The Caroni Rivers detonated a mine previously laid by U-34 (Kplt W.Rollmann). It was built in 1928 and weighed in at a hefty 7807 tons. She was on route from FALMOUTH for sea trials, in ballast, when she hit a mine laid by U-34 and sunk. All the crew were saved.
The wreck is in three pieces, two with significant pieces left. These areas are a little distance from each other. The site is very flat after being reduced by HMS Caldy in 1949, the highest part is only a few metres from the sea bed. The two pieces are at 23m and 28m at high water. Slack water, or very close to slack water, is required to dive any of the Caroni Rivers wreck.
SS Volnay was a 4,610grt, 285ft long defensively-armed British Merchant Ship. On the 14th December 1917 when on route from Montreal for Plymouth she hit a mine when 2 miles E by S from the Manacles, Cornwall. Owned by Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow. It tried to beach itself at Porthallow but didn’t make it and it sank in 22m. The general cargo of tinned meat, butter, jam, coffee, cigarettes, peanuts, potato crisps & timber has all disappeared, but the anti-personnel shells are still to be found. The lead shot from the shells are prolific around the site. read more →