FreeDiving Day Southern Wrecks

Departing from Mylor Yacht Harbour, near Falmouth, at 10:00, the boat heads south. Arriving at our first site, the steam ship (ss) Volnay Wreck (22m high water springs, 17m low water springs) around 10:30. The wreck was a WWI merchant vessel, it hit a mine in 1917, then attempted to beach at Porthallow but foundered. A shot line will be dropped on the shallowest part of the wreck, the ships boilers. The top of the boilers are around 4m off of the seabed, making the top as shallow as 13m at low water. The boilers are usually surrounded by a large amount of fish. The wreck is covered in a variety of life including pink sea fan hard corals and some dead mans fingers soft corals.

Around 12:00 the boat will head a short distance to the shelter of the mouth of the Helford River, where the wreck of the ss Rock Island Bridge lies in a maximum depth of 13m (HW). The Helford River is a Special Area of Conservation and the life flows out and around the wreck. It is also known for being close to scallop beds. It is a good spot to stay for lunch, either on the boat or on one of the small beaches along the river.

Around 14:30 the boat will make way for the wreck of the sv Bay of Panama. A shallow wreck lying very close to the shore. At a maximum depth of around 8m (HW), the Bay of Panama was a four masted steel sailing ship. It has been heavily salvaged and does get covered with sand. When it is exposed it is an amazing sight of shiny sand blasted metal. Sometimes it is completely buried, it is a bit of a gamble but worth it. A great sheltered spot for some end of day relaxing.

The boat leaves the Bay of Panama wreck around 15:40, heading back to Mylor, where there are some lovely warm showers. Estimated arrival time is around 16:00