FreeDiving Days Sailing Ship Special

Departing from Mylor Yacht Harbour, near Falmouth, at 10:00, the boat heads east. Arriving at our first site, the sailing vessel (sv) Hera Wreck (18m high water springs, 13m low water springs) around 10:30. The wreck was a steel four masted sailing barque, that sank in 1914 after hitting the Whelps rocks off of Gull Rock, a small island. A shot line will be dropped on the shallowest part of the wreck, a large frame work which is the remains of the bow. The top of this framework is around 4m off of the seabed, making the top as shallow as 9m at low water. The frame is covered in life, jewel anemones, plumose anemones and dead mans fingers (soft corals) adorn it. Large pollack cruise around the frame, whilst the rest of the wreck is a home to several species of wrasse. The flatter wreckage does get a covering of kelp during the summer months, this makes it easier to spot as it lies on a sandy sea bed.

Around 12:00 the boat will make way for the wreck of the sv Andromeda. A shallow wreck lying very close to the shore. At a maximum depth of around 8m (HW), the Andromeda was an almost identical ship to the Hera. It has been heavily salvaged but is well known for being bright and colourful with a lot of life. A small tunnel cave through the headland can also be home for a local seal, they commonly haul out at a beach next to the wreck. There are also some interesting sandy bottomed gullies around the area. A great spot to stop for some lunch.

Leaving the Andromeda around 1:30, we head towards the Manacles and the very shallow three masted sailing ship wreck, the Andola. Another well broken ship but it can be home to some large crabs and lobsters. The boat will leave the Andola at around 2:45 and head to the Bay of Panama. The Bay of Panama was supposed to have been one of the most beautiful ships of the day. A large four masted sailing that came ashore in 1891. This wreck is a bit hit and miss, sometimes it is covered in sand with very little showing, sometimes it is uncovered and shiny after being sand blasted.

The boat leaves the Bay of Panama wreck around 15:45, heading back to Mylor, where there are some lovely warm showers. Estimated arrival time is around 16:00