manacles

Pink Sea Fans

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Pink Sea Fans are a rare species of hard coral, although there are areas around Falmouth where they are prolific. Sites such as the Manacles, Outer Bizzies and even wrecks like the Volnay.

The local Pink Sea Fans are also home to the sea fan anemones and the sea fan nudibranch.

Pink Sea Fan

Pink Sea Fan

Pink Sea Fan sites are mainly only accessible by boat, they are usually in deeper water, deeper than 18m. They have been seen on wrecks as deep as 70m.

H.M.S. Primrose

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The HMS Primrose was a sailing gunship that hit the Manacles in 1809. Over the years it has been subject to various types of salvage, many times. What remains now are just a few cannon balls and some encrusted items. Every now and then something new is found but nothing of any great significance fr a long time.

At the church in St Keverne there is a carronade, removed from the HMS Primrose, it is visible from the road in front of the church.

Wessex Archaeology recently surveyed the Primrose, trying to work out if it was worth protecting, along with our help. They decided there wasn’t enough left to designate it as a protected site.

HMS Primrose cannonball

HMS Primrose cannonball

Pen Wyn Reef

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Pen Wyn is one of many pinnacles on the Manacles Reef, sitting next to Vase Rock. The top of the rock is around 6m, with the sea bed as far away as 44m. Covered in anemones and corals, it is often described as an underwater garden. One of the U.K’s best reefs. It is so close to Vase rock that one dive could encompass both sites.

Half Way Rocks

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Half way rocks is so called because it is part way between Vase Rock and Maen Voes. It is the most dramatic of all the pinnacles on the Manacles with one side being almost vertical, from 12m to 37m. It is quite often confused with PenWyn although it is around 50m away. The top of the rock is around 12m, with the sea bed as far away as 37m. Covered in anemones and corals, it is also often described as an underwater garden. One of the U.K’s best reefs. read more →