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City of Ghent wreck

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The City of Ghent was a 616 ton, 64m long motor vessel. It hit Black Head but managed to get off, it was taking in water and started to list, then sank near the Lizard point on 15/11/1953.

It now lies upside down and although the superstructure has collapsed, it is reasonably intact. An excellent dive where tide timings are important. Maximum depth is around 35m.

City of Ghent today

City of Ghent today

Dive Site List

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WreckArea

Lost

Depth in M

01. ss StanwoodCarrick Roads

1939

18-26

02. EpsilonFalmouth Bay

1917

24

03. SevraFalmouth Bay

1941

16

04. Caroni RiversFalmouth Bay

1942

26

05. N.G. PetersenFalmouth Bay

1918

22

06. H.M.T. RinoviaFalmouth Bay

1941

52

07. Jersey QueenFalmouth Bay

1940

52

08. AndromedaPorthmellin Head

1915

7

09. sv HeraVeryan Bay

1914

18

10. Lady of the IslesGerrans Bay

1904

52

11. Rock Island BridgeHelford

1928

13

12. VolnayPorthallow Bay

1917

22

13. Bay of PanamaPorthallow Bay

1891

9

14. Lady DalhousieManacles

1884

12

15. SS MoheganManacles

1891

26

16. AndolaManacles

1895

10

17. H.M.S PrimroseManacles

1809

17

18. Port ChalmersLowland Point

1886

12

19. PindosChynalls Point

1912

12

20. RoseChynalls Point

1866

12

21. SS VeritasCoverack

1907

38

22. GodolphinBlack Head

1888

10

23. PlantagenetBlack Head

1897

10

24. Clan AlpineBlack Head

1873

12

25. GunvorPedn Boar

1912

12

26. CarmarthenKennack Bay

1916

23

27. CitrineKennack Bay

1955

23

28. BelluciaKennack Bay

1917

19

29. SocoaKennack Bay

1906

11

30. Clan MalcolmLizard

1935

16

31. Adolf VinnenLizard

1923

13

32. CzarLizard

1859

18

33. HansyLizard

1911

11

34. MoselLizard

1882

14

35. IlstonLizard

1917

46

36. Spyridion VaglianoManacles

1890

18

37. PonusFalmouth Bay

1916

7

38. UC92Falmouth Bay

1921

6

39. UB86 & UB112Falmouth Bay

1921

8

40. City of GhentLizard

1955

34

41. CarmalinaManacles

1917

54

42. Eric CalvertFalmouth Bay

1917

58

43. BretonneFalmouth Bay

1923

58

44. Great EasternFalmouth Bay

58

45. Cape FinistereFalmouth Bay

1917

60

46. SommeinaFalmouth Bay

1917

59

47. SpitalFalmouth Bay

1918

58

48. PlaneGerrans Bay

1942

32

49. Unknown WreckLizard

58

50. EskdaleFalmouth Bay

1943

70

51. RubaanLizard

1939

25

52. EastfieldDodman

1917

48

53. ButetownDodman

1918

49

54. UB113Dodman

1920

58

55. Lord SnowdenFalmouth Bay

1942

59

56. HanseyLizard

1911

12

57. UB118Dodman

1920

68

58. TugFalmouth Bay

1944

25

59. VinlakeFalmouth Bay

1917

58

60. DispatchBlack Head

1809

10

61. BrielBlack Head

1791

10

62. ActiveLizard

1942

32

63. BrestLizard

1906

12

64. Leon MartinFalmouth Bay

1940

14

65. BomberManacles

51

66. BrettLizard

1989

40

67. IbisLizard

1918

34

68. LydieFalmouth Bay1918

65

69. Ben AsdaleFalmouth Bay1978

0-5

70. HMS Torrid & The QueenCarrick Roads

8

ReefsAreaDepth (M)
100. The Old Wall ReefGerrans Bay

8 – 36

101. Bizzies ReefGerrans Bay

7 – 18

102. Outer Bizzies 13mGerrans Bay

15 – 32

103. Lath RockVeryan Bay

7 – 24

104. East Narrows WallCarrick Roads

14 – 36

105. Shore’s RockGerrans Bay

2 – 8

106. Wrigglers Inner PinnacleFalmouth Bay

28 – 54

107. Vase RockManacles

7 – 36

108. Pen Wyn ReefManacles

4 – 46

109. Half Way RocksManacles

10 – 32

110. Raglans ReefManacles

8 – 38

111. Foam RockLowland Point

5 – 22

112. The RazersBlack Head

10 – 26

113. Tol PegFalmouth Bay

8-30

114. Killigerran HeadGerrans Bay

8

115. Helford River VSACHelford

8

116. Helford Pool and DriftHelford

18

117. Carn DuManacles

6-36

118. Fraggle Rock & CaveFalmouth Bay

8

119. Newporth HeadFalmouth Bay

7

120. St Just PoolCarrick Roads

30

121. Trefusis HeadCarrick Roads

8

122. Turnaware BarCarrick Roads

18

123. The WhelpsGerrans Bay

6-30

124. Cannon BallFalmouth Bay

21

125. Seal CavesFalmouth Bay

9

126. PuskeysFalmouth Bay

17-34

127. MaenlandManacles

5-23

128. August RockHelford

3-12

129. East DavasLowland Point

6-14

130. Vrogue RockLizard

5-21

131. CannonsGerrans Bay

15

132. Gull Rock CavesGerrans Bay

10

133. Holland RockGerrans Bay

26-18

134. The ManaclesThe Manacles

0-44

Species SpecificAreaDepth (M)
135. Sea GrassFalmouth

1-10

136. MaerlFalmouth

4-10

137. Pink Sea FansFalmouth

18-70

138. Grey SealsFalmouth

0-10

Lady of the Isles

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The Lady of the Isles was a cable layer for the navy at the time of it’s sinking. It was under tow when it hit a mine. It now lies in a depth of around 52m and is another easy trimix dive. Small enough to complete in a single trimix dive, the stern is quite intact while the bow section is quite broken.

 

Rinovia HMT

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The HMT Rinovia was a steam fishing vessel, requisitioned as a mine sweeper in 1939. In 1940, it hit a mine and sank. It now lies in around 55m and is a really nice shallow trimix dive. It is small enough to be covered in a single dive, even at this depth. Lying fairly intact and upright, it can have a covering of fishing nets, which are themselves, normally covered in Plumose anemones.

 

Sevra Wreck

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Little remains of the wreck of the requisitioned trawler, the Sevra (HMT or HMS). There is some discussion as to which wreckage belongs to the Sevra and that of the AN2, both were very similar ships and both used as mine sweepers. They sank within a few hundred metres of each other, within two days or each other and were both flattened at the same time in 1949 by HMS Caldy. After the levelling, the records got mixed up.

Not an easy site to find, it can be easily missed underwater too, it is quite flat.

 

Andola Wreck

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The Andola was a 2045 ton, 84m long fully rigged sailing ship. It hit the Manacles Reef on 31/01/1895 in bad weather. Now well broken and lying quite flat it is an easy shallow dive, at a maximum depth of around 8-9m.

sv Andola

sv Andola

sv Andola today

Leon Martin Wreck

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The Leon Martin detonated a mine in 1940 off of Falmouth whilst carrying 2,300 tons of gas oil. She ended up just off of St Anthony’s light house and now lies well broken.

 

 

 

 

Andromeda Wreck

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The 1928 ton four masted sailing barque, the sv Andromeda, was on route to Falmouth from Tacoma when on early Saturday morning a terrific gale drove her ashore on Porthmellin Head. She was waiting for the ship’s pilot to come but they never received the call. Carrying a cargo of 2,500 tons of wheat, the 82.67m x 12.91m x 7.16m ship became a total loss. read more →

Bay of Panama Wreck

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The 89m long, 2300 ton Bay of Panama was on route from Calcutta to Dundee when she got caught in an almighty storm. The four masted steel sailing ship was dashed against the Rocks on 10/03/1891, near Near Head.

It now lies well broken in the shallows covered in sand and kelp for most of the year. When it is exposed it is a surreal sight, it can look like it has just sunk after the metal has been sand blasted. The wreck has partially buried itself so you can end up diving under the sea bed. Lying between 3-8m in depth it is suitable for all levels of divers.

Bay of Panama

Bay of Panama today

Ponus Wreck

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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 →