Mar 30, 2020

Epsilon Dive Brief

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Epsilon before she hit a mine
Epsilon before she hit a mine

The Epsilon detonated a mine laid on Jan 22 1917 by German submarine UC-17. On Voyage from Buenos Ayres to Amsterdam with a cargo maize. The Epsilon wreck is very broken, it was dynamited after being designated a hazard to shipping. At sometime during the 1980’s, some local divers found a large parachute mine, they persuaded the bomb squad to move the UXB to the Epsilon to help ‘open her up’. It did more than open her up.

Epsilon after she hit a mine
Epsilon after she hit a mine

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.

A Conger Eel pops it’s head out

Shotline on the Boilers – The shotline will be dropped close to the boilers. Being the centre of the wreck, you can swim in a South Westerly direction towards the stern or North East towards the bow. The wreck is very broken but you can follow parts of the wreck in either direction. The boilers themselves are quite interesting, with several resident Conger Eels.


Shotline on the Stern – The shotline will be dropped by the highest part of the stern, it is only a couple of metres high but usually has a school of Bib around it. The area is quite flat but parts of the wreck are discernible, like the steering quadrant and the propellor. From the stern head North East for the boilers, then North East again for the Bow.

DSMBs to be deployed before leaving the sea bed, unless it has been pre-arranged to leave the shot line in.