The Mohegan was a 147m long, 6889 ton steamship that was en-route to New York from London. The course it steered as it passed Cornwall, was completely wrong. It was steering a course of 280 degrees as it passed 3 miles south of the Eddystone, that would drive it onto the shore just East of Falmouth. At some point it changed course and a witness, Mr Fooks the receiver of wreck, thought it was then heading into Falmouth harbour. It changed course and Fooks then thought it was heading for the Helford. Fooks then noticed it was heading south, hopefully into clear water. The Porthoustock lifeboat coxswain, James Hill, spotted the ship, he thought it was heading towards him. He then noticed it change course again, presuming that was after the shore lights were noticed. Knowing the ship was in danger, Hill summoned the lifeboat crew. The Mohegan hit Pen-Wyn at full speed, losing it’s rudder, continuing for a quarter of a mile when it ended up hitting the rocks known as the Voices (Maen Voes). Over 100, people including crew and passengers, lost their lives during the incident.
Over the years it has had a lot of salvage work done, even the engine was salvaged in 1963. It lies quite broken but is huge and it takes a long time to swim from one end to the other. Most boats drop their shot lines around the boilers, they are huge and easily spotted on the sounder. There are actually four boilers, it looks like three boilers but one is two small boilers back to front. It is surrounded by rocks of the Manacles which are covered in anemones and corals. The wreck itself is a haven for life and you can see just about everything you could expect to see in the U.K.
There are still items being found though. On a recent dive one diver brought up a brass valve, another brought up a glass mineral water bottle still with it’s cork in.
There is something for everyone on this dive, whether you like squidge or spidge it’s all there. It can only be dived at slack water as the currents can be strong. Although there is a lot of slack on small neap tides.