World War WrecksOne question we get asked a lot is "What is the best wreck you have ever dived?" which is always a hard question and is very subjective and personal. So here are 5 of our favourite World War 1 & 2 wreck dives that we have dived at Scuba Leeds. These might not be the best in the world, but they are some of the best that we as a dive club have dived in the last year.
Thistlegorm , Red Sea, Egypt– The Old Lady of the Red Sea. Still a fantastic dive and accomplishable comfortably in recreational limits. Lots to see, with the holds full of cargo destined for British Forces in Egypt.
Must see: Holds with Bedford trucks full of BSA/Norton motorcycles. Officers bathroom.
Interesting Fact: The sister ship of the Thistlegorm is the Breda found in the Sound of Mull.
SMS Marc Graff, Scapa Flow, Scotland – Awe inspiring. Diving this Koln Class Battleship (Dreadnought) you can’t fail to be impressed by the engineering (14” steel plates), and wonder at the life on board for WW1 seamen.
Must see: Twin rudders, 18” guns.
- HMS Stubborn, Malta –a WW2 submarine and one for the tech divers as she lies in 57m. Visibility is normally stunning – you can see the wreck from 30m away, covered in hundreds of brightly coloured sponges and shoals of damselfish are to be seen around the conning tower. (We also like the mandatory ice cream on the way back to the dive centre after the dive) Must see: Conning tower, torpedo tubes.
Hoki Maru, Truk Lagoon, Chuuk, Micronesia – very accessible, covered in life now and full of cargo from full torpedoes, lots of other ordanance to earth moving equipment, bulldozers and tipper trucks. Advantage over Thistlegorm is that its relatively untouched.
Must see: bulldozer, telegraph at the front.
Somali, Farnes, UK – Sunk after being hit by a bomb in WW2, OK, she wont make many people list but she makes ours…. she is close by so we can get there easily, covered in UK sea life and still lots of interest. Add to which we can make a second dive with seals….what’s not to like.
Must see: engine boliers and cyliders, 12-pounder gun,
Scuba Leeds have trips scheduled to all the above destinations (we love metal) and also can provide full training from the PADI Wreck Diver specialty course through to Tech diving qualifications on open circuit and CCR.