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Thought I'd have a go at organizing a trip.so here goes
16th & 17th August 2003 Two dives a day aboard the
M.V. Clutha info at:- www.clyde-diving.co.uk
2(two)dives each day (air fills available on board additional cost) £22 per day.Also accommodation in Largs which could be at 2002 prices
ie:-£16 per night B&B.
I have 8 (eight)places. (Non refundable) deposit of £22p.p.required.
interested contact me on: [email protected]  
suppose this has to be first come first served.  
 

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could be up for it...what are you planning to dive?
 

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I thought it was a bit early to stipulate dive sites,
probably in the 30-40mtr range will be happy to go by majority vote nearer the time.Wallachia,Akka & Greenoch come to mind.
 

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ideal...keep it rolling.  If you want a hand. drop me an email.  been wanting to get on Wallachia for a year.
 

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Ditto with the distance in time. Strong possible though (I usually hate people who say that so feel free to do so!!
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Paul
 

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Although I don't want to push anyone:bash: I can probably hold off paying the deposit for the boat until the end of Jan.
After that I will probably loose the booking:cry:
 

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Kev

Being a Redcar boy I'd love to support you in your first organised trip, but mate! you've only gone and picked the 17th August which happens to be my wedding anniversary and I'm sure it would be my last were I to try and convince Diane that she should spend it standing on the banks of the Clyde while I go diving with me mates... need I say more??

sorry bud
 

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If you give me a shout nearer the time I suppose that we could drag ourselves out of bed at 8am to join you on the RIB:tong: I would recomend the Wallachia. If you are coming this far she is one not to miss. The only problem, as with all Clyde wrecks, is the darkness. Make sure everyone has a #### good torch.

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I've been told the currents are a big consideration with the Clyde wrecks too, ie not much slackwater, are tey as bad as I've been led to believe?
Chee-az
Steve
(fairly well-endowed in the torch department!)
 

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Not really, most of the wrecks are in 30-40mtrs where there is enough depth to lessen the strength of the flow. Some of the wrecks (e.g.The Kintyre) that are closer to the shore do have currents screaming through them at certain tide states. Your best bet would be to figure the tables out first and try and hit them as close to slack as possible. You need to remember that I dive there reasonably often, so what isn't strong to me might be strong to the next guy.

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Depends where you dive, Akka and Wallichia are pretty much divable at anytime, or the times to avoid are shorter than the times to dive - look on a chart, the tide info only goes up to about 0.4kts on a spring. Further south towards Isle of Cumbrae the tide does become a little more or an issue (HMS Beagle for instance).

If you are on Clutha though, Elaine and Drew really know their stuff - nice boat too!

Paul

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Quote[/b] ]Quote: from Steve W on 4:45 pm on Jan. 15, 2003
(fairly well-endowed in the torch department!)
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Ok, many people have, upon seeing Steves Torch wondered where he must have obtained such a beast for it is a truly unique piece of equipment.  

Well, after much investigation I have found out the truth.  It starts out a long time ago.  

Not content with amassing vast fortunes aquiring Nazi gold, or producing obscenely expensive timepieces, or becoming world authorities in the making of cuckoo clocks and holey cheese, the Swiss government were looking at other areas in which to embrace, expand, dominate and exploit (imagine Microsft but with cheese).  A goverment committee was comissioned with selecting one area which would serve to take the Swiss into a new era.  During a working group brainstoring session a fantastic new idea was hatched and developed which really would be new for the whole of Switzerland and could take them into a whole new direction - Military Goods.  Of course being Swiss and therefore 'neutral', they felt honour bound not to produce arms of any description and of course, being Swiss they needed to enter an arena where vast profits could be made.  After a number of special group studies and seeing how obscene profits could be made elsewhere, they finally they hit upon Marine goods - Military Marine Goods - add in a little Diving Orientation and there you have it - the ultimate money maker - but how to put these together, that was the question?

Now, the Swiss not being totally conversant with the requirements of a modern naval fighting force some help in developing killer ideas was required.  So another Sub-commitee working group special action group was set-up and they brought in an outside Business-development  'Blue Sky' agency to help.  

The agency were excellent and segmented the appropriate markets and, sure enough, found a gap in the market.  The idea was fantastic, one that was completely unexploited by anybody else and it fitted an obvious need.  

Down in the water it gets dark right, I mean really dark, especially at night.  You need to see where you're going yeah?  

Especially if you're driving a great big submarine!!  

That's it!  Headlights for submarines!  What a killer idea.  


Best of all they could charge a fortune for it.  So, the idea was presented and a project started.  Models were made, audiences were shown, excitement was generated and the funding approved to develop the idea further.  

Eventually the day came and a prototype was unveiled to an expectant group of ministers and civil servants - WOW, thats a big, I mean BIG light.  The attendant spectators were equipped with sunglasses and the light was dully switched on to a great applause - WOW, thats a bright light, and boy, do I mean bright!  Fantastic, this was going to be a real success - all they need to do now was strap it to a Sub.  

Before that, they needed to get a sub.

And, that's when the trouble started and the whole thing fell to pieces.  You see when asking the British Navy for a sub for the weekend it was eventually realised that subs had a thing called SONAR and some of secret version of GPS so that the subs didn't need a headlight.  Oh, and subs don't have windows!  


Oops.


The project was quietly abandoned and the evidence destroyed.  The Light was due to be destroyed in a Government facility was instead stolen and sold for a night with an Eastern European lady.  

Eventually that light made its way to a small diving shop in the UK - to be bought by a young BSAC diver looking for a handy back-up torch.

And that is the story of Steves Submarine Headlight.  
 

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I've seen this torch and it is truly HUGE!... there are cod in the north sea that are still blind after making the mistake of allowing themselves to be illuminated by... Steve's Big'un!
 

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I used to joke to people that "When I grow up I want to be an Admiral in the Swiss Navy..."

But I've been told that apparently the Swiss do have a navy!  Doh!
 

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Ah.  

It seems the credibility of my story has been destroyed.
 

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Kev, sounds great Iv'e done the Clyde a few times and wreck Wallachia,Akka & Greenoch.  Would love to come along.  Drop me a line with more infor etc.
 
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