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<font color='#0000FF'>What is the deepest wreck you have been on in the UK and/or Abroad and how deep was it?

I have only been on 1 wreck and that was the Um El Faroud in Malta and that was around 26 metres to the bridge of the boat.

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That'll be down to the techies like Mark and Andy who seem to regularly do 60-ish metre wrecks in the channel, my personal deepest ones were the Clyde wrecks Akka, Wallachia etc around 35-40ish metres.
 

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<font color='#32CD32'>For me it was The 'J. R. Park' out of Lamourna cove in Cornwall.

57m - a fantastic, beautiful dive.

If memory serves correctly it was a 20 minute BT and a total dive duration of 80 mins.

20/32 trimix bottom gas with 80% deco stage.

To be fair, depth is only worth it if there is something there to see - never do depth for the sake of it.......... just don't want to be seen to 'over glamourise' deep diving.
 

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Rondo in the Sound of Mull, 50/1/2/3 on air. 'Tis not big nor clever, so don't do it.

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The Aida,  

Sits upright on the steep slope of the Northwest side of Big brother.

The bow starts at 20m and the Stern ends at +60m.

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I've done both the Aida and the Numibia but only to the 45m level. We had two Belgians on the boat who rounded the stern of both (I think thats 60m+) on single 12l ali tanks of air ON THE SAME DAY!
 

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Quote[/b] (daz @ Dec. 16 2003,15:39)]The Aida,  

Sits upright on the steep slope of the Northwest side of Big brother.

The bow starts at 20m and the Stern ends at +60m.

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<font color='#0000FF'>Yep, this is my deepest warm water wreck, didn't go to the bottom though, low to mid 50's.

Done several UK ones in the 40 metre range.

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Quote[/b] (spike jackson @ Dec. 16 2003,15:53)]I've done both the Aida and the Numibia but only to the 45m level. We had two Belgians on the boat who rounded the stern of both (I think thats 60m+) on single 12l ali tanks of air ON THE SAME DAY!
I think if memory serves me correct the numibia is about 45m at the deepest point.  But a 70m(ish) and 45m dive on the same day does seem a tad adventurous  


The mast at the furthest point of the Aida is at 60m,  The stern is deeper still (Thus my 70m reference above)

I might have gone a tad ambitious on the Aida, depth wise but I did have a pony (and a buddy!)  
  But like Peter says,  It ain't big and it ain't clever.  


Fantastic wreck though!  and 40m to 45m is about the right depth to aim for as a maximum for bottom time and the hammerheads  
 

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again, not big or clever, but:

60m on air, wreck of the president coolidge in vanuatu. there's a swimming pool on the deck at 60m, the game is to count how many colours of tiles there are - no one ever gets it right!

absolutely fantastic wreck though - all the cruise liner trappings (swimming pool, sculptures, pottery, barbers chair) with troop carrier gear from the war (guns, tanks, landrovers, aircraft parts) and of course masses of life.
 

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I dived the Illinois which has apparently got 70m to the sea bed at the deepest point but there is nothing down on the sea bed as she is upright so I did the whole dive on the deck deepest point 64.3 (that 0.3 is soooooooo important) The next day we did an unnamed wreck which turned out to be a fairly modern freighter again in about 70m but she was upright so I logged 64.6.

My favourite deep wreck at the moment is the Duke of Buccleugh which you dive at 50-56m but I have logged 60 on her getting china out of the scour. We nick named her Tesco as she has literally thousands of bowls, plates, glasses etc on her and she is packed with sea life as well.

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<font color='#000080'>The James Barrie and the Markgraf, one of them was 45m (long story, killed my computer before writing up my log book, so not sure which one was the 45m dive had to go off the depth gauge on my console).
Both were fantastic dives, going inside the hold on the James Barrie, and sitting between the rudders on the Markgraf.
Have done the Clyde wrecks steve w is on about, very very nice wrecks but not for the faint hearted, balls of steel and all that for those ones.  Black is not the word for it!
 

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Did the R.B. Johnson off Southern Florida a month or so ago - maxed out at 79.2 in the engine room
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.   Lovely warm water, vis etc, but TBH I much prefer knocking about on UK wrecks in the 50-60m range.  The Duke of Buccleugh's a real favourite.  Ere Mark, you know that the guys who found the Duke got severely nicked for hawking the goodies they swiped off her around the bars in Littlehampton?
The Bessel's a fascinating dive at about 62 to the bed but dark & scary..... U86 in 60 probably my fave this year.
 

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Quote[/b] (Rob Evans @ Dec. 16 2003,18:24)]Ere Mark, you know that the guys who found the Duke got severely nicked for hawking the goodies they swiped off her around the bars in Littlehampton?
For the record, I found this photograph whilst walking the dog Not my dog of course, because I dont own one but I borrowed one of a bloke I met in a pub. Any resemblance to my dining room is purely a coincidence.

Pheue close one  


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Quote[/b] (Porg @ Dec. 16 2003,18:10)]Have done the Clyde wrecks steve w is on about, very very nice wrecks but not for the faint hearted, balls of steel and all that for those ones.  Black is not the word for it!
Don't you kid yourself!!!
I was born'n'bred on the Clyde wrecks. Pah, at least you're near a pot when you get confused about what way is up and what way is down.
This crowd that think Dover is *difficult* wouldn't know what hit them.

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For warm water the Aida on the Brothers, Red Sea, is mine too for wrecks - around 45m and not at the bottom. The James Barry is the 40+m in Scapa porg is talking about and I done quite a few up there around 36 - 38m. If you want to talk black as hell then it has to be the Beagle in the Clyde just off Cumbrae at around 35m. Real coal bunker stuff even with a torch. One of the only dives I thought to myself "what the f*** am I doing here. As for the Akka - a top dive for all the family.

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I dive the same WWII wrecks in the Med every summer and the deepest I have decided to stop at is a WWII landing barge at 54m on air. No trimix is available there yet but I am planning to train up to trimix in time for mix availability down there. There are several other wreck in the 65-75m range which I plan/hope to dive on mix one day.

re the Numidia (or was it the Aida?) at the brothers, the stern is at 70m or so
 

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Quote[/b] (peter k @ Dec. 17 2003,00:57)]I was born'n'bred on the Clyde wrecks. Pah, at least you're near a pot when you get confused about what way is up and what way is down.
This crowd that think Dover is *difficult* wouldn't know what hit them.

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Northan woos moaning about a little darkness


Admitedly I have never dived the Clyde but I have done a few of Brighton and Dover where the tourch was needed about half way down the shot. Usualy its a combination of mid water plancton and an overcast sky, Two weeks ago on the Moldavia was prety bad with no ambient light at 46m and low 2m viz. but the worst I ever did was the Kerryado in 40m. Pitch black in the middle of June
good viz with a tourch but I was on air and narked silly due in part to the opresive darkness.

To be honist the only dives that I find dificult are very poor viz ie 1m or less. You have no idea where you are on the wreck and accidential penitration is a life threatening problem. Thats more than likley due to diving Trimix on dives over 35m. A clear head does wonders for your confidance.

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<font color='#000080'>lets put it like this about the clyde....i had the piss taken for spending nearly £400 notes on a HID torch.  After that trip it all went very quiet and i have never known so many people want to be my buddy when its dark.
I heard a tale about a guy going down a shot on a clyde wreck, dropping off it and not being able to find the way out (he was inside a bunker on a wreck) and not being able to find the shot either.  He went up one wall, to the ceiling, then had to work his way along till he found a hole and then out.  Not fun when you aint expecting it!
 

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The Clyde is best put as variable. It can be as bad a literally not being able to see your hand in front of your face to 6-8m with the viz getting better and better as you go down towards the North Channel. By the time you reach Ailsa Craig 15m viz is not uncommon.
We are really taking about the Upper estuary when bad viz is mentioned, Unfortunately this is where most of the reachable wrecks in less than 30m or so are.
 
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