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After some late hassels changing dive site's due to the poor viz inshore we left Dover Marina this morning on Dave Batchelors top quality Dive Boat - Neptune :)

Some of the local divers had been out the day before to the same area and were reporting 12-15m of viz. The sea was a nice flat calm and Neptune, which is a fast boat soon had us out and passing the original dive site on the Anderman - This was in some green and murky looking water. A few miles later the water got nice and blue and by the time we were at the dive site it was a nice dark blue indicating some top quality viz :) this was the SS Cuvier which had been waiting for us since she sank on 9 March 1900.

The wreck was shotted while we kitted up and the boat anchored into it. We were in the middle of the shipping lanes and had some VERY big ships trundling past us, so had to ensure we came back up the shot.

I was diving with Blanaid who had planned a 60 min run time, whereas i was working on an 90 min one, so we compromised and did 75 min :)

Down the shot we went in some very clear water to find the top of the deck at about 33-35m, the wreck was nice and intact with lots of deck planking in place. I tied off a line by the shot just to relieve any stress of finding it at the end and off we went. There was a break in the deck after about 10m and we dropped into this. We could see well into the wreck and there were lots of entry points.

After a look over the side i could see a porthole on the seabed, so we dropped over the side and down about 9m of hull to the seabed at 43m, a quick pull showed this to be a random bit of round debris, so after catching then releasing a small lobster we went back onto the deck and back towards the bow. Passing Chasey and the Dude coming back towards us.

After lots more looking we came to a large break and gap just short of the bow and dropped down for a good rummage in this going out both sides onto the seabed at 43m again. As i went out the starboard side there was the rim of a bell just poking out of the sand, so like a flash i was on it and a quick bit of pulling soon had a rather disintegrating bit of bucket free :(

Back towards the shot and a very large lobster was watching me from his hole, i reeled my line in past him then when i was behind him i dropped the reel went around a post and grabbed a perfect pot size lobster, his luck had run out :) Then Doh :( the he was a she in berry so it was her lucky day after all and off she went :(

Back at the shot we met Dude and Chasey again, so as they and Blanaid were all on VR£ i left Blan with them while i worked off my Vytec and its lack of deep stops. Meeting up with Getafix at 6m for a rather mellow deco, and being joined by Blan a bit later.

So back onto Neptune without breaking the lift, much to Mark and Howard's relief, soon after dekitting we had a cup of tea followed by a very welcome Bacon Sarnie :) then a bit later some fruit. So top boat service here :)

Dave joined us having dropped in to release the anchor and even bought up a load of very nice bowls so that we all had a bit of nice spidge to take home.

So a top day out on a top boat with a most excellent crew and service :)
 

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Paul Oliver said:
After a look over the side i could see a porthole on the seabed, so we dropped over the side and down about 9m of hull to the seabed at 43m, a quick pull showed this to be a random bit of round debris
Paul Oliver said:
As i went out the starboard side there was the rim of a bell just poking out of the sand, so like a flash i was on it and a quick bit of pulling soon had a rather disintegrating bit of bucket free

More Helium next time mate.

Jus
 

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Nice report Paul sorry i was unable to make it,

Mark i am glade you had a good Birthday Pressent you now ow me one
 

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Juz said:
More Helium next time mate.

Jus
:D I was just thinking - spot the air diver! When's that BSAC trimix course becoming available again Paul?

Top report!
 

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I forgot to say that once the Dude realized that Mark was taking his video camera, i was dropped as a buddy instantly. However Mark spent most of the dive behind the Dude, so even with a wide angle lens there won't be many shots where he can see around the Dude's ass. ;) :)
 

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You have to check out these random round shapes :)

Anyway at least i can remember doing it ;)
 

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tom said:
Are you still talking about the Dude's ass? :eek:
Definitely not :eek: :eek:mg:
 

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Just back from badminton so too shagged to do a proper report just now. Mind you i have down loaded the video :D

An absolutely fantastic dive. Great viz, lovely wreck ,lovely depth so loads of bottom time for little deco. What more can a diver ask.

When Paul posted this trip I reeeeeeeeeeelyyyy wanted to go. I was almost disappointed when my Thursday, Friday dive gig went ahead.

It wasn't for the dive so much as just to get a chance to go out with Paul, Blanaid, Alan and Howard for a dive. Any dive. In the end by chance my wife went off to Gothenberg, to do some work for Volvo, and I felt it was an opportunity not to be missed. It turned out to be a classic.

Great mates, great dive, great boat and skipper.

I had a wonderful day, many thanks Paul your a star.

ATB

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Awesome day......

Paul it was a brilliant day! Thanks so much!
The sun shone, I was in shorts & trying to catch the rays,
the viz was great, I followed Paul down the shot & saw the wreck looming when I was at 20 odd metres!
I spent my dive, getting used to being back in cold water, communing with blennies, stroppy crabs & lobbies, it was great........ there was a wreck there too!
We dropped over the side & I got serious vertigo coming back up to pick up Pauls reel......... yeuch, glad I hadn't eaten breakfast it would have been in my loop!
Pottled along to the bow, with another drop off, I had an arguement with the worlds smallest bolshy crab & Paul went off chasing mermaids, or portholes or some such elusive treasure! We turned it and headed back, my ears sang every time I went up a few metres!
An uneventful ascent & deco, slack lasted for ages :D

Brilliant day, brilliant buddy, great to meet up with with Alan, Paul, the Dud & Mark again, good to meet everyone else.........

Roll on the 20th & Henry B Plant & I'm still smiling! :teeth:
 

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Juz said:
More Helium next time mate.

Jus

You beat me to it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Well thats what happens to LEYBOURNE PUDDLE Divers trying to act the hero :D


Paul,

Did you really think the BELL would be there after all the divers i had put on there in the past, Port hole in the sand , I ask ya ....... tut tut tut
 

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Top report :thumbsup: Just arrange it for a Friday next time...

Reading your report one thing really concerned me:
Paul Oliver said:
then a bit later some fruit. So top boat service here :)
Are you aware of the DCI implications of eating fruit so soon after a dive?

Janos
 

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When they came out with the Bacon Sarnies i tried to stop them giving the Dude one as he's on a diet, but they insisted :)

The fruit was nectarines, very nice after a dive :)
 

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Did you really think the BELL would be there after all the divers i had put on there in the past, Port hole in the sand , I ask ya ....... tut tut tut
You know how the sands can shift :)

I actually did not feel at all Narked on this dive, with the viz and light levels, and a very competent buddy, there was just no feeling at all of any narcosis and i can clearly remember the whole dive in great detail.

I'm also well dived up in the 40m+ range this year which i find helps a lot :)

I had the option to use Trimix on this but felt it was a waste of money at these depths.
 

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Just to add my thanks to Paul for organising it, and to Dave for Skippering a really good day out. Andrew M.
 

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It was a cracking day out. Thanks Paul for getting it sorted. Good to meet up with all the others again, Both new and old faces.

Flat calm, good vis, warm sun, and a nice depth for not too much deco, coupled with a good wreck. My only regret is that my 10 mins of digging in one of the holds only turned up broken crockery (or maybe I broke it while digging?)!!! I got a bit bored using my bottom time like that, so then mooched off over the rest of the wreck, turning into an inpromptu model for one of the local lads and his digital camera..... he must have realised I was by far the best looking of the bunch, and concentrated his photographic skills upon me. ;)

I'm used to getting all sorts of things over my undersuit normally, but Nectarine juice is a first! Thanks to Blanaid for being vegetarian as well..... if anyone wonders where her bacon roll went.... wonder no-more!!

Can't wait for the next one!

Alan :)
 

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Well l had a great day, good vis, great wreck, managed to dump Paul and got Mark as a buddy.....ooops l mean team member :D

So thanks to the organiser.....even if it is Paul. :frown:

Aparantly l'm the star in Chaseys "Wot not to do on a rebreather dive" video that he took on the dive. Top of the list is not to dive with a diluent of 18/35 but have your VR£ set to OC. :D

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.......Brilliant day, brilliant buddy, great to meet up with with Alan, Paul, the Dud & Mark again, good to meet everyone else.........
Blanaid l KNOW this must be a typo, but just in case its DudE with an E not Dud. :)

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Doh, l've just realised what you meant, you added a comma by mistake and it should read Paul the dud. :D
 

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Paul Oliver:
Down the shot we went in some very clear water to find the top of the deck at about 33-35m, the wreck was nice and intact with lots of deck planking in place. I tied off a line by the shot just to relieve any stress of finding it at the end and off we went. There was a break in the deck after about 10m and we dropped into this. We could see well into the wreck and there were lots of entry points.

After a look over the side i could see a porthole on the seabed, so we dropped over the side and down about 9m of hull to the seabed at 43m, a quick pull showed this to be a random bit of round debris, so after catching then releasing a small lobster we went back onto the deck and back towards the bow.

After lots more looking we came to a large break and gap just short of the bow and dropped down for a good rummage in this going out both sides onto the seabed at 43m again. As i went out the starboard side there was the rim of a bell just poking out of the sand, so like a flash i was on it and a quick bit of pulling soon had a rather disintegrating bit of bucket free :(
That's almost exactly the same as my dive on Tuesday! Only difference being the deck was at 40m, sea-bed 44m and I had a Squirt of Mix in my Dil. ;)
Great trip report, ain't this weather great :thumbsup:

ATB,
Terry
 

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Ta for organising Paul - the grub after the dive was a nice touch by the crew - puts the rest of us to shame. Might see you out on the 20th, we'll be in that neck of the woods. look out for us, we'll be the boat with a lifeboat about a quarter cable in front of us.
 

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Out of curiosity what were you breathing? Air? or Rebreathers? What was your deco? 75min on 40m must be quite a lot of decoon air.
 
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