Wrecks

Clyde Wrecks Accessible From Largs Marina

 

  • MV AKKA

  • GREENOCK

  • CHAMPION

  • KINTYRE

  • WALLACHIA

  • OVINGTON

  • BEAGLE

  • CATALINA Seaplane

  • LADY ISABELLA

  • CUIRASSIER

  • Loch Striven

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    The Clyde provides sheltered sites to suit all diving preferences and abilities, from the novice diver, to mixed gas deep diving.

    Listed below are some of the more popular wreck sites available but any request for a particular site can usually be accommodated.


     

     

     

     

    MV AKKA

    5409gt 442’x 56’x 25’
    In 1956 the 14yr old MV AKKA, with 33 crew was loaded with iron ore and heading for Glasgow. Passing the Gantock Rocks the rudder failed and she was extensively holed, sinking in 3 mins killing 3 crew, 3 more later died. An interesting wreck with abundant sealife and access to bridge, engine room, companionways and stairways.

    Depth 18 - 40 mtrs

    Sailing Time 70 Mins

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    GREENOCK

    461nt 181’x 38’x 14’

    Launched in 1876 the dredger GREENOCK worked the Clyde estuary until 1902 when she was struck by the steamerApe. 16 of the 17 crew were saved, the fatality being the engineers’ son whose body was never recovered. Lying in 22-30 mtrs, the hull remains almost intact except for the deck structure. The twin 99hp engines lie exposed as do anchors, hoses and lifting tackle.

    Depth 22 - 30 Mtrs

    Sailing Time 60 Mins

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    CHAMPION

    26nt 108’x 18’x 10’

    Crewed by 6 and launched in 1882, the iron paddle tug CHAMPION delivered papers and mail to villages in the Clyde estuary. In dense fog in Dec. 1896 the paddle steamer Caledonia ripped into her port side and penetrated her engine room sinking her in 5 mins. The stern section is intact and the impressive starboard paddle stands intact well above the deck height.

    Depth 34 - 38 mtrs.

    Sailing Time 55 Mins

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    KINTYRE

    96nt 185’x 23’x 12’

    A small graceful cargo steamship, launched in 1868, the KINTYRE collided with the steamer Maori and holed in the starboard side. All were saved except the engineer who was never found. Apart from the depth, 35-50 mtrs, there are no problems. The hull is substantially intact with easy access to accommodation, holds and engine room.

    Depth 35 - 50 mtrs

    Sailing Time 50 Mins

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    WALLACHIA

    1077nt 259’x 36’x 18’

    The single screw steamer WALLACHIA was carrying spirits, glass, earthenware, footwear and building materials when hit by Norwegian steamer Flos in 1895 and sunk in 25 mins. Salvage divers removed her masts and she lay forgotten until 1977. She lies in 27-31 mtrs and is one of the most popular dives on the Clyde. Jars and glassware can frequently be recovered.

    Depth 27 - 31 mtrs

    Sailing Time 42 Mins

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    OVINGTON

    444nt 187’x 28’x 14’

    The steamship OVINGTON left Glasgow with a crew of 12 in Dec 1889. Fog forced her to stop and she was instantly hit by the steamship Victoria with the loss of 5 crew. A huge explosion littered the sea with debris and she sank in 5 mins. She lies upright in 32-35 mtrs. Take care if descending below deck level. Access to bridge, engine room and galley.

    Depyh 32 - 35 mtrs

    Sailing Time 40 Mins

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    BEAGLE

    454gt 186’x 26’x 13’

    The cargo passenger steamer BEAGLE launched in 1864, collided with the steamer Napoli off the Gt Cumbrae in 1865 and sank in 9 mins. The hull is open and support beams have collapsed into the port side, the collision damage is clearly visible. The decking in the stern is intact with the rudder, propeller and stern covered in coral and anemones. The wreck lies in 30-32 mtrs on a flat seabed.

    Depth 30 - 32 mtrs

    Sailing Time 23Mins

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    CATALINA

    Seaplane

    The Consolidated PBX CATALINA Flying Boat lies in 20-25 mtrs and is the most dived wreck on the Clyde, providing an easy but interesting dive. Although the cabin and tailplane are missing the fuselage can be entered with care and lies on the sandy seabed leaning on its starboard wing, the port wing lies broken around the wreck.

    Depth 20 - 25 mtrs

    Sailing Time 10 Mins

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    LADY ISABELLA

    1396nt 255’x 38’x 20’

    In an eventful voyage lasting 4 months, the LADY ISABELLA lost 100 tons of cargo and one crewmember and was eventually grounded on the west coast of Little Cumbrae in 1902. She quickly broke up but was partly salvaged over the next few years. The remainder lies in 5-15 mtrs with machinery, ropes and wood visible. Small artifacts can still be found.

    Depth 5 - 15 mtrs

    Sailing Time 35 Mins

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    CUIRASSIER

    The Cuirassier, a small rear engined coastal steamer built 1860. On 15th July 1894 while outward bound from Glasgow she ran ashore near the Little Cumbrae Lighthouse. The seabed around this part slopes steeply and as the tide rose she slipped back and sank. The remains lie in 30-36mtrs on the steep slope and is well broken up with only the aft section from boiler to stern left.

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    Depth 30 - 36 mtrs

    Sailing Time 30 Mins

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    Loch Striven

    The Wrecks in Loch Striven lie at Brackley Point on the east side of the loch. These include a MTB, Minesweeper and Barge.

    The MTB lies just north of the point in 38-44mtrs and was located in 2000. The wreck lies upright and is reasonably intact, with some "brass bits" still on it.

    The Minesweeper and Barge lie close together on the south side of the point in 15-20mtrs and are dived regularly from the shore. These wrecks were sunk by live gunnery practice at the end of the war to dispose of them.

    Depth 15 - 45 mtrs

    Sailing Time 70 Mins

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    About This Page

    Further Information on Clyde wrecks is available in the book "Clyde Shipwrecks" and the video "The Silent Fleet", both are available from all good dive shops.

    Reef sites are also available around the Little & Great Cumbrae Isles, with depths ranging from 15mtrs to 44mtrs

    Air and Nitrox re-fills are available at the marina dive shop. The nearest manned re-compression chamber is only 15min away from Largs on Gt Cumbrae Island at the Marine Research Station.

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