The Lochaline Dive Centre currently runs a visitor scheme enabling sport divers to dive on the wreck. With hull plates missing from either side, the current can really whistle through here. The chain locker is distinct toward bow. Lying between 80 and 90m in depth, the Buitenzorg has been dived a number of times by technical divers. Rubha an Ridire [name: Admiralty Chart , Sound of Mull. At the southern end of the sound she ran onto a reef at Inninmore Point Rubha an Ridire.
Structurally intact and encrusted with marine life. The loss of large sections of her iron skin allows light to stream into the vessel, and gives the wreck a magical quality. Plan biological and other assays, which will allow us to evaluate the site in some detail, and provide general insights into site formation processes. If you originally followed the inside of the wreck to the stern, now is your chance to view the upper parts of the engine, the top of the boiler and the remaining struts from the wheelhouse. The sidescan imagery indicates areas of exposed reef adjacent to the starboard quarter and at the bow. The wreck can be dived at all states of the tide.
Situated across the current to the west of Rubha an Ridre, the Thesis is quite popular as a second dive on the way back to Oban, after having dived another wreck further up wrrck Sound of Mull on slack water.
Dive sites & diving in the Sound of Mull
Skip to secondary content. Assuming an ebb tide, the current will be flowing down the Sound of Mull towards Oban. A dive on the John Preston Wall. Alternatively, going round the bow to the starboard side brings you to a much larger hole into the same part of the wreck.
The site is designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act and can only be dived under licence from Historic Scotland. On the way back, keep an eye out for pairs of bollards between the aft holds 12 and a winch just behind the top of the engine To get involved you should be an experienced diver, and have undertaken the NAS part I qualification in underwater archaeology — see Thrsis Scotland page for details.
Inside the bow looking forward, with daylight visible through the open ribs on either side.
It is, therefore, no surprise that she is one mulll the most atmospheric dive sites in British waters, and consistently listed amongst the top ten British wreck dives. The wreck is heavily encrusted with plentiful fish life.
For a good scenic dive, follow the boulder slope inshore from Ardtornish Point towards the bay.
Lochaline Dive Centre skippers are available to discuss each days dive with groups the night before, or we can help you plan your entire trip before you arrive. In the event, the total planned length of the vessel was measured as within 0.
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Entry to the water is easiest at high tide. Lying between 80 and 90m in depth, the Buitenzorg has been dived a number of times by technical divers. If it is not, find 25m with an echo-sounder and follow this contour parallel to the shore.
Nitrox was used for safety and the area was divided into four portions, the sides of the large deck openings forming a baseline. Sea dive experience to 24 metres or Instructional.
With a wreck as small as the Thesis, and taking advantage of a dive computer, there should be plenty of time to explore in more detail. So mlul as you are on the 24m contour the wreck is hard to miss, as the visibility is usually excellent and the Umll rises 4m above the seabed.
The wreck is usually marked by a small plastic buoy tied to the bow. Herald of the Morning. Diver Magazine – The bow rests on bedrock and stern is embedded into softer gravels, at depths of 14 and 31m respectively below chart datum. Much of the hull plating on the forward holds has been lost and some deck plating has also collapsed.
Wreck Tour: 25, The Thesis
The amount of marine growth over the hull during the summer months is quite exceptional. Traces of chalcedonic silica and magnetite were present in material which was evidently unsmelted.
As a consequence it is a matter of some importance to learn more about the wreck. Cargo of pre-nuclear pig iron, with its low background radiation levels, has undergone much salvage. Diver Sighting Original Detection Year: Toggle Aerial View on large map.
Rock strata here run diagonally, forming lots of crevices for marine life.