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Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:19 am
by Ged Kirwan
The Penrhos wreck was a very nice dive in just 18mtrs off the North Wales coast. We sailed 5 miles out to the windfarms from Colwyn Bay in the lovely sunshine. It was a bit windy but who cares when the sun is out.

We had some coordinates for the wreck but hadn't dived it before, so we were pleased to confirm the position when a nice bump appeared on the echo sounder. It's always a good feeling to know that the shot is in the right place, and when Thomas and I descended the shotline we could see the white plumose anemones well before we got to the the bottom so we knew we were off to a good start.

The wreck is pretty well intact but isn't huge, just about 100ft long, so we had plenty of time to go round her and over her. The shot was in the scour just by the sternpost, so we moved it a little way from the wreck to make recovery trouble free, then started our tour around the stern deck area. The deck itself has disappeared but the deck support structure is still there so looking down into the holds with torches we could see masses of fish sheltering inside. There are some prominent hood like structures over the two companion ways leading down below decks which were densely covered in anenomes. Going forward there is more structure probably the collapsed wheelhouse. Again, everything is covered in anenomes and dead mens' fingers and more shoaling fish. As we moved forward there was some fishing lines and weights, so extra care required here. Look out for yourself and for your buddy. We went around the outside of the wreck and the life is a little different there with starfish and crabs and so on. Time to get back to the shot, so we had a last tootle round the stern deck area and back up the shot after a very pleasant three quarters of an hour.

Back on the boat Thomas said it was his best UK wreck dive and I can see why. An intact wreck in good vis with loads of life on it. Thank you Maria for coxing the boat. Cracking day out.


Posted: Sun May 14, 2017 2:18 pm
by Chris Blackburn
It sounds like you enjoyed yourselves.

Good to see people out and about.


Posted: Sun May 14, 2017 5:11 pm
by Mick Cook
Great write-up Ged. When do you intend to do it again?


Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:37 pm
by Mandy Knott
Fabulous! And sounds like the Viz was on your side!