BSAC is more than just Chorley branch, and so when Simon from Burnley BSAC mentioned that he had spaces on a trip to dive the Sound of Mull over the Spring bank holiday weekend I was quick to sign up.
We spent 3 days living on and diving from MV Clasina, Bob Anderson’s “new” boat. Bob is an excellent skipper, and his new boat has some nice features such as a covered area in the bow where you can put your drysuit on in the dry.
We boarded at Dunstaffnage marina, and spent Friday evening re-visiting the highlights of Oban (OK, we had an Indian meal and then ended up in Wetherspoons as it was the only bar with enough spare seats!) Saturday and Sunday evenings were spent in Tobermory (better known to younger readers as Balamorey).
On Saturday morning we motored a few hundred metres to dive the wreck of the SS Breda, which is familiar to many of Chorley BSAC. The wreck lies upright, and is still a very recognisable shape. It was Jacob’s first dive on the Breda and he wasn’t disappointed. https://www.scottishshipwrecks.com/s-s-breda/
Dive 2 was the Shuna, another classic large steamship wreck https://www.scottishshipwrecks.com/shuna-s-of-mull/ .
On day 2 we dived the SS Rondo, which is easily remembered by its unusual orientation, lying bow down at approximately 54m against a steep slope with the stern being at about 6m https://www.scottishshipwrecks.com/rondo/
This was followed by a dive on the Hispania, my favourite Sound of Mull wreck because of the amount of marine life. Unfortunately slack water wasn’t very slack, making the dive a continual battle to keep out of the current. My young and enthusiastic dive buddy was undeterred by this and we did nearly an hour, whereas the rest of the group had (sensibly) given up after about half that time! https://www.scottishshipwrecks.com/hispania/
The plan was to dive the Hispania again on the final day, but it was clear that the current was just as strong as the previous day (we were on spring tides) and so we headed to the Shuna. This was followed by a scallop dive in Ardtornish Bay to round off an excellent weekend.
All in all, an excellent weekend of good diving, sunshine and calm seas and good company. A combination of medical issues and Covid meant that this was my first sea diving for over 2 years, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was good to be back.
As I was easing myself back in to sea diving, I didn’t take my camera, but I’ve shared some of Lindsey Fell’s photos on the club Facebook page <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/p ... ></iframe>
Reports on our previous club dive trips and some of our day diving activities
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