A taste of a Shetland Trip
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Murray Field – Sunk in 1942 carrying ammunition, she was a large steam ship and has now been heavily salvaged so she is well scattered and is open to the weather the depth ranges from 10m – 30m with a good chance of seeing seals
Glen Isla – - Sunk 1917 in a collision. Sitting on an even keel, wreck complete but is broken in the middle – deck gun is lying on the sea bed along side of the wreck – depths 38m-48m (very nice wreck)
Gwladmena – Sunk 1918, on an even keel and intact again gun on sea bed at the side of the wreck – a very nice dive – depths 30m-40m (for both wrecks (Glen Isla and Gwealdmena) both still have live ammunition onboard)
Pionersk – A Russian Klondyker – Sunk in the 1994 – this was a very big ship of its type weighing in at 1300 tons, with a length of 165m’s but is well exposed to the weather and again is fairly broken up, but you can still see stainless steel port holes amongst the wreckage a decent 2nd dive. – Depth – 14m-24m
Lunokhod 1 – A Russian Klondyker- sunk in 1993 – 2500 tons . This wreck lies under Bressay Lighthouse in a very picturesque area. Under water the wreck is broken but in two lumps, with two main sections- the bow section is in 42m and recognisable and the stern breaks the surface under the light house. The wreck lies in general depths of 12m-40m with lots of life on it and lots of life on the walls next to the wreck and a pretty archway leading away from the wreck again covered in life
The Valkyrie – 90ft steel seine fishing boat – sunk very recently – sitting in 45m-49m sitting upright in seabed completely intact
Bardhead – (nicknamed Giants Leg) – a very good scenic dive. – Lies approximately in 22m – as the name describes this is like a giants leg made of rock coming out of the cliff face which can be circumnavigated in one dive lots of dead men’s on the walls and full of life all around. Both this dive and the Lunokhod are very good for people with cameras.
St Sunniva – 10-25m – this is a wreck that we tend to do on the way past on the way back to Orkney, very broken but worth the rummage all the same.
South Gravel – Fair Isle – depth 30m – this is an excellent scenic dive in the middle of nowhere – a cave at 21m opening up on the inside to the surface, the face of the cliff is well swept with the swell but has amazing life on it. Last time we dived this lots of nudi-brancs, sea hares, and jewel anemones we do this dive because it is half way back to Orkney.