CLYDE

MV Akka (1956) 
Depth: 18m - 40m

5409gt Steel Motor Vessel

The Akka is by far the largest diveable shipwreck in the Clyde and has something for everyone. She sits SE/NW on an even keel on a seabed ranging from 30m at the bow to 40m at the stern. Most of her superstructure remains well intact including half of the bridge section amidships, winches, stairwells, ladders and more. The sheer size of this wreck is impressive enough but it is also carpeted in marine life from top to bottom in everything from brittle stars and jewel anemones to deadmans fingers and nudibranchs.


Greenock (1902)
Depth: 24m - 32m

461nt Iron Bucket Dredger

 

The bucket dredger Greenock was struck by SS Ape on her way back from dumping the daily dredgings at Garroch Head. She was hit on her starboard forward side and the collision damage is clearly visible. The huge bucket gantry is the most impressive structural element to survive and really sets this dive out from the others in the Clyde. Most of the stern structure was destroyed when some left over mines from the old submarine boom were detonated nearby. This dive can be dark and silty, but if careful she is a rewarding dive with nudibranchs a plenty and the bucket gantry is really is a must see.  



PS Iona (1862)
Depth: 28m - 32m

124nt Iron Paddle Steamer

This protected Paddle Steamer is a really beautiful dive. The engine block, paddlewheels and some hull structure survives, even after almost 160 years and every last inch is covered in deadmans fingers, plumose anemones, nudibranches and sponges. Large clumps of coal can be found around the site and a large pod of porpoise can often be seen nearby feeding on the surface. 

Isabella of Wigton (1864) 
Depth: 23 - 27m
1864 schooner not currently dived by us but looking at exploring this soon. Also appears to be more wreckage nearby.
SS Wallachia (1895)
Depth: 28m - 35m

1077nt Iron Steamship

The SS Wallachia is truly a wonderful wreck. She was hit by the SS Flos on route to Trinidad with a varied and expensive cargo of whisky, gin, beer, stannous chloride (tin), plus clothing and footwear. She lies facing north on an even keel and on a sunny day, the light penetrates the wreck showing her in all her glory. The collision damage on the Starboard bow is an incredible sight, large enough for 3 divers to swim through and is accessed by many means including one of the doorways remaining under the raised bow.  The holds, are heavily filled with silt though even today divers can still see beer and stout bottles protruding, some even fused to the wreck itself. There are still masts lying across the fore and aft decks near winches and pulleys and plenty of marine life too. The lovely raised stern is very impressive as you go under to see where the emergency steering gear, stores and toilets used to be. A wonderful wreck, definitely one of our favourites.

SS Ovington (1889)
Depth: 32m - 36m

444nt Iron Steamship

The SS Ovington was only discovered in 1984, almost a century after she was hit by the SS Queen Victoria. The Ovington was on route to Hamburg, but as weather deteriorated, the Captain decided to drop anchor and wait it out. The Queen Victoria was heading north and mistook the lights on the Ovington for a marker buoy, and though all attempts were made to avoid collision, they were too close...and it was too late. The port side was ploughed into and the Ovington sank within 5 minutes. This is probably the least dived wreck in the Clyde due to its proximity to the ferry crossing, but we intend to explore her soon and our report will follow.

PS Champion (1896)
Depth: 34m - 40m

26nt Iron Paddle Steamer

This Paddle Steamer Tug collided with another Paddle Steamer (Caledonia) just south of Dunoon whilst undertaking her role of delivering mail and newspapers to the villages throughout the Clyde. She lies on a sandy slope in general depths of 37m. We have yet to explore this wreck and if you are keen to help us, please let us know. Report to follow.

SS Kintyre (1907)
Depth: 32m - 50m

94nt Iron Steamship

The SS Kintyre was a beautifully designed steamship, used for transporting goods and passengers from around the Renfrewshire coast to Kintyre and places in between. She was hit by a brand new steamship (SS Maori) who was completing running trials nearby. The collision damage, aft of the accommodation/bridge section on the starboard side is very visible.  The first thing you notice when you descend on the Kintyre, with her raked lines and stunning clipper bow shape, you sense how graceful a ship she must have been. The bow, reaching around 4m from the seabed is also covered in plumose anemones and other marine life. The wreck sits on a slope, with the dark stern down at around 50m on the seabed. There is a good option for decompression stops on this dive, as for some time now there has been a rope from the bow to a sewage pipe at 35m which gradually rises up a sandy slope to all of 4m, perfect for a slow ascent. The pipe itself acts as a small reef, covered in all sorts of life, including shrimp, wrasse, sea mice (very beautiful), crabs and the ever present anemones and filter feeders. Porpoise are a common sighting near to this wreck.

SS Beagle (1865)
Depth: 30m - 37m
454gt Iron Steamship
The SS Beagle is a fine wreck located to the North West side of Great Cumbrae.  She was a small cargo/passenger vessel which used to travel between Glasgow and Belfast.  On route back to Glasgow she was hit on her port side by a larger steamship called the Napoli. She took on a lot of water and sank quickly, not before a passing tug was able to save all those on board.  The hull remains very much intact though most of the decking has broken away except sections near the bow and stern, which are the most impressive areas.  The stern has a lovely undercut with the rudder and propeller still visible and are covered in soft corals and anemones, while the bow has a wonderfully straight stem which rises almost 5 metres off the seabed.  A very interesting wreck, covered in filter life as the passing currents begin to filter between Cumbrae and Bute.
 
Lady Isabella (1902)
Depth: 5m - 15m
1396nt Iron Barque
The story of how the Lady Isabella came to be sank of the south coast of Little Cumbrae is fascinating.  The Lady Isabella had been at sea for almost 4 months as she sailed from New Caledonia, East of Australia bound for Glasgow and had battled through many storms on the way.  She made a course for Little Cumbrae lighthouse, and as the wind changed causing steering problems, and the swell carried her towards the island where she finally crashed.  The lifeboats were smashed in the storm so the Carpenter swam ashore and attached a line so everyone on board could pull themselves to safety.
The Lady Isabella is well broken and scattered in shallow depths.  She lies in a very scenic section of Little Cumbrae and the wreck itself is extremely pleasant.  The site is like a garden, with colours everywhere, both on the remaining wreckage and surrounding seabed.  The wreck only stand around 1.5 metres in places, but this does not take away from the dive.  Visibility here is often better than the deeper wrecks in the Clyde and a lot lighter too. Marine life such as sponges, anemones, crabs, nudibrachs, football jersey striped flatworms, wrasse, ling and occasional octopus can be found on this lovely site.
SS Europa (1884)
Depth: 32m - 40m
424nt Iron Steamship
The SS Europa collided with another steamship called the Roseville.  The collision would have been avoided if the Europa's carpenter had turned up to work on time, delaying their departure by hours.  It is reported that all that remains of this wreck is a bare hull which sits in 32-40m.  There is not a lot left of the bow section due to the head-on collision damage, but there is plenty of debris around the wreck.  We are yet to explore this site and will update information once this is done.

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