MV Glenshiel (1973)
Depth: 20 - 27m
The tale of the Glen Shiel is a rather sad one. She was only due to transit between Ayr and Glasgow with a cargo of coal, but little did the crew know of their pending fate. They left Ayr Harbour around 0400 in June of 1973 heading into a strong westerly wind. Within half an hour the holds had filled with sea water from the spray over the port side due to the hatch boards not being covered with a tarpoline. The coal cargo shifted to port and caused the vessel to sink around 0430 with 6 of her crew losing their lives and 1 survivor. The Glenshiel lies on her port side, very much intact, in usual depths of 25m, and although a small wreck (30m+ in length) there are many different aspects to see. As she lies on a sandy bed,the visibility is often good here and the site is covered in life and surrounded by different species of fish.
SS Ahdeek (1898)
Depth: 20 - 23m
Differing to the tale of the Glen Shiel, the Adheek story is a confusing and almost humorous tale yet full of danger too.
The Ahdeek was due to enter Ayr Harbour with a cargo of iron ore but was unable due to a strong SW gale. Anchor was dropped and soon they were requested to head up the coast a few miles to Troon to discharge. After lifting their anchor, they grounded heavily on some reefs which damaged the propeller, rudder and punctured the stern ballast tanks.
They sent out distress signals which were heard/seen and 2 tugs came to meet them. One tug took them in tow to Troon and the other stood by. Unknown, however, to the tug in tow, the Captain of the Ahdeek ordered ABANDON SHIP. They launched the liferafts and were picked up by the other tug....who proceeded to take them back to Ayr.
The Troon tug, still in tow with Ahdeek behind her, felt her sinking and could do nothing but watch her fall to the seabed. The tug stayed around for over an hour looking for survivors, little known to them that all the crew were safe in Ayr Harbour.
The Ahdeek sits in general depths of 23m on a sandy seabed so visibility is often really good here, 10m+ all the times we have dived here. The midships section is the most impressive part with engines and boilers still visible, but even most of the wreck rises 2m off the seabed giving a great easy dive. She is only just smaller than the SS Wallachia in the Clyde and only sunk a few years apart which, if you have dived both, shows the difference in deterioration levels. A great little dive.