Below there are a few of the wrecks that are club favourites and why we love diving them so much! Minimum and maximum depths are for LW Springs and HW Springs to the seabed.
Sunk by UB-40 on 18th April 1918, this wreck lies in 20m-25m and in places stands 5m above the sandy seabed. She was an armed 382 ton British Steamer and was carrying a cargo of coal from Genoa when she was torpedoed, with the loss of one life. Only 6 miles straight out from Shoreham Harbour it takes us just 30 minutes to reach the site and is easily located on sonar due to extensive wreckage and a huge boiler amidships. There is masses of marine life with huge shoals of bib, pollack and small bass, jewel anemones and the occasional Devonshire Cup Coral, as well as the usual congers, crabs and lobsters. The gun can still be seen towards the stern end.
Slack water usually starts about 45 minutes before low/high water from Shoreham.
The Indiana is a great dive- shallow, bright and loads to see, depths ranging from 7-12m depending on tide status. It is situated about two miles out from Worthing Pier, and 5 miles west of Shoreham and is also known locally as the “Orange Wreck”
She was sunk on the 27th February 1901, following a collision in dense fog, with the German tank steamer WASHINGTON 12 miles south east of the Owers Light Vessel, whilst on a voyage from Sicily to London with a general cargo which also contained a shipment of oranges.
She was in the process of being towed when she gave up and sank. She was levelled with explosives soon after due to her proximity to shipping lanes.
The wreck is now quite flattened out, with only a few pieces sticking up, but there are lots of metal plates with congers, lobsters, prawns lurking about. There is a very large resident Ballan Wrasse, huge shoals of Bib and masses of seaweeds, sponges and hydroids. The seabed in the immediate vicinity is pebbly – Black Bream nests have been noted in 2016/2017 and Grey Trigger fish have also been seen.
Lots to see and poke around in without having to worry about deco- and great for training too.
Unusually, due to proximity to the coast, slack water starts 2hrs15 min before HW/LW from Shoreham.
The SS Fortuna lies 9 miles SW of Beachy Head in 28-34m. She was built in 1913 in Am-sterdam. After hitting a mine laid by the German mine laying submarine UC-16, she sank in October 1916 while sailing from Rotterdam to Cardiff with a cargo of cement. Unfortunately the entire crew of 15 died. The Fortuna now rests in an upright position and is fairly intact. At 251 ft in length it is possible to explore the whole wreck in one dive on twin cylinders with deco. The cement bags are still visible, and some wreck penetration is possible, although a distance line is advised due to the silty conditions. There is still a lot of intact superstructure to explore- hatches and holds are visible and the occasional beer bottle may still be found! The mine damage occurred at the stern of the wreck.
This wreck is teeming with life- massive shoals of bib, huge congers, wrasse and bass with scallop beds surrounding the area.
Slack is at HW/LW for Dover