24 June 2008
City Of Waterford ~ 21st June ...Continued/....
I was among 3 Meridian and 1 Ocean View divers who were fortunate to join Brighton Diver for a trip Out to the City of Waterford last Saturday. We met at the marina feeling a bit apprehensive about the vis as the wind had been blowing and stirring things up for the last few days (and still was but not so badly that we couldn't sail).
The boat left at 12 noon for the hour or so steam out to the wreck site. Having bumped and bounced our way through kiting up on the way out we were more than ready to get into the water... As we entered the water the clouds parted and we were bathed in sunlight. The four of us descended the shot together and by 20m I could clearly see the wreck below.
The City of Waterford lays at about 32m. This is going to be a great dive I thought. The shot was fairly central on the wreck. We hit the deck and headed down toward the port side ( She is listing heavily to port) then on forward to the bow which is still very intact after which we headed back down the starboard side to the stern before retuning to the mid ship and making our ascent.
The wreck is still quite intact with lots of holes and hatches to peer into. During the whole dive there were fish everywhere, I have never seen so many fish... You almost had to put your hand out to brush them aside to see where you were going. What a great dive the best I've had in the UK so far. I will definately be returning to the City of Waterford.
On our way back we decided to do a drift under the pier. Well that was a different story, pitch black and you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. More of a bump than a drift! Roll on Looe, pray for good weather...