Every classic cub boat weekend should involve diving a couple of wrecks. I had a most enjoyable tour of the Elk last weekend- late summer sun and a lack of particulates in the water provided us with good visibility. This ship was a pre-war steam trawler which was drafted into service as a mine sweeper during WWII, and sank in the mouth of Plymouth Sound in about 30m of water. It is a relatively compact wreck and sits upright on the sea bed, so can be seen from stem to stern and back in a single dive.
The wreck was shotted straight on the bow and we were greeted by a large shoal of Bib.
So many fish…
…happy to share the wreck with us
Swimming towards the stern, the decks have mostly fallen through, the wreck is still very “ship-like”. The boiler is found amidships
Stern of the wreck – time to turn back.
Triple expansion steam engine.
Back to the boiler again.
Surrounded by Bib for the whole dive.
Return to the bow for our ascent back up the shot line.