Clive has organised a Club Trip to the South Coast for Sunday 13thApril using the Wittering Divers RIB Deep Blue II and diving on the wrecks of the Briggita (also known as The Teapot) and the Outer Mulberry.
This is an easy start to UK sea diving this year with the wrecks being at 18 and 11 metres respectively and following last years very enjoyable dives using Wittering Divers and the Big Blue and Storm Force Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats. We have 10 places booked for what promises to be a couple of cracking dives on some of the South Coast’s most scenic dives and a good opportunity for the underwater photographers to take some early season snaps!
The Briggita (otherwise known as the Teapot)
Sunk 1917 and laying in 16M of water, a very popular dive site and easy to find, her bow is upright and stern upside down, plenty of easy wreck penetration and always covered in marine life.
Artificial war time harbour unit 11m. Sat on a rather bland, flat seabed under 9-10m of water, this structure never fulfilled its intended role. These large, floating, concrete pontoons were designed to be linked together to form a huge floating harbour off the Normandy coast after D-Day, so that the Allied forces would not have to rely on securing a decent port for resupply. When complete, the Mulberry Harbours could handle as much cargo as Dover. This one, however, drifted on its mooring, hit the seabed and sank while waiting for Dutch tugs to move it across the Channel. It was a loss for the war effort, but, as it turned out, rather good for the diving community. Marine life loves this smashed lump of reinforced concrete, which provides a protective reef on an otherwise fairly featureless flat seabed. Over some 60 years it has become part of the ecosystem and supports a plethora of life, from shellfish to crustaceans, cephalopods and fish. And being in a sheltered and shallow spot, it's an ideal location.
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