HMS Abelard Dive Site Review

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Posted September 21, 2012 by admin in

Date Visited: 30/11/2008
 
 

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Shallow dive so plenty of time for looking in all the nooks and crannies
 

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can get windy and easy to get attacked by a training fin
 

One of the first places I ever dived after gaining my PADI Open Water Cert. was the Abelard wreck just off the coast of Plymouth. Unfortunately as we got out to the site by boat, it was beginning to get dark and so cut the dive a little short. HMS Abelard was apparently sunk on […]

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Underwater Attractions
67%


Water Visibility
56%


Site Facilities
0%


Price
100%


Total Score
56%


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One of the first places I ever dived after gaining my PADI Open Water Cert. was the Abelard wreck just off the coast of Plymouth. Unfortunately as we got out to the site by boat, it was beginning to get dark and so cut the dive a little short.
HMS Abelard was apparently sunk on Christmas eve 1916. It was an old steam trawler that had been converted into a mine sweeper and true to it’s new role, hit a mine and sunk.
As you descend down the shot line you’ll see the old boiler that stands pretty much in tact on the sea bed, it’s about 3m hight and if you are REALLY careful can be entered, although I am told there are nasties living inside… The rest of the ship takes a bit of looking to work out, but you’ll eventually see her (she’s about 30m long). There are loads of bits and pieces scattered around the area.
It’s about a 14m max depth dive, so you’ll often find schools of divers doing their training courses. So watch out for random fins!
It’s also worth noting that it can get pretty windy, so any boats should be aware of the weather conditions as it’s right next to the breakwater!
You might see; boring sponges, lobsters, large spider crabs, cuttlefish, dogfish, various wrasse and pollack. Or if you are me, one dogfish and then some pretty darkening waters! Vis is usually 5m.
Obviously it’s in the middle of the sea, so there are no facilities – make sure you check with your boat to ensure you have everything you need on board and know all the emergency procedures!
Pic thanks to http://www.promare.co.uk/ships/Wrecks/Wk_Abelard.html


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