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Dive trips around Scotland late 80s/early 90sI used to go scuba diving every weekend and for summer holidays and took hundreds of slides all around the west coast.Oban ,Ullapool,Summer Isles,Outer hebridies,St Kilda to name but a few of the places i was privileged enough to vist
Anyway..bought one of those little slide converters and will upload them over the coming months
These are of a trip down to Aisla Craig/Paddy,s milestone around 1991
There are some old buildings on it..Anyone know their history?
It was as dark as a gorrilas goolies
This poor guy spewed his ring all the way from largs and swam ashore when we got to Ailsa Craig and then he did the same on the journy home..I,m the guy on the right of this rather suspect looking couple......We weren,t......honest
more to follow
Sunday trip to dive the wreck of the MV AKKA which lies just off Dunoon
Loading the boat at Inverkip
The mighty 5409gt. wreck of the Swedish motor vessel Akka is the largest diveable wreck in the Firth of Clyde today. Built in Gothenburg in 1942 she saw service for 14 years until she cast off her mooring ropes at Oxelosound, on Sweden's eastern coast on the Baltic Sea and set off on 4 April 1956 for what was unknowingly her final journey. Her holds were full with a cargo of iron ore bound for Glasgow.
After 5 days at sea on 9 April 1956 after an uneventful journey she was making way up the Firth of Clyde, journey's end was almost in sight. At 9.26pm her Captain ordered a change of course to take her away from the Gantocks, a dangerous clump of rocks rising from a depth of 24 metres to break the surface about a mile south of Dunoon.
It was immediately realised that the Akka responded very slowly to her rudder. Unable to steer his ship away from the Gantocks the Captain ordered her engines stopped. Her forward momentum however carried her onto the rocks.
Her hull was rent open for almost half her length. Her engines were put astern however she soon developed a marked list, her hull rapidly flooding. The crew abandoned ship safely into lifeboats and only 3 - 4 minutes after hitting the Gantocks she heeled over to port and with blasts of steam and a large explosion rocking her she slipped beneath the cold dark waters of the Clyde to her watery grave.
The Gantocks which has its own lighthouse
View of Dunoon
Getting geared up to dive the wreck
On the wreck....Underwater photography in scotland and especially on wrecks is horrendously difficult due to the depth,darkness,currents silt and the amount of kit you have to wear to stay alive...much easier abroad
The hull of the Akka..taken from a depth of about 40 metres