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Wrecks Off The Welsh Coast
mo - 12/07/2007 8:49 AM
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Wrecks Off The Welsh CoastGramsbergen. Wreck. 52 00`31"N 04 56`18"W

A cargo vessel of 498 tons. She sank in 1954 after breaking her anchor chain, and before she could restart the engines she hit the rocks. All 11 crew were rescued, but the RNLI Lifeboat had to be rescued when she fouled her prop with some rope. Lies off the cliffs at Penrhyn around the corner past Abergwaun out of Fishguard harbour. She lies in 11 metres of water, with the tides week. Visibility is very good, and tides slack.

Salus. Wreck 52 01 44N 05 03 13W

Sank in a force 9 gale on Strumble Head. She flew the Union Jack upside down and the coastguard fired a rocket. Seven men clung to the rigging and the one on the wheel soon joined them as a high wave pushed the vessel onto her side. A rescue was made via the cliffs, but the ship broke into bits within four minutes, and all were lost. She lies at between 4-11 meters

Calburga. Wreck 52 01`04"N 05 05`35"W

The Calburga sank in 1915 off Penbrush Point. A sailing vessel of 1,406 tons. 210 feet long and 39 feet wide. She was the last of the square rigged sailing ship to be lost in this area. She was hit by a hurricane which blew out her sails and downed three of her masts, and was at the mercy of the sea. She finally hit the cliffs and sank in deep waters. She was carrying a cargo of timber which the locals collected from the seas for many weeks. She lies at 43 m, but her anchor lies in only 12m alongside Penbrush Island. Slack water is at 1 1/2 to 2 hours after low and high water at Milford Haven. A deep sided wall descends to the bottom from around 10m. The wreckage covers quite a large area. Strong westerlies would make this a difficult area to dive.

Nimrod. Wreck 51 54 36N 05 17 54W

The wreck is in three parts. A Paddle Steamer from Ireland, 583 tons 177 feet long and 25 feet wide. Sank in 1860 NE of St David`s Head in depths of between 18m and 32m. Forty five people were killed, unable to climb the cliffs to safety. The Captain had previously declined help from a passing ship, thinking she would be able to cope. The wreckage is quite widespread, and very interesting, and in one area of wreckage four large Lobsters were seen to be congregating. he anchor lies at 20m and the chain leads down to 30m. At the end of the wreckage lies about 7 m away. This is the middle section at 35m. Two boilers are still standing. Willow pattern dinner plates, grind stones, broaches and brass port holes have been found. In July 1998 a local dive club found some silver spoons and decanters not far from the deeper section of the vessel.

Szent Istvan Wreck 51 51 25N 05 20 54W

Sank on Sept. 28th 1908 off Ramsey Island, the wreck lies between 11m to 22m. Lies infrount of a small cave. The prop is quite impressive, as is the large boiler, rising up 6 metres in the water. Looking down you can see three holes in the top containing pipes. The boiler lies NW of the prop and mast. Bits of wreckage can be see to the east. Current can be quite fast and care must be taken. Slack water is 1 hr 30 min after L.W. Milford Haven. A Steamship 2,996 tons, 314 feet long and 40 feet wide. Sank in 1903 at the Northern end of Ynys Bery Ramsey Island. Most of the survivors took to the ships lifeboats and managed to escape. The remaining six tied themselves to the ships mask, where they stayed for 48 hours in the freezing water. Three people were killed. She now lies in between 10m and 15m of water. The seabed is rock and boulders and currents are not too bad. Lies east of Ynys Bery south of Ramsey Island at a depth of 15m