Dive Sites & Depths

Dive Sites

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M230-4034m.One of the most popular boat dives from Portland this submarine is an official War Grave. She was built in 1918 as a K-boat and in 1927 she was converted to carry a light sea plane in a hangar in front of the conning tower. It is generally accepted that she sunk after diving with the hangar doors open (as they are today). The M2 is not far west round the Bill, is about 300’ and all hands were lost on her when she sunk in January 1932.West Bay£45
Martha40-5046m.This 653 ton Belgian steamship sank as result of a torpedo attack in March 1918. She lies on a sand and broken shell sea bed.
Meknes60-7060+A 6127 ton French liner which was torpedoed by a German E boat in 1940. The vessel broke into two after impact and sunk. Nearly 400 souls were lost on her. The wreck is well scattered with intact bows.
Merchant Royal50-6057m.This is a British cargo ship of 5000 tons lying South of Portland. She stands 15 metres and is a huge wreck with her bows broken off and amid ship and stern listing Starboard.
Minerva40-5044m.Formerly the Marie this iron wreck ship was sunk by a German submarine in May 1917. She was 518 tons and built in 1864.West Bay
Moidart30-4036m.This 1300 ton armed merchant steamship was torpedoed by a German U boat and sank in 1918 while carrying railway lines. She stands 8 metres high in some places. She measures 240’ by 32′.
P55530-4039m.An ex American submarine sunk on purpose, upright, as a sonar target in August 1947. She sits upright on a shingle and gravel seabed.West Bay£37
Pomerianian30-4033m.A British steamship of 4200 tons she was requisitioned by the government during WWI and was torpedoed and sunk on April 15, 1918 en route from London to Newfoundland with a loss of fifty lives. The wreck, carrying a general government cargo, sits upright on the bottom.
Pulpit Rock20-3025m.Dive time for this area is 4 hours after HW and the dive window is about 45 minutes. Going far out from the area could lead to deeper grounds with depths ranging in excess of 35 metres but sticking to shore, especially in the kelp beds, divers can see plenty of sea life, crabs and lobsters.West Bay£35
Salsette40-5048m.British steamship, torpedoed and sunk July 1917, fifteen miles SW of Portland Bill. Intact and lying on its side.West Bay£45
Saratoga20-3023m.This is a British MFV that sank while being towed to Poole and is now pretty much broken up.
Scaldis30-4033m.This 80’ MFV was last heard of in 1974 and all crew were lost. She lies upright.
Shambles20-3025+Especially in good sea conditions a dive on the deeper edge of the shambles can be very rewarding for divers with varying interests. Visibility in this area can sometimes be as good as 20 metres and it is a much rewarding dive for underwater hunters.
Sidon30-4034m.This British S class submarine sank first in 1955 with the loss of 13 men and was raised and sunk again as an underwater sonar target. She lies broken but is a good dive and can be clearly made out as a submarine. There are recent attempts to salvage her and the conning tower.£45
St Dustan20-3027m.This 200’ bucket dredger was used as a mine sweeper and was sunk by a mine in 1917. The wreck lies turtle, twisted, and her highest point off the sea bed is about seven metres.West Bay£45
Start30-4036m.This Norwegian steamer carried a cargo of coal when it was torpedoed in December 1917 and sunk. The 728 ton wreck is well broken and is believed to be well salvaged.
SudonOct-2015mA Swedish steamship which sank off the Cave Hole on Portland in 1882.
Trito50-6060m.Coastal steamship bombed in 1940 she stands about 10 metres off the sea bed.
UB6250-6050+This German submarine was sunk in October 1917 and lies on a north to south line, with a hole in her port side and a list to starboard.
UB7430-4034m.This German submarine sank in May 1918. She measures 182’ by 19’ and was subnk with depth charges dropped off the yacht Lorna. She is broken up and difficult to locate.West Bay£45
Valdes40-5049m.A 2200 ton British merchant ship that was torpedoed and sunk in February 1917. 11 souls were lost on her. She measures 260’ and lies on her port side standing 5 to 6 metres in places.
Warrior II50-6054m.A requisitioned yacht sunk by German aircraft in 1940. She was 1124 tons and well blown. Stands 4 to 5 metres high in some points.