Archive for the 'Diving News' Category

New for 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014

New handrail fitted on board the Rosguill.

ALL divers will have a grab rail for EVERY step when “disembarking”.

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Empress of Britain, updated video

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Empress of Britain – 163m – Redux from Stewie Andrews on Vimeo.

End August 2013

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Well, 2013 has turned out to be a real “back to normal” year for diving off north Donegal. Water temperature just over 16 degrees. Vis as a usual in the 15 – 25 metre range. Plankton cleared allowing lots of ambient light on the bottom. Weather reasonably settled interspersed with a day or 2 occasionally hitting beaufort 6/7.

Some great diving including – RMS Amazon, HMS Viknor, SS Englishman, HMS Transylvania, Cargo, U89, U1003, a first Type XXIII Deadlight and not to forget the classics, HMS Audacious, SS Empire Heritage, HMS Laurentic, SS Justicia, SS Roscommon. Few more days before the year finishes.

All in all, happy days.

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Great weather, great visibility

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

A group of SCUBA divers from the south coast of England enjoying top class diving at the wreck of the Caliope (18m) with vis of 15m +. Previous day at Tory Island scenic diving with 20m + vis. Doesn’t get any better!

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July Diving video

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Nice YouTube video taken by some of Rosguill’s Irish & US divers : -

July – everything should be good now

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

July 2013 and the main diving season is about to kick-off.

Water temperature is, if anything, a little higher than normal @ around 13.5/14 degrees centigrade.

Vis – at present the vis is anything from 10 to 20 metres on differing wrecks with reasonable/expected ambient light.

All in all a normal season – great.

End May 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

U-boat off Malin Head had less than 2 metres vis – my personal view is that the weather has been mixing the bottom up and that was the problem. Next day on the Viknor the vis was 15m, so pretty normal for this time of year. Temp at surface 10 degrees.

Rosguill – Diver friendly boat

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Rosguill has for 2013, had the addition of a door for diver’s entry to the water and an extension to the gunnel for re-embarkation. All divers who have used the door have commented on the ease of use.

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2013 starts

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

HMS Audacious was the target for a group of Irish divers who took advantage of a break in the weather. Vis 15m and temp on the surface of almost 10 degrees. Nice comfortable start to 2013.

What the rest of 2013 holds is, as always, a mystery – everyone hopes for no more Red Tide – but there is no doubt that there will be some great dives done – Watch This Space!!!

2013 ; 40 – 72m week available for individuals

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Check out – http://forum.technicaldiving.ie/index.php?topic=4036.msg25710;topicseen#msg25710

2012 season ends

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

2012 ended with a dive on the Laurentic – 20m vis and reasonable light. Back to normal practically. Link here to a video taken by one of the divers – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OHg-kSw13w&sns=em

This year will never be forgotten in the minds of many divers who experienced the Red Tide – the wrecks of north Donegal had gone from hero to zero in a season.

However, there were as always, some notable highs. Empress of Britain @ 160m was a real biggy. 5 dives on HMS Hurst Castle another great. Assyria at 140m another achievement. U 1003 was the first WW2 war loss u-boat which I had dived. Carinthia dived twice.

The other insideous happening was the ubiquitous use of video cameras, brought about by the GoPro and its housing & aided by Cathx lighting.

2013……………………………..who knows, but there are great wrecks & great dives awaiting.

RMS Empress of Britain – video released

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Stewart Andrews has released on Vimeo, the video he took on the epic (for Irish sports divers) dive on RMS Empress of Britain.

RMS Empress of Britain, 163m rebreather dive, 68 miles West of Rosguill, Donegal , Ireland from Stewie Andrews on Vimeo.

2012 video compilation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Rosguill, deep technical diving, Donegal 2012 (720p) from Stewie Andrews on Vimeo.

RMS Amazon

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Nice video of RMS Amazon.

RMS Amazon diving Donegal boilers from Stewie Andrews on Vimeo.

Or – if you want to watch it in HD – https://vimeo.com/50472370 – Enjoy!

HMS Hurst Castle

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Nice photo taken by Barry McGill of the squid launcher on HMS Hurst Castle.

Diver examines the anti-submarine Squid Launcher on HMS Hurst Castle

Empress of Britain

Monday, August 27th, 2012

First dive by a group of Irish divers on the largest merchantman ever sunk by a U-boat. Lying far to the west of Tory Island in 160m, this leviathan was over 42k tons, 237m long. Other info on wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Empress_of_Britain_(1931)

Congratulations to the dive team headed up by Barry McGill and including Stewart Andrews, Paul Tierney & Rez Soheil. Support by Stephen McMullan and Kevin McShane.

The wreck was shotted on the bow within a few metres of the anchor, enabling the team to examine the whole bow area. Stewart also videod the dive.

View on the sounder showing the bow section to the left and the stern section to the right

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Wow – what a diver!

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Check out this super diver – amazing video where he not only finds and lifts a bell but videos himself doing so.

To any young aspiring diver watching this – please do not be disheartened – if you work really hard and get lots of luck, you may be able to attain up to 90% of the skills of this super duper diver.

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6 August vis

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Loyal watcher was on Justicia – back to normal – great vis & loads of ambient light
Salutay was on Audacious – good vis but still quite dark.

Laurentic 22 July video

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

See YouTube video – vis not as good as you would expect.

Later in July the vis on the offshore wrecks has been generally 8 – 10m but very dark. Milky water down to 25/30m

Phytoplankton Bloom update

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

NEWSW RELEASE FROM MARINE INSTITUDE – http://www.marine.ie/home/aboutus/newsroom/pressreleases/UpdateonNorthWestAlgalBloom.htm

Update on North West Algal Bloom
The bloom that has been affecting areas of the North West from Mayo to Donegal and at lower concentrations down along the rest of the West coast continues to impact on coastal marine life in several areas.

Mr Joe Silke of the Marine Institute stated today “The bloom that reported by the Marine Institute in the North West over the past two weeks, has shown some signs of increase along the west coast in the past few days. We started to detect low levels of it in the water from late May, but in the past two weeks it developed into a dense bloom in parts of the north-western counties from the Mayo to Donegal area.

In the past week high levels have been detected in Galway Bay, but no mortalities have so far been reported in this region. In Donegal the bloom was so dense that there were many reports of discoloured red or brown water in some areas and several areas have reported dead marine life washing up on the shoreline requiring Local Authorities to close certain beaches.”

This is a one of several microscopic algae that occur naturally in coastal waters, this particular one is called Karenia mikimotoi. Dead fish on Rossnowlagh Beach Photo:Paddy Ennis While the algae is not harmful to humans it did result in large numbers of dead fish including turbot, flounder, scorpion fish and shore rockling in Inner Donegal Bay. Other dead species were worm pipefish, lesser weavers, grey gurnard, shanny, sand goby, pollock, sole, plaice, flounder and dabs which have been washing up on Rossnowlagh and Murvagh beaches and earlier this week red flags were raised. The Local Authorities took the decision to close both beaches in response to large numbers of dead fish but these restrictions have been lifted on Tuesday. The situation is being closely monitored by the Marine Institute and Donegal County Council who are both keeping the public informed as the situation progresses on their websites. Mortalities of marine organisms have also been reported from the Sligo and Mayo coastal regions.

Local sea anglers have reported low fish catches along the Donegal coast, and in some areas a complete absence of any fish. This is due to the bloom which fish will avoid when they can. Lobster and Prawn fishermen have also reported very poor catches in the Donegal area. Oyster farms in Donegal also were reported to have suffered losses of up to 80% of stocks in some areas.

Mr Silke explained “The bloom affects species that live on or near the sea bed so we are seeing flatfish, lugworms and some shellfish getting washed up on the beaches. It is a natural bloom which we have seen it to occur in several places over the years. It is believed that it originates offshore as a natural part of its summer life cycle, and gets concentrated up against the coast with tidal and coastal currents.”

Some indications that the bloom may be moving back out to sea were observed in the latest satellite images and modelling data, however cell counts of samples analysed in the Marine Institute today show that the bloom is still of the same density in the Donegal and Sligo regions as it was last week, but increased levels were reported in Galway Bay.

The Marine Institute’s monitoring programme will continue to sample and monitor the bloom and post updates on our website at marine.ie and on local radio.

ENDS