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Friday, September 29th, 2017

Amazon Bow photos

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Couple of uncommon photos of the bow of RMS Amazon, taken in August 2017 by Stewart Andrews.

Roscommon stern photos(Previously Oswestry Grange)

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Couple nice photos by Simon Kay of the rudder & 6 inch gun at the stern of the Roscommon (77m)

360′ photogrammetry image of one of the guns on the Audacious

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Image courtesy Barry McGill

Audacious 13.5 inch gun

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

5 Minute YouTube video from 2016

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Mid July – videos of Justicia Bow

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Videos courtesy of & taken by Paul Fassaloss

U 45 found

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Amazingly, in a litle more than a year since the Rosguill put divers onto one of the Uboats which had help sink the Justicia (UB124) we found and had 2 dives on U 45. U 45 was sunk by the British submarine D7 in September 1917 using one of her stern torpedoes.

The U boat is broken 10m or so forward of the conning tower, no doubt due to the force of the explosion and the 88mm deck gun is missing. Also of interest is the depth which makes this find attainable for the majority of Technical divers.

Photos below courtesy of Stewart Andrews.

105mm Deck Gun

2017 – best vis for long time

Friday, June 16th, 2017

4 photos of 3 of the “Classics” – Empire Heritage, Audacious & Laurentic taken mid June. If this vis continues to improve, we are in for a really cracking season.

2016 season ends

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

2016 has been a poor season for weather – perhaps not just as poor as 2015 (which was the worse since 2000 in my opinion).

Visibility through the season remained OK – but never fantastic, with my records not showing anything better than 20m on any day.

The Rosguill continues to explore new wrecks & marks and during 2016 the following are of note: –

UB 124 – the WW1 Uboat which helped sink the Justicia was dived for the second time.

U110 – the WW1 Uboat which sank the Amazon is believed to be pinged & hope to dive this mark in 2017

Found & dived an unknown mark which turned out to be a Type IX operation Deadlight in around 95m

Found and dived a WW1 steam trawler which is possibly the Corientes.

Dived the bow section of HMS Curacoa 126m

Found & pinged a small wreck, approximately 30m in 104m – hope to dive in 2017

Of note, on another dive boat, a diver recovered crockery printed with – ‘Manchester Liners’ – finally confirming the identity of the Manchester Commerce, which now leaves a very large unknown cargo wreck in 95m to be positively ID’ed

I look forward to 2017 with curiosity & interest.

Audacious video August 2016

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Nice video of the Audacious including the bow section: –

U 89 Video

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Really nice video of U89 taken by Richard Knights in July 2016 from the Rosguill

 

HMS Audacious Stern

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Somewhat unusual photograph of the stern section of the Audacious showing the outlay of the rudders and screws, taken from above by Simon Kay.  Detail etc. added by present author.

 

 

Audacious Stern

 

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Justicia Bow – July 2016

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Video by Richard Knights – taken during a dive in July 2016 from the Rosguill

 

U89 Photographs

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Another couple of nice photos – this time of the WW1 U-boat, U89 in 60m – taken by Darren McDonagh

 

Deck Gun on U89

Deck Gun on U89

Conning Tower on U89

Conning Tower on U89

Justicia Bow photos

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Some nice photos of the Justicia Bow taken by Darren McDonagh (for orientation, see shot line in first 2 photos)

 

Bow & shot Bow 2 Justicia Bow

Laurentic Bow photos

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Couple of nice shots of the Laurentic bow taken by underwater photographer, Cathy de Lara.

 

Laurentic bow 1 Laurentic bow 2

At last – found UB 124 in 65m

Monday, October 5th, 2015

I’ll use the words of Irish Technical diver, Stewart Andrews, to tell the story : –

As it turned out, this ‘dark’ and unsettled (deep) season came to a thrilling end with some proper exploration off Donegal. The very best discovery was left until the last dive. A big thanks to “Rosguill” skipper Michael McVeigh and trip leader Rez Soheil with some advice from the deep exploration guru, Barry McGill.

There are only four WWI U-Boats (operational) sunk off the north coast of Ireland –

One is the very large, popular and photogenic U89 in 61 metres, complete with two deck guns.  

Another – U110 sunk the luxurious British liner RMS Amazon and has yet to be found.

Another – U45 which was sunk by HMS submarine D7 – again, yet to be found

That leaves UB124 – one of the Type UBIII Coastal Torpedo Attack Boats which was physically smaller than the others, (distinguished by having just one stern torpedo tube) and having taken over from UB64, finished the attack on the troop carrier RMS Justicia. At over 32,000 tons, the Justicia was the largest ship sunk by U Boat in WWI & the second largest vessel afloat in the world at the time of her sinking
Having sunk Justicia, she herself was destroyed by depth charges on 20 July 1918. This was the only ship she ever sunk.
A very exciting dive indeed!  I hope to talk more about this at TekDive15 in Antwerp in November – in the meantime, here are just two images. The conning tower has been separated from the wreck as a result of the depth charges. The other image shows the single stern torpedo tube with the outer hull missing around the tube.

Stern Torpedo Tube UB124 Conning tower UB 124

Virgin wrecks & uncustomary poor vis

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Visibility in mid – August has been a lot less than expected for what is usually one of the best months of the season.  Averaging just 10m where 20 to 25 should be the norm.  Coupled with very late plankton which is shutting down a lot of ambient light.

However, diving goes on with the “dealable” 10m vis and Rosguill found a new wreck last year in 97m and dived it recently to find a very nice Type IX Operation Deadlight WW2 German Uboat.

 

Snorkel head shown with exhaust outlet on left hand side -radar absorbing material (Alberich) and ball float covering the air intake on right hand side.  There is also a small bracket to hold the radar detection unit.  For scale the snorkel float is approximately the size of a football.

Snorkel head shown with exhaust outlet on left hand side -radar absorbing material (Alberich) and ball float covering the air intake on right hand side. There is also a small bracket to hold the radar detection unit. For scale the snorkel float is approximately the size of a football.

 

 

 Sitting just aft to the conning tower are the surface running engine intake and exhaust manifolds – periscope shown above and behind.


Sitting just aft to the conning tower are the surface running engine intake and exhaust manifolds – periscope shown above and behind.

 

July Report

Monday, July 20th, 2015

After a slow start surface water temperature is now normal – 14 degrees in mid-July.

Vis on the classics has varied from 10m to 20m with a usual 15m

Ambient light has been a little lower than normal for this time of year – plankton bloom late and hence heavier than normal.

Weather has been mixed the whole season so far and remains unsettled looking forward.  It has been many years since we had such poor weather in May & June and we had a storm mid-July which I have never seen here (June – yes, but never July or August).

 

The iconic bow of the Justicia, some signs of collapse.

The iconic bow of the Justicia, some signs of collapse.

Symmetrical shot of the 13.5 inch guns

Symmetrical shot of the 13.5 inch guns

Shot - Spot

Shot – Spot