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Mid-August report

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Vis has been in the 20m range lately. One particular day 30m vis was reported on HMS Audacious with impressive ambient light.

Surface water temperature around 16.5 degrees.

After an extremely settled period from start May to end July, the weather has become unsettled. Fingers crossed!!!

HMS Hurst Castle

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Weather, water temperature & visibility really cannot be beaten at this moment off north Donegal. Calm seas, 16 + degrees Centigrade & 20m+ vis.

Below is a very nice photograph from a couple weeks ago of the bow of HMS Hurst Castle – taken close to the bow fairlead and also showing the ship’s anchor still in the hawsehole.

Also 2 photographs from differing angles of the “Squid launcher” on HMS Hurst Castle. The Squid launcher was the latest technology during WW2 which allowed anti-submarine charges to be delivered forward of the surface vessel at a depth determined by the “ASDIC”. This system dropped the squids in a triangle pattern which may be ascertained by the 2 slightly offset tubes.

Hurst Castle

Squid 1

Squid 2

U 89, WW1 uboat.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Very nice photograph of the 88mm gun on the deck of U 89, rammed by a HMS Roxburgh and lost with all 44 men.

In 60m, this is an absolutely fantastic dive.

U89 WW1 U-Boat 88mm gun 8 July 2014

Start July 2014 report

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Surface water temperature now extremely high for this time of year at over 15 degrees C.

Visibility after being great was at 8 and 10m on couple days at HMS Audacious. However, reports of other sites are of very good visibility.

Stephen gives scale to the 15m long 13_5_ guns on HMS Audacious 6 July 2014 A

Port propellor and keel of HMS Audacious 7 July 2014 A

Start June 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Vis around 15 – 18m off north Donegal at the moment. Water temperature around 12.4 centigrade.

Plankton seems to be only starting now – very late or very little?

Couple of nice photographs from Stewart Andrews (copyright) of one of the 4.7 inch guns on HMS Viknor and another of the bow of HMS Pinto.

4.7 inch gun on the ill-fated HMS Viknor (low res)

MV Pinto (low res)

U 89 May 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

In 60m this WW1 U boat is a super dive.

Video by diver on the Rosguill.

First of 2014 – good vis

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

15 metres plus on a wreck out west 3 May.

Good start to the season

4 May – Justicia – 18m & lots of ambient light. Cold though! Surface 10.5 C.

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”.

Handrail

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.