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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

2015 starts

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


Surface water temperature this year has been stubbornly low and last day in May has not yet reached 11 degrees.

Visibility start May was 8m or so but 30 May on Justicia was a respectable 13m

After a couple of really nice weeks weather around Easter the weather has been very unsettled.  5 – 10 day range forecast is optimistic.



Justicia 3

Nice photo of one of the screws, not often dived at the stern, on RMS Justicia (70m), taken by Stewie Andrews, 30 May 15.

2014 compilation video

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Marvellous YouTube video produced & filmed by the great Norman Woods showcasing some of the classic north Donegal wrecks…

Poor vis for September

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Second week in September 2014 with unusually calm weather and the vis is maximum 12 metres – 7 metres on the Audacious 12th September.

Inexplicable and unbelievable.

Videos from start September – Type 11D? & TYPE IX & Audacious

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

These videos having been accessed appear to be a type 11D and a Type 1XC/40.

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”.


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.


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!

Divers 1

Divers 2

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.