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Day 8 – Port Napier

Port Napier was a 9600 ton ship built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson for Port Line, she was then taken over by the Admiralty during construction, and converted to a mine layer of the 1st Minelaying Squadron. It was loading mines at the Kyle of Lochalsh on 27 November, 1940 when fire broke out

Day 7 – Minke whales, dolphins and seals!

We had a well-earned lie-in today, to get over the excitement of the previous day’s night dive. The sea was calm and crystal clear, and the weather was glorious — the divers couldn’t wait to get in the water, as it was way too hot on the surface, most jumped off the slipway to cool

Day 6 – lochbay pinnacles revisited

Who would have thought of doing 3 dives a day in the UK? Yes, we are going to do it today. As we were chatting to Gordon last night for some tips and advices, he kindly offered us to go onto his hard boat tonight for a night dive. Like previous days, we drove the

Day 5 – when is slack water?

SS Doris In July 1909, SS Doris sank just off the south-east corner of Neist Point, and her skeletal wreckage can be found running down the last gully on the south side. The dive centre gave us a few tips on finding the wreck, but initially, we weren’t entirely confident we’d found it. Also, it

Day 4 – Meanish pier

It’s a rather unusual start this morning as our dive sites for today are quite a distance from the base camp. We split half of the group going onto the boat whilst the others driving most of the dive kit in the van. Who arrives first? The van did. There was only 5 cars passing

Day 3 – Happy birthday DO!

We managed to celebrate Ali N’s birthday in with a rather ULSAC style celebration. Boozes you said? Well, it’s too early for that. In fact, she was our dive manager today, I don’t think we ever had a birthday dive manager known in ULSAC’s history. Rascal’s Vertical drop I would say the word ‘impossible’ doesn’t

ULSAC Bulletin – October 2013

Greetings Everyone, The summer has drawn to a close and we are at the start of another academic year. Before it all becomes a distant memory I thought it might be nice to reflect on what’s been happening in the club over the summer and highlight some of the key events and achievements. I hope

The Kingdom of Cornwall Story

On Friday the 17th of August 7 ULSAC divers left chiswick to take on the diving in Cornwall. Having left behind a gloriously sunny London none of us were too impressed being greeted into Cornwall by pouring rain. However waking up the next day to clearer skies and the addition of 2 more divers marked

Diving on the freezing Dorset coast

Whilst the sea was freezing over down the coast in Sandbanks (see link), ten intrepid ULSAC divers headed to Doset for some winter diving around Portland in early February. A brisk morning greeted us on the Saturday; thermometers distinctly displaying sub-zero temperatures. Luckily the water was a lot warmer than anyone anticipated so it was

My experience of Bovi 2011

My first experience of diving took place on the Caribbean island of Dominica, and I got my PADI Open Water whilst living in the Indian Ocean. I’ve honestly never been one for cold temperatures, and I can’t exactly explain what motivated me to head off to Plymouth in April for some underwater adventuring. The idea