M2 and many more in Portland

M2 the motorway in Kent? No, I meant the submarine. And yes, we had 8 metres of viz down at 30m! The M2 was an M-class submarine and was launched in 1919. Like the other members of her class, she was armed with a single 12-inch (305mm) gun as well as torpedo tubes. The Mark

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

Day 2 – more roads, more traffic ahead

After a restful nap at the premier inn we stopped by last nightt, we carried on with our journey to the Isle of Skye. Apparently there’s still another 300 odd miles to go and it will take about 8 hours according to the satnav and smartphones. Before I talk about traffic and queues, let’s look

Day 1 – battling through the motorway

As with the usual ULSAC trip, we met up at ULU to load all the kit and battled through the London traffic to Chiswick to pick up the boat. Once all the loading up is done at the boathouse, we set off with Rascal first with the MPV and the van remaining at the boathouse

Day 0 – Planning for our expedition

It was drizzling when I set off from home in Hertfordshire this morning, but as I traveled further south into London, that gentle rain turned into a very heavy shower with thunderstorms. There was a Met Office warning for heavy rain and wind, but I completely have forgotten about it after a sunny day at