Anglesey, Amlwch 2013

Four members of Sheffield Hallam University Sub Aqua Club were invited on a fellow Sheffield club's trip to Anglesey. This trip report is written by a member of BSAC 36, but sums the weekend up fantastically.

Diving aboard the Julie-Anne..... A boat with a chicken atop the mast!! (how many of you noticed that!)


Strong southerly winds aren't what we wanted, but the north coast of Anglesey was the best place to be, with the wind coming off the land. The sea was relatively flat on the Saturday for the first day's diving, but restricted activities to shallower inshore sites. 
In fact the first wreck to be dived, the Dakota, was only 5 minutes outside Amlwch harbour!  The Dakota was a 4000 ton steamer that sank in 1877, apparently after confusion over which was port and which was starboard (I often get that confused too, but possibly with less significant consequences!!). Now well broken up and a bit silty, it made an interesting first dive at 18m with plenty of life. Slack water didn't occur until the end of the dive - a miscalculation or 'skippers law'!
Second dive was on the Pansy - a shallow wreck just off Bull Bay, which happened to be the proposed site of the evenings entertainment - a BBQ on the beach. Thanks to Susan for organising what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Good food, drink and company - just what BSAC36 trips are about!

Sunday saw the wind abate slightly, so the Julie-Anne was able to venture further afield. The wreck of the Kincorth, off the east coast of Anglesey, proved difficult to shot, but was a  30m deep with lots of life. Sunk when it hit a mine in 1941, the wreck lies on a north/south trajectory, notable for the bow lying behind the stern, as it was blown clean off before the stern, engine still running, powered past the bow on its way to the sea bed. The two pieces of the hull now lie 50m apart. 
That dive was followed by a shallow rummage on the resting place of the Royal Charter, tragically lost on its fated return journey from Australia, transporting gold prospectors and their considerable cargo of bullion. Much of the gold has been recovered since the Royal Charter was lost in the 1859 hurricane which dashed her against the Anglesey coast, but there is statistically plenty still under the waves. Needless to say, no one surfaced any richer (at least no one admitted a find!)

The weather closed in on the return journey to Amlwch harbour, so after such good run of weather, the trip was accomplished just in time!

Martyn Nichols - Advanced Diver / Open Water Instructor - Sheffield BSAC 36


We've had a very successful intake this year, with around 20 new divers being trained and a hanful of divers who area already qualified joining.

We're off to the Farnes at the end of November to see the seals. Wish us luck!

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