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Crane Drum, Stoney Cove Dive Site - courtesey of Rik Vercoe
Crane Drum, Stoney Cove Dive Site - courtesey of Rik Vercoe

Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site

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Dive Site: Crane Drum

Depth: 5 to 6 metres (18 feet)

Rating: See Stoney Cove overview

Location: Due to the Crane Drum's location on the east wall of the quarry it is easiest reach by doing a perimeter dive. Entering from either the Bus Stop or closer to its location the Slipway, follow the wall on your left shoulder at a depth of 5 metres. It is 20 - 25 minutes slow swim, approx 5 minutes past the 4m metre blockhouse.

History & Description: The Crane Drum, like the Disposal Chute, appears to be an old piece of equipment left behind from the days when this area was a working quarry at Stoney Stanton (any further information on this would be gratefully received). Located on the quarry wall it is partially engulfed in weed and large pike lurk nearby. Fish life is more plentiful here and the large drums which would have contained the crane cable are clearly visible.

Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor

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