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The Gascony

Carriage wheel on the Gascony - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Condenser on the Gascony - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Crank shaft on the Gascony - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Scuba Diving South Coast England, UK, Europe

Dive Site: The Gascony

Location: 50°39.46N; 0°39.66W

Description: 3133 ton British steamer

Depth: 22 metres (72 feet)

Visibility: 5 metres (15 feet)

Rating: ***

The Gascony was torpedoed in 1918. The nearly intact wreckage now lies almost upside down, with the port side more exposed. Getting your bearings can be difficult on this wreck, so using a compass might help. Head northwest to the port side so that you are not stuck looking at the ships hull. The propeller has been salvaged, but the rudder lies on the seabed. A little penetration is possible, but many of the holes are too small to get through. The wheel shaped cargo of gun carriages can be seen along with the ships four boilers and the engine room. The anchor winch and chains can also be identified. Launch is from Littlehampton or Brighton.

I’ve dived this a few times it’s a really good dive. The last time I dived it was in 2007 and I had about six to seven metres of viz, ace! Lots of life on it and lots to get into, I had about thirty minutes on it with a few minutes of deco. Cracking. Who said UK diving is "murky".

Barry Francis (BSAC)

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