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Dive Site: MV Alastor

Location: Ringhaddy Sound, Strangford Lough, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Description: Wreck

Length: 45 metres (148 feet)

Depth: 23 metres (75 feet)

Visibility: Up to 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ***

As a wreck dive for a novice this is an excellent site. From the pier there is a line that leads directly to the stern on the port-side. The wreck still has its funnel and is home to many species of fish - particularly a female conger eel which has made its home behind the bath at the starboard side of the wreck. There is a companionway that is good for getting used to swim-throughs and when you look up from the bottom of the bow (clear of the sand) you get a real impression of how big the wreck is and how deep you are! The visibility can be bad however, and it is possible to have seven or eight divers on the wreck and never see anyone except your buddy! Other sealife seen nearby includes squid/octopus, dogfish, crabs and lobsters.

Tom Watson, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

This is a fine wreck and the fact it has a line to it means it's a no stress dive. Follow the line and you find the wreck, I have dived it dozens of times but still find something new each time. As mentioned above, the vis can be grim... seven out of eight dives are low vis, but out of the blue and for no apparant reason then comes the good one, good vis. Then all the others vanish into the back of your memory, the good one will stay in your minds eye for a long time.

Tom Thompson, PADI Dive Master | 26/08/09

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