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Mount Batten

Newly Discovered 'Marie' Wreck

Diving the newly discovered Marie wreck out of Plymouth, on Seeker.

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Newly Discovered 'Marie' Wreck
Newly Discovered 'Marie' Wreck

Time & Location

18 Sept 2023, 07:00 – 19 Sept 2023, 18:00

Mount Batten, Unit 4, The Mountbatten Sailing & Watersports Centre, 70 Lawrence Rd, Mount Batten, Plymouth PL9 9SJ, UK

About the event

This will be a 2 dive trip going out on "Seeker" from the Mount Batten Centre.

Dive 1) "Marie" at 40m.

Dive 2) This is yet to be decided, but will be in the 20-25m range.

Ropes Off: is a reasonable 0930hrs

Cost: £85 PP

The new shipwreck attraction at Plymouth within recreational depths since the Scylla was sunk in 2004. It’s the Victorian steamship Marie, lost for 128 years but recently discovered by a local team from In Deep Dive Centre.

The Marie was found lying upright in Bigbury Bay at a depth of 40m

History of the Marie

The 511-ton gross three-masted iron steamship was built in 1863 in Danzig, equipped with a 92hp steam engine, boilers and single screw.

In February 1895 the newly formed Steamship Marie Company Ltd of London arranged to buy the vessel. It is not known whether ownership had already been transferred when the Marie was lost two months later.

Captain Matthew Cowper, having sailed the ship from Liverpool to Dunkirk with a cargo of coal, started back across the Channel from Saint-Valery-en-Caux on 21 April, carrying round flint for pottery-making to Runcorn in Cheshire.

Marie ran into fog, strong south-westerlies and heavy rain, and it’s thought that Captain Cowper decided to get out of the rough seas by making for the safety of Plymouth Sound – but his ship disappeared in the early hours of 23 April.

If you wish to dive this please reserve your spot.

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