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SS Salsette

Diving the wreck of the SS Salsette.

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SS Salsette
SS Salsette

Time & Location

16 Oct 2023, 08:00 – 17 Oct 2023, 17:00

Portland, Osprey Quay, Portland DT5 1DX, UK

About the event

SS Salsette, the wreck of an early 20th century P&O liner.

Ropes Off:  10:00hrs

Top of the Wreck: 36m

Sea bed depth: 45m

For this dive, we will be out on "Skin Deep".

The Salsette was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-40 on 20th July 1917. The ship sank with at least 14 hands and disappeared to the bottom in less than half an hour. Even today there are many fittings such as portholes still intact and one of its original propellers is still there. She was, and still is, owned by P&O and at the time of her sinking was delivering mail and stores between London and Bombay. The wreck naturally is home to many large fish and divers should be aware of discarded fishing lines.

At 36M you arrive on the starboard rail looking across the steeply sloping decks she makes a fantastic sight. The hull is largely intact and there are some great swim throughs for the experienced diver, however it is very easy to forget just how deep this wreck is and the unwary can soon find themselves in deepwater looking up at what then becomes an intimidating site 6000 tons of steel leaning over you at a crazy angle.

Due to weight and space limitations of the vessel, this is going to be limited to 10 divers only. A reserve list will also be compiled.

All divers have to carry a RED/ORANGE DSMB with reel / spool. The DSMB must be 1.5m or larger and the length of line should be at least the seabed depth.

£75pp

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