THE DUCK OF BUCCLEUGH 60-65mts

The Duke, as she is known, is a deep air dive but best done on gas. You touch metal at 50mts but for the most part you are at 55 mts.She was carrying a cargo of plates and glass wear, you can not help but take a souvenir .

The stern stands the highest and thatís were collapsed holds can be entered with caution .There are many designs to be had and even the old pothole remains but this really is a china dive. Visibility is usually good and she stands upright and easy to navigate.Swim under amidships and you have glasses and candle holders and blue glasses .Swim further along to the bow and the wreck is very broken,


History: 3.099 ton four-masted iron steamer, built 1874. 380ftx38ft. 500hp engines. Cargo: 600 tons hand-painted Belgian china and glassware, 2.533 tons of iron rails and machinery, Middlesbrough and Antwerp for Madras. Sunk: 7 March, 1889 in night collision with 1.478 ton sailing ship Vandalia. All 47 crew of Duke of Buccleugh lost.

 
Considering how long this has spent at the bottom of the English Channel it is in wonderful condition.

Having completed a very exciting dive and down loaded the computer written up my dive log I now have to fill in a very important form, it is the MCA/ROW1 (the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Report of Wreck and Salvage) this form is available at the MCA web site http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/row1.pdf. The wrecks around our shores are under constant attack from the elements and even during the relevant short time I have been diving these wrecks I have noticed a considerable decay. So rather than just taking items from these wrecks (which is Illegal) by filling out this form you can be given legal title to it, it also creates documented history for the items themselves and also what has been removed from these wrecks and   where they are now otherwise our history will be lost.