Diary

He went for a dive and had a paddle

I do love the Nunkies feedback on dives as they never seem to go to plan, be it clambering up the North Face of Beadnell Point in adverse conditions or finding virtually zero scrap he is some boy, well this is the latest exploit and the plan was simple photos of Yewglen please!

Well the nutz and boltz first......

The vis was god, maybe 8m but it will go to crap over the weekend!

The temperature was 12degC and I reckon that the thermometer on his computer has stopped working!

Before going any further the photos are already up and posted and there are some good 'uns which prove if nothing else two things, the first is that Yewglen was carrying three anchors and something else, more of which later!

Beadnell - North Side of Point (Yewglen) 2019

The vis was great, almost a calm before the storm as the weather over the next week or so is more than a bit up and down with six feet swell promised for Saturday and thirteen feet for midweek so this was a break-busting dive on the North Side of the Point, but the sea did have that 'look' not a high swell but long, very long causing quite a bit of wisy-washy to deal with, oh and almost as an omen just before jumping in there was a school of would be paddle boarders moving past slowly......

I had given instructions to take loads of shots with the wide angle set up in auto-mode, mainly because if there is any 'manipulation' he would screw the job up and in auto mode it really is point and press, he also kindly took three shots of each bit so that the 'best' could be used in the album and I am very happy with the results. The main question was over the anchor situation as the Ancient Diver was sure that there were two Danforths but I was sure that there were three, having given detail instructions the nunkie came back wth photos showing that there were three so that's a mystery kinda solved.

With the good vis it was amazing how much life could be seen and whilst there were no monster coalfish or pollack yet there were plenty of smaller fish which were no doubt in the area because of the amount of sandeels that were milling around in the water that was being pushed up as the tide flowed into Beadnell Bay on the flood, oh and it wasn't just the fish there were also a few pairs or terns on the rocks with one of the parents busily catching sandeels and almost immediately dropping down to feed the immature but almost fully grown fledgling. I guess that it is ultimately a good place to 'teach' the younger bird the nuances of catching food!

As well as the roundfish there were a couple of small and very late lumpfish, both males were about the size of cricket balls and a similar colour to a 'test' ball that has been well used, being coloured many hues of red, there were also a few quite large flounder in the second gully where the bottom is a mixture of scrap plates, conglomerated iron, brass and crud and also sand, where the flatfish were hiding, probably waiting for sandeels to get close enough for a grab! Now if these flatties had been plaice then they would have been tea but as things were it was blue fiend for tea!

For most of the dive the only fiends that were spotted were wiggies with very few larger or takeable lobbies about, however when taking shots around the boiler, incidentally a couple came out as underwater versions of 'The Scream', have a look they really do! Anyway at the boiler there was a good size female out in the open and nunkie said 'I looked at her, she looked at me, then I grabbed and bagged', but before then.....

Ah yes before then there was a bit of yellow and moving close it was the paddle of a type used by Stand up Paddleboarders or SuPers, you can imagine that by the time that the lobster was bagged, along with a load of scrap fishing weights and a paddle.....and a camera the nunkie was getting a bit busy and had insufficient hands ofor the job. Now it's quite interesting that althought this is the first intact paddle it is the second one which we have picked up here, the first was part of a carbon model which the owner must have been devastated to loose and it makes you think, how on earth do you move if you've lost the paddle?

Anyway heading back to the sheer face of the point Nunks was still in Lord Lichfield mode and took some shots of a long length of metal that has sat at the base of the wall 'for ever' and also some associated bits and it all came into focus! The curve on the metal makes obvious that it is the keel of a boat and the section just behind, and photographed, is the metal section onto which rudder are constructed and mounted (pintel or gudgeon?) so we have the 'bare bones' of a wooden wreck tight against the face and that would help explain where some of the artefacts which we find every year are coming from as it is pretty damn obvious that the vintage on some pieces is significantly older than Yewglen.

So there you go a really good dive and although the weather is terrible, or at least 'up and down' for the next week there is a job to drop over and measure the keel piece and also the rudder pintel to try and gauge the size of the lost ship, we can then start to look at the records and see if we can name these two bits of metal from among the jumble of Yewglen!

Dive safe

RichW & Nunkie

Weight this dive - 7.3 kg

Weight this year - 241.8 kg

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