Diary

What a lovely dip on the North Side of Beadnell Point

The conditions have been 'odd' today, very warm walking along to the site but....bracing? when you leap in, even equipped with a relatively dry dry suit!

But the conditions, how about the conditions?

Well bloody marvellous, the vis must have been 6m or maybe a tad more with no traces of snotty bloom in the water.

This great vis, combined with the fact that the wreckage of MV Yewglen have been really moved about meant a very good dive on the scrappage front. A bit arsie first but right near the end of the pipe I spotted a big 'chod' of lead which had been under some now shifted wreckage, by this stage my air was on the low side, as I said I was heading out. However you have to look-see to recce for the next dive, but having shifted some big rocks it was loose and quickly hauled from its watery resting place, bagged and the lift bag now had to be inflated!

Right having covered that and the usual yah-yah fishing weights, what about the dive?

Fish front first, the last time I dived here a couple of weeks ago all I spotted was a rockling but today more summer residents were present, yup the usual Coalfish and Pollock were present, although none of their smaller members, the ones I saw were all a good size and well worth catching if you were an angler. 

From a piscine sense today I spotted something I had never seen before, it was small, maybe a juvenile or maybe a micro species and it swam in a very jerky fashion, if you can imagine a very small two inch across scallop, which those who have seen will know are very active, it was that un-fishlike. What brought it to my attention was that it was white, maybe translucent with jet black eyes, was it an albino? It attempted to hide by lying almost attached to a kelp frond so I thought ahhhhh 'clingfish' but looking at photographs and images it was all the wrong shape, having a quite pronounced head and hump. Sadly being white, a bad swimmer and small I think its life expectancy will be days rather than months or years, certainly with the bigger Pollack on the scene!

The wreck has really been bashed about with one of the 'older' danforth anchors now wreckage free and whilst not an easy job it is almost certainly 'liftable' as the eye, shank and flukes are all free and looking at it not heavily corroded onto the bed-rock. I have already measured and checked and it weighs a cool 885kg, so maybe £50 in scrap but much more if painted up and used as an ornament, an ornament that really won't need any secondary holding devices to stop gyppos thieving it!

For part of the dive we went into the gut and headed West, towards the mainland, over the keel section that ran up bows of the vessel and further inland, again just mooching and came across a jumble of plates and spars, so know we know where the metalwork that was restricting access to that particular danforth anchor has gone! 

Anyone who knows the site must realise that we were diving at near high tide, actually we were diving maybe an hour after top of the tide and with springs being flavour of the day the vis was a pleasant surprise, to be blunt I was looking around this area because a few years ago I spotted a big brass valve with lead packing pieces wedged between some rocks and every year I have a 'look-see' just in the hope that it has been exposed but no its under a jumble of rocks in 2022, maybe next year?

A few dives ago I noted that the fishermen were potting inshore and whilst there were no pots on the north side today there were a few lobsters in residence including a few takable species and some 'wiggies', these small lobsters always make me think about setting up a large UK saltwater aquarium, it wouldn't be too difficult too stock and keep some really interesting animals, maybe one day! As well as the lobsters there were loads of crabs about, usual suspects and later on today my son very nearly extracted an almost takable takable edible crab whilst drop netting during a family mallow toasting session at twilight!

Quite a few shore dives at Beadnell are now undertaken with a buddy, he must realise I am the worst buddy in the world as I expect guys who can dive to keep a weather eye on me and enjoy themselves, I am not going to ask about air and my mani interactions will be when we are locating scrap and if I spot something really interesting, which today was the albino/white fish, I am happy to say that diving with a buddy does increase the scrappage, today he contributed two weights or around three-hundred grammes of the haul!

Anyhow, at the end of the dip whilst getting our stuff together he commented that the storms have changed everything around with lots of bits of encrusted brass sticking out of the bottom, the problem is that most are small and not worth attacking for scrap value, although last dive I did prise out a strange looking piece that is now sitting with the rest of my 'brass trinkets' on a shelf, its solid rod, maybe 10mm in diameter, 15 centimetres long, with a distinct collar and a flat, round end about 20mm in diameter on one end. It has obviously been there a while as it is covered in a thick layer of verdigris, very thick, certainly more than the tut (or is it a shave?) from 1911 that I found a few years ago at the Islands on the wreckage of SS Britannia.

So there you go a really great dive and you know what I intend repeating tomorrow!

Dive safe

Weight this dive - 21.3 kg

Weight this year - 275.5 kg

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