Date(s) - Sep 9, Wed
There are 6 places, 2 are still available.
Load from 11:30, brief 12:15, ropes off 13:00
Gripfast – 48m
Built in 1910 by J. Crown at the Monkwearmouth yard, no. 139, the Gripfast was fitted with a triple expansion, one single boiler and a single screw, and was capable of 9.5 knots. Her war years saw her involved in several incidents. In 1940 she beached near Bridlington but was refloated. On 9th July 1942, the Gripfast was on its way from Barry to Sheerness when a number of ships came under E-boat attack. Gripfast escaped that attack herself, though stopping to rescue three men from the doomed ship the SS Rosten. By 3 am the attack had ceased, but some hours later a German aircraft dropped a bomb right onto Gripfast’s deck which then returned to deliver machine gun fire killing 5 of her crew. It’s almost unimaginable what must have been going through the minds of those 3 sailors picked up from the sea only to be sunk for the second time in a single day.
Today Gripfast sits east-west and upright, with her hull largely intact and makes a great dive. Distance from Weymouth 12 miles.
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