Date(s) - Dec 15, Sat
There are 10 places, 6 are still available.
Load from 08:30, ropes off 10:30
The Black Hawk was a 7,191 ton US Liberty ship, built 1943 and powered by a single 3-cylinder triple expansion engine. She measured 441ft by 57ft and was armed with a 4 inch stern mounted deck gun. On the 29th Dec 1944, she was bound from Cherbourg for Fowey in ballast, part of convoy TBC 21 when hit by a torpedo. The blast wounded four of the ship´s 41 crew (one of whom died later) but there were no casualties among the 27-man armed guard. However, the damage caused the vessel to rupture and the stern third of the ship broke off and sank. Bizarrely though the remainder of the ship remained afloat and was towed to Warbarrow Bay and beached. Causing a hazard to shipping the vessel was dispersed by explosives. However, today there are still masses of steel sections and plates up to 3m high. The bow section can be identified by the heavy anchor chain that runs almost 75m south to a 3-ton anchor. A pretty dive, usually with lots of life on it. Distance from Weymouth 10 miles.
The following people are already booked on this dive:
- Rik Girdler
- Lin Baldock
- Mike Markey