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clip a diver’s wings on days with challenging conditions. over two four railway tenders still bolted to the floor. A visit to the bow is a
dives, I often find that I can cover the stern area and the upper decks must. here you will get the ‘big ship feel’ where 4,998 tonnes all
from bow to mid section. The ‘trolley dash’ method may leave you converge into one small triangular shaped point. At 14m you can use
disappointed (and breathless), as it’s unlikely you’ll get everything it as a ‘deep stop’.
in. There are other ways to re-create the underwater supermarket It’s not always possible or advisable to swim over the wreck at 6m as
experience by circumnavigating the wreck at 0m searching for the currents and visibility rarely permit it. A short swim at around 9m
dropped items of diving equipment or ‘shopping’ as some of the local or 12m, however, often provides a satellite view of the ship before the
dive guides call it. inevitable calling of the mooring line.
By far the most interesting and spectacular area of Thistlegorm is consider also using a twin-set. Advanced nitrox or decompression
inside among the cargo holds. It is here where hundreds of tonnes of divers often enjoy longer bottom times and extensive multi-level
second World War armaments and supplies are stored and still highly diving on the Thistlegorm. They frequently enjoy dives that are three
visible after 68 years underwater. Well protected from the outside times longer than a recreational diver and still surface with ample gas
conditions, much of the cargo represents a time trap or underwater in reserve.
museum. What can a diver see? Trucks, cars, rifles, Wellington boots,
live shells, motorbikes, aircraft parts and much more. rising up from however long your dive may be, a visit to Thistlegorm is still a special
the holds involves ascending from around 24m to about 20m where treat. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
you can swim around the deck. Towards the bow decks are located
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