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Old 06 February 2004, 08:00   #1
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HMS Scylla

HMS Scylla is due to be scuttled next month off Plymouth to provide a dive site, marine habitat etc.

When the date is announced does anybody fancy meeting up to watch a ship sink?
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Old 06 February 2004, 08:13   #2
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Sinking

Any idea what the size of the exclusion zone around the site will be whilst the sinking takes place? No point watching if we are being kept miles away.
I for one would certainly like to watch and photograph this event, if the date allows.
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Old 06 February 2004, 08:23   #3
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Any idea what the size of the exclusion zone around the site will be whilst the sinking takes place?
Not at the moment, but she is having holes cut in her at the moment so that she will sink.

I don't believe that they will be using explosives, but I will try and find out when I go back to work next week.
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I have managerd to find the position intended for the Scylla.

It will be in Whitsand Bay approx 50 19.5n 004 14.5w, abot 1nm from Rame Head.

I have found one dive firm that is taking bookings to whach the sinking, so there should not be a problem for us.
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Old 06 February 2004, 09:33   #5
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I will be there with my RIB, nice to see the thing we will divfe for years ... before it sinks. I hope other boats can go also.
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Yeah, I think I would like to be there too.
If the date works out all right.
Anybody want a lift there on Cyanide?
I will run from Torquay to Rame Head and can pop in to shore to pick people up along the way..
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Could be a blast!
(Could be a..............Oh, never mind)
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I can not find anything about a date yet, but the lunch time news said that it will be next month (March).

So best to keep eyes and ears open for news.
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Just curious
What depth will she settle at?
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If she is near the James Egan Lane, which was the plan then the depth is 20ish. This will be great for diving in the area. Also seeing something so big sink, will be a thrill ... normally things never go to plan, so keep ya fingers crossed all will go well.

Not sure when they will let dive this, BUT I will have my gear on the RIB just in case!!! I would imagine the viz will be shit as a result of her settling down.
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Just plotted it on a chart. I make it 800ft east of the James Eagan Layne, which would put it in 20m - 30m of water.

The last time I was at Bovisand I ended up diving the JEL 3 times. It will be good to have another wreck so close, hopefully take the pressure of the JEL, divers all over the place when I was there last.
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