Le Poulmic was an old French trawler that was requisitioned by the Brits during the 2nd world war. She was put to work as a minesweeper and surprisingly hit a mine off Penlee point. Now well broken a few ribs are left and parts of the hull are now home to small shoals of fish. We like this wreck because of its depth and variety of life, we sometimes dive it on our PADI -Wreck Speciality Course and Advanced Open Water Courses.
Wrecked on Christmas eve 1916, this old steam trawler had been converted into yet another mine sweeper. Yet again it fell foul of a mine and went down. At first sight all you can see is the boiler that stands about 3m high off the sea bed. If you search carefully you'll start to make out the rest of her, the hull leads off to the south with scattered objects around the whole site. If not diving with us be careful as an anchor or shot is easily lost here. The main hazard to diving here is the wind, be careful it doesn't blow your boat onto the breakwater, boats and granite blocks don't mix.
My personal favourite drift at almost any time of year. Springs and mid tides make the best conditions for a super fast ride, but permission from Longroom on channel 14 is essential unless you want to be pulled over and fined by the MOD Police. As this dive is inside the break water it is well protected from the elements.
She used to be a millionaire's gin palace, lent to the Navy during the 2nd world war and was then converted into a training ship for the merchant navy. The original owners wishes were that once she had no further use, she was to be sunk rather than scrapped. Fort Bovisand got wind of this and persuaded the trustees to sink her near the Fort so she could be used as an underwater classroom. She sank very close to the Shag Stone. Unfortunately becoming a hazard to local fishing boats, she was later dispersed during some explosives diving courses.
A superb reef type dive site similar to hilsea point but with better currents and a little less dramatic topography. This site takes it's name from the fairy ring that can be seen on the hill side in late July, early August
Max Depth: Anything from 12m-22m depending on where you drop and what you want.
Viz: Generally 6 - 8m, at best 20m+ although bad weather will make it worse.