Dive on the SS Hanne

17th June 2008

Despite a somewhat overcast evening with the odd spot of rain, we had a full turnout of 12 divers for the Tuesday evening dive from the MV Spellbinder.

With a brisk South Westerly breeze but a relatively flat sea, Spellbinder headed up the coast towards Blyth to dive the wreck of the Hanne. This Norwegian steam ship was sunk after she struck a mine off the harbour entrance to Blyth on the 28th December 1939 with the loss of her entire crew of 15.

The wreck is now quite dispersed across the seabed in 20 metres of water. Parts of the wreck are still quite recognizable, such as the boiler and the remains of steam engine. A solitary lone Pollack danced through the torch beams as shoals of Dab darted through the remnants of the engine blocks. All too soon it was time to ascend back to the world above. Back on board with a rising sea and a setting sun, it was time to head back down the coast towards the entrance of the Tyne. Another excellent Tuesday night dive.

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