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I've dived with Iain Hosking 572 times:

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24 Feb 1980 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Derek Borthwick Five stars Dived with Derek Borthwick. Used Susan's valve after problems with club one. Water temp warm. Saw masses of sea urchins, starfish, crabs, squat lobsters & other smaller invertebrates. Draeger (45 cu ft), Susan's Sportsways valve, & weight belt
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15 Mar 1980 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 23 30 30 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Three stars Dived with Malcolm Gauld. Mouthpiece split on demand valve so used Derek's. Boat dive. Weather - warm & sunny. Didn't find actual wreck, but lots of bits lying about. Saw dead men's fingers, spider crabs etc. Silty bottom. Vis 20 feet. Filled Fenzy by mouth. Dropped weight belt but had it recovered [by Derek]. Steel 60, Derek's Poseidon, ABLJ 6, 24 lbs weight
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16 Mar 1980 Cuan Ferry Seil Island Oban Scotland 8 20 20 Iain Hosking, Lizzie Daw Two stars Boat dive again. Dived with Lizzie Daw. Strong current caused problems for the boat but we lost it underwater. Masses of kelp, some sea urchins & starfish. Couldn't find any place deeper than 8m so came up. Aluminium 56 cu ft, own demand valve, ABLJ 6
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30 Mar 1980 Gitana Loch Rannoch Scottish Highlands Scotland Wreck site Freshwater site 10 20 20 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Four stars Shore dive, with Malcolm Gauld. Water fairly cold (2-3°C). Very dark, but vis with torch OK, about 3m. Circumnavigated the ship, and took a look inside. No life: too acidic. P.S. Also took soundings from wreck to the shore, from small inflatable. Steel 60, own dv, ABLJ 6
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20 Apr 1980 Gitana Loch Rannoch Scottish Highlands Scotland Wreck site Freshwater site 10 25 25 Iain Hosking, Mike Malone Four stars Warmer this time. Visibility very good; saw far more of the deck, entered midships hatch and looked at Captain's Cabin & 'Ladies Only'. Dived with Mike Malone. Al 56, own dv, ABLJ 6
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20 Apr 1980 Gitana Loch Rannoch Scottish Highlands Scotland Wreck site Freshwater site 10 15 15 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld, Murray Grant Three stars Dived with Malcom & Murray & took a quick look at stern cabin, gents loo etc. Steel 60, own dv, ABLJ 6
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21 Apr 1980 St Abbs Head South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 10 25 25 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Two stars Boat dive. Wind 3-5 and strong swell. Went down with Geoff. Vis low; 4-5 feet. Lots of kelp and sea urchins but not much else. Saw puffins. Steel 60, own dv, ABLJ 6
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23 Apr 1980 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 7 25 25 Iain Hosking, Murray Grant Two stars Shore dive. Went out with Murray and swam round a rock. Vis poor, 2-3m. Sea urchins, starfish, crabs etc. Went for a 15 min snorkel afterwards. Steel 60, own dv, ABLJ 6
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27 Apr 1980 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Mike Malone Four stars A very interesting dive, with Mike Malone. Snorkelled out to Cathedral Rock, examined anemones, starfish & found a (small) lobster. Played football & swam through the arches. Vis good, about 15 feet. Weather bright and sunny and hot. Did some snorkelling afterwards. Own dv, ABLJ 6
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25 May 1980 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 9 37 37 Iain Hosking, Lorna Miller, Robin Gray Four stars Looking for lobsters. Found several large ones but couldn't get them out because horizontal crevices went back too far. Visibility fantastic - 30 feet or more. Light sand on bottom made it brighter. Used 90 ats. Steel 60, own dv, ABLJ 6 (somewhat buoyant - try another 2lbs weight)
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25 May 1980 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 6 20 20 Iain Hosking, Lorna Miller Three stars Dived with Lorna again. Very buoyant; had a lot of trouble getting down. Found another lobster - shy and retiring like the others. Also saw dozens of hermit crabs and a purple seaslug. as before
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15 Jun 1980 Fidra North Berwick Forth Scotland 7 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Looking for lobsters again. None, but thousands of brittle stars & other squidgy things. Vis unimpressive. Weather very good. Wind dropped by evening. Steel 60, own dv, ABLJ 6, ~26lbs weight
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15 Jun 1980 Fidra North Berwick Forth Scotland 10 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Snorkelled out to another island. Found 2 crabs (one with no claws) but still no lobsters. Rats! as before
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29 Jun 1980 Chester II Off Fidra Forth Scotland Wreck site 24 18 18 Iain Hosking, John Crichton One stars Dived with John Crichton from boat with SMB to try to find wreck. Reached bottom & followed line of dragging anchor. Vis terrible, maybe 6ft. Weren't getting anywhere, & air low (50 ats) so came up, tangling SMB round anchor line in process. Not a successful dive. Steel 60, own dv, ABLJ 4, ~24lbs weight (buoyant on surface)
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20 Jul 1980 Switha Off Edinburgh Forth Scotland Wreck site 6 40 40 Iain Hosking, Colwyn Jones Two stars Dived with Colwyn Jones. Nature of bottom: steel plate with patches of brass & copper. Shoals of fish, giant lobster. Heavy swell. Seasick. Steel 60, own dv, Fenzy 1
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27 Jul 1980 Argyll Bell Rock Scottish East Coast Scotland Wreck site 11 20 20 Iain Hosking, Colwyn Jones Four stars Spent Saturday night on the 'Hamnavoe' and dived the 'Argyll' on the Sunday. Very strong current, good vis. Masses of steel plate; recognised mast & spotting top with guns. Surface visibility very poor, say half a mile, and fairly high sea, calming down as the day progressed. Steel 60, ABLJ 6, own dv
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6 Aug 1980 Islay Port Ellen Islay Scotland Wreck site 12 45 45 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Five stars Fantastic dive. Swam around ship, which consists of ribs & boilers & assorted bits. Also giant sunstars, fish of all shapes & sizes, and two crabs making out. Giant lobster. White sandy bottom. Very good vis (40 ft). Warm (no gloves). Also went for a snorkel. Ship is a MacBrayne's paddlesteamer, 187 tons net, which sank in 1902 en route from Glasgow to Port Ellen. Steel 69 cu ft, ABLJ 5, own dv, ~22lbs weight
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6 Aug 1980 Harald Mull of Oa Islay Scotland Wreck site 10 12 12 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Three stars Wreck very kelp-covered. Bows impressive, with anchor & chain. Hull on its side on bottom. Conserved air for next two dives. (1909 collier.) ABLJ 5, steel 69, own dv, 22lbs weight
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6 Aug 1980 Mull of Oa Islay Scotland 6 10 10 Iain Hosking, Dougie McEwan, Lizzie Daw, Malcolm Gauld, Robert Sproul-Cran Four stars Photographic sortie. Visibility excellent (50 feet+). White sand, lots of fish. Robert took group photograph. ABLJ 5, steel 69, own dv, 22lbs weight.
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6 Aug 1980 Limelight Port Ellen Islay Scotland Wreck site 8 10 10 Iain Hosking, Derek Borthwick Three stars Bows of ship only. Had a look around inside. Late (9pm) and consequently cold. Where's the stern? ABLJ 5, steel 69, own dv, 22lbs weight
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7 Aug 1980 Agate Kilchiaran Bay Islay Scotland Wreck site 12 35 35 Iain Hosking, Derek Borthwick Four stars Photographic sortie with Derek Borthwick. Steep-sided gullies with masses of scoof - propeller shaft, prop, boilers etc. Purple kelp. Strong current, but vis good. An exciting dive. ABLJ 5, steel 60, own dv, 26lbs weight.
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7 Aug 1980 Floristan Kilchiaran Bay Islay Scotland Wreck site 10 25 25 Iain Hosking, Dougie McEwan Four stars Night dive with Dougie. Torch failed but his was bright enough for two. Spectacular wreck with locomotives, flatcars, trucks, boilers, bricks (Thistle Co.) and lots of pipes etc. Water clear, and not cold. ABLJ 5, steel 60, own dv, 26lbs weight
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8 Aug 1980 Floristan Kilchiaran Bay Islay Scotland Wreck site 12 35 35 Iain Hosking, Dougie McEwan Three stars Examined details of wreck. Locomotive is on its left side - boiler has rolled off. Flatcars on top of one another. Millwheels. Fish individually (large territorial fish) and in shoals (pollack). Rust kicked up off wreck reduced visibility. Practised boat-handling. ABLJ 5, steel 60, own dv, 26lbs weight
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10 Aug 1980 Furnace Loch Fyne Kintyre Scotland 31 25 25 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Three stars Shore dive. Down cliff to 31m (100 feet). Silty, sloping bottom. Then back up to 16m and along cliff. Sea squirts, hermit crabs, sponges, giant jellyfish, tubeworms (very pretty). Vis good but we kicked up some silt. PS Saw mobile clam. Steel 69, ABLJ 7, own dv, 22lbs weight
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24 Aug 1980 Bass Rock Forth Scotland 20 25 25 Iain Hosking, Robin Gray Three stars Down cliff face and followed the bottom of the cliff clockwise. Vis poor but great variety of sea anemones & brittle stars. Few crustaceans. Also did a spot of leaping and traversed a cave under the Rock. Lost a fin in the process. Steel 69, ABLJ 7, own dv, 22lbs weight
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25 Oct 1980 Sgeir Neoghluasadach Summer Isles North-west Scotland Scotland 23 20 20 Iain Hosking Three stars Fell off hard boat 'Vimiera' and snorkelled to island. Descended through kelp and boulder slope to pebbly/sandy bottom. Vis pretty good, and water not cold. Current. Usual stuff - starfish, sea urchins and scallops (saw one swimming. Came up with 80 ats. Steel 69, ABLJ 1, own dv, 26lbs weight
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25 Oct 1980 Priest Island Summer Isles North-west Scotland Scotland 20 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars 2nd dive of the day, again off the 'Vimiera'. Snorkelled to shore, descended and followed the 20m contour. Huge shoal of pollack, dogfish (quite large) and lots of other fish not yet identified. Also plenty of crabs, but no pretty squidgy things. Steel 60, ABLJ 1, own dv
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26 Oct 1980 Little Loch Broom North-west Scotland Scotland 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Murray Grant Three stars Dived down stepped cliff on east side of loch. Unscheduled ascent halfway through dive after which continued at about 6m, looking for scallops. None. Vis not so good as yesterday. Depth gauge reads 4m shallow at 30m. ABLJ 1, steel 69
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16 Nov 1980 Catalina Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 26 25 25 Iain Hosking, Rosanne Padua Four stars Shore dive. Snorkelled out with Rosanne and went down buoy rope to the plane. Dive interrupted when I found I had no weight belt. Catalina is lying parallel to the shore, starboard wing in the sand, port wing pointing towards the surface. No cockpit, engines, tailplane, rudder etc, but recognisable as a Catalina. Covered in plumose anemones. Visibility 6-10ft. Wind force 2. ABLJ 1, steel 69.
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23 Nov 1980 Largs Clyde Scotland 2 25 25 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz, Mike Malone One stars Boring, but funny. ABLJ 1, steel 69
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25 Jan 1981 Lochgoilhead At the head of Loch Goil Kintyre Scotland 9 30 30 Iain Hosking, Rosanne Padua Three stars Laying mooring for a friend of Robin's. Rosanne and I were down three times, attaching a large anchor to a heavy chain to form one end of the mooring, and then marking the centre of the chain for the attachment of a smaller chain with the buoy attached. Water freezing, vis good until silt kicked up. ABLJ 6, steel 60
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1 Feb 1981 Eyemouth Forth Scotland 14 25 25 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld, Mike Malone Three stars Entry off rocks east of harbour. Down gully onto sandy bottom. Brittle stars, dead men's fingers, urchins, starfish and a lobster. Wind force 2. Vis 20ft, current 1 knot. ABLJ 5, steel 69
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29 Mar 1981 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 10 25 25 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Three stars Cold & choppy. Down immediately and out to left of harbour. Found a tunnel. Strong wave action and I repeat, very cold. OK, I enjoyed myself. ABLJ 3, steel 69
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5 Apr 1981 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 17 30 30 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Followed same gully as last time but missed the tunnel. Found two spider crabs making friends. Not so cold as last time but a slight current. ABLJ 3, steel 69
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11 Apr 1981 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 20 20 20 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Three stars Dived with Geoff (who now has a dry suit). Wreck is buoyed. Down buoy line to rudder and followed keel to superstructure. Dark, but not cold. Vis 5m. ABLJ 2, steel 69
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12 Apr 1981 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars First attempt aborted due to current. Second attempt during slack (almost). Wreck is perpendicular to shore, bows up, buoyed. Beautiful tube worms (small heads). Vis 6m, not cold. Steel 69, ABLJ 2
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13 Apr 1981 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 25 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz, Malcolm Gauld Four stars Dived with Malcolm & Eric in 2nd wave. Strong current, ~1 knot. Toured hold on two levels, then proceeded to bridge. Saw mast & derricks. Ran low on air so came up. Very pretty anemones, many of which we accidentally squashed. Steel 69, ABLJ 2
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14 Apr 1981 Pelican Calve Island, Tobermory Bay Mull Scotland Wreck site 18 15 15 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Wreck lies just offshore, in Calve Sound. Very silty, even sea-squirts silted-up. Circumnavigated the wreck and looked inside. Came up with 90 ats left. Steel 60, ABLJ 2
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15 Apr 1981 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 17 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz, Geoff Hide Four stars Against all the odds, we were up at 6am for this one, and in the water about 9. No current, vis 7m. Saw superstructure, and details of hull. Very pretty sea-life. Steel 60, ABLJ 2
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15 Apr 1981 Ostend Mull Scotland Wreck site 7 10 10 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld One stars Malcolm's rope search - unsuccessful. Vis low, about 3m. Bottom - shells! Cold. Steel 69, ABLJ 2
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16 Apr 1981 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 18 20 20 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Murray Grant Four stars Started dive with Eric but he couldn't clear his ears so joined Geoff and Murray. Strong current on line as we inadvertently dived at full flood. Wreck sheltered owing to tilt. Swam through holds, bridge (and rooms behind) and stern. Too windy for bows. Great fun. Steel 69, ABLJ 2
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16 Apr 1981 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 22 25 25 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Four stars Evening dive so water quite cold. Swam through prop shaft housing and between keel and rock. Looked for nudibranchs but found only their eggs. Amazing local slack - lasted 2 hours! Steel 60, ABLJ 2
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17 Apr 1981 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 28 15 15 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars No current this time - down buoy line onto bow section, down starboard side to stern at 28m, back up port side, seeing boiler, engine room, holds and up into bows. Vis 5m. Very pretty fan-worms in companionway. Steel 69, ABLJ 2
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17 Apr 1981 Dartmouth Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 9 20 20 Iain Hosking, Robert Sproul-Cran Three stars Dived with Robert to find and photograph cannon. No joy, but found a huge anchor. Carried out assisted ascent. Snorkelled around the 'Ballista' afterwards. Twin Draegers (90 cu ft), ABLJ 5. Took off 2x4lbs - too light.
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25 Apr 1981 Ocean Bride Loch Sween Kintyre Scotland Wreck site 5 60 60 Iain Hosking, Robert Sproul-Cran Three stars Dived with Robert to inspect the boat and see if strops could be attached. Cleared out some ballast. Bottom - silt. Vis 0-2m. Geoff's Typhoon dry suit and miscellaneous undergarments, steel 87, ABLJ 6, extra 12 lbs weight.
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26 Apr 1981 Ocean Bride Loch Sween Kintyre Scotland Wreck site 5 30 30 Iain Hosking, Robert Sproul-Cran Three stars This time we attached strops to the bows and stern, and made loops for the oil drums. Digging into the silt reduced the visibility to zero. As previous dive
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26 Apr 1981 Ocean Bride Loch Sween Kintyre Scotland Wreck site 3 180 180 Iain Hosking Three stars The boat now raised to below the surface I tied on plastic containers and another oil drum, filled them, and undid the mooring. As dive 45. Used steel 69 and 87. We had a portable compressor on shore.
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29 Apr 1981 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Sean Williams Three stars Took Sean Williams down for his first dive. Quite rough so stayed within cove. Dead men's fingers, starfish etc. Vis 4m max. Steel 60, Eric's Fenzy
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16 May 1981 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 20 30 30 Iain Hosking, Mike Malone Four stars Down to bows and along whole length of ship. Into tunnel below bridge and lower mine tube at rear. Looked at mast, holds and sea life (enormous plumose anemones, fanworms, fish). Vis 10-15m. This wreck is vast! Steel 69, ABLJ 2
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16 May 1981 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 10 15 15 Iain Hosking, Mike Malone Three stars Dived again to find 4 inch gun, which we did eventually. Meant to snorkel along to stern but low on air and too buoyant. Vis poorer. We'll be back. Draeger, ABLJ 5
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17 May 1981 Chadwick West coast of Skye Skye Scotland Wreck site 22 15 15 Iain Hosking, George Hay Three stars Launched from Loch Poolteil and tied onto buoy below 600 foot cliffs. Current 1 knot but OK in lee of the wreck. Saw most of the hull, prop and boiler. Dead fish. Vis 7-8m. Al 56, ABLJ 2
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18 May 1981 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 20 20 20 Iain Hosking, Niall Lindsay Four stars Down at bows and straight inside. Along between two decks and out by bridge. On to stern, where there are four mine tubes, and swam up one of them for quite a way, then out through a small side opening and back down inside. Vis varied - 7m at best. Steel 60, ABLJ 2
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19 May 1981 Balmeanach Bay The Braes Skye Scotland 3 25 25 Iain Hosking, Doc Mitchell, Eric Franz, Geoff Hide Four stars Night dive to see phosphorescence. We did. It's like bright sparks whenever you make any sudden movement, and is due to plankton and jellyfish. Al 56, ABLJ 2
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19 May 1981 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 15 30 30 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars Dived with Eric and went round much the same area as with Niall the previous day, but in more detail eg gun mounting, mines in tubes. Vis a bit cruddy. Steel 69, ABLJ 2
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14 Jun 1981 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 13 25 25 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Four stars Took dry suit for its first outing, inaugurating a new period of comfort and warmth. Swam around Cathedral and studied squidgy things. Dry suit, twin Draegers, SLJ, extra 8lbs weight.
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21 Jun 1981 Anlaby May Island Forth Scotland Wreck site 12 25 25 Iain Hosking, Ross Butler Four stars Excellent conditions. Jumped from side of 'Hamnavoe' and rearranged anchor, then joined Ross for dive. Up and down keel mainly. Saw seal, following us around. Also a variety of fish. Wreck is very broken up, but the outline is visible, and anchors, winches, prop, brass valves, bits of boiler etc. Steel 69, SLJ 2, extra 8lbs standardised for dry bag.
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21 Jun 1981 May Island Forth Scotland 11 15 15 Iain Hosking, George Hay Two stars Round to south end of May Island to look for wreck of small lobster boat. Searched up and down shore at various depths but found only a few broken pieces. Steel 60
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19 Jul 1981 Eyemouth Forth Scotland 13 30 30 Iain Hosking, Doc Mitchell, Robin Gray, Rosanne Padua Three stars Dived below Scoutscroft caravan site. Quite pretty rock walls and sandy bottom with a variety of fish. Some current. Good weather. Vis 10m. Steel 69.
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19 Jul 1981 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 25 25 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars 2nd dive of the day. Didn't find Cathedral probably due to current but good fun anyway. Darker, almost monochromatic, and poorer vis: 7m or so. Steel 69
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2 Aug 1981 Fidra North Berwick Forth Scotland 13 35 35 Iain Hosking, Rosanne Padua Four stars Lobster-hunting expedition - very successful. Rosanne and I caught two lobsters and seven crabs. Also saw a small octopus and some very pretty plumose anemones. Water warm. Vis 4-5m. Al 56
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9 Aug 1981 Glanmire St Abbs Head Forth Scotland Wreck site 31 15 15 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars Dived just after slack, so some current. Down grapple line onto wreck, up port side to bows, down starboard side to stern, which is more intact. Boilers stand out well. Then back up to undo grapple. Life - outstanding feature was a huge, pale conger with an evil expression on its face, under a steel plate. Also pollack. Water warm. Vis 7m at least. [The 'conger' was actually a wolf fish - Ed] Steel 60
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16 Aug 1981 Ludlow Off Yellowcraigs Beach Forth Scotland Wreck site 6 40 40 Iain Hosking, Rob Mitchell Three stars Stiff snorkel out and back. Wreck is kelp-covered and broken-up, with crabs, sea-squirts etc. Many interesting little passages and corners. Water warm. Vis 5m Steel 60
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30 Aug 1981 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 6 25 25 Iain Hosking, Zana Juppenlatz Three stars Swam out through harbour channel and bore right. After a long swim over kelp got to open, sandy area with rock wall to south. Many crabs in crevices and one lobster. Some fish - young cod? Steel 60
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13 Sep 1981 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 13 40 40 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars Had difficulty finding Cathedral at first but found it at the second attempt. Far more fish than before - two wrasse (very curious), shoal of pollack or saithe + one larger one. Many smaller fish. Also large lobster sharing crevice with squat lobster and crab. Breathed from air bubble in arch using snorkel. Vis 8m. Very warm (new woolly bear). Own tank: 82 cu ft. 150 ats used.
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19 Sep 1981 Eilean Imersay Ardbeg Islay Scotland 6 65 65 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Looked for 'John Strachan' but couldn't find it, so went scallop-hunting, with considerable success. Vis crap, about 2m. own
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20 Sep 1981 Islay Port Ellen Islay Scotland Wreck site 9 35 35 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Found wreck immediately from transits and tied buoy onto it. Saw boilers, pipes, sections of hull. Life - wrasse, pollack, urchins, starfish but not as much as last time. Conditions rough. Vis 4m. Twin Draegers (90 cu ft)
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21 Sep 1981 Shuna Islay Scotland Wreck site 11 25 25 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz, Ewan Rowell Three stars Wreck had been buoyed by the first wave. Very broken up, scattered around among kelp. Pretty sea life - sunstars and wrasse with luminous blue markings. Vis 3m. own
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22 Sep 1981 Floristan Kilchiaran Bay Islay Scotland Wreck site 11 10 10 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Two stars Very rough. Down buoy line to steel plates and chain, and some copper pipe. Then we lost it, and covered vast areas of seabed before giving up. Vis 3m. own
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22 Sep 1981 John Strachan Islay Scotland Wreck site 8 35 35 Iain Hosking, Stuart Rayner Three stars Much calmer in evening, so dived with Stuart Rayner to find the wreck. Spent 20 minutes searching for it (10 on surface) and were much relieved to see it looming up. Wreck is intact; brass valves on boiler and colourful sea life. Vis 5m, but getting dark. own
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24 Sep 1981 Otranto Kilchiaran Bay Islay Scotland Wreck site 15 30 30 Iain Hosking, Niall Lindsay Four stars Wind only Force 4 so we thought we'd give it a go. Dived after a rough trip out. Main feature is the 8 boilers, but also brass portholes and bits & bobs. Kelp throughout. Wrasses and giant pollack. Very strong wave action - bit tricky trying to avoid being cut to shreds. Vis 6m. own
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25 Sep 1981 Eilean Imersay Ardbeg Islay Scotland 9 15 15 Iain Hosking, Niall Lindsay Three stars Scallop-hunting. Fairly successful. Silty Bottom with kelp. Vis 2m. Beautiful sunset. own
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18 Oct 1981 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 9 40 40 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Very low tide so Cathedral Rock easy to find. Usual pollack etc, pair of wrasse and sea-scorpions. Vis 3-4m. A little chilly. own
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24 Jan 1982 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 13 30 30 Iain Hosking, Dougie McEwan Three stars Very good to get back in the water again. Sea calm but very murky - archway in Cathedral barely visible. Followed Dougie around rocks SE of Cathedral and found another tunnel. Day notable for the reappearance of Susan (and Dougie!) on the diving scene. No wrasse, or any other fish. Resident lobster pinched by an English club. own
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19 Mar 1982 Golden Gift Oban Bay Oban Scotland Wreck site 15 25 25 Iain Hosking Four stars Jane had trouble with her ears so I carried on by myself. Night dive. Wreck very pretty, covered in sea-squirts with spider crabs, squat lobsters and giant sunstars. Fantastic dive - very relaxed (unexpectedly). Some phosphorescence too. own
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20 Mar 1982 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 18 25 25 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars First dive with Susan. Through holds, bridge etc. Sandals, cans, tyres, truck etc. Much silliness - somersaults, new underwater signals etc. Very relaxed dive - due to not having any gauges etc. own
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20 Mar 1982 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 14 15 15 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz, Susan Playfair Four stars Now low tide. Dived with Eric and Susan (Susan had the torch - we were invisible). Getting a little dark, but good fun. Dive-bombed Doc and Rob. own
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21 Mar 1982 Creran Bridge Oban Scotland 5 25 25 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars Drift dive (3 shorter dives actually). Mussels in abundance, very pretty bit with beadlet and plumose anemones, crabs, squat lobsters etc. Fair current, especially on second run. Vis 15ft. own
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27 Mar 1982 Dunollie Castle Oban Bay Oban Scotland 18 25 25 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid Two stars Fairly boring - cliffs to 10m then boulder slope leading to steeply-shelving sandy bottom. Life - starfish, with the occasional crab, sea urchin, tubeworm etc as we went deeper. Vis 4m. Saw an otter. own
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27 Mar 1982 Railway Quay Oban Bay Oban Scotland 5 15 15 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Two stars Little evidence of excess lobsters or congers. Best thing was light steaming past the pier - very dramatic. Grossly underweight. own. 4lbs less weight.
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27 Mar 1982 Golden Gift Oban Bay Oban Scotland Wreck site 14 20 20 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid Four stars Excellent night dive - wreck, crustaceans, fish, phosphorescence, the lot. What more could one ask for? (A - an Ocean Pro) own
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28 Mar 1982 Easdale Seil Island Oban Scotland 25 20 20 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid, Susan Playfair Three stars Not the quarries, but natural cliffs to the north. Amazing variety of sea life - fanworms, sea squirts, crustaceans of various kinds. Vis 6m at least. own
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4 Apr 1982 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 14 20 20 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Excellent dive - good u/w communication. own
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6 Apr 1982 Catalina Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 25 27 27 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid, Eric Franz Three stars Vis better than last time. Good sea life. own
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10 Apr 1982 Salen Pier Salen Mull Scotland 14 15 15 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Two stars Plowter round pier with Susan to check out her new dry suit. OK apart from neck seal. Plenty of somersaults etc. Also plenty of scallops. Vis crap. own
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10 Apr 1982 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 32 20 30 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Three stars Found and buoyed the wreck, then swam down to the archway and further down. Lots of bits to swim through - great fun. Inadvertently went deeper than intended so did stops at 10 and 5m. Some current, poor vis. own
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11 Apr 1982 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Early morning dive. Through prop tube and between hull and rock. Very pretty. Torch flooded again (and jammed shut). Snorkelled to lighthouse and watched swans nesting. own
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11 Apr 1982 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars Caught slack by sheer coincidence. Straight down to stern, and back up through holds and engine room. Latter very spectacular with missing hull plates forming a gallery, and boilers, wheels etc. Dive-bombed Geoff, Sue & Doc, and lost Eric. Torch had a burial at sea. Vis between 0 and 4m. own
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12 Apr 1982 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 25 25 25 Iain Hosking, Ross Butler Four stars Caught slack by good planning. Right round wreck - down buoy line to starboard side, in through holds to bows, back up port side, up and down mast, in through bridge, then engine room and aft cabin (where I lost Eric's torch). No gloves, but not too cold. Vis poor. own
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12 Apr 1982 Salen Pier Salen Mull Scotland 5 10 10 Iain Hosking, Ewan Rowell, Susan Playfair One stars Just a plowter round the pier to look for leaks in Susan's and Ewan's dry suits. Two leaks in Ewan's - none in Susan's. Flipping cold without gloves. Hardly a dive. own
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13 Apr 1982 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Ross Butler Four stars Up at 6am - in water at quarter to eight. Under wreck, through usual tubes, nooks and crannies. Strong current at start. Life - sea-scorpions. usual crustaceans and squidgy things. Vis improving. Dead calm. own
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13 Apr 1982 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 18 18 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Right round wreck, up into bows and swam entire length of ship under the deck - in through rear hold, past engine and boiler, through forward hold and right into bows. No torches, vis terrible, but great dive. own
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13 Apr 1982 Ballista Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 9 15 15 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Quick, abortive search for the 'Dartmouth' then on to dive the 'Ballista' (which was showing above water). Right round outside - in through gap in hull, up to bows, inside bridge and engine room (diesel engines). Every man's idea of what a modern wreck should look like. Good fun.
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14 Apr 1982 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 40 15 25 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Deepest yet. Straight down to 40m. Black as pitch (no torches). Up to 30m where we were surrounded by a shoal of hundreds of fish. Usual acrobatics - passed Geoff and Mike, then on up to do planned 5 minute stops at 10m & 5m. Calm morning, water and air warm. Great start to the day (it pissed down afterwards). own, except for Eric's Ulyxes death gauge
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14 Apr 1982 Meldon Loch Buie Mull Scotland Wreck site 14 47 47 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Susan Playfair Four stars Threesome with Geoff and Susan. Down at rudder and along starboard side (huge props). Got separated immediately and swam round independently. Swam down prop shaft housing, inside stern and around boilers. Found Susan wrestling with a crab and looked for Geoff, who had surfaced by this time. Leak in groin of dry suit (ugh!). own
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15 Apr 1982 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 26 20 20 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Bottom time restricted because of later dive on Hispania. Essentially a 26m plowter - through tubes downwards, usual somersaults etc. Really enjoyable dive. Separated temporarily. Dry suit dry again. own
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15 Apr 1982 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 28 26 26 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Three stars Hit slack again. Along starboard side, into bridge, engine room (deeper than last time), over side by mistake and into stern cabin to look for Eric's torch. Spent ages untying the buoy, and overstepped no stop time. Trouble with sinuses. own, except Malcolm's depth gauge
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15 Apr 1982 Salen Pier Salen Mull Scotland 7 10 10 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair One stars Decompression dive. Boring. own
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16 Apr 1982 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 40 17 27 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Three stars Second deepie - much better planned, both with torches. Saw wreck very clearly - not at all narced. Through tubes on way up, and under wreck. Some current. Sinuses kicking up again. own
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16 Apr 1982 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 11 13 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Two stars Search for Ewan's tanks. Decent current at last...Wreck not buoyed, so had to find it again, by contouring at 15m. Down to 30m and back up slowly, very slowly, in fact all time slowest ascent. Curious wrasse. own
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1 May 1982 Loch Sunart Scottish West Coast Scotland 15 30 30 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid, Susan Playfair Three stars 100th dive! Weather conditions - hail and snow. Bottom is silt, shelving downwards and with many sea pens, crabs, scallops etc. Collected queenies for tea. Water warm. Leaks in dry suit and sinus trouble again. own
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15 May 1982 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 9 50 50 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid, Eric Franz Three stars Lobster hunt with Ceri and Eric. Vis fairly poor. No lobsters in clefts - all in lobster pots instead, a new innovation. Plenty of squat lobsters and one fish. Also fishing line. Evening dive - in about 7pm. Good sunset. own (New Typhoon depth gauge - works!)
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18 May 1982 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 6 20 20 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid Two stars Second lobster hunt. Forgot weight belt (rats!) so borrowed Susan's and was somewhat buoyant. Let all air out of suit so water came in great quantities => cold. But! found huge lobster in cleft - trouble was, it was inextricable. Went for a snorkel beforehand. Vis fairly poor. own, but Susan's weight belt (24lbs) and Ceri's Ocean Pro
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21 May 1982 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 5 5 5 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid, Eric Franz One stars In water after 9pm so dark and very low vis, 2-3m. Dive abruptly cut short by realisation of massive leak in cuff. own
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30 May 1982 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 30 30 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid, Susan Playfair Three stars Low tide, good vis (10m). Wrasse, flounder and smaller fish, squat lobsters etc. Swam around Cathedral and elsewhere. Suit dry again after repairs. So was Susan's (much appreciated). own
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12 Jun 1982 Sound of Kerrera Oban Scotland 20 20 20 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz, Susan Playfair Three stars Sloping bottom, silty and dark, but good vis - at least 10m. Hundreds of squat lobsters, plus scallops, squid, sea squirts, swimming crabs, large fish. I had to shorten the dive because of sinus trouble when we surfaced halfway through. Spent a surprisingly comfortable night in Eric's tent, on the shore of the Sound. own
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13 Jun 1982 Easdale Seil Island Oban Scotland 22 30 30 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz, Susan Playfair Five stars Dived cliffs again. Fantastic vis: 60-100 feet. Incredible variety of life - squat lobsters, brightly-coloured sea anemones, plumose anemones, sea squirts, feather duster worms, dead men's fingers, cup coral, sun stars, starfish, sponges, nudibranchs, dogfish, wrasse, sea urchins, hydras, jellyfish, oysters and a cowrie which I found on my tank after the dive. Tremendous scenic dive. own
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20 Jun 1982 Eyemouth Forth Scotland 12 25 25 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid Three stars Ceri was borrowing Susan's dry suit, so we first checked his buoyancy, venting and inversion recovery. Another scenic dive, notable for numbers of squat lobsters and sea anemones (one of which was eating a squid!). Also fish of various types, and jellyfish. Vis not so good, about 6m. Some trouble with sinuses on coming up - pretty sore. Saw divers jumping off 50' cliff into cove. own
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18 Jul 1982 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 60 60 Iain Hosking, Dougie McEwan, Mike Malone Four stars Ace dive, with Dougie and Mike. Visibility exceptional - 60 feet at least, and bright sunlight. Long, leisurely dive. Saw conger in crevice - bluish-grey, and 5 or 6 feet long, judging from the size of its head. Hundreds of saithe, several wrasse (one of which Mike hand-fed) and a butterfish - not brown but pink, same colour as seaweed. Sinuses OK at last! own
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25 Jul 1982 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 13 45 45 Iain Hosking, Ceri Reid, Susan Playfair Three stars Fed wrasse, made much use of underwater communications system. own
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31 Jul 1982 Karlsruhe Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 25 28 30 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Good first dive of the trip, after a worrying couple of minutes when we found the buoy line had dragged off the wreck. The ship is lying at a steep angle on her port side. We covered about half of her, from engine room aft. Large gun on stern. Fish life prolific. Vis 10-11m. Problems - Susan's tank harness, fin strap, my new cuff and sinuses on way up. Stung by a jellyfish on the mouth. own, except Snipe's 87 cu ft tank.
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1 Aug 1982 Köln Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 32 18 20 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Down buoy line to port side behind bridge. Quick look inside then swam to stern via two gun turrets. Stern almost pointed. Back to buoy line where we hung around for a while to check buoyancy for stops. Vis not so good - lots of plankton. 60s very comfy, sinuses cleared, no heater in cuff [eh?] - ace dive. own, except twin 60s.
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1 Aug 1982 Brummer Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 34 16 27 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Planned 30 mins at 30m + stops at 10 & 5. Changed our minds when we went down to 27 at 32 + stops. In the event we went to 34m so Susan had us surface, somewhat dissatisfied, at 16 mins. Subtly narked, I swam to the stern instead of the bows, but we saw various gun turrets and dipped inside a couple of times. Good dive. We'll be back. own, twin 60s.
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2 Aug 1982 Dresden Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 38 21 36 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Five stars Wreck lies on its port side. Oriented ourselves first then swam to stern, past 2 gun turrets. Back to bows, in between decks once or twice, past bridge and forward turret mounting. Bows (at last!) - very spectacular knife-edge. Back to line and stops. Blew air rings. Vis 40 feet or so. own, twin 60s.
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2 Aug 1982 König Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 36 21 36 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Five stars König is a 25,000 ton battleship, lying more or less upside-down. We went down the buoy line, which is on the port side, and swam towards the bows. Saw very little that was recognisable - chief impression was of immense size. Vis not so good. own, twin 60s
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3 Aug 1982 Markgraf Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 45 17 17 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Five stars Perfect day - bright sunshine & flat calm. Down buoy line to a perfect landing on the bottom. Turned left for bows which were very impressive towering above us. Hawse pipes visible. Swam aft to where deck level comes above the seabed. Swam right underneath - wooden deck intact. Porthole with glass in it, still moveable. Also what might have been one of the side guns. Much purging of one another's demand valves, turning off air and flooding of masks on the stops. own, twin 60s
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3 Aug 1982 Destroyer Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 16 33 33 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Three stars Evening plowter - wreck very broken up. Saw one gun, masts etc. Very colourful wrasse with fluorescent blue stripes. Found leaks in Susan's dry bag and compared demand valves. Some brass in wreck, which couldn't be removed. Good fun. own, twin 60s
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4 Aug 1982 Kronprinz Wilhelm Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 36 14 17 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Vis poorer - 6m. Down buoy line to hull, where we shifted the shot and cut it free from the wreck. Up hull side of wreck towards bows - in and out of holes in the hull plates. Over hull to deck. Found two guns and a doorway in. Susan found a divers belt and gloves (standard divers dress type). No stop dive. own, twin 60s
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4 Aug 1982 Köln Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 23 32 47 Iain Hosking, Susan Playfair Four stars Swam forward this time to see the other two-thirds of the wreck. Spent some time examining AA gun (and attendant fish) and then the bridge, under decks etc. On to bows - bow turrets missing. High speed fin back to line, past waist turret. own, twin 60s, +12lbs
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5 Aug 1982 UB116 Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Four stars Perfect conditions - like 'Ludlow' without kelp. Wreck very blasted. Found periscope, compressed air cylinders, left boot and assorted brass and copper pipes and fittings. Fish life prolific. Light and airy. Vis 12-15m. own, twin 60s, +12lbs
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5 Aug 1982 F2 & barge Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 16 51 52 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Four stars Destroyer lies on port side, bridge & bows intact. Six inch gun in bow turret, AA gun below bridge. Barge is on an even keel nearby. Misty evening dive but good vis: 10-12m. Explored destroyer, followed line to barge, picking up some scallops on the way, swam around inside the barge and then returned to the destroyer. Long, leisurely dive. No stops. own, twin 60s, +12lbs
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6 Aug 1982 Brummer Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 36 21 36 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars Circumnavigated the wreck. To stern first (though I thought it was the bows again...) and then past stern turrets, funnels, midships six inch turret, bridge, bow turret. It's possible to get into the wreck. own, twin 60s, +12lbs
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6 Aug 1982 Guns of the Bayern Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 36 21 21 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Dived with Eric and Derek, and Robert's camera to finish the film. Found that using the camera was straightforward [I thought - none of the shots came out], but little time was left for actually seeing the wreck. Two turrets, each with 2 x 15 inch guns, upside down. Hatches leading into the seabed. Photographs probably cruddy [they were]. Dark. Vis 8m. own, twin 60s, Robert's camera (Nikonos III)
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14 Aug 1982 Loch Sunart Scottish West Coast Scotland 18 52 52 Iain Hosking Three stars Dived same place as last time. Masses of queenies, some camouflaged by sponge. Two common scallops, other assorted bivalves. Large whelk, squat lobsters (narrow claws), Dublin Bay prawn, crabs, sea squirts, dead mens' fingers, starfish, gurnards and worms like feathers sticking up from the bottom [sea pens]. Good vis. own
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19 Sep 1982 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 14 50 50 Iain Hosking, Dougie McEwan, Eric Franz, Grace Franz Three stars Dived with Dougie, Eric and Grace. Swam to Cathedral via gully. Wrasse, pollack, nudibranchs, lobsters (one of which we caught, but returned of course, being conservation-minded divers). Vis crap. Current. own
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20 Sep 1982 Eyemouth Forth Scotland 13 32 32 Iain Hosking, Colin Gordon, Eric Franz Three stars In at gully - swam round cliff to right, finding fins and fishing hooks on the way. Found Malcom's cave, full of wrasse. Sunny, windy day. own
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29 Oct 1982 Golden Gift Oban Bay Oban Scotland Wreck site 15 10 10 Iain Hosking, Jenny Clough, Ross Butler Two stars Usual crabs, fish and stuff, and good phosphorescence. Short dive because Jenny was too heavy. own
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30 Oct 1982 Golden Gift Oban Bay Oban Scotland Wreck site 10 10 10 Iain Hosking, Jane Martin Two stars Jane's first dive with a dry suit. All went smoothly, except for my sinuses, which were hell. own
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28 Nov 1982 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 20 20 Iain Hosking, Grace Franz, Julian Fuchs One stars Dived with Grace (because Eric's suit sprang a leak) and Julian Fuchs. Vis very poor, strong swell and current. Not ideal. Swam out to Cathedral underwater. Saw nothing. Swam back against current. own
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13 Feb 1983 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Grace Franz One stars Bloody awful. Vis less than 1 metre. Freezing cold, sea life all gone south for the winter, suit leaked. own
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10 Apr 1983 Pettico Wick South side of the Forth, west of St Abbs Forth Scotland 14 20 20 Iain Hosking, Derek Borthwick, Derry Paul One stars Dived with Derry to test dry suits. Found 2 leaks in left leg. Water greeny-yellow and full of bird shit. Vis 2m. Cold, and conditions marginal. own
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12 Jun 1983 Bass Rock Forth Scotland 20 10 12 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz One stars Fairly strong westerly, maybe force 4. Also strong current in same direction. Dived off north side of the Bass. Had to crawl into the current by hanging on to the rocks. Not much fun so came up. Saw a seal. Doc's dry suit, demand valve and boots, Jenny's woolly bear [!], Grace's gloves. I remembered everything else.
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15 Jun 1983 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 8 25 25 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Three stars Evening dive, before vet's barbecue. Vis 6m. Lobster, edible crabs, swimming crabs, spider crabs and fish. Dry! own
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19 Jun 1983 St Abbs Head South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 35 7 7 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz One stars Abortive search for the 'Glanmire'. Beautiful day: flat calm and blazing sunshine. No excuses. own
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19 Jun 1983 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 10 40 40 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Salvaged something from the day with an excellent dive at Cathedral. Good vis. Tame wrasse back, bolder than ever. 4 boats off Cathedral! own
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2 Jul 1983 F2 & barge Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 15 24 25 Iain Hosking, Derry Paul Three stars Sea very lumpy, wind W 5-6 so Karlsruhe ruled out. Problems at start of dive resulted in mask and snorkel being cast into the deep. Wrecks very pretty, lots of fish, vis 30-40 ft. Inside barge and found twin AA guns that we didn't see last year. own, Snipe's 87, AP Valves lifejacket
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4 Jul 1983 Kronprinz Wilhelm Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 34 20 30 Iain Hosking, Robin Gray Four stars Had a day off for sinuses to recover, and modified Draeger valve with a bit of rubber, so everything now OK. Down shot line to hull side, quick look around engine room area, but no brass telegraphs so over to deck side and saw 6 inch guns and other bits. Good blast back to Stromness in new boat. Sea rough. twin 60s, extra 4lbs weight
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4 Jul 1983 Karlsruhe Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 26 30 40 Iain Hosking, Grace Franz Four stars Swam as far as bridge and looked inside battle bridge. Didn't see the telegraph. Saw both bow turrets - one has fallen onto the other. Twin 60s, + 6lbs weight
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5 Jul 1983 Karlsruhe Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 24 38 50 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Grace Franz, Rosanne Padua Five stars First part of dive with Geoff. Checked knots holding battle bridge door open then Geoff clambered inside, found the telegraph was loose and heaved it out. Tied it to shotline and surfaced. Second half of dive, somewhat later [48 minutes], taking Rosanne and Grace down. Grace cut the ropes holding the door open, and it shut with a resounding boom! Twin 60s, + 6lbs weight
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5 Jul 1983 Brummer Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 34 21 32 Iain Hosking, Rosanne Padua Four stars Saw and recognised bows at last! Wreck on starboard side. Swam aft through bridge latticework and midships gun to stern superstructure and back. Twin 60s, + 6lbs
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6 Jul 1983 Köln Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 32 26 41 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Five stars Flat calm and boiling hot. Good look inside battlebridge. Saw telegraph and other bits and pieces. Through bridge and past anti-aircraft guns to aft superstructure. Two stern turrets still intact. Excellent vis - 50-60 feet at least. Twin 60s, + 6lbs
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6 Jul 1983 Köln Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 32 23 23 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars This dive demonstrated how quickly narcs can appear when working hard. Eric found the boathook, and we saw the compass shoot past us tied below a lifting bag. Tied the boathook to the shot line and headed for the stern. Got lost and ended up on hull side of wreck. Very embarrassing. Missed line. Free stops. Twin 60s, +6lbs
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7 Jul 1983 Markgraf Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 44 18 60 Iain Hosking, Derry Paul Three stars Down shotline to intrinsic port side of wreck, then round bows to starboard side where we found the porthole last year. Different from the way I remembered it. Hard fin back to the line brought on narcosis and we missed it. Re-entry decompression after a 30 minute surface interval: 5 @ 15m, 10 @ 10m, 15 @ 5m. Twin 60s, +6lbs
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7 Jul 1983 Dresden Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 30 14 16 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Rosanne Padua Three stars Most conservative interpretation of US Navy tables gave 15 minutes at 30m after a 4.5 hour surface interval. Quick stern to stern of wreck with Rosanne and Geoff. Saw torpedo ready tubes. No stops. Twin 60s, +6lbs
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8 Jul 1983 Brummer Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 34 25 40 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Four stars Dedicated but unsuccessful search for the lamp room, Geoff and I were in every hole possible, and deep inside the ship we found a coil of rope. Stern more broken up than last year - one turret covered by a piece of plating. Twin 60s, +6lbs (ie about 34lbs)
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8 Jul 1983 König Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 38 17 30 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Four stars Chief impression still of immense size. Line went down to bilge keel forward of stern on starboard side. We swam forwards in and out of the hull. Nothing recognisable except a lifting bag floating above a steel shackle. No difficulty finding the line. Twin 60s, +6lbs
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17 Jul 1983 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 60 60 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Malcolm Gauld Three stars Opposite end of the diving spectrum from Orkney. Three times round Johnson's Hole. Vis quite good, maybe 30 feet. Pretty sea squirt colonies and lots of crustaceans. Good fun actually. own
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5 Aug 1983 Golden Gift Oban Bay Oban Scotland Wreck site 15 35 35 Iain Hosking, John Llambias Five stars Brilliant night dive - best yet. Sparks so brilliant and numerous that we could see our hands silhouetted against them, and one's buddy's position was marked by a column of luminescence from the bubbles. Nightlife was interesting - lots of blue-tipped blennies and some large crabs. Very good vis. Low tide. own
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6 Aug 1983 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 25 35 40 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Four stars Early start - in water at 11am. [eh?] Flat calm and sunny. Vis undisturbed by other divers: 25-30 feet. Down buoy line to bows and swam aft through the holds to the stern. Found boxes of rivets, tin cans, tyres, the truck, solidified sacks of cement and a pile of gas masks. Stern framework beautiful with dead men's fingers and anemones. 25m at rudder. No prop. Very quick blast back to the bows since low on air. own
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6 Aug 1983 Helen Wilson Kerrera (Ardentrive Bay, opposite Oban Harbour) Oban Scotland Wreck site 35 14 16 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Spent early part of the afternoon echo-sounding for the Sunderland. Nothing, so dived this trawler, which is in Ardentrive Bay, opposite Oban harbour, and is buoyed. Up to gunwhales in silt - superstructure still more or less intact. Left a gasmask on the wheel as our calling card. Recovered knife and tank boot. Decompressed on a barge nearby in only 4m of water, and left another calling card in its boiler. Fruitless search for seaplane afterwards. own
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7 Aug 1983 Belnahua Oban Scotland 50 7 10 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Five stars Launched from Cuan Ferry in a thick fog and island-hopped out to Belnahua. Flat calm but formidable tide race. Echo-sounded to find interesting site, then adjourned to shore to work out slack. Back at 4,30 pm in blazing sunshine. Down shotline onto hull-shaped rock formation and drifted slowly with current. Vis 60-80 feet at least. Afterwards looked for 'Benghazi' and did a lightning tour of the Garvellachs and Easdale. The 5 star rating is really for the whole day rather than just the dive. own
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10 Aug 1983 Switha Off Edinburgh Forth Scotland Wreck site 4 20 20 Iain Hosking, Heather Gates Two stars Took Heather down near the 'Switha'. Long after sunset and getting dark. Heather had ear-clearing problems and when we did get down it was pretty uninspiring. Good boat trip, marred only by hitting LW Springs on return to Granton. own
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14 Aug 1983 Alfred Earlandsen Ebb Carrs, St Abbs Forth Scotland Wreck site 14 25 25 Iain Hosking, Janet Peattie Three stars Took Janet down for her 4th dive. Excellent conditions - blazing sunshine and fairly calm. We quickly found a lot of steel plate in among the kelp. Quite interesting gullies, one with a huge (8-10lb) lobster, another with a dead cod. Found boiler, large enough to get inside. Very clear. Janet seems a natural. own
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28 Aug 1983 Wallachia The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 18 30 32 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Jenny Clough Four stars Dived with Jenny and Geoff. Found wreck from transits in 'Scottish Diver' and echosounder. 35m to bottom at HW - 30m to deck. Round bows first, then aft past bridge (with wheel) to stern (also with wheel) via hold full of carboys containing stannous acid (a tin solution). Very dark and murky. No current. own
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6 Sep 1983 Furnace Loch Fyne Kintyre Scotland 20 25 25 Iain Hosking, Alasdair Hosking Four stars Dived same place as last time, down cliff face to 20m and then south. Vis good - 30ft at least. Squat lobsters, crabs, sunstars, sea squirts, scallops, wrasse, blennies and a huge shoal of small fish. Feather duster worms all retracted (lack of current). Bright and sunny. Good site. own
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11 Sep 1983 Furnace Loch Fyne Kintyre Scotland 20 20 20 Iain Hosking, Susan Goodbody Three stars Vis good, lots of pollack, wrasse, feather duster worms (feeding), beer bottles, crabs, scallops etc. Good weather but windy. 10 divers altogether. own
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2 Oct 1983 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 38 12 25 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Five stars Conditions marginal for this one. Current 1.5 knots on the surface, wind force 5, sea state 5. Geoff and I followed the sewage pipe out from the shore for about 200 yards without it dipping any deeper than 10m. At last it plunged into the depths, and stopped at 30m. We turned right and swam through the murk (vis 10-12 ft and dark) till we bashed into the ship. Swam down to bridge and back up to bows. Ship intact but wooden deck rotted. Hellish snorkel back. [Rates 5 stars for being memorable and for the sense of achievement we felt.] own
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29 Oct 1983 Loch Sunart Scottish West Coast Scotland 16 35 35 Iain Hosking, Derry Paul Three stars Overcast and drizzle but water not too cold. Gin and tonic effect in surface layer, below which the vis was better (30 ft) but very dark. Found plenty of queenies, also hermit crabs, razor shells and whelks. own
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29 Oct 1983 Loch Sunart Scottish West Coast Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Mike Malone Three stars Getting dark - some phosphorescence. Dedicated scallop hunt. own
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6 Nov 1983 Wallachia The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 30 20 22 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz One stars Hell. Force 5, wet (on surface), dark, deep, silty, current. Dived on ebb tide (missed slack). Lost line on first attempt. At the second attempt spent half the dive undoing the grapple, then drifted over the jars. Only 20 ats by this time so surfaced rapidly. Soaking wet. PS. Seasick too. own
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31 Dec 1983 Loch Sunart Scottish West Coast Scotland 17 25 25 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Hogmanay Dive. Wind gale force 7 and pissing rain. Hispania off so dived Loch Sunart and got scallops. own
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12 Feb 1984 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 10 15 15 Iain Hosking, Paul Faccenda Three stars Took Paul Faccenda for his first dive, in the gully. Found one crab, one squat lobster, one fish and some anemones. Cold. Vis 15 ft. Dry suit almost dry. own
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4 Mar 1984 Loch Long Clyde Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Mike Weitzner Three stars Dived with Mike Weitzner after he'd taken Eileen down for her first dive. Calm, not cold, and vis OK, about 4 metres. Lots of plumose anemones, crabs and some fish. own
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17 Mar 1984 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 15 15 20 Iain Hosking, Andrew Gow Three stars Abortive night dive last night but sinuses OK for this one. Two boatloads of EUSAC members plus another two of other Edinburgh SSAC divers made for quite a crowd. Vis consequently reduced to zero. Flat calm, sunny and warm - lovely conditions. Swam the whole length of the wreck to the stern. Very pretty anemones. own
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17 Mar 1984 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 20 15 20 Iain Hosking, John Gordon Three stars Like this morning's dive but better vis. Dragged John Gordon from bow to stern. Surfaced in time to hear Scotland beat France 21-12 to win the Grand Slam. own
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18 Mar 1984 Insh Island NW of Seil Island Oban Scotland 22 20 20 Iain Hosking, Mark Kelly Three stars Cliff swept by currents to fairly bare. Some anemones, cup coral, dead men's fingers. Beautiful calm day. Good sliced peaches. own
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1 Apr 1984 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 40 11 15 Iain Hosking, Mike Weitzner Four stars Far better as a boat dive! Warm, calm and sunny. Found by echosounding and grappling. Down line to bridge at 38m. Swam round bridge and forward hold, found lead pipe, brass pipe and various valves and stuff (left in situ). Bows at 30m, plates missing and covered with plumose anemones. Beautiful! A lovely day. own, except Rollo's twin 55s and 4lbs less weight.
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7 Apr 1984 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 23 Iain Hosking, Mike Weitzner Four stars Excellent dive - made up for disasters during the day. Swam straight down inside hull to archway section which we examined closely. Through tunnel; examined feather duster worms and plumose anemones. Strong current, good vis, about 30 feet. own
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8 Apr 1984 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 37 12 15 Iain Hosking, Pete Wilson Three stars In water at 10 to 9. Swam through every tunnel and hole in sight, including under the hull. Headache. own
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8 Apr 1984 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 25 23 25 Iain Hosking, Pete Wilson Four stars An excellent dive. Round entire wreck apart from extreme stern. Into engine room, bridge, holds and up to bows. Very light and good vis. Quite strong current. own
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10 Apr 1984 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 24 Iain Hosking, Pete Wilson Three stars Wreck not buoyed but we found it with echosounder and grapple. Hit slack so no current. Ears and sinuses bloody awkward. Wreck very pretty - down to stern, then up past engine and boiler to forward hold. Looked around bows before coming up. own
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13 Apr 1984 Calve Island Cliffs NE corner of Calve Island Mull Scotland 38 12 15 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Four stars Cliff dive. Cliffs go down vertically to 50m but we stopped to be able to dive later. Cliffs covered in sea squirts and cup coral, with occasional plumose anemones and starfish. own
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13 Apr 1984 Pelican Calve Island, Tobermory Bay Mull Scotland Wreck site 20 9 15 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster, Mike Weitzner Three stars Short second dive. Snorkelled out from shore and down cliff to wreck. Up to bows, down to stern and surfaced. Vis good for this wreck. own
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14 Apr 1984 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 48 12 23 Iain Hosking, Mike Weitzner Four stars 'Bows of the Rondo'. Weather conditions marginal (force 6 + drizzle) but Pete's plan worked smoothly. Straight down to bows with no trouble, stayed for a while, swam back up slowly. own
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22 Apr 1984 Catalina Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 23 30 35 Iain Hosking, Stuart Vance Three stars Vis fairly good - maybe 30 feet or more. Found starboard engine and tailplane. Fish life - pollack, mackerel, cod, butterfish, flatfish. No conger. Masses of plumose anemones. Several crabs, squat lobsters and hermit crabs. own
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23 Apr 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 10 25 30 Iain Hosking, Ben Finn Three stars Good dive in calm, sunny conditions around Johnson's Hole. Hundreds of cowries; squat lobsters, butterfish, crabs, nudibranchs (silicone and orange) dead men's fingers, sea urchins and one lobster. Vis 15-20 feet. own
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25 Apr 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 10 35 40 Iain Hosking, Eileen Hill Three stars Warmer than Monday. We dived at 9pm, after sunset, making it a night dive. Eileen practised buoyancy control, and led for part of the time. own
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29 Apr 1984 Kenmore Point Loch Fyne Kintyre Scotland 20 20 25 Iain Hosking, Eileen Hill Three stars Lovely warm day. Tried one of Gordon Ridley's sites, You haven't seen a rough track till you've seen this one. Good cliff site and good vis. Eileen suffered cramp but up until then a pleasant relaxed dive. own
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6 May 1984 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 55 15 45 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Five stars Down grapple line to bows, swam aft to bridge section via holds, mast and winches. Explored bridge, back along deck at 50m, down to seabed at 55m and came up. Total ascent time 30 minutes. Warm, sunny day, no current, good vis. Not noticeably narked. own, except Rollo's twin 55s. 4lbs less weight. Decompressed using 82 cu ft cylinder on line, and Snark.
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6 May 1984 Dun Domhnuill Garvellachs (SW corner of the islan) Oban Scotland 9 8 10 Iain Hosking, Eric Franz Three stars Pretty cliff dive with dead men's fingers, anemones, sponges, sea squirts, worms and urchins. Vis quite good - 30 feet or so. own
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9 May 1984 Dun Domhnuill Garvellachs (SW corner of the islan) Oban Scotland 8 15 15 Iain Hosking, John Hart Two stars Training dive. Took John Hart (teacher at Merchiston) for his first dive. Sunny but vis crap: 2-3 feet. Crawford reported it was worse round behind the rock. How? No problems apart from his mask filling up and possibly 2-4 lbs overweighted. own
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9 May 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 6 4 10 Iain Hosking, Marcus Hunter One stars Second dive to take down one of the pupils. Happy enough snorkelling out (16lbs) but couldn't clear ears underwater. Too rough to cure the problem. own
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19 May 1984 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 20 20 22 Iain Hosking, June Ralston Three stars Took June along the whole length of the wreck for her second dive. Initial problems with buoyancy soon cured and we covered a lot of ground: bow guns, holds, bridge, mine tubes [!]. Vis excellent - 60 ft. Weather bad when we started, good when we came up. own
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19 May 1984 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 20 25 35 Iain Hosking, Doc Mitchell Four stars Second dive of the day. Snorkelled from bow to stern and swam through lower starboard mine tube past dozens of bogies and several green spaces right up to the bows. Inside the bows and up to portholes. Forced to surface and down to finish air on the guns. own
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20 May 1984 Urlana Geo Mor, NW of Idrigill Point, near Harlosh Skye Scotland Wreck site 13 45 45 Iain Hosking, June Ralston Two stars Dived with June again. Relaxed, shallow plowter in excellent vis with substantial wave action. Bright colours abounded, as did bits of brass. Surface scenery very spectacular. Ventured into cave on return journey. own
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21 May 1984 Balmeanach Bay The Braes Skye Scotland 3 15 20 Iain Hosking, Paul Faccenda Three stars Dived at 3am - it was getting light. Plenty of phosphorescence, not much else. Navigated by compass. own
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21 May 1984 Rhodesia Duntulm Bay Skye Scotland Wreck site 10 20 25 Iain Hosking, Eileen Hill, Mike Weitzner Two stars Dived with Mike and Eileen in an ill-fated threesome. Round wreck twice, saw engine, boiler, prop (ferrous) and rudder. Left wreck to explore seabed - interesting tubeworm things. own
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22 May 1984 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 20 23 25 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Three stars Took Adrian through the mine tubes by special request. Visibility a lot poorer than Saturday - only 20-30 feet. Entered forward of bridge and swam to stern through one mine tube, then back through another. Inflated polythene canister. Explored superstructure on shore. 16 divers in one wave on one engine! own
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17 Jun 1984 Ludlow Off Yellowcraigs Beach Forth Scotland Wreck site 5 35 35 Iain Hosking, Mike Malone Three stars Scorching hot day, with a warm wind. Snorkelled out to wreck, which was showing at low water. Found only one section, fairly small (stern). Plenty of brass. Came face to face with a huge lobster and had a battle which he won. Good barbecue on beach afterwards. own
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18 Jun 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 40 40 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Jenny Clough, Keith Chidwick, Mike Weitzner Three stars 2nd class tests with Mike Weitzner, Geoff, Jenny and Keith Chidwick. Took boat outside harbour and did tests around rocks. Did assisted ascents, underwater navigation, low visibility search (for a fisherman's creel!) and tow (easy). Attempted rope search but current, floating line and light shot made it impossible to complete. own
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1 Jul 1984 Fidra North Berwick Forth Scotland 17 35 35 Iain Hosking, Mike Weitzner Three stars Dived at 4pm after an unsuccessful search for the 'Chester II'. Dived west of Fidra. Vis poor: 12-15 feet but we found one lobster (90mm) and 4 crabs. Warm, sunny day, calm - ideal. own
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5 Jul 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 13 25 25 Iain Hosking, Liz Meldrum Three stars Moderate swell but calm. High water (ebb). Warm. Found a shark and kept its jaws. Squatties, fish, usual stuff. Good dive. own - wetsuit!. Took off 2 x 5lb weights, leaving around 19lbs.
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7 Jul 1984 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 53 15 35 Iain Hosking, John Llambias Four stars Dived with John at 3pm, over 1 hour after end of slack (HW neaps). Current on the way down. Shot line was on starboard side behind bridge, by anchor, lifting bag etc abandoned by last group the previous weekend. Disentangled it, cut excess rope, inflated lifting bag and tied it off to shot. Didn't see much of the wreck. Vis 20-30ft. own, except Rollo's twin 55s. 4lbs less weight (24lbs)
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8 Jul 1984 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 60 15 45 Iain Hosking, John Llambias Five stars Dived before calculated slack. Followed shotline down to the wreck at 55m. Shot was in hold behind bridge. Finned forwards past davits, remains of funnel, crockery etc to bridge. Binnacles etc still there. Swam aft again over holds, past mast (broken) and winches, over stern and down to prop. No blades visible [probably broken off when the ship hit the reef]. Rudder intact. Forward again and into hold, along prop shaft tube to engine room bulkhead. Cyalume lightstick showed up clearly. own, Rollo's twin 55s, -4lbs. Used 150 ats on dive, 50 on stops. Air consumption 0.75 cfm.
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15 Jul 1984 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 40 11 11 Iain Hosking, Keith Chidwick, Stuart Vance Five stars Warm, sunny day, wind NW 3. Dived at 3pm, 1 hour after HW Greenock. Threesome with Keith and Stuart. Down line to starboard side opposite winch and swam all round superstructure. Very clear - 30ft at least. Found a large conger and a porthole with glass and clamp screw. Female cuckoo wrasse and pollack. Ace dive. Ridley's transits are not exact. own, twin 55s, 24lbs. 100 ats used.
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22 Jul 1984 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 55 15 35 Iain Hosking, Derek Borthwick, Dougie McEwan Five stars Threesome with Dougie and Derek. Usual good weather, flat calm, slack, good vis (30 feet). Dropped shot onto stern, port side, and went into free-fall onto the wreck. Derek followed Dougie, I followed Derek. We swam around the crew's accommodation, steering gear, companionway and had a look at the rudder before going forward to the officers' accommodation, into the holds and back to the shot. own, twin Luxfer 72s, -4lbs (should have left it on). 100 ats left before stops.
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22 Jul 1984 Belnahua Quarry Belnahua Oban Scotland Freshwater site 9 25 25 Iain Hosking Four stars 2nd Class Roped Diver. Dougie tendered [he's a professional after all]. Water fresh, vis OK - 15 feet, bright. Saw cage for lowering quarryworkers, pipes for pumping water out (brass bends), miscellaneous wooden structures. Depth apparently 300 feet. Learnt how to give and receive satisfactory BSAC rope signals. own, Geoff's tank, -4lbs.
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23 Jul 1984 Fladda Oban Scotland 20 25 25 Iain Hosking Three stars Solo dive, with boat following bubbles (left surface marker reel in car). Search for 'Benghazi'. Started at west side of Fladda and swam south over kelp at 10m. Saw corkwing wrasse (blue stripes) and dogfish. Turned west to get into deeper water out of kelp. Down to 20m in teeth of current. Drifted with current across south end of Fladda. Saw nudibranch (Dendronotus frondosus) the length of my index finger. Surfaced when I realised the boat was no longer following. Scorching day. Dived on ebb tide. Vis good, greater than 30 feet. own, Geoff's tank
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12 Aug 1984 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 13 60 60 Iain Hosking, Mike Weitzner Three stars Second dive at St Abbs this year, and the first decent one. Fed the wrasse (4 now), and saw a plaice, sea-scorpion, sea-squirts and pollack. own
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26 Aug 1984 St Abbs Head South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 23 25 25 Iain Hosking, John Llambias Three stars Dived below the lighthouse after a long and abortive search for the 'Glanmire'. Sea rough - ebb tide and wind against it. Dive was enjoyable - good vis, shoal of fish, deep bedrock gullies covered in dead men's fingers and crabs. own
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2 Sep 1984 Royal Fusilier off Dunbar Forth Scotland Wreck site 42 8 8 Iain Hosking, Mike Weitzner Three stars 200th dive! Hired fishing boat 'Shangri-La' from Dunbar. Found wreck from Decca co-ordinates and dropped shot into it. Wreck is lying on its port side (I think), buried past its centreline in silt. We swam to the bows past bridge etc. Covered in plumose anemones and nets. Vis OK, no current. Sunny eventually. own
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12 Sep 1984 Granton Forth Scotland 6 15 15 Iain Hosking, Jenny Clough Three stars Jenny's 2nd Class rope search - swimline search. Getting dark - we had phosphorescence underwater, but search was successful. Used old boat and new Yamaha. own
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24 Sep 1984 Leith Forth Scotland 7 20 20 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster, Jenny Clough Three stars 2nd Class rope search with Jenny and Crawford. Searched for obstruction marked off Leith. Appalling vis: 1-2m, and some current. Weather calm and clear. own
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30 Sep 1984 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 10 50 50 Iain Hosking, Jenny Clough Three stars Sunny, windy day. Jenny led the way out to Cathedral underwater. Saw wrasse and school of saithe, then headed in towards harbour wall down a series of gullies. Four large lobsters, squat lobsters, various types of anemone. Noticed small shells on kelp with iridescent stripes. Vis good - about 30 feet. Did roped tender. own
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8 Oct 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, William Usher Three stars Johnson's Hole. Took William Usher for his second dive. Good vis. Saw dead men's fingers, anemones, crabs, lobsters, squat lobsters, hermit crabs, swimming crabs, starfish, pollack, sea-scorpion, flatfish and shark's teeth. own
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8 Oct 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Patrick Baxter Three stars As previous dive, but with Patrick Baxter. [This is the BSAC-style production line, organised by Jenny Clough for Fettes College. Contrast it with the PADI-style 6:1 pupil:instructor ratio.] own
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8 Oct 1984 Dunbar South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 15 15 Iain Hosking, Scott Gourlay Three stars As 204. own
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14 Oct 1984 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Alida Bundy Three stars Took Alida for her 4th dive. Through gullies to Cathedral. Saw wrasse, pollack, sea-scorpion, several lobsters. Vis not too brilliant - 20 feet. Got slightly lost on the way back. own
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22 Nov 1984 Seacliffs North Berwick Forth Scotland 3 20 20 Iain Hosking, Ross Butler One stars Conditions worse than expected. Zero vis, current and waves. Gave up after 3rd attempt and retired to harbour. Nearly as bad as Largs beach! own
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25 Nov 1984 Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland 36 8 8 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam One stars The less said about this the better. own
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10 Mar 1985 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 13 33 33 Iain Hosking, Al Rankin, Paul Raisbeck Three stars Out to Cathedral as usual. Somewhat murky and little life but very good to get back in the water. own
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10 Mar 1985 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 22 22 Iain Hosking, Derek Borthwick Four stars Second dive of the day, with Derek Borthwick behind rock at opposite side of channel. Better vis and very nice underwater scenery - cliffs and dead men's fingers. Quite unexpected at St Abbs. Worth a return visit. own
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16 Mar 1985 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 18 17 20 Iain Hosking, Pete Wilkinson Three stars Took Pete Wilkinson around wreck inside and out. Reasonable vis and some sea life - fanworms (feather duster worms), fish, crabs and sea squirts (blobs). Surface roughish own
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17 Mar 1985 Creran Bridge Oban Scotland 5 10 10 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam One stars As good as the last dive with Adrian. Vis 6 feet; yellow pea soup. Reasonable current. Sinuses disgraced themselves. Adrian and I decided to separate again. own
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23 Mar 1985 Loch Duich Ratagan and Inverinate Scottish West Coast Scotland 10 20 20 Iain Hosking, Alex Whitelaw, Bill Brysland, Jack Frost, Joy Whitelaw, Steve Baker Three stars Open Water Rescue Course. Demonstration of Controlled Buoyant Lift; practice of CBL; direct lift; towing & EAR; landing and emergency management. Good vis: at least 15m. Sloping, silty bottom. Calm, clear, some sun own
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24 Mar 1985 Loch Duich Ratagan and Inverinate Scottish West Coast Scotland 22 4 7 Iain Hosking, Jack Frost, Joy Whitelaw, Steve Baker Three stars Open Water Rescue Course. Practice of Controlled Buoyant Ascent from 22m; 100m tow with EAR; landing casualty and giving EAR and ECM. Conditions good - flat calm, some sun, some rain. own
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24 Mar 1985 Loch Duich Ratagan and Inverinate Scottish West Coast Scotland 32 14 14 Iain Hosking, Iain Ogilvy Four stars Underwater sledge dive, with Iain Ogilvy from Inverness BSAC. Brilliant. Good vis. exhilarating stuff. Fun and games clearing flooded mask. own
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4 May 1985 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 23 25 30 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Four stars First dive with Sarah. Hauled our way down to the bows in the teeth of a gale, recovered our breath and headed aft. Good plowter around holds, bridge, stern section. Visibility good, conditions perfect - ace dive. own + EUSAC Scubapro Mk II
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4 May 1985 Calve Island Cliffs NE corner of Calve Island Mull Scotland 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Four stars Almost a night dive. Incredible variety of life - starfish, sun stars, feather duster worms, sea squirts, dahlia anemones, Devonshire cup coral, sleeping wrasse, things with pincers etc. Phosphorescence too. Another good dive. Own +Scubapro Mk II
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5 May 1985 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 20 Iain Hosking, Grace Franz Four stars Absolute flat calm and no current. Down buoy line to bows and down deck to stern to look at the rudder. Then inside to swim the length of the ship, past the flywheel and up into the bows. Down to engine room again, where we saw a conger. Adrian dived without a weight belt. Own +Scubapro Mk II
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5 May 1985 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 15 17 Iain Hosking, Grace Franz Three stars Evening dive. Still flat calm. Good vis. Plowter round bridge area, through prop shaft tunnels, under hull etc. Lots of fish life, feather duster worms etc. Own +Scubapro Mk II
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6 May 1985 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 40 11 14 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell, Sarah McCracken Three stars Dived at full flood for added excitement. Current swept us down to 40m pretty quickly and down there it was fairly calm, but the current was then against us on the way up. Most invigorating dive yet on the Rondo, and a good end to the trip. First dive with Graham. Own +Scubapro Mk II
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12 May 1985 Linn of Dee Somewhere west of Balmoral Scottish Highlands Scotland Freshwater site 7 30 30 Iain Hosking, George Runcie Five stars Blazing sunshine, calm, incredibly clear water. Masses of fish [salmon]. Definitely recommended. Dived with George Runcie (his 4th dive). own + Fenzy X2
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14 May 1985 Sub-Sea Services George St, Aberdeen Scottish East Coast Scotland 50 10 20 Iain Hosking, R Thomson Four stars The first dive to be written up on a decompression stop. Quite cold now, but warm on the way down. Squeaky voice [from pressure alone - we weren't using heliox] and pen suffered decompression sickness. Ordinary clothes.
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26 May 1985 Bass Rock Forth Scotland 28 22 24 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Sarah's first dive in her new drysuit. My first dive since last July in a wetsuit. Dived the NE corner of the Bass on an ebb tide and followed the current anticlockwise. Depth 20m at first onto level bedrock, with brittle stars, plumose and dahlia anemones. At end of dive drifted over a massive drop-off going down to at least 40m. Jenny saw seals underwater. Wetsuit, club 60, Graham's weightbelt (about 28lbs). Rest as usual.
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2 Jul 1985 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 22 30 30 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Three stars Dived after a long van journey and 2.5 hours' sleep [after Alasdair's wedding]. Down at the stern and swam through lower starboard mine tube (very murky). Ended by exploring the bows - very clear and light shining in. Sinuses dodgy. Good prat about afterwards. Moules Marinière for tea. own. DV leaking again.
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3 Jul 1985 Nordhuk Skye Scotland Wreck site 28 23 23 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Four stars Slack at 4pm so we filled in the time exploring caves and snorkelling around seals. Grappled it in 30s. Fantastic vis meant we could see the whole wreck lying there smashed up. Good close quarters rake around. Found portholes (ferrous), pressure vessel, cogs, winches etc. Lots of fish life. own
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4 Jul 1985 Doris Skye Scotland Wreck site 28 23 25 Iain Hosking, Carole Mullen Four stars One of the best dives ever for marine life. Ballan wrasse, pollack, dogfish, cup coral (fluorescent green or red centres), anemones (similar to cup coral and dahlia), huge purple and red sunstars, sponges 1 foot high. Very unusual nudibranch: 1.5 inches long, white/transparent - gills with white blobs on end. Even saw some of the wreck. Vis excellent. Sandy bottom with dead men's fingers growing out of it. own
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4 Jul 1985 Chadwick West coast of Skye Skye Scotland Wreck site 24 23 25 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Four stars Jammy dive. Grappling the wreck was a total disaster. At the second attempt we copped out and drifted along the bottom upside-down. At the end of a brief gossip we looked up and there was the wreck! We couldn't believe our eyes. Had a quick gnash down to the prop and then up to the bows via the boilers. Back down to the boilers again when we met Adrian and Carole. Good fish life, especially the cuckoo wrasse which were fluorescent electric blue. Good vis, fair current (slack was 2 hours later than we calculated). own
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5 Jul 1985 Eilean Grianal 2 miles north-west of Dunvegan Skye Scotland 30 20 22 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell Four stars Flat calm and pissing rain. Bombed straight down onto Sarah and Carole (saw them from more than 10m above them). Swam north from the island over a series of terraces. Saw a really bright cuckoo wrasse - yellow and blue; also squat lobsters, cushion stars, blennies, sea squirts, cup corals. Swam through a shoal of about 1000 jellyfish on the way up [and saw rain on the surface of the water]. own
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6 Jul 1985 Sgeir an Oir Ealean North-east side of Tongue Bay North-west Scotland Scotland 25 14 15 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Three stars FTF on the 'Nitedal'. Grapple snagged but when we went down there was no wreck in sight so we drifted along above the sand with the rock to our left. Plenty of anemones so would have been a good dive if we'd had time to enjoy it. own
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6 Jul 1985 Dubh-sgeir Mhor Tongue Bay North-west Scotland Scotland 20 13 15 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Three stars Gave up search for the 'Nitedal' and moved on to the 'Ashbury'. We found a couple of bits, and also a huge lobster which we put back because it was soft [so had just changed its shell]. Now camping in idyllic spot outside Tongue and waiting for the sun to appear. [STOP PRESS. The 'Nitedal' and the 'Ashbury' are one and the same. GR cocks it up.] own
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7 Jul 1985 Meall Thailm North-east of Tongue Bay North-west Scotland Scotland 10 10 10 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Two stars GR's information on this dive is not too clear, so we mistook the site and ended up diving here. Bottom - kelp. Boring. own
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7 Jul 1985 Meall Thailm North-east of Tongue Bay North-west Scotland Scotland 23 22 25 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Five stars Hit the right site this time - a tunnel which goes right through the island (Boats can be taken through). An out of this world dive - as Ridley says, vertical walls and huge boulders (Barratt house sized, maybe) on the bottom. A seal made itself scarce as we approached. Anemones very colourful and also several crabs and lobsters. Looking up we could see waves breaking and the tunnel roof over our heads. own
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8 Jul 1985 Meall Thailm North-east of Tongue Bay North-west Scotland Scotland 20 40 42 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam, Malcolm Gauld, Sarah McCracken Five stars Too good a site not to have a full dive on, so we hit it again, in a loose foursome with Malcolm and Adrian. Found three lobsters - one was huge, with one claw guarding a dead dogfish. Saw crabs sitting in holes in the rock wall, also shoals of small fish, the usual anemones and sponges etc. own
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9 Jul 1985 An Dubh-sgeir Sango Bay North-west Scotland Scotland 18 15 15 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Five stars Launched at Rispond (wettest, windiest campsite in the world). Dived into a narrow crevice between two rock formations which became a tunnel. Nearly collided with a seal in the tunnel. Came up on the other side of the island and swam back over a lurking seal on the way. Another one stayed just ahead of us all the way. Turned right and followed the gullies and underwater arches. Good vis. Fantastic dive. own
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9 Jul 1985 An Dubh-sgeir Sango Bay North-west Scotland Scotland 20 19 19 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Five stars 15 minute interval from previous dive (Adrian had to pee). Followed the island round clockwise to shallow inlet and followed a crevice into a 30m long dead-end tunnel. Turned round to find we'd been followed in by a seal. Swam back towards the other tunnel over strange rock formations and cornered another seal in a cave. Finished the day by coming face to face with a seal pup in a rock pool, lifting a Seagull outboard and finding two cannon. own
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11 Jul 1985 Little Loch Broom North-west Scotland Scotland 20 35 35 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Three stars Not the Ardross Rock: Searched twice for Ardross Rock but no decent transits. Dived anyway, onto mixed sand/bedrock, boulder with some scallops and an unusual anemone thing [sea cucumber]. own
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12 Jul 1985 Isle Martin Loch Broom North-west Scotland Scotland 38 12 15 Iain Hosking, Carole Mullen Three stars Dived on north coast of the island. Very steep slopes alternating with vertical cliffs. One of the darkest, most lifeless dives I've ever had. Counted two cuckoo wrasse, several Devonshire cup corals and one unusual anemone. Good dive but a real contrast to the north coast. own
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12 Jul 1985 Leuim an Fheidh Cliffs to north of Isle Martin, Loch Broom North-west Scotland Scotland 30 9 11 Iain Hosking, Carole Mullen Three stars This dive made the previous one look teeming with life. The proverbial boulder slope, with life limited to cup coral and squat lobsters. Water very dark due to peaty run-off from the hills. Saw more of those strange anemones [sea cucumbers]. own
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13 Jul 1985 William H Welch Furadh Mor North-west Scotland Scotland Wreck site 20 25 30 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Wreck of a 7126 ton liberty ship. We saw maybe 1 ton, scattered among kelp. We were followed around by a dogfish for most of the dive. Good weather at last. Most of the wreckage lies between the two points on the west of the island. own
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13 Jul 1985 Sgeir Maol Mhoraidh Loch Ewe North-west Scotland Scotland 20 12 15 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars A short dive, with some danger of death from boredom. No sign of any wreckage but then we hardly made a systematic search. Aultbea Hotel made up for it though. own
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3 Aug 1985 Loch Long Clyde Scotland 31 18 22 Iain Hosking, Carole Mullen, Graham Russell, Sarah McCracken Four stars Forecast SW 5 so called off the 'Kintyre' and dived at the usual spot in Loch Long. Straight down to 30m in very clear water, torch beams lighting first on a washing machine, then on huge boulders covered with anemones and feather duster worms. At 18 minutes ascended to 5m and spent another half hour among plumose anemones, wrasse, codling, blennies, crabs and clabby-doos. Good dive. own
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4 Aug 1985 Bass Rock Forth Scotland 40 11 14 Iain Hosking, Phil Gibbs Three stars Spoke to coastguards who gave us a forecast of SW 3-4 veering SE. In fact the wind was no more than 2-3. Dived NE side again with rock dropping steeply to 34m. Boulder slope continued past 40m. We came up via a stepped cliff. Dark. Butterfish and dead mens' fingers. Explored the cave afterwards - very smelly. own (Luxfer 72 - same weight used)
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18 Aug 1985 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 44 7 10 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide One stars Actually only 'Very near the Kintyre'. Very overcast day with plenty of rain. Dived at 10 to 3, 40 minutes after HW Girvan. Surface layer very peaty to 5m - below this surprisingly clear. Pity there was no wreck - the grapple had pulled out. Surfaced to try again later. own
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18 Aug 1985 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 36 10 12 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide One stars Grappled again, found the wreck and others dived it. Geoff and I had time only to fold up the grapple and take it off the wreck before surfacing to do stops. Oh well. own
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25 Aug 1985 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 30 30 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Three stars Coastguard at Crail promised us a gale so we cancelled the 'Glanmire'. At St Abbs the water was flat calm. Bah! Took Kenny for a dive leader/SMB practice. Out to Cathedral via gullies. Saw the wrasse again. Kenny navigated us successfully round Cathedral and back to base. own
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25 Aug 1985 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 11 32 35 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Second dive of the day. Round behind rock parallel to the harbour wall, but didn't find the same spot as I dived with Derek in March. Still, good gullies and masses of life. Dozens of silicone/yellow nudibranchs, squat lobsters, saithe, corkwing wrasse, lobsters (shy), seasquirts, controversial small fish [drawing in logbook]. Pretty clear, no current, very relaxed. Dry suit held out (phew!). own
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31 Aug 1985 Bass Rock Forth Scotland 40 11 14 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Three stars The Not the Royal Fusilier because of overrun idiot factor. Probably just as well - wind NE 6-7 and sea like a food processor. Dived with Mark Inall, straight down to 40m. Literally thousands of shrimps, plus several lobsters, crabs, butterfish, anemones. At end of dive saw a line of starfish demolishing a mussel bed. own
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8 Sep 1985 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 16 55 55 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Two stars The Not the HF because Malc's landrover was MOTless. Weather - scotch mist. Sea conditions - swell (and I don't mean good). Vis not bad if you looked up. Life: lobsters, squatties, flatfish, shrimps, wellington boots, dead men's fingers. own
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12 Sep 1985 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 34 16 20 Iain Hosking, John Llambias Four stars 250th dive! Memorable because of weird weather conditions which made good at last. Grappled wreck on first pass. Second pair down - covered the whole length of the wreck including the prop. Very dark, pretty murky, covered in line and nets. Saw phosphorescence. No significant current. Good fun. own + Fenzy X3
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13 Sep 1985 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 34 16 20 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Three stars Conditions rougher than yesterday - 4-5 - but sunny and light on the wreck. Vis not so good: 2m. Noted masses of monofilament line and rope, and someone's grapple and chain. Spent some time around the bow section - masses of plumose anemones. Guided to the site by a dolphin. own
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13 Sep 1985 Catalina Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 24 12 15 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Three stars Calmer (but wetter) than this morning's dive. Anchored on telegraph cable transit at 18m and contoured at 23m. Missed it so came back at 20m and hit starboard wing. Tied SMB on and released it. Dark, but good vis. Masses of life - sea scorpions, a pipefish, sea pens and other exotica. Engine has disappeared. own
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14 Sep 1985 Catalina Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 25 27 30 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Three stars Dived after a visit to the aquarium. Dropped shot straight onto wreck using new transits. Tied one SMB line onto starboard wingtip and carried out circular search for cockpit. We can now state that it isn't in a semicircular area with a 26, radius from the wing. Found a motor and marked it for John and Ruth. Plenty of life on the bottom, including a gurnard, 6 inches long. First I've seen. Sea pens not phosphorescent. Wreck murky but swarming with fish. own
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21 Sep 1985 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 36 14 16 Iain Hosking, Bill Brysland Three stars Launched from the Watersports Centre, Cumbrae. 45 minute boat trip into a northerly force 3. The wreck showed up clearly on the echosounder and we hooked in on the first pass at 40m. On the wreck found the grapple was across the superstructure and on the starboard side. Swam up to bows at 30m and back down again. Decorative carved karzis by the bridge. Engine visible - two large upright cylinders. Vis good for this wreck, weather not. own - John's watch. Boat - Avon 520 + Yamaha 30.
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21 Sep 1985 Little Cumbrae West side Clyde Scotland 30 7 9 Iain Hosking, John Parkinson Two stars Pete Bicheno's exercise - sampling of a water column 30m deep. John Parkinson and I made temperature measurements every 2m (12.4 - 12.9 degrees centigrade) and put the lids on the sampling jars. Pete and Chris made visibility measurements every 5m. Depth of water: 110m. Vis OK. own. Boat: 5m Chinook with Yamaha 30.
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22 Sep 1985 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 34 16 18 Iain Hosking, John Parkinson Three stars John Llambias' exercise. Conditions marginal. Wind easterly 5-6. Sea state 4. Despite this hooked into the wreck on the first pass. John and Eileen Kelly (National Coach for Northern Ireland) laid a distance line. We measured the depth of the ship's side and the distance from the foredeck and recovered all lines. Vis good - had some time to swim up and look at the bows. Conditions very rough on the journey back - boat swamped. own. Boat: 4m Avon Searider. Out of its depth in the conditions.
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22 Sep 1985 Largs Clyde Scotland 8 2 2 Iain Hosking, Pete Bicheno Two stars First Class exercise. Laid a box of sand in 8m with a buoy 2m below the surface. Descended to check depths. Definitely as requested. Bottom - fine sand. own
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22 Sep 1985 Largs Clyde Scotland 8 4 4 Iain Hosking, Ken Farrow Two stars Second part of the exercise. Used the other group's transits to find their box of sand. Transits poor, but found box anyway. Descended to measure the box:64cm x 44cm x 25cm. Ken attached a lifting bag and the box was raised. own
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12 Oct 1985 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 22 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Three stars Drove all the way from Aberdeen especially for this one. Cold but conditions good (no rain). Launched at Lochaline and rendezvoused at the rock with the archway. Wreck as usual. Current surface and vis not too hot. Plenty of fish, coral and squidgy things. own
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12 Oct 1985 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 15 17 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Three stars Boat trip [from Lochaline] started off rough but ended calm. Current was not calm. Hauled our way down the line and headed straight for the engine room to visit the conger. Then down to the stern and up inside to the bows. Getting into the boat was tough. own
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12 Oct 1985 Ballista Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 9 30 30 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Three stars Very relaxing and comprehensive tour of the 'Ballista' and the 'River Tay' underneath. Large sea scorpion and plenty of things that scuttle. A lot more interesting than I remember it. own
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13 Oct 1985 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 24 32 35 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Four stars Down the line to the bows, back to bridge via holds, into engine room, through an area with valves and pipes. Comprehensive tour of engine room and then into the aft holds. Over stern to prop shaft (and missing hull plate). Forward along starboard side to Captain's bath. Climbed mast, into chain locker and up. I think we saw about everything. own
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19 Oct 1985 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 52 15 35 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Unpromising start to the trip when the car blew up, but despite all odds dropped the shot on the engine casing and went for it. Attached strobe to line and swam off. Found ourselves back at the light. Taking a different direction we swam forwards, past mast and winches to the lamp room. Found a light bulb. The wreck made much more sense on the way back - noted the 'greenhouse' over the engine room, funnel, soup plate. Fair current on the stops, which we occupied by untying Sarah [eh?], losing the soup plate and eating an apple. Vis not as good as previous dives, and more narked than usual. Engine room is much more broken up than other parts of the wreck - very disorientating. own (Rollo's twin 55s)
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20 Oct 1985 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 54 15 35 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Four stars On site well before slack. Dropped shot immediately forward of the bridge despite barely-visible transits. We were the second pair down. Spent a couple of minutes at the shot, then crossed over to the starboard side, back over the bridge (now collapsed) and aft along the port side to the engine room. Noted portholes, binnacle and pedestal. Vis OK, less narked than yesterday. On stops checked suit for leaks: none. own, twin 55s
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9 Nov 1985 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 40 11 13 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Four stars Spent ages looking for the 'Wallachia' but the echosounder died and the transits weren't good enough to grapple successfully, so we went for plan B. While looking for the 'Kintyre' we were hit by a snow squall. All worth it, though, because Adrian and I actually found the wreck. We saw a lot of it - bogs, bows, winches, boiler, engine and resident conger, or ling. Very dark, but a good dive. own
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16 Nov 1985 Rosehearty Somewhere north of Aberdeen Scottish East Coast Scotland 18 35 35 Iain Hosking, Ewan Rowell One stars Ewan's idea. Rumours of a Cox and Danks destroyer remain unproven. Life: one sea scorpion. Vis: up to expectations. Rain, current and dark complete the formula. Hard to believe we did it. Others: Ewan, Paddy [who brought his Rolls Royce], Robin Harding, Mitch and Trevor. own (+13 patches)
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23 Nov 1985 Falls of Lora Loch Etive Oban Scotland 28 20 20 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell, Sarah McCracken Five stars Sarah's idea. Another Mythological Site. HW 'slack' 3.30pm. We dived then and hit a current immediately. We were just beginning to feel smug about keeping together when we were split up and whirled along by an estimated 5 knot gale. Ended with a gentle plowter in a large diameter whirlpool. Brilliant. own. USD Deepstar DV
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2 Jan 1986 Calve Island Cliffs NE corner of Calve Island Mull Scotland 36 14 16 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Four stars First dive of '86. A beautiful day - clear and cold with wind force 3. Water quite clear but not gin clear. Down to 34m in free-fall mode and spent the time drifting along in the current, upside down half the time. Pretty cup coral, like sweets. Afterwards we had man overboard drill, a prat about and a bit of target practice. own
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15 Feb 1986 Falls of Lora Loch Etive Oban Scotland 15 6 6 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Four stars Prelude to next, amazing dive. Extremely fast. What do you do when bearing down on a cliff at 9 knots in a cloud of bubbles? Came up after getting into a backwater. own, except aluminium 72 and a made-up weight belt.
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15 Feb 1986 Falls of Lora Loch Etive Oban Scotland 26 15 15 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Five stars The definitive gnash. Barrelled under bridge doing Superman impersonations, through gullies into a quiet section with masses of sponges. Then picked up by Mk II current and taken down to a sandy bottom at 26m. Dark but good vis. own (as 269) 27lbs.
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16 Feb 1986 Falls of Lora Loch Etive Oban Scotland 22 10 10 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Four stars Sunnier and winder day (easterly 3). Full of anticipation after Mark surfaced to report he'd been in a Kenwood mixer. Very fast at the start, then slower through gullies. Reached pebble slope at south edge where a very insistent upwelling dumped us on the surface. own (as 269), 29lbs.
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16 Feb 1986 Falls of Lora Loch Etive Oban Scotland 22 10 10 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Three stars See 271. see 271
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8 Mar 1986 Belnahua Quarry Belnahua Oban Scotland Freshwater site 10 20 20 Iain Hosking, Ian Harrington Two stars Failed to dive the HF due to weather (Wind force 7, sea state 4) so 'Let's do 50m in the quarry!' Good idea, except the fantastic vis lasted till 8m, below which was a pit of a yellowish evil-smelling substance not at all conducive to diving in. So we stayed above it and raised a rusty bolt with a makeshift lifting bag. Haven't had so much fun since I crashed the car. own, Rollo's twin 55s.
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9 Mar 1986 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 28 23 25 Iain Hosking, Ian Harrington Three stars Almost a year since my last dive on the Breda. It hasn't changed a bit - as silty as ever, especially after 8 other divers have been all over it. To make this a worthwhile dive it is essential to hit it first thing in the morning. Relaxed dive. own, twin 55s
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28 Mar 1986 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 20 30 30 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Jenny Clough Three stars Late start, so didn't get in the water until after 4pm, by which time the wreck had all but disappeared. Good dive, bit murky, especially through the mine tubes. Sporadic squalls. Didn't get back to Kyleakin until about 6pm, by which time Andy's car had all but disappeared. LW 3pm. Springs (equinoctial). own + Ewan's twin 40s. Usual weight.
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29 Mar 1986 Chadwick West coast of Skye Skye Scotland Wreck site 21 33 33 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide, Sarah McCracken Four stars Amazingly brilliant weather. Woke to blazing sunshine, and the Cuillins across the water. Out to the Chadwick in slightly rough conditions (sea state 5). Geoff joins the ranks of the Master Grapplers by casually dropping the grapple straight into the wreck after lining up a couple of boulders on the shore. No messing. We dived second (feeling queasy) and hit the bottom in tremendous visibility (especially when the sun came out!). Twice around the wreck, through the arched bit twice, down to the prop, round the boilers. Saw several attractive brass valves, bits of copper pipe, lumps of coal, millions of cup coral, scores of tiny nudibranchs (purple with white spots), red sunstars, crabs (one with an outrageous coat). Ace dive! Slack 11.30 GMT (12.30 EST), ebb tide. own, + Ewan's twin 40s.
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30 Mar 1986 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 18 25 25 Iain Hosking, Andy Hopkins Four stars Very leisurely start: in water about 2pm. Swam in through 'T' shaped doorway and through two decks to reach the starboard upper mine tube. Swam the whole length of the mine tube in very good vis, then round stern and back through the starboard lower mine tube, which took us into a dead end. Surfaced to blazing sunshine! own Ewan's twin 40s.
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30 Mar 1986 Golden Harvest Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 10 15 15 Iain Hosking, Andy Hopkins Three stars First time on this wreck (a trawler which sank in 1977). The wreck is intact, lying on its starboard side, and covered in life, including dead men's fingers, anemones, starfish of various kinds, and masses of fish. Very colourful, being so shallow. An ideal second dive after the Port Napier, especially on a sunny day like this. Strong current. own, Ewan's twin 40s.
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19 Apr 1986 Belnahua Oban Scotland 58 4 7 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall One stars Not the HF. Both echosounders packed in, weather bad, and worsening, cold, set. Crossed fingers, dropped the shot, went down the line, narked, shook hands, came up, drank, ate, drank, drank. own, Rollo's twin 55s
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20 Apr 1986 Easdale Quarry Easdale, Seil Island Oban Scotland 55 10 20 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Four stars The legendary Easdale Quarry at last. Truly lifeless, with massive slabs of rock going down past 55m. Water clear until the silt is disturbed. Not as narcotic as yesterday, but a somewhat more satisfying dive. [4 stars for being memorable] own
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11 May 1986 Falls of Lora Loch Etive Oban Scotland 18 22 22 Iain Hosking, Ian Kyle Three stars Good dive with plenty of variety. Strong current at start but it soon petered out. Good vis. Masses of sunstars and sponges. Whelks laying eggs. own
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2 Jul 1986 Kronprinz Wilhelm Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 36 23 40 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Four stars Very satisfying first dive of the trip since we immediately hit the aft 12 inch gun turrets. Also saw two of the 6 inch guns and worked our way into the hull. Weather - somewhat chilly and foggy. Vis - good with bits in it. Not much sea life but some phosphorescence. own, twin 55s, -4lbs, ie 24lbs total.
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2 Jul 1986 Brummer Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 34 25 40 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Four stars Tour around the aluminium-framed bridge, then aft to the engine room, aft mast and superstructure. Forward again to bridge, and on to the bows. Saw most of the wreck, I think. Good dive but foggy and cold. own, twin 55s, 24lbs
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3 Jul 1986 Markgraf Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 44 18 33 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall, Sarah McCracken Three stars Threesome with Sarah and Mark. Bows very impressive still, rearing vertically out of the sand. Fairly fast trip around to the starboard side. Sarah helped me lug a lump of wreck as far as the bows before dropping it. Knackered. Twin 55s, 28lbs
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3 Jul 1986 Markgraf Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 44 12 27 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Three stars Return visit to recover the lump. Line tied on quickly before carrying on with the dive, mainly along the port side of the wreck. The bloody thing stuck in the wreck while being pulled up. Good barbecue on Hoy afterwards. Twin 55s, 28lbs.
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4 Jul 1986 Markgraf Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 44 18 33 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Three stars Got the bastard this time. It had caught in an extremely unlikely spot. After untangling it, we headed through the hull to the other side. Under the decks - saw a turret (maybe). Good satisfying dive. [but the 'lump' was ferrous!] Twin 55s, 28lbs
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4 Jul 1986 F2 & barge Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland Wreck site 15 16 31 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Three stars Down shot line onto black seabed. Momentary doubt as no wreck in sight, then relief as I saw the line joining the two ships. Followed it to the destroyer, where we looked around the bows and gun before gnashing back to the barge. In and out of the rooms, saw a vice and two sets of twin anti-aircraft guns. Ballan wrasse, pollack and small fish. 10m stop on mast, 5m stop free (drifted over the destroyer). Twin 55s
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7 Jul 1986 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 55 15 45 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Five stars First pair onto the wreck. Recce trip, with Mark. Eyes pressed against mask as we noticed far more artefacts than I've seen before - binnacle, pedestal, portholes etc. We got up to the bows - very impressive with starboard anchor chain curving away to the seabed. Sea life - dead men's fingers, cup coral, wrasse. Twin 55s
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8 Jul 1986 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 52 15 45 Iain Hosking, Ian Kyle Five stars Checked line, headed forward to examine line of portholes at front of officers' mess. Pedestal now gone. Going back to the line, found and recovered a binnacle. Very nice. Very wet on stops. Twin 55s
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9 Jul 1986 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 52 15 45 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Down line to greenhouse. Swam aft (by mistake) till we saw the spare prop, then forward to the estimated position of Sarah's gauge. No sign. Looked for the second compass. No go either. Experimented with sawing off a porthole. No go. Sarah found a lead acid battery in a glass case which was plonked into my goody bag. She also saw a squid. On the 15m stop I managed to drop the battery. Damn. Twin 55s
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10 Jul 1986 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 55 15 45 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell Five stars Mega dive. Last chance to save the day, and Malcolm's steering pedestal, reckoned to be more than 150kg. In fact it slowly and gratifyingly rose off the bottom when Graham filled the lifting bag. For the rest of the dive we disentangled another pedestal and swam under the bridge into the boiler room. Twin 55s
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10 Jul 1986 Belnahua Oban Scotland 7 15 15 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Three stars Malcolm's pedestal having been recovered to shallow water lashed to the boat, we had to shorten the lifting bag line and tie on a line to shore. Easily done with much jungle warfare amongst the kelp. Little did we know the task had only just begun. Snash's twin 50s, 28lbs
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11 Jul 1986 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 58 15 55 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Four stars Fantastic weather - mirror-calm and sunny. Slick operation to raise the pedestal followed by a trip to the stern. Bottom at 58m. Prop blades sheared off. Good vis. Twin 55s, 28lbs
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12 Jul 1986 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 51 15 45 Iain Hosking, Ian Kyle Four stars Trip to the bows. Visibility extremely good - could easily see the front of the bridge from the 'greenhouse'. Swam forward over the holds to bows - hung off bows looking back at the ship. Saw Geoff's lamp. Looked inside lamp room. Leisurely swim back to the line. Camped on Belnahua afterwards Twin 55s, 28lbs
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13 Jul 1986 Helena Faulbaums Belnahua Oban Scotland Wreck site 54 15 45 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Three stars Last dive of the trip. Crawford and I raised the lamp he found yesterday and found a few more portholes. Overcast, chilly day but still calm. Twin 55s, 28lbs
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10 Aug 1986 Loch Lomond Cliffs Loch Lomond Clyde Scotland Freshwater site 34 9 11 Iain Hosking, Alison Young Three stars A short, deep, dark, lifeless and worrying dive. Beautiful day, though, so fine for a trip in the country. Ewan's twinset, 24lbs
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23 Aug 1986 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 45 45 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall, Simon Nash Three stars A swell dive! HW springs. Strong wave action and poor vis. Shoal of pollack or saithe and wrasse. Getting out was somewhat interesting. (Snash: 'EUSAC White Water Boys!')
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1 Sep 1986 Kintyre Wemyss Bay Clyde Scotland Wreck site 38 11 13 Iain Hosking, Ross Butler Four stars Found wreck on second pass with grapple despite u/s echosounder. Surface layer very murky so pitch black at depth. Saw winch in front of aft hold, superstructure, boiler, bows, anchor. Ace dive. Rough.
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13 Sep 1986 Catalina Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 22 35 37 Iain Hosking, Graeme Jeffries Three stars Perfect conditions for the Catalina. Flat calm, sunny and down there we got peace from all the tourists. Pretty clear. Plenty of pollack, gobies, blennies, squat lobsters, plumose anemones. Transits pretty good [in white log book]. Kevin's Rowi suit, 24lbs.
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18 Sep 1986 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 33 16 18 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Three stars Still perfect conditions. Several buoys on the Beagle so we added ours. Down onto the bows, swam round forward hold, then aft along starboard side, past a locked-in conger. Very impressive rudder and prop. Vis not too brilliant. Kevin's Rowi suit, 24lbs.
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18 Sep 1986 Wallachia The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 33 8 10 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Four stars Conditions even better. Wreck was buoyed so we were able to update our transits. 2 hour surface interval so we had a time penalty, but an excellent dive. Saw the bridge, wheel, engine room 'greenhouse', spare wheel, jars and beer bottles. Down over stern to see prop and rudder. Tried 91-year old beer. Horrible. Kevin's Rowi suit, 20lbs lead, club 78.
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19 Sep 1986 Wallachia The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 34 16 19 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Four stars Very good dive, with minimal current and good visibility. Saw from funnel forward to bows. Bows are very tall and imposing, and draped in nets. Forward hold contains beer bottles and tins. 20 minutes from Largs. Rowi suit, 20lbs, club 78
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19 Sep 1986 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 32 13 15 Iain Hosking, Geoff Hide Four stars Practice for First Class. Grappling for the wreck made very tricky by the presence of two other buoys, both tied onto the wreck. Swam right round the wreck - saw anchor, emergency steering gear and conger. Masses of monofilament. Rowi suit, 20lbs, club 78
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20 Sep 1986 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 34 21 23 Iain Hosking, Gordon Fyfe One stars First Class practical. Down grapple line, no wreck, so dived again down existing buoy. Carried out survey of monofilament and debris. Rowi suit, 24lbs
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21 Sep 1986 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 35 14 16 Iain Hosking, Jeff Cooke Three stars Followed line to stern and had a good look at the prop and rudder. Saw conger, prawn (or shrimp), tiny squatties and sink etc aft. Good dive. [It's worth recording that the day's task was, as I wrote in the white logbook, 'to lift an earthenware jar for the instructors - a task just as slimy as giving the teacher an apple, maybe worse'. The second pair recovered the jar so Jeff and I didn't have to demean ourselves. I helmed the boat from the Wallachia to the Beagle, downwind in a force 4: 'Only had it airborne once - probably the last nail in the coffin of my exam, but by then I was past caring.'] Rowi suit, 24lbs
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27 Sep 1986 Wallachia The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 28 22 24 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell Three stars Dedicated stoneware jar search. Marginal conditions. Wreck was buoyed. Jars fixed in place much more securely than we thought - bent knives trying to free them. A taxing dive. New Avon dry suit - dry!
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28 Sep 1986 Beagle North of Great Cumbrae Clyde Scotland Wreck site 34 16 20 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Five stars What a fantastic dive! Down line expecting it to get dark, and it didn't. Could see the whole wreck laid out below us from well above it. No torch necessary. Apart from the good vis and interesting artefacts we were also the subject of examination by a shoal of fish. Didn't want to come up. Twin 55s, 24lbs
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4 Oct 1986 Bass Rock Forth Scotland 21 28 30 Iain Hosking, Ian Harrington Three stars Beautiful, sunny, cloudless day. Quite good sea conditions, but old boat very soft on the way out (we pumped it up for the journey back). Undulating rock bottom covered in brittle stars. Highlight of the dive was a convoy of huge jellyfish, two of them lion's manes with 3m stinging tentacles (ask Ian!). A good day out. Mark's suit, fins, weightbelt, tank, knife. Malc's woolly bear and mask. Own tank.
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5 Oct 1986 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 15 45 45 Iain Hosking, Simon Nash Three stars EUSAC lemming-like St Abbs trip - 18 people, including 3 from Fettes. Yo-yo dive - swim out, surface, look around, find Cathedral, dive it, turn round to come back, get lost, surface, look around, down again, etc etc. The wrasse found us and demanded to be fed, and we attempted to use the underwater communication system. Mark's suit + most of his kit. Malcolm's woolly bear and mask. A little wet.
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11 Oct 1986 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 26 27 30 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Five stars Stunning dive. Very clear, sunlight on wreck, thousands of fish -shoals of pollack and dozens of wrasse - some very big. Line came down to the stern - we headed forward, through the engine room and into the bridge, then out through the roof and on to the bows. Saw rust 'stalactites' in the chain locker very like those on the 'Titanic'. Back through holds and round starboard side.
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11 Oct 1986 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 40 11 13 Iain Hosking, Kenny Jack Four stars Another fantastic dive. Slow descent to rudder then a more rapid drop down to 40m. Very good vis. Back up at 32m we dropped down to the port side and found a very narrow gap under the wreck at 36m. Met a male cuckoo wrasse on the way out. Back through the larger gap, and up through the tube. Saw another cuckoo wrasse.
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12 Oct 1986 Cessna 150 Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 32 18 20 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars This was the wing from Peter Gibbs' plane which crashed on Christmas Eve 1975 and which was finally found this year by Dick Grieves. We carried out a search from the wing to see if any other wreckage lay nearby, using compass bearings, but found nothing. Proved the compass by swimming back to the wing, and picked up plenty of scallops, which made a good lunch. Last dive with Sarah for a while [she was off to Australia]. Twin 55s
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14 Dec 1986 Falls of Lora Loch Etive Oban Scotland 25 15 30 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Four stars Hell of a long gap since the last dive. Weather ideal - calm, sunny, clear. Mark and I had three attempts - on the first two we were spat out very quickly. On the third we went through the gully system just as fast as we could cope with. Hit a slack patch, then found the current again and hit the cliff! Suddenly everything went dark - I was pummelled from all sides and felt a strong pressure on my ears as I was dragged down. With one hand on my suit inflator and the other on my mask I eventually hit the surface. Mindblowing. A seriously difficult dive. (Times: a: 5 mins, b: 3 mins, c: 7 mins). Tide: near neaps, incoming tide. Club 78
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21 Dec 1986 Wallachia The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 30 20 32 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall One stars The less said about this the better. Perfect conditions made irrelevant by the fact that Kirkintilloch got there first. Graham had a jar, but all Mark and I did was break one and lose the lifting bag (duly returned by Joe Murray). Aaargh! Club 78
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31 Dec 1986 Heather Island Oban Scotland 30 20 32 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Three stars Last dive of the year. A good cliff if fairly murky. Plenty of life - feather duster worms, seasquirts, squatties, sunstars, fish, scallops and crinoids. Supposedly cold but with the new suit as warm as toast. Hello 1987!
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2 Jan 1987 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 26 27 30 Iain Hosking, Christine Spreiter Three stars Very, very sore head at 8am, so very glad to be diving last wave. Clouds and rain cleared to give us a beautiful day. Flat calm, snowy mountains, flawless execution of the dive plan (about 16 people in the water). OK, so it would have been nice to have had a torch. We had a very atmospheric dive, bows to stern, via holds and engine room. Surfaced as the sun was setting. Definitely started 87 the way I hope it continues!
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17 Jan 1987 Paddy Hinkley's Quarry Forth Scotland Freshwater site 8 10 10 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Four stars Another long-awaited dive, this time under ice. 15 divers, 3 hours. The ice was very thick (thick enough to jump up and down on). Dived singly, roped. Very muddy, but weird to see the ice overhead and the silvery air bubbles. Not at all cold. [Malcolm held the other end of the rope.]
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15 Feb 1987 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 30 32 Iain Hosking, Helen Jones Three stars Second training dive of 1987. Six trainees in the water. I took Helen through the eastern gully and through a succession of gullies and bouldery bits with plenty of dahlia anemones, sea urchins and dead men's fingers. Several squat lobsters. Beautiful day, though cold. Helen managed fine. Fenzy 4
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15 Feb 1987 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 15 17 Iain Hosking, Helen Jones, James Traenor Three stars Took James in for his first dive. Found a starfish tackling a mussel and crinoids (brittle stars), as well as dahlia anemones, sea urchins, dead mens' fingers and squat lobsters. The dive was short only because I was finishing off the tank from the previous dive. Heavier swell. Fenzy 4
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14 Mar 1987 Wallachia The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 30 20 22 Iain Hosking, Pete Wilkinson Four stars Finally hit the water at ten past six after a comedy of errors. Very good dive despite dark, cold, flooding torches etc. Lots of 'mice' (nudibranchs) under the stern. Found 100 year old whisky and groups of tin crystals. Malcolm's Diamond suit (left own in lockup!) and DV.
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15 Mar 1987 Loch Long Clyde Scotland 20 20 22 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Cathy's first dive. She survived the cold, dark, crowds, traffic, Jasper, mud, me, flooding suit and buoyant fins, to see sea anemones, flatfish, crabs, clabby doos, sea cucumbers and join the ranks of EUSAC! Bravo!
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22 Mar 1987 Eyemouth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Paul Mullan Three stars Took Paul Mullan in for his first dive. COLD! Not much life at first sight, but on closer examination quite a variety of nudibranchs, anemones, sponges, starfish and dead men's fingers. Played with a sea-lemon (nudibranch). Some current. (Turned right from Weasel Loch.)
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22 Mar 1987 Eyemouth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Craig McQueenie Three stars Took Craig McQueenie in for his first dive. Turned left at Weasel loch (won't do that again). Suffered the unnerving sensation of feeling water pouring down the back of my neck (confirmed by a post-mortem on the woolly bear). Very, very cold.
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23 Mar 1987 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Craig McQueenie Three stars Very cold, very clear. Found Cathedral Rock quickly, but got lost on the way back. Long snorkel. Life - lobster, squatties, plumose anemones, dahlias, sponges of various kinds. Mended leak in back of knee. Dry! Brilliant!
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23 Mar 1987 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 15 15 Iain Hosking, Jason Bryans Three stars Took Jason Bryans in for his first dive. Again, out to Cathedral no bother, got lost on the way back. Still dry. Very pleasant to be the only divers there.
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24 Mar 1987 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 25 25 Iain Hosking, Jason Bryans Three stars Dived Big Green Carr. Round left hand side of t he rock past cliffs with crevices full of squat lobsters and crabs. Found a large (10 inch long) sea scorpion which allowed me to pick it up and carry it over to Malcolm. Very pale colouration, very lethargic. Also noticed limpet-like, flattened molluscs and very small anemones. Beautiful overhangs with wall-to-wall dead men's fingers and plumose anemones. No big green cars at all.
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24 Mar 1987 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Paul Mullan Three stars Dived Big Green Carr again. Didn't see the seascorpion (must be lying low) but saw greyish, smooth nudibranch and crabs camouflaged in purple seaweed.
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25 Mar 1987 Pettico Wick South side of the Forth, west of St Abbs Forth Scotland 14 20 20 Iain Hosking, Dougie McEwan Three stars Bloody rough. Stiff swim out to rock at 310 degrees from shore. Turned west and found rock faces with dead men's fingers, then a rock chimney.
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25 Mar 1987 Pettico Wick South side of the Forth, west of St Abbs Forth Scotland 12 20 20 Iain Hosking, Leslie Macdonald Three stars Even rougher. Swam at 270 degrees straight to the rock walls. Sea scorpion, sea urchins, sea oak, lots of sea things. Pretty stiff snorkel back.
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25 Mar 1987 Pettico Wick South side of the Forth, west of St Abbs Forth Scotland 9 15 15 Iain Hosking, Craig McQueenie Two stars Completely ridiculous. Jumped into huge swell with zero vis. Fought against waves all the way. One nudibranch. Used Dougie's stab jacket. Not bad.
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11 Apr 1987 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 24 27 30 Iain Hosking, Phil Gibbs Four stars Down line to stern and forward to the passageway on the second level of the hold. Swam along this for a while, but very murky so turned round and came back. Into engine room, forward to bridge, then out and swam along beside the rail to the bows. The anchor chain lies out along the seabed. Back to the stern - saw rudder (no prop). Seabed falls away on this side. Outboard engine knackered on the way back [due to motorcycle 2-stroke oil] so our boat was towed. Mark and I got bored and jumped off, swam to Calve Island, waded to the mainland and walked back, swimming a lake on the way.
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11 Apr 1987 Calve Island Cliffs NE corner of Calve Island Mull Scotland 36 14 17 Iain Hosking, Phil Hume Three stars Conditions couldn't be more different from this morning. Late evening in a cloudless blue sky and almost flat calm. Took Phil down for his first dry suit dive (using my old Dunlop). Cliffs as impressive as always - covered in Devonshire cup coral, sea squirts and sponges. Curious fan-like formations (bendy, like bracket fungus) and a cushion star 5 inches across and bright orange. Dead men's fingers not too common.
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12 Apr 1987 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 35 14 18 Iain Hosking, Simon Kirk Four stars Took Captain for a complete tour of the wreck down to the tunnel under the hull at 35m (LW), Through prop shaft tunnel, somersaults off the 'superstructure' and backwards and forwards under the ship (lots of feather duster worms). Visibility spectacularly good, and weather perfect. Hell of a good dive.
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12 Apr 1987 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 40 17 27 Iain Hosking, Simon Kirk Three stars HW dive. Slightly choppier, less sun, but just as slack. Straight down to 40m - vis not quite so good. Swam under the hull from starboard (small hole) to port (larger hole) - now at 38m. Up to break in hull - through another small gap. Saw lots of Devonshire cup coral on the wreck and strange cup-like things on stalks. 10m stop on rudder, 5m stop on line. Pratting about afterwards.
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13 Apr 1987 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 20 22 Iain Hosking, Martin Harrison Three stars Up at 5.30am in torrential rain for this one. West coast out so this was plan B. Due to faffing about didn't get in the water till 11. Water was brilliantly clear - best vis yet on the Thesis. Swam down past the engine and boiler to the hold, then the bows. Good 'cage' effect, where the bow plates have gone. Back down to the stern. No conger, no prop. Stern was deeper than 30m
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13 Apr 1987 Thesis Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 30 15 17 Iain Hosking, Martin Harrison Three stars Dived within 6 hours so had a 5 minute penalty. Swam down to the stern first, then back to the engine room area. Through the 'gallery' saw a brass valve apparently lying on the seabed outside the wreck - pretty firmly fixed but worth thinking about. Swam up beside the ship, looking underneath - rewarded by sight of large fish, including a large and beautifully-coloured cuckoo wrasse.
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14 Apr 1987 Meldon Loch Buie Mull Scotland Wreck site 14 40 40 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Three stars Launched at Carsaig in flat calm. Wreck easy enough to find, with rudder post above water level (on which the old boat was holed). Stern intact, with prop and rudder - wreck becomes progressively more smashed up as you go forwards. Others have said that the bows are nice, like the Thesis, but we didn't see them. We did see a wrasse and a lobster sharing a pot. Finished by swimming along the prop shaft tunnel to the end - by far the best part of the dive. It rained all the way back.
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14 Apr 1987 Ostend Mull Scotland Wreck site 8 30 30 Iain Hosking, Mary Ledwith Three stars Few sites would have changed so completely between dives (the last was in 1983) - it is now a marina. The Royal Navy were up recently from Rosyth and they removed 60 crates of ammo and set off a few charges. They also left it buoyed. Mary and I found a few rounds of 20mm, some scallops and two very pretty nudibranchs.
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15 Apr 1987 Calve Island Cliffs NE corner of Calve Island Mull Scotland 40 11 14 Iain Hosking, Mary Ledwith Three stars Straight down to 40m and a nearly square profile dive. Cushion stars, blennies, blue sponge and squat lobsters stand out. Usual large number of seasquirts and gigantic dead men's fingers. Air consumption 23.6 litres/minute!
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15 Apr 1987 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 38 10 12 Iain Hosking, Phil Hume Three stars Phil had a 2 minute time penalty, making this a short dive. We had time to get to our planned depth and back up to untie the line. Swam under the hull. Brilliant weather - bright, sunny and calm. Few pints in Salen afterwards.
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16 Apr 1987 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 24 23 25 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Three stars Full flood and springs! NFP. Tough pull down the line to the stern, into hold and through tunnel to forward hold, then up onto the bows and into chain locker. Back into the teeth of a gale to the engine room (more collapsed than I remember). Back to stern and up.
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16 Apr 1987 Pelican Calve Island, Tobermory Bay Mull Scotland Wreck site 22 26 28 Iain Hosking, Alison Young Three stars Rumours of good vis on this wreck scotched. Just as I remember it, but explored more systematically. Bows must have looked impressive when it was afloat. No engine, boiler, screw or prop shaft. One sleepy wrasse and several varieties of sea squirts. Alison and I have finally wiped out the memory of Loch Lomond cliffs.
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17 Apr 1987 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 47 13 23 Iain Hosking, Phil Hume Three stars Perfect weather conditions for this dive - flat calm and blazing hot. We didn't hang about, but gnashed straight on down to the bows in 4 minutes flat. Depth was 47m inside the wreck. Leisurely trip back up to the stern. Stops not too boring.
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3 May 1987 River Tweed English side North-east England England 3 15 15 Iain Hosking, John Clarke One stars Why, why, why? Went diving 'cos I couldn't think of anything else to do. Down to Eyemouth to fill bottles - the gully was like a frothy milkshake. Met Dave Nance [from Orca] who suggested the Tweed. Asked if I had a camera. Hah! We saw lots of mussels, two flatfish, a dead fish, a hot water bottle and a spade. Oh, and a prawn.
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9 May 1987 Breda Benderloch Oban Scotland Wreck site 22 20 22 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Private trip to Oban, for the select few - Cathy, Sarah, Jackie and me, One car, old boat and tents (economy drive). Massive disorganisation meant launching at 3pm. Launched from North Connel. Exhilarating boat trip out to the Breda, planing over white horses. Dived from bow to stern - plenty of feather duster worms, dead men's fingers and plumose anemones.
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9 May 1987 North Connel Oban Scotland 7 10 10 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Two stars Given tea and after eights for looking for an old couple's sewage outlet. Didn't find it, but saw old moorings, masses of weed and unpleasant fuzzy brown growth that thrives on human waste products. Not nice. Current.
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10 May 1987 Easdale Seil Island Oban Scotland 22 25 25 Iain Hosking, Jackie Beaumont Three stars Haven't dived here since 1982. Further round to the cliffs than I remember, through reasonable gullies. Like a small version of Calve Island cliffs, with Devonshire cup coral, sea squirts, sunstars, dahlia anemones and so forth. Fairly choppy - sea state 4 with white horses galore.
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16 May 1987 Raasay, south end Skye Scotland 26 25 25 Iain Hosking, Kevin McGuire Two stars First dive of the most memorable Skye trip in the history of the world. The van disintegrated at the end of the drive up [gearbox], and we spent hours trying to sort out some transport. Since no time was left to launch elsewhere Geoff stuck a pin in the chart and settled on this site, with its attractive mud slope to x metres. Life - hermit crabs and Cerianthus lloydi, which is a type of anemone living in a disgusting rubbery tube in the seabed. Rain. Wind. Waves.
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17 May 1987 Doris Skye Scotland Wreck site 24 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars This was a brilliant dive. Weather came good at last, and we dropped into a steep-sided gully with dead men's fingers, anemones, cup coral and nudibranchs. Headed down over kelp to the main body of the wreck which lies in beautiful shell sand. Cathy spotted several nudibranchs - other sea life included sea pens, tubeworms, a shrimp and a wrasse. After the dive - The Nightmare continues... The old boat exploded.
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17 May 1987 Meanish Pier Skye Scotland 15 20 20 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Two stars The Not The Chadwick (engine failed) so we did a night dive to look for scallops. No scallops but squat lobsters, fish, a shrimp and phosphorescence. Cooking chickens failed so no tea. The Curse strikes again. Crawford had a custard shampoo, Snash a margarine one. Yuk.
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18 May 1987 Urlana Geo Mor, NW of Idrigill Point, near Harlosh Skye Scotland Wreck site 10 45 45 Iain Hosking, Bob Harker Three stars Bloody hell, what a trip! Had an excellent dive on the Urlana, saw seals etc, then punctured the boat on the way back [it wasn't even our boat]. So, no caves. Anyway, plenty of brass shell cases etc on the wreck. Heavy wave action, little life, vis not bad. A good rake around.
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19 May 1987 Port Napier Kyle of Lochalsh Skye Scotland Wreck site 20 35 35 Iain Hosking, Sarah Soffe Two stars Today's disasters - flat on the van [and locking wheel nuts...], trailer lighting plug sanded flat. Despite this, got to the Port Napier - down at the bows and back to the midships hole in the deck, through this to the starboard upper mine tube and back to the stern (despite Sarah not having a torch). Forward again, saw both bow guns, round to the bows (found Admiralty anchor), back again (!) through the deck and up through the middle of the hull. A comprehensive exploration.
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22 May 1987 Loch Long Clyde Scotland 25 25 25 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster, Sarah McCracken Four stars Night dive - surfaced at exactly midnight. A brilliant dive, literally, with incredible phosphorescence. Sarah led. Plenty of life - colours showed up well in the torch beams - several sorts of sea anemone (big plumose ones at the end), masses of peacock worms, all out and arranged very tastefully about the rocks, with sea squirts in among them (transparent and pink varieties). Fish - pollack and small cod-like things - three dorsal fins and barbels (pout? dab? poor cod?). Also tiny purple sea urchins, east coast type squat lobsters and a starfish looking like a wedding cake - pink knobs on white. We turned our torches off and played at Disneyland for a while. Crawford and Sarah were easily visible by columns of bubbles and sparks. Oh, and a whole shoal of jellyfish. Good dive.
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24 May 1987 Otter Ferry Loch Fyne Kintyre Scotland 34 16 18 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster, Sarah McCracken Three stars Beautiful day but site not too remarkable. Torch failed on entering the water so I tagged along behind Sarah and Crawford, seeing less and less as we got deeper. Good few drinks at Strachur that night, and slept on the beach. Drove back through Hell's Glen at 4.30am next day.
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13 Jun 1987 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 25 27 29 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Four stars A fine day - new boat and engine so planed out to the wreck in double-quick time. Dived second, in quite a current. Vis was very good, and lots of fish - big ballan wrasse, smaller corkwing wrasse (very pretty), blennies and pollack. Swam through the tunnel and had a good rake around the engine room. Left a buoy on the wreck to return later.
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14 Jun 1987 Hispania Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 24 32 34 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Five stars Our first boat dive on a wreck at night. Surface visibility exceptional, underwater ditto. The phosphorescence was incredible - we descended and ascended without torches, and the mast left a wake of phosphorescence behind it in the current. In between we saw most parts of the wreck, including the tunnel past the bridge (epic), the engine room and chain locker. An absolutely magic dive.
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27 Jun 1987 Loch Ailort North-west Scotland Scotland 28 20 22 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Trip organised by Glasgow University Sub-Aqua Club (Phil Gibbs is a member of both clubs). Dived on a stepped cliff with good overhangs. Lots of life - sea squirts, feather duster worms, nudibranchs and fish (blennies, mainly). Thousands of feather stars feeding by making a tripod of three legs and waving the others over their heads.
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28 Jun 1987 Priest Rock Sound of Arisaig North-west Scotland Scotland 20 46 46 Iain Hosking, Douglas Smith Four stars A long, leisurely scenic dive. One of these sites where the seabed appears bare at first. Saw about 6 varieties of starfish, and then noted a sea cucumber. Soon realised there were dozens. Several nudibranchs including some quite large ones, and lots of jellyfish. Saw corkwing wrasse and pollack. Beautiful day - calm and warm. Drove to Mallaig afterwards.
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26 Jul 1987 Loch Long Clyde Scotland 20 20 20 Iain Hosking, Clive ? Two stars Drove to St Abbs to find it was spectacularly too rough for diving, so turned round and drove to Loch Long. 270 miles altogether. Clive's first dive. Rather murky, and weather very wet.
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2 Aug 1987 Fidra North Berwick Forth Scotland 10 40 40 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars EUSAC beach barbecue at Yellowcraigs. Saw puffins on the way out. Dived on a flat, rocky bottom with boulders and crevices containing lobsters, squat lobsters and shrimps. Highlight of the dive was an octopus parked in a hollow with his legs arranged decoratively around his head. He changed colour as we watched, then jetted off at speed, trailing his legs behind him. Beautiful sunset, good barbecue.
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9 Aug 1987 Soyea Island Lochinver, Sutherland North-west Scotland Scotland 13 44 44 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Five stars Last dive in Scotland for a while. Jim Crooks looked after us well, filling our tanks for £1 and charging £5 for a dive from his very nippy little boat "Osprey" which is about the size of a mini with twin 50hp Yamaha outboards. The water was clear as crystal, and the seals were correspondingly bold - swimming right up to us before turning with a flick of the fins and disappearing behind rocks and kelp. Also interesting sponges, crabs, fish and dead men's fingers. Excellent meal in the pub - squid rings in garlic and scampi for about £1.50 each. Lovely!
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19 Mar 1988 Lake Jindabyne The flooded town of Jindabyne Snowy Mountains Australia Freshwater site 16 35 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars The weekend's diving was organised by out local dive shop, Scuba Warehouse, and it included accommodation in caravans, water skiing and heavy drinking. Cathy and I survived this unusual introduction to Australian diving with only minor heatstroke. Visibility so-so, water green. Submerged trees were the highlight of this dive but we also found the remains of a house and a bottle dump. Altitude was 300m so the correction is ¼ of measured depth. In practice the dive ended due to a severe case of buoyancy. 24lbs lead, hired BCD
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20 Mar 1988 Lake Jindabyne The flooded town of Jindabyne Snowy Mountains Australia Freshwater site 14 35 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars While others accepted a penalty due to the previous night's drinking (Arriving late means you're an 'F' diver; drinking late means you're a 'B' diver...) we adopted a simpler approach by using RNPL tables as usual. This dive was much better than the previous day's. We saw more: the foundations of a house, with fence, doorway, gate and windows; a veritable forest of trees below the thermocline (visible as a light line in the water); bottles; a cow bone; freshwater sponges and waterweed. After the dive we headed west through Kosciusko National Park to Albury. A good weekend. 24lbs lead, hired BCD.
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1 Apr 1988 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 12 40 40 Iain Hosking, Michael Brown Three stars Boat dive cancelled so we drove round the corner to Shiprock. By this time it was well after dark. Flat, sandy bottom shelves down to 11-12m (HW). Very colourful, with lots of soft coral and sponges, clams, hermit crabs, leatherjackets (very elegant fish, unfortunately much prized by spearfishermen) and two cuttlefish. Wetsuit, borrowed aluminium 60 cu ft tank and TUSA BCD. 24lbs weight.
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10 Jul 1988 Bass and Flinders Point Cronulla Sydney Australia 6 70 70 Iain Hosking, Glenda Robbie, Mark Robbie Three stars Organised by Glenda and Mark Robbie and their friend Gary, from South Africa. Beautiful day - water very inviting. Started by looking for relics of a demolished pier and continued along the rocky shore. Saw a small stingray, a large octopus, a pretty blue and orange nudibranch and fish galore - leatherjacket, small black and white fish with yellow tails, and single green, blue and black fish.
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19 Sep 1988 Julian Rocks Byron Bay Australia 20 30 32 Iain Hosking, Ashley Dunne, Cathy Humphries Four stars Dived Hughie's Trench. Boat dive from Byron Bay Dive Centre - good value (threw in the DV hire for nothing). Smooth operation - one-man launch of a large, heavy and powerful dive boat, and a total time of around 1.5 hours for 7 divers in the water. Weather fantastic, and water fairly clear, though not spectacular. Saw a large loggerhead turtle, a small moray eel (which Cathy fed) and a couple of wobbegong sharks, plus numerous smaller, colourful fish. One of them bit me, the bastard. Dolphins on the way back. Brilliant. Wetsuit, hired BCD and DV (mine was in a bad way)
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20 Sep 1988 Julian Rocks Byron Bay Australia 20 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Calmer weather than yesterday. Dived Cod Hole - a tunnel with a particularly high concentration of fish - bullseyes, jewfish, moray, wrasse, scalyfin (a damselfish), wobbegongs and others too numerous (or unknown) to mention. Wetsuit, new Mirage ADV, 24lbs, hired DV.
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22 Oct 1988 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 14 37 37 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Repeat of last time - boat dive cancelled - we'd already hired the tanks so dived here. Goatfish, catfish, rock cod, huge ugly fish, massive seaslug. Then a mother possum with a baby on her back. Not bad at all. Oh, phosphorescence too. Mirage ADV, 24lbs, own DV (serviced), hired tank.
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4 Nov 1988 Spot A Latitude Rock, Cape Hawke Forster Australia 18 36 38 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries, Sarah McCracken Four stars Boat dive organised through Forster Dive Centre. Beautiful day, sea quite lumpy. Visibility good on the surface, poor to terrible on the bottom. Spot A is where all the fish hang out. Those I recognised included bullseyes, scorpionfish, huge groper, lionfish (butterfly cod), wobbegong shark (which swam out from under Cathy's feet), moray eels. The groper were a new sight for us (although I've seen so many photographs they seem like old friends) - very impressive, one a lovely powdery blue. Excellent dive. Afterwards - collected oysters and ate lots. Thai meal at night. Wetsuit, ADV, 24lbs, own DV, own tank (just tested)
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5 Nov 1988 The Pinnacles, Forster Forster Australia 32 18 20 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries, Sarah McCracken Three stars Overcast day - almost Scottish (but warmer). The Pinnacles is supposed to be a shark-infested spot, and right enough, there was a large grey nurse there. Everyone saw him except Sarah and I. Fish - mados, morwong, blenny. Not so much life stuck to the rocks, but quite a few sea tulips, whatever they might be. Visibility infinitely better than yesterday, and less wave action. Very relaxing dive. Wetsuit, BC
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6 Nov 1988 Cape Hawke (north side) Forster Australia 8 35 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Planned dive with sharks to the north bombed out due to rough seas, so we headed for the sheltered side of Cape Hawke. Initial impression was of sand, weed and debris washing backwards and forwards, but all around were shoals of mado and yellowtail, and looking closer we found a whole host of fish including very colourful wrasse, blennies, a banded parma, two tiny orange fish with electric blue markings and a black spot on the tail which turned out to be the young of the banded parma, some tiny black and white fish, a round puffer or box fish with brown blotches on the back, and a large ray, about four feet across, which effortlessly and elegantly flapped away out of our range. Other life included the same very colourful nudibranch I saw at Cronulla, a translucent snail, sea tulips, seasquirts and many sponges. Still cold, but a lovely relaxed dive. (See drawings in white logbook no 8, page 81.)
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20 Nov 1988 Royal Shepherd South Head Sydney Australia Wreck site 27 19 31 Iain Hosking, Scott Brown, Tony Longhurst Three stars First dive on PADI Deep Course (and first Aussie) wreck dive. Timescale: 6am wakey wakey; 6.30 leave, 7.30 arrive Little Manly, 8am boat arrives, 9am dive starts, 9.30am dive ends. Dived in a party of 7 - six students and one instructor. Chaotic at start, compounded by poor vis (Sydney's sewage). Main purpose of the dive was air consumption calculations, to which end we recorded times and cylinder pressures on a slate. As for the wreck - it's sitting in sand, and the hull has largely disappeared. From the bows aft we saw the winch, boiler, engine (with huge flywheel), propshaft, prop and rudder. Fish - one large groper, resting under the propshaft, mado, bullseyes and an angelfish. Wetsuit/BCD/octopus (Cathy's 2nd stage). Air consumption averaged 21 litres/minute.
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20 Nov 1988 North Head Sydney Australia 21 24 39 Iain Hosking, Scott Brown, Tony Longhurst Three stars Second dive on the PADI Deep Course. The exercise was to practice breathing from an octopus while following a line on the bottom. I donated air on the way out, received it on the way back. We had time for a plowter before surfacing - saw groper, blennies, scalyfins young and old. Carried out simulated stops. Tony tested our reactions when a buddy gave the out of air signal. Mine were fast, but UK-conditioned - I forgot I had an octopus and gave him my valve. Wetsuit/BCD/octopus (Cathy's 2nd stage). Air consumption averaged 18.5 litres/minute.
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26 Nov 1988 South Head Sydney Australia 36 14 29 Iain Hosking, Scott Brown, Tony Longhurst Three stars Dive 3 on the course. We pretended it was to 42m for 15 minutes, so we decompressed for a dive to 45m for 20 minutes, but actually it was to 36m for 14 minutes. Got that? The water was cold and far too lumpy for comfort (even noticed the swell at 36m). The bottom was sandy, with a few ballast blocks and bits of wood, possibly from the 'Nemesis'. Life - one small wobbegong. Vis - not bad. Wetsuit/BCD/octopus (Cathy's 2nd stage). Air consumption averaged 16.5 litres/minute on the dive, 36 litres/minute on the descent.
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27 Nov 1988 Coolooli Long Reef Sydney Australia Wreck site 37 10 20 Iain Hosking, Scott Brown, Tony Longhurst Three stars 4th and last dive on the PADI Deep Course. No exercises or drills, just a good dive in clear water on an old dredger. The 'Coolooli' lies on its side in about 42m, so we went no deeper than the side of the hull. However, the water was clear enough to see the whole wreck. It was only sunk in 1980, so not much growth yet, but some very attractive fish, including leatherjackets and wrasses. Very cold. Wetsuit/BCD/octopus (Cathy's 2nd stage).
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3 Dec 1988 Satara Seal Rocks Forster Australia Wreck site 43 15 33 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Four stars The wreck is fairly intact, and dotted with Devonshire cup coral. The phosphor-bronze prop is particularly attractive. Visibility was good, and the fish life prolific. Very relaxed and enjoyable dive (helped by taking a seasickness tablet beforehand). The stops appear to be Rory's special stops - certainly not the ones from the US Navy tables. own tank, filled to 230 bar.
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4 Dec 1988 Catterthun Seal Rocks Forster Australia Wreck site 55 15 60 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Five stars The day got off to a bad start when Rory found his boat had been cut adrift, but once at sea all troubles were forgotten in the anticipation of an excellent dive. And so it was. From 40m we could see the wreck spread out below us like a map - it was incredibly clear and bright - maybe 150 foot vis and no need of a torch. We landed on the engine cylinders, which stand 40 feet high, and swam forward past the boilers to the bows. The wreck has largely collapsed and all sorts of interesting goodies were visible. Next time we have to do longer than 15 minutes. Stops were apparently enlivened by a shark swimming round us, which as usual I didn't see. Stops are for 20 minutes at 63m, plus an extra 5 minutes at 3m. See https://www.michaelmcfadyenscuba.info/viewpage.php?page_id=82 own tank, filled to 260 bar, equivalent to 104 cu ft!.
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10 Dec 1988 Undola off Royal National Park Sydney Australia Wreck site 45 16 28 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Four stars This is a lovely little wreck, best thing I've seen around Sydney. Very dodgy dive, though. Calculated I had enough air for 15 minutes at 43m, plus stops, but that didn't take account of a respectable current. Visibility was good - there was still lots of brass to see on the wreck (valves and things), plus kitchen tiles from Aberfoyle Quarry and a 'Shanks Barrhead' loo [Barrhead is where they make Irn Bru.] Very colourful fish, including baby scalyfin and a sizeable six-spined leatherjacket (with a black and yellow spot on the side). Towards the end of the dive the fun started, as Mark called us down to look at the prop, then I noticed I had about 30 bar left. When the anchor was lifted (using a lifting bag!) the 6m bar was lifted to 2m, and Sarah's borrowed Brain was flashing 'Dec 6' at me. Plus I now had zero air. After what seemed an age the bar dropped back to 6m, whereupon the Brain said we could now go to 3m. I grabbed the spare air, only to find it didn't work, and I had to borrow air from another diver with a twinset. Eventually surfaced after 28 minutes. Never again will I do that depth for that time with that tank. own tank (200 bar)
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18 Dec 1988 Barron's Hut off Port Hacking Sydney Australia 25 27 30 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Four stars Out on Max's boat again, with Martin, Sarah and Alex (from EUSAC). Good wall dive, with lots of sheltered ledges, nooks and crannies for the wildlife, a cave running back into a chimney, and huge boulders it was possible to swim under. Lots of sponges, scalyfin (saw one chase off another), wrasse, a couple of groper, some worried sea urchins, nudibranchs and some beautiful branching soft coral - red with white coral polyps. Lots of Devonshire cup coral too. Very colourful - good dive, good food, good company.
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18 Dec 1988 Osborne Shoals Sydney Australia 22 30 30 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Three stars Liked the previous dive so much it made sense to have another one (even at $20 a throw). This site is just out from the mouth of Dolan's bay. Still good weather. Got off to a bad start when the mouthpiece broke off on my DV. Then the anchor chain bounced up because of the swell and ripped my mask off. Things improved after this, though, and we had a very relaxed plowter around in the swell. Saw bullseyes, yellowtail, trevally, a boxfish and a ray. We had a spot of bother getting Sarah off to Orange afterwards, but she's safely on the train now. She also has a car.
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2 Jan 1989 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 12 50 50 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Four stars Rough weather, so plans for an inflatable boat trip scaled down to another Shiprock dive. A larger group than usual - Sarah, Mark, Andy Holroyd and Jackie as shore cover, along with John Ward, Andrea and Derek from Richmond RAAF BSAC. It was Mark's first dive in Australia and, like me, he was amazed at the quantity, variety and colours of the fish. We trogged slowly along, peering into crevices, seeing what we could see. What we saw was a moray eel, several catfish (or rock ling), scorpionfish, a big shoal of old wives (which have poisonous dorsal spines), leatherjackets, rock code, yellowtail, and on the crustacean front, hermit crabs and some really delicate little shrimps. The highlight was an octopus, which retreated over the rocks in an incredibly fluid motion. The poor thing was desperate to get away, but it wasn't until Sarah tried to grab it that it jetted off into the murk leaving two spots of ink behind it. Two cuttlefish finished things off nicely. Good curry afterwards.
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14 Jan 1989 Tuggerah Royal National Park Sydney Australia Wreck site 46 14 25 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall, Sarah McCracken Four stars Took Mark and Sarah out for a real Sydney wreck (birthday present for Mark). Met Peter (the Swede) and Jeff, who dived with me on the 'Undola' last month, and Richard. Sea horrible - divers all chunderous - but worth it. Visibility on the surface was brilliant - clear blue water - well over 100 foot vis. Not so good on the bottom, though - about 40 foot. Thousands of fish forming not so much a veil around the wreck as a wall. Headed to the bows first, where Sarah met a numbfish, and was totally shocked by the experience. They're very lazy, and I was lucky not to be fried while digging it up. Anyway - back to the boiler (with resident small moray) and the stern, with yellowtail, old wives and toadfish. Back to the line inside planned time despite being temporarily lost in fish. Deco stops and anti-chunder stops. (wet sleeve)
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28 Jan 1989 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 12 40 40 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Cathy's first dive since 6th November. Dived with Paul and Di (from Cathy's work). Late start - didn't get there till 10.30 (Vietnamese the night before). First encountered a fish trap (with attendant fisherman above - Paul had to explain how the line broke). Cathy found a largish octopus which gave her a fright when it tapped on her face mask with a tentacle. Found its little brother close by, trying to cover itself with rocks. Masses of fish life (porcupinefish, numerous leatherjackets, a school of old wives, senator wrasse, morwong, scalyfin, stripey and many more), nudibranchs and a few little shrimps. Strong current meant all the soft coral had the polyps out - very pretty. After the dive met a very keen diver in his car waiting for anyone else to turn up. Rather hot in the dry suit.
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14 Feb 1989 Muir Rock Bicheno Tasmania Australia 15 35 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars First dive as a married couple. Arrived in Devonport 8.30 and drove over to Bicheno. In the water at 3.30pm after a very smooth boat launch and a short trip out. Visibility - probably unprecedented. Strong wave action - swell pushed us through swim-throughs between huge boulders. Heaps of fish - leatherjackets, porcupinefish (globe fish), yellowtail, trevally, wrasse, morwong, bullseyes and a ray (banded stingaree). Appetites definitely whetted, despite bad weather.
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15 Feb 1989 Hairy Wall Bicheno Tasmania Australia 33 10 12 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Two stars Pissing with rain before, during and after dive. As usual in this country all jumped in and descended together. Not me, though - a last check revealed that my tank was empty. Back out, cursing. Saw a fairy penguin. Steve (not in our group) came up sick, so I relieved him of his tank and followed the bubbles to the others. Caught up with Mark and Cathy, but lost them again looking at seawhips covered in pretty pink anemones. Tony arrived and signalled that time was up, and that was it. Frustrating.
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15 Feb 1989 K? reef Bicheno Tasmania Australia 22 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Very clear, very relaxed. Fish - long-snouted boarfish, toothbrush leatherjacket, bastard trumpeter (yes, that's its name), globe fish, banded morwong, butterfly perch and two sharks, which I thought at first were Port Jacksons, except that their heads were more shark-shaped. Very lazy - sleeping in a cave. Also saw cuttlefish. Cathy picked up several empty abalone shells. Very rich site. Crayfish on this dive, and all others - the dive centre didn't let their divers take them.
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16 Feb 1989 The Castle Bicheno Tasmania Australia 27 29 32 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars The Castle is one of the more spectacular Bicheno dive sites - a wide tunnel, 70 feet long, lined with crayfish, dozens on one ledge alone. We emerged onto a shelf of rock, sloping up on our left, with a wall on our right. Numerous morwong, bullseyes and one or two globe fish. Returned along a winding gully above the tunnel. Maybe the strangest thing of all was the sound of the rock moving in the surge - quite spooky as Cathy and I were last and had to wait quite a while in the tunnel entrance listening to the grating of thousands of tons of rock over our heads.
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16 Feb 1989 Split Rock Bicheno Tasmania Australia 22 28 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Pretty tame - kelp, rocks, small cliffs, sponges, abalone, a cray or two, senator wrasse. The sort of dive that would amaze anyone straight from Dunbar. We wandered through this garden of coloured sponges, picking up abalone shells no longer required by their owners. Vis -tremendous, and weather now improved.
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17 Feb 1989 Paradise Reef Bicheno Tasmania Australia 36 13 14 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Should have been the 'Golden Bommies' but communications breakdown meant Cathy and I did our own thing. Strong current - we drifted at first then took shelter behind a wall. Saw a cowfish and an opened 'brain anemone' plus sea whips, otherwise life similar to other dives here. Cathy tore her wrist seal with one of her rings. Repaired over lunch.
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17 Feb 1989 Alligator Rock Bicheno Tasmania Australia 22 30 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Site comprises boulders and a vertical wall going down to around 26-28m (estimated). Good weather at last - sun shining down through the kelp above, and lighting up the cliff face. Water was incredibly clear, and Cathy enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere - she came face to face with a boarfish, and found a pretty nudibranch - 3 inches long, bluish-mauve with reddish-purple spots. Heaps of sponges, and sea-whips with coats of pink anemones. Took a close look at black sea-urchins and found they are actually deep red. Small shrimps find refuge in behind the spines, which are moved towards an intruder. New fish - Tasmanian trumpeter, or 'stripey', and some kind of carp, greyish with white markings on its side resembling calcified worm casts. After the dive Cathy went snorkelling with Andrew Kennedy, and was quizzed by a policeman about catching fish.
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18 Feb 1989 The Steps Bicheno Tasmania Australia 30 20 25 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Five stars Still sunny, but rough - many white horses. Descended to weedy bottom at 16m, swam anticlockwise round reef to SE corner, where there's a big cave formed by house-sized boulders. Max depth here of 30m. Abundant fish - bullseyes most common, then leatherjacket, banded morwong. Saw scalyfin for the first time in Tasmania (white-ear). Other fish - blue-throated wrasse, catfish and ornate cowfish (in weed at the end of the dive). Usual masses of sponges. Basket star - a black and white starfish with branched legs. When unravelled from the sponge it looks like [illustration in logbook]. Found two cuttlefish under an overhang and witnessed their amazing colour changes. They go red when startled (ie when they first see you) and spread their tentacles wide. When relaxed their colour matches the background. It happens very quickly. With torch off it was easier to see the changes - one showed bands of light and dark moving swiftly forwards to its head (4-5 per second). Amazing. Vis was tremendous - saw the boat from the bottom at 30m. Watched the others get into the boat (and cavitation bubbles from the prop) from the 6m stops. Forgot to unplug suit inflation hose before getting into the boat, and pulled the fitting out of the suit. Very wet!
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18 Feb 1989 Muir Rock Bicheno Tasmania Australia 20 33 35 Iain Hosking, Mark Inall Four stars Heavy swell meant that the tunnels and swimthroughs were exhilarating, to say the least. Mark and I dived into every crevice we could find, including some dead ends, where it was necessary to brace your hands against the sides of a tunnel to avoid being plugged into the end like a cork into a bottle. First highlight was a banded stingaree, sandy-coloured, buried with only his tail and eye showing. Played with it for a while before turning our attention to a globe fish which was persuaded by Mark to inflate itself with water. I just about collapsed laughing when this spiny ball was batted towards me. In this condition it has little attitude control and it could only just move forwards. Once left in peace it deflated itself in about 10 seconds. Other life - morwongs, bastard trumpeter, white sea-urchins, Devonshire cup coral, a shoal of yellowtail, sea carp and the usual bullseyes and leatherjackets.
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18 Feb 1989 Bicheno Slip Bicheno Tasmania Australia 10 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Night dive. Well-prepared with 3 torches and a lightstick each, but it still wasn't enough. Followed the stone jetty out of the bay - Cathy found a large conger under the jetty. We also saw a number of cardinalfish, looking stunned in the torchlight. Leatherjackets also behaved strangely, allowing themselves to be handled. Still couldn't tell what kind they were. 3 kinds - brown overall, fawn with blue spots on the back and blue stripes on the face, and light brown with dark brown blotches (the dorsal fin folded into a groove it its head). Also saw an ornate cowfish which was completely unperturbed by us. The highlight was the seahorses which we found attached to the kelp. With some persuasion they would wrap their tail around a diver's finger. Unfortunately we struck a heap of problems at this point - Cathy was too buoyant (air in BC) so her fins were coming off. My torch (Birchley) ran down and Cathy's failed and I accidentally pulled her DV out. However, we navigated back safely, and even saw phosphorescence.
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25 Mar 1989 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 15 45 45 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Was to have been the 'Tuggerah' but when we phoned Max he said 'No mate, it's been blowing all night mate,' so it was plan B again. From the tide tables it looked ideal - HW at 10.07 am at Port Hacking, but in fact the current was ferocious, and appeared to be ebbing. It rained while we changed, the vis was relatively poor, and my right sleeve leaked, but apart from that it was fine. Saw a black anglerfish, hanging on to the soft coral using its fins like hands. Also a goatfish, with an attendant juvenile, by its appearance. Usual piles of fish, especially leatherjacket. Not bad. Hired 88 (which required an extra 4lbs - I was buoyant by the end of the dive).
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27 Aug 1989 Cape Solander Round from Inscription Point, Kurnell Sydney Australia 12 50 50 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Oh dear, a five-month lay-off - a new record. This dive was Cathy's idea, and an excellent reintroduction for her after a six-month layoff. We had perfect weather - a few puffy cumulus in an otherwise clear sky, and calm water inshore with white horses beyond. The entry is off flat rocks, and then it's onto bare boulders at 5m, and sponge-covered rocks at 10m. We saw a huge cuttlefish almost immediately - Cathy spotted him in the open. Then it was over the boulders, among mado and little yellow and black blennies. In among the sponges were numerous assorted nudibranchs, and the fish included a blue groper, wrasse, leatherjacket, goatfish and scalyfin. I think it was mating season for scalyfin - one was chasing the other round and round. But the highlight was a weedy sea dragon. This improbable fish floated motionless inches from our noses. Amazing. A return visit is indicated. (LW slack at 11.00am)
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3 Sep 1989 Fly Point Nelson Bay Australia 24 32 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars We're trying to dive more often now. Nelson Bay was said to be excellent for shore diving, so here we are. Up at 7.45 am (stayed in caravan at Anna Bay). Fly Point is a popular spot for the local dive schools. The site, in short, is unspectacular as far as geology is concerned, being a shallow slope to sand at 24m, but the fish life is comprehensive. We started with a family of cuttlefish, which changed from black and white stripes, through orange, to light sandy, then it was mado, wrasse, a hungry big groper, small moray eels, a wobbegong, rays and an octopus, which spread itself out very decoratively over the rocks and turned its body black and its legs sandy-coloured. Ran out of air too soon (Judith in Scuba Warehouse only filled my tank to 150 bar) and surfaced to find two boats racing one another between us and the shore. Nerve-wracking snorkel back to the exit. Probably not a site to repeat. (HW slack 10.20am. Current - appreciable) Cathy now has her own tank - an 88 cu ft aluminium one. Her BC failed, though. I swapped my hose onto it underwater.)
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9 Sep 1989 Tuggerah Royal National Park Sydney Australia Wreck site 45 16 32 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Four stars Cockup with tank fill and neck rings meant that Max was swearing at me on the way out, but that apart it was a good dive. Max hooked the welding rod grapple into a 1 inch hole in the wreck and pulled the line in taut so that it was a short swim to the wreck. Clouds of nannegai as usual and half a dozen wobbegong. One was 7 foot long and looked pregnant, while another, 6 foot long, was tangled in a net at the prop. In Martin's words I scored 150 brownie points in the wobbegong world by setting it free, an interesting task involving twisting the net tightly around its head so it couldn't bite me while I cut the net open further down. Stopped at Frog Dive in Merrylands to buy twin bands ($55). Heaps of air next dive... Cathy's 88
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16 Sep 1989 Hallcaine Sydney Australia Wreck site 45 16 41 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars First dive with the Terrigal club (Brisbane Waters Aqualung Club) - birthday present from Sarah. Sea not as calm as expected - very chunderous. But a beautiful day. Fortunately felt OK in the water, and guesstimate of weight required was about right. The wreck was a wooden steamship, so only the machinery is left - boiler, engine, anchor, winches and two bronze props. Plenty of the stuff that glints, though the telegraph has gone. Fish - nannegai, little morays, scalyfin. Also colourful nudibranchs and cup coral. Vis not bad. Suit wet. 82 + 88 cu ft + 2 DVs. About 20lbs lead. Could do with 4 more.
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8 Oct 1989 Camp Cove East of Watson's Bay Sydney Australia 7 50 50 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars New site at picnic area next to small (but very busy) beach. Car parking a matter of luck on a hot day like today (we were lucky). Description in Tom Byron's book (p15): lots of morays, plenty of colourful nudibranchs, some lion fish and a number of giant sea slugs. We saw no morays, no nudibranchs, one lion fish (tiny) but several cuttlefish - colour changes amazing as always. They change colour if you move your hand next to them. Fish - bullseyes, mado, stripey, blennies, sweep and the scalyfin, territorial as usual. Cathy found a cowrie. Good caves at the start of the dive, full of sponges. I had buoyancy problems because of using Cathy's tank - mine no longer fits the backpack, which is sick. Hence very wet. New yoke. Cathy's tank, 28lbs.
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14 Oct 1989 West Point Pitt Water Sydney Australia 7 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Out on 'Jennifer' - a 40 foot concrete Hartley motor cruiser - with Cathy, Hayden and Andrea. Sheer luxury - beautiful weather, good company, champagne flowing. We dived on the remains of our air from the last dive, but at this depth it gave us a decent dive. Saw mado, blennies, senator wrasse, morwong, yellowfin, little trevally and a cowfish, plus nudibranchs and bullseyes under the overhangs. Nothing edible, but in the evening collected half a dozen buckets of oysters by snorkelling along the shore. These went down very ell with the duck, prawns and champers, to the sounds of whipbirds, friars and mopoke (owl). BC, 28lbs.
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15 Oct 1989 Lion Island Broken Bay Sydney Australia 6 15 15 Iain Hosking Two stars Now on the 3rd dive from one fill of Cathy's tank. Looking for crayfish. None. The usual fish, plus nudibranchs. Buoyant because of the near-empty tank. Discovered once again that snorkelling is not possible with a drysuit. Cathy's 88.
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22 Oct 1989 Cape Solander Round from Inscription Point, Kurnell Sydney Australia 12 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries, Eleanor Mullally Three stars Threesome with Cathy and Eleanor. Could certainly never have predicted that a year ago. I'm afraid it wasn't as good as last time. Good weather, but a considerable swell, making entry tricky and exit downright dangerous. We descended quickly to get some calm water (and peace and quiet - the shoreline was very busy). Vis good at first, but relatively murky at depth. Saw a big wrasse (or groper) then nothing much except scalyfin and goatfish. Sponges were good, though. Found a couple of small moray, then lost Eleanor due to buoyancy problems (hers). Swam back on the surface and lost one of Eleanor's fins in the swell. Fairly warm in the wet suit, but legs heavy. BC, 28lbs.
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3 Jan 1990 Spot A Latitude Rock, Cape Hawke Forster Australia 18 38 38 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Back to Forster again, for the first time in over a year. Rory has now sold the Forster Dive Centre to Aari Braak, who owns the Tikki Boatshed and Marina, but he still works there, as well as doing commercial work locally and in the Philippines. Today was a scorcher - localised sunburn despite all precautions. Much better than last time (4/11/88) and same fish - groper (which didn't get a feed out of us), morays, a lionfish (hiding in a crevice), scalyfin, mado, stripey, bullseyes and sea carp. The Thai restaurant has now closed (pity) so we laid on a seafood barbecue for Lianne and Scott (plus Mitchell and Tracy) at Tuncurry. Good day. (No significant current even though 2 hours after slack, but strong wave action.) BC valve stuck open again, letting all the air escape - a very unpleasant situation. Bought silicone spray in an attempt to cure the problem.
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13 Jan 1990 Not the Yambacoona Terrigal Sydney Australia 25 15 17 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries One stars 8am start so drove up to Terrigal the night before and camped. Up with the lark and on the beach shortly after 7am. Already hot. Much hotter inside the drysuit. Descended along the anchor line to find Bruce Smith executing a circular search for the wreck. He didn't find it, so after milling around for a while we came up.
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13 Jan 1990 Haven Sponge Gardens Terrigal Sydney Australia 20 30 32 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Two stars Donned the wetsuit in an attempt to keep cool. BC inflation hose burst before the dive so reduced to mouth inflation. Had to dismantle and reassemble it on the dive before it would hold any air. Vis pretty poor. Saw boulders, sponges, scalyfin (many juveniles), wrasse, shrimp (cleaning station?) and a huge whelk-like thing.
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3 Feb 1990 Guerrilla Bay South of Bateman's Bay Bateman's Bay Australia 10 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Two stars [No date or time recorded - see Cathy's logbook? Obviously somewhere between 20th January and 14th April.] In Cathy's words 'more like a swim than a dive.' Unexciting terrain and sea life (bare grey rocks, sea urchins and scalyfin, with a few sea carp. Beautiful day, though.
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21 Apr 1990 Nerong Norah Head, Terrigal Sydney Australia Wreck site 40 15 30 Iain Hosking, John ? Three stars Up at 6am for this one. Forecast of rain belied by clear blue skies and a (relatively) calm sea (still felt seasick). Wreck is a steamship, circa 1918, of an old design with the engines mounted aft. Hull is rotted away down to engine room level, the boiler being very prominent. Two props, two anchors at the bows, Several wobbegong, two large cuttlefish, carp, rays and smaller fish (yellowtail etc). Good dive. BC, Cathy's 88, 30lbs lead.
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26 May 1990 Manly Around the corner from Shelly Beach Sydney Australia 15 50 50 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Three stars Recommended by Phil Marshal. Tricky descent to the water down a cliff and across boulders, which continued underwater. Exposed site so few squidgy things, but lots of fish - sea carp, morwong, yellowtail, bream, a moray eel, pomfret (ladder-finned) etc. Also abalone and cuttlefish. Found a goody bag. Beautiful day. No BC (they're worse than useless), 82, 26lbs.
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27 May 1990 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 14 45 45 Iain Hosking, Crawford Foster Three stars All EUSAC visitors get taken to this spot. A good dive (except for the leaky suit) with heaps of leatherjacket (including one new to me - fan-bellied), all eating the soft coral, and old wives, catfish, rock cod (ugly), flounder, magpie morwong, immaculate damsel. Best moment was Crawford's close encounter with a numbfish (electric ray). Finished off with an octopus - amazing colour changes. Discovered the cause of the leak in the left sleeve - the Draeger mushroom valve - then spoilt it by melting a hole in the cuff. Saturated during the dive - amazing that so much water can enter through one small hole.
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9 Jun 1990 Fairlight Manly Sydney Australia 8 60 60 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Wet suit dive due to hole in drysuit cuff. Planned 'Hole in the Wall' at Avalon but sea conditions were unnerving so we decided discretion was the better part of valour and nipped down to this site which Henny knew about. An amazing site for such a shallow dive, with heaps of fish - mado, scalyfin, yellowtail, wrasse, morwong, bream, goatfish. One bit me - a cardinal wrasse I think. Henny, Cathy and I dived - Bill snorkelled. He found a porcupine fish, which became offended and puffed itself up. The terrain was interesting, with lots of overhangs and tunnels. At the end we swam over weed and seasquirts and Cathy spotted a garfish - long and thin with a pipe-like snout and a tail like a spike. Weird. Although it was winter I wasn't at all cold in the wetsuit - there's obviously life in it yet.
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13 Jul 1990 St Abbs South side of the Firth of Forth Forth Scotland 14 38 38 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Acclimatisation dive for spoilt expats, plus test run for £1200-worth of new dive gear. Pleasant day, though hazy. St Abbs very quiet, water calm, but murky. Found Cathedral without problems - saw saithe plus the usual three ballan wrasse. Did not find our way back so easily, and ended with a hefty snorkel back. Luca's ice-cream in Craigmillar. All-new: Typhoon Hi-spec drysuit, Thinsulate woolly bear, Spiro Supra DV, Aladin Pro, EUSAC 78, borrowed weights (about 28lbs - too heavy).
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14 Jul 1990 Auliston Point Loch Sunart Scottish West Coast Scotland 33 22 22 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars First dive of the EUSAC 1990 St Kilda Trip. Very unusual conditions - absolutely flat calm, hazy and warm. The site is very like Calve Island cliffs - a rocky slope, followed by a vertical drop-off to 36m. Plenty of Devonshire cup coral, tubeworms, dead men's fingers and seasquirts. 'Jean de la Lune' (skippered by John Muir) is very comfortable and civilised. Rollo's twinset (twin 55s) plus 20lbs lead. Weights rearranged so none are in the small of the back. Too light.
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15 Jul 1990 Dun Mór Sanday Outer Hebrides Scotland 31 26 26 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars St Kilda Trip. Left Tobermory 8.30 am. Breakfast en route to Canna. Sea calm, but weather glum. 10 divers dived a cliff, but sorry to say we missed it. Still, plenty to see, including sea cucumbers, squat lobsters, crabs, cup coral, nudibranchs and shoals of fish (pollack?) 24lbs. Too heavy.
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15 Jul 1990 Sgeir à Phuirt Canna Outer Hebrides Scotland 28 23 23 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars With the 'Jean de la Lune' moored at Canna we used the squidgy to run out to the reef. Several seals struggled into the water as we approached. Decent cliff face to 28-30m, with masses of plumose anemones in white, orange and green shades. Also dahlia anemones and the little white anemone, east and west coast squat lobsters, shoals of pollack, cup coral and nudibranchs. Vis too poor to see the seals. Overnight at Canna - now headed for the Outer Hebrides and hopefully St Kilda. 2 x 6lb, 2 x 4lb, 1 x 2lb (22lbs). Just right.
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17 Jul 1990 Am Plastair Soay St Kilda Scotland 42 18 18 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Monday was spent sailing from Canna to St Kilda, arriving at sunset. This was our first dive on St Kilda. Dived on the Soay side of the stack. Dropped into the water under brooding cliffs with clouds swirling around their tops, and descended to the bottom at 40m Vis not too good, and water very green, but underwater life very pretty, with some anemones I hadn't seen before, with green centres and red tips to the tentacles. After dive - breakfast, a walk round the village, lunch and a climb to the south peak of Hirta, overlooking Dún. [4 stars for the setting and atmosphere, rather than the dive]
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17 Jul 1990 Mina Stac NE of Hirta St Kilda Scotland 23 32 32 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Another atmospheric stack below dramatic cliffs. Good views of Boreray. Dropped down the cliff to a large archway with a rock in the middle. Good vis, compared to this morning. Continued drifting down-current over boulders covered with anemones. Found a whopper of a crab - left it in peace. Came upon Malc and Mary - gosh, our torches are bright these days. Surfaced to some boat-handling games. Plenty of puffins and fulmars.
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18 Jul 1990 Rubha Bhrengadal Boreray St Kilda Scotland 37 29 29 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Five stars An unbelievably good dive. Jumped ino a fairly rough sea, and began with a knackering snorkel to the cliff. Descended and had trouble with Cathy's fin, then torch. We swam past the entrance to the tunnel (everyone did) and turned back. The tunnel mouth was indicated by two seals swimming out of it. Vis was excellent, and we could see the far end of the tunnel from the entrance. The tunnel was narrow vertically but wide horizontally, and boulders covered the floor. A large lobster lived under one of them. At the far end we emerged next to the cliff face and turned right, over a rock fall into an enormous crevice perhaps 8-10 feet wide and a hundred feet deep. We finned slowly along this taking in the scale of the scenery, observed for most of the distance by seals. (They cock their heads on either side like a dog.) One seal made his escape past us and ran full-tilt into Snash who was following behind. The seals were light grey with dark mottling, and a silvery sheen, and they were big. Apart from the seals we met a shoal of pollack, and the squidgy life included walls of jewel anemones, dahlia anemones, sea squirts and dead men's fingers. Exciting exit (rough).
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18 Jul 1990 Seal Cave, Rubha Ghill Caves E end of Hirta St Kilda Scotland 30 30 30 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Sea now rougher so chose this site hopefully in the lee of the island. Dropped off near the cave and dived into it - it's the size of a large church. The floor was round boulders decreasing in size from 3 foot diameter at the entrance to football size further in. We swam some way in before turning round and following the cliff round to the south. Walls of jewel anemones, cup coral, crabs, pollack and a seal, which observed us from a distance. Found four crabs pulling an octopus apart.
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19 Jul 1990 Soay, East of Am Plaistir North side of Soay St Kilda Scotland 50 30 40 Iain Hosking, Ted Brindley Five stars 'Just a reef off Soay' according to John's initial description. He then mentioned an archway. It turned out to be a vertiginous descent through clear, blue water to a pebbly bottom at 50m. Ahead was the archway, with a little pile of bones in the middle. At the back of the arch were three exits - we chose the right one - tall and narrow - and then re-entered the arch through the left one. Back through the arch we followed the boulder slope to 14m. Some of the boulders were at least garage-sized, with swim-throughs. Shoal of pollack and a very shy seal topped off the dive. (Weather - overcast, blowy, occasional drizzle, but didn't matter.)
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19 Jul 1990 The Sawcut Dún St Kilda Scotland 36 30 30 Iain Hosking, Ted Brindley Five stars The mist drew in so far we couldn't see Village Bay, nor most of Dún. Dropped in next to the Sawcut and proceeded inwards in a westerly direction m'lud. The Sawcut was about 4 feet wide and 100 feet deep. Visibility must have been 100 feet. We sat at the far end of the cut watching the other divers below us, and their bubbles rising all the way to the surface 25m above. Eventually we drifted out and to the left, but baulked at swimming into the tunnel against the current. Instead, somersaults etc were the order of the day.
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20 Jul 1990 Sgarbhstac Submarine Arch Boreray St Kilda Scotland 51 28 28 Iain Hosking, Iain Fairbrother Five stars This is the site that gets the longest write-up in Ridley's book, and you can see why. Conditions were perfect as we dropped off the boat and descended to depth. As we dropped over the lip of the arch the whole scene came into view. The bottom was clean. grey stone and the visibility was excellent - we easily saw all the other divers silhouetted against the far opening, with the bubbles going up to the roof 20m above. We spent a few minutes on the bottom drinking in the view, then ascended slowly up the walls (covered in jewel anemones) to the apex at 30m. Then further up there was an air pocket, which allowed Iain to apologise for kicking out my DV at 50m. Stops were spent hanging onto kelp and watching the sealife.
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20 Jul 1990 Levenish, north face St Kilda Scotland 30 33 33 Iain Hosking, Iain Fairbrother Three stars Amazing - a St Kilda dive without tunnels or clear blue water. This was murky by St Kilda standards and Levenish Tunnel was strictly off-limits. [Derek Borthwick's buddy was killed there.] Swam under one house-sized boulder, and saw a couple of shy seals, but for the rest of the dive it was closeups of squidgies, especially a weird crustacean called a coprellid, which seems to have exploded in numbers. See Cathy's log for a sketch.
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21 Jul 1990 Stac Lee SE face St Kilda Scotland 41 24 24 Iain Hosking, Alex Gray Three stars Overcast again, and rougher. Seas were running into a cave in Stac Lee and compressing the air inside, which spat out a plume of spray. It looked dangerous. We dived over a slope to 40m, in a heavy swell. Saw one seal - shy, as usual when the viz is poorer. For the rest of the dive it was anemones, velvet crabs and dead men's fingers, and swell.
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21 Jul 1990 Stassa Rodel Bay, Harris Outer Hebrides Scotland Wreck site 27 33 33 Iain Hosking, Alex Gray Three stars Conditions - sunny and calm. Low sun angle, green water, poor vis - lots of silt, especially with 12 divers down at once. The wreck lies on its starboard side, and is buoyed at the bridge. We swam forwards to the bows, then back to the bridge, engine room (in through 'greenhouse' hatch and out through the bottom of the hull) then to the stern. Spare prop (iron) is on the seabed below the stern accommodation. The main prop must have been bronze, because it's gone. Spent the night in Lochmaddy.
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22 Jul 1990 Oigh Sgeir Light West of Rhum Outer Hebrides Scotland 25 45 45 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell Four stars Oigh Sgeir is a flattish lump of basalt west of Rhum. Conditions absolutely perfect - the sea glassy calm, the sky blue with unlimited surface vis. We saw a panorama of the entire Outer Hebrides, from the Butt of Lewis to Barra Head. After some bowsprit-jumping Graham and I descended down a cliff of basalt pillars with an overhang at the top. A short meeting of the EUSAC headstanders was followed by a plowter along the boulder slope looking at sea cucumbers. Came upon Andy and Iain Fairbrother, then Adrian who was menaced by a crab claw on the end of a stick. Jewel anemones, nudibranchs, fish. Spent a long time watching fish feed off a sea urchin. Hilarious dive.
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23 Jul 1990 Rondo Eileanan Glasa, Sound of Mull Mull Scotland Wreck site 50 21 21 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars End of Trip 'Bows of the Rondo' dash. Murky green water, dark, atmospheric wreck (top has collapsed). Shook hands at the bows and then headed straight back up (into the current). Stops on the rudder. Still perfect surface conditions.
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8 Sep 1990 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 14 40 40 Iain Hosking, Bill MacFarlane Three stars Seventh dive at this spot - it's rapidly becoming Sydney's Dunbar. Bill's first post-qualification dive, and better than his open-water dives at Terrigal last weekend. All the fish turned up - catfish, moray eel, sea scorpion, fortescue, scalyfin, morwong, leatherjacket, even a couple of boxfish. Noticeable current, quite clear. Typhoon dry suit. Thinsulate woolly bear (NOT too hot - others cold). 82 cu ft tank, 28lbs lead. First dip for new Seiko watch and Scubapro Mk 10 DV (excellent!)
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22 Sep 1990 Cape Solander Round from Inscription Point, Kurnell Sydney Australia 12 40 40 Iain Hosking, Bill MacFarlane Three stars Dive delayed once again by lack of BC hose (on Bill's BC) - this time I put one on but it turned out to be the burst one. Drove into Cronulla to buy another one - I suppose a spare's always handy. Very pleasant dive, with reasonable visibility. Plenty of fish - all the usual, plus groper. The highlight was a cuttlefish which ran through the most amazing colour changes - from sandy to a good imitation of pebbles and rocks, light purple/pink (sponge) to deep red and purple when he got annoyed. Also an octopus, but no weedy sea dragons. ($5 entry fee to park.) Buddy Arctic
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7 Oct 1990 The Gutter Bass Point, Shellharbour Sydney Australia 15 35 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Beautiful sunny day, sun sparkling on the waves. A fair swell made entry and exit interesting, but didn't cause much inconvenience below 10m. Water pretty clear and masses of fish, many of which appeared to be following us, in particular a big groper (eastern blue) and his mate, leatherjacket, scalyfin, mado and various wrasse and blennies. Looks like a good spot for a return visit on a calm day.
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14 Oct 1990 Shiprock Port Hacking Sydney Australia 13 29 29 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Two stars The curse strikes again, as 4-5m seas batter the NSW coast. This time Sarah decided to get wet anyway, but I'm afraid it wasn't the best conditions for a trainee. Zilch vis, waterborne hoons and a bit of current to make things interesting. Well, we survived, but a boat dive would certainly be nice.
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20 Oct 1990 Underwater Wilderness off Royal National Park Sydney Australia 15 39 39 Iain Hosking, Bill MacFarlane Three stars Out on the 'Cape Bailey' booked through Frogdive, Merrylands. Run by Andrew and Angela. Beautiful day, and sea almost calm for a change (though with a slight swell of 1-1.5m). The site is south of Barron's Hut (I think) and is a gutter running SW from a favourite fishing spot. Clear water (60-70 ft). Blue groper (4 males + 2 brown females), Port Jackson sharks, scalyfin by the score, mado, rock cod, scorpionfish and some good swim-throughs. Cost: $20.
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4 Nov 1990 Seal Rocks Forster Australia 25 25 25 Iain Hosking, Bill MacFarlane, Cathy Humphries Three stars [no depth or time recorded in log book] Late start from Sydney and a leisurely Saturday, ending with a Malaysian meal with Rory and Jo McMahon. Rory's bourbon measures were a little too generous so felt seasick this morning. The dive was good, with heaps of fish, and a cuttlefish, but the highlight of the dive was the huge turtle, which put in an appearance at the beginning and end of the dive (and tried to bite one of the divers - Jaws in slow motion). I didn't see the four sharks that everyone saw except Cathy and I.
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11 Nov 1990 East Shark Island Sydney Australia 12 37 37 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell Two stars Out on the 'Cape Bailey' again, with Sarah and Steve. Too rough to dive off the National Park, so we chose this site. A single gully, kelp either side, strong wave action, poor vis. Saw morwong, blue groper, bullseyes etc. Graham's first Australian dive.
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17 Nov 1990 Coolooli Long Reef Sydney Australia Wreck site 49 20 46 Iain Hosking, Graham Russell Four stars One of the best wreck dives ever, reminiscent of Scapa Flow. Up at 5am, left at 5.45, at Palm Beach 6.30, boat left 7, in the water at 8am. Keen. Wreck lies on its starboard side. We swam straight through the middle - out at the bows, past the buckets, then back over the deck, along to the stern and back. Beautiful inside - very accessible, and full of fish, mainly bullseyes, but some leatherjackets, morwong, sea perch, sea scorpions etc. Inside engine room - generators are still there. Other divers - Martin, Graham, John, Adam, Sarah and Sarah. (One of the Sarahs is from Scoutscroft, Eyemouth.) 2 x 63 cu ft tanks with 2 DVs, 28lb shot belt. Just right.
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2 Dec 1990 Cape Solander Round from Inscription Point, Kurnell Sydney Australia 13 46 46 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Nice, safe dive for Andrew and Michelle who haven't been in the water since New Year. Sunny day and very hot. Sea calm, vis not that great (outgoing tide, 1 hour before HW). Plenty of nudibranchs, an octopus, big leatherjacket, a small moray, wrasse, scalyfin and wonderful sponge gardens. Saw three new fish: velvetfish, which is very reluctant to move, even when prodded, and two very colourful ones - one with blue stripes on the head, the other smaller, like a blenny with red spots on the head.
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8 Dec 1990 Bombo Wollongong Sydney Australia Wreck site 32 29 29 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Four stars This was another 5am wakey wakey job. Martin drove us down, and we used the boat of a couple of blokes he knows. Sea was pretty calm, but on a very strong swell, and the other group of divers had to abort their dive when one of them became sick. We dropped down the anchor line to the stern, and had a look through the engine room (full of nannegai) then swam through to the port side, up the wreck and in again at the forward swim-through. Here we surprised a lovely big cuttlefish 1.5 feet long, with frilly tentacles, orange and red. We also surprised a moray eel when my weightbelt fell off. Vis not too good, but a very enjoyable dive. Hot
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18 Dec 1990 The Pinnacles, Forster Forster Australia 40 27 27 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries One stars Very unfortunate dive. No echo sounder on Rory's boat so we depended on transits - except it was too hazy. Very hot day - sunburnt. Water clear at the surface but absolutely pea-soup at depth. Didn't stray more than 20ft from the anchor yet lost it. Spent the whole dive playing with Cathy's BC, then were faced with a long snorkel back to the boat. Sea rough. Big swell. Wetsuit, BC, 20lbs lead (began the dive with 28lbs - big mistake).
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19 Dec 1990 Spot A Latitude Rock, Cape Hawke Forster Australia 21 44 44 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Out on Forster Dive Centre's considerably larger boat, with Ari. Offshore wind so much calmer - no white horses. 7 EUSAC divers (Cathy, Sarah, Graham, Iain Fairbrother, Malcom, Adrian and me) + Steve. An absolute mass of fish, including wobbegong, morays, marbled moray (very nasty-looking teeth, like hypodermic syringes), ray, groper, morwong, scalyfin, wrasse, bullseyes plus two cuttlefish. Vis not startling but better than yesterday. Good dive. Wetsuit - cold by end of dive. 21 degrees C.
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19 Dec 1990 One Mile Gutter Forster Australia 11 74 74 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Very shallow dive, so very relaxed. Swam up and down the gutter and out over the sand. Just as many fish as this morning, but a different selection, generally smaller. Many boxfish, a puffer fish, shoals of mado, bullseyes, yellowtail, stripey and some gropers. The mado were chasing off the scalyfin. A long wrasse took a bite out of my finger. Highlights were the eagle rays (2 mating) and a shoal of squid, looking like pelagic fish. Also cuttlefish, a wobbegong, with shrimps on its head. Porcupine fish. Wetsuit - not cold.
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20 Dec 1990 The Pinnacles, Forster Forster Australia 40 34 34 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Three stars Up early for this one - 6.50 am. Overcast day. Clear blue water and a definite thermocline. No steep rock formations, just domes with gullies in between. Saw three wobbegongs and Adrian saw grey nurse sharks. So did everyone else. High air consumption. Wetsuit, 82, 20lbs lead
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20 Dec 1990 Latitude Rock Forster Australia 58 16 16 Iain Hosking, Adrian Roddam Three stars Swam straight down onto the sloping side of a rock reef, then over the steep side (past anchor rope abrading on the rock). Turned left into a shoal of bullseyes - some are yellow with a grey top and others are the reverse. Roughies look similar but are brown with a white and black stripe (#137 - bullseyes are #334 and #332). [There's more, but I didn't finish writing it up.] Wetsuit, 82, 20lbs.
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21 Dec 1990 Satara Seal Rocks Forster Australia Wreck site 45 19 19 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries One stars All psyched up (and kitted up) for a dive on the 'Satara' but Ari couldn't find it! Anticipation turned to disappointment, frustration, then exasperation, and we voted to dive on the approximate transits. We found a dogfish. Others found a lump of coal.
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21 Dec 1990 Seal Rocks Forster Australia 24 24 24 Iain Hosking, Iain Fairbrother, Malcolm Gauld Two stars Began the dive attached to Ian Fairbrother and Malcom, but lost them. Persisted in my vain search for sharks. None. Swam back above an atmospheric gully. Heaps of blue groper. Surfaced to a long snorkel in worryingly rough seas. Drysuit, twin set etc as in this morning's abortive dive on the 'Satara'.
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3 Feb 1991 Camp Cove East of Watson's Bay Sydney Australia 7 40 40 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel, Therese Zolfel Three stars Last dive here was October 1989, and I don't think I expected to dive it again. Poor vis, shallow depth. The caves are still nice, though. One moray eel (small). Wetsuit, 82, 20 lbs.
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16 Feb 1991 Galava Terrigal Sydney Australia Wreck site 52 15 42 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Three stars According to Tom Byron (p153) the wreck is 'almost intact'. Everything's relative, I suppose - it's just a boiler and some ribs sticking out of the sand, so a little disappointing. But lovely greeny-yellow soft coral on the boiler. Lovely clear day, calm, dozens of dolphins after the dive. Twin 63s, BC, 28lb shot belt. Note - HOT on boat, so stripped off after the dive and got sunburnt. Remember sunscreen/shirt.
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23 Feb 1991 Bowen Island Jervis Bay Australia 21 0 42 Iain Hosking Three stars Out with John from Pro Dive. Site consists of huge boulders with swim-throughs. Lots of fish (including Eastern Blue Devil) and even coral. Lovely big cuttlefish - really curious. Nice, cool day. Typhoon, 82, 28lbs.
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23 Feb 1991 Cathedral Cave Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 13 0 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries, Martin Zolfel Three stars Swell up a bit. Began dive with a swim into the cave - 5m up to 3m deep with waves pounding over our heads. Then down a boulder slope to an other-worldly experience with another large cuttlefish.
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24 Feb 1991 Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 24 0 44 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Swell still appreciable so back to Point Perpendicular, which is sheltered from the north-east. Dropped into 13m and swam to the south of a prominent rock. Found a reasonable-sized cuttlefish, then a couple of small ones. Cathy found a little yellow nudibranch, then what looked like a minute (less than 1cm) wobbegong or other fish. Decided I was definitely overweighted with 28lbs of lead.
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24 Feb 1991 The Docks NW of Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 20 0 49 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries, Graham Russell Three stars Better than this morning's dive. Took off a heap of lead and was much more comfortable. The water was also lighter because the sun was higher. Saw a blue devil fish in the docks, then swam south-east over jumbled boulders with lots of sponges and coral. Found a cuttlefish (as usual) and Graham saw a shark.
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16 Mar 1991 Dee Why Long Reef Sydney Australia Wreck site 48 17 39 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Four stars Slept in! Should have been up at 4.30 am, at Martin's at 5.30, Long Reef by 7. Instead I slept in till 5.30, then drove hell for leather direct to Dee Why. Arrived dead on 7, had the fastest kit-up in history. Beautiful weather, short boat trip, clear water. Wreck is upright and intact, but the wooden deck has gone. Swam down to the bow/stern (it's a double-ended ship) and into the boiler room - 4 huge boilers. Fish life - yellowtail, kingfish, wrasse, mado. (Out on Herb Adams' boat 'Venturer'.)
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31 Mar 1991 Birchgrove Park Avalon Sydney Australia Wreck site 50 15 40 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Four stars The 'Birchgrove Park' seems to be one of those wrecks that people speak of in hushed tones. When it came to it, it seemed too easy - Herb Adams found it with no trouble, the sun was out, the water calm, all equipment worked fine, the visibility was good. The wreck lies on its port side, and is broken up at the forward end of the boiler. The prop (ferrous) is still there, and it's possible to penetrate inside. But watch out for nets.
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4 May 1991 Not the Foggy Shark Cave Terrigal Sydney Australia 36 16 16 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel One stars Out on the BWAC boat. Terrible dive. Seasick, missed the site, current - it had the lot. Beautiful day - 1001 better ways to spend it. Cathy's 88, unreliable shot belt (random detach feature), Arctic.
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22 Jun 1991 Bowen Island Jervis Bay Australia 20 39 39 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Beautiful surface conditions, though cold. Surprisingly windy. Into green water - relatively murky, about 10m. Anchor practically landed on an octopus - black & white colour scheme. Down on the seabed I was fiddling with Cathy's weight belt and put my hand down to steady myself - ZAP! - a couple of sharp jolts from a numbfish. I didn't even see it - it must have swum off quickly. Lots of fish - mado, leatherjacket, morwong, groper and a 'toby' I think - a type of toadfish. Lovely coral. Others on the trip: Steve, Sarah, Cathy and Maria.
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22 Jun 1991 Bowen Island Jervis Bay Australia 20 41 41 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Still choppy, so no mega dives outside the bay. Instead a very relaxed dive in the greenish murk that passed for water. Heaps of fish - I lay on my back for ages blowing bubbles which the mado then tried to eat. From below they look totally different - silvery and sinuous. Cathy's weights better, but she was wet.
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23 Jun 1991 Gorgonia Wall Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 36 16 26 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Not The Arch, unfortunately, but this was an impressive enough site - a vertical wall beside a sandy 'street'; looked like a building. In the horizontal crevices were fish, a small cuttlefish and some very pretty starfish (like birthday cakes, or colour blindness tests). At the end of the street was a blue devil fish - beautiful colours. At this point Cathy was obviously very relaxed because she was all for continuing through a gully but it was time to go. Water much calmer today, and much clearer.
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23 Jun 1991 The Docks NW of Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 20 39 39 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries, Maria Branson Four stars This was probably the best dive of the weekend. Must have been a different part of the site from last time, because the scenery was much more impressive, with several swim-throughs. Started out by heading under a huge toblerone-shaped boulder. Underneath was a 1 foot puffer fish, and then, as it narrowed down, a Port Jackson shark, which pushed its way out past me. Then it was in and out of several caves, with beautiful gorgonia and squidgies. After squeezing through one swimthrough I looked back to see Cathy follow and Maria get stuck. In one cave I came face to face with a very large wobby. Just for good measure we found a 2 foot long cuttlefish. Perfect dive.
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26 Jul 1991 Inscription Point Kurnell Sydney Australia 7 14 14 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Two stars Took Martin in to try out a prospective dry suit (Avon with zip). Inconclusive due to lack of weight, but he's buying it anyway ($600). Strong swell - boulder bottom with one or two scalyfin and morwong and a heap of abalone.
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7 Aug 1991 Nonnkina Bommie Holmes Reef Australia 25 20 29 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Five stars Beautiful dive after a nauseous trip out (mainly overnight). New and unfamiliar equipment meant I had to go back for more weight. Also the Mirage BC held no air. First impression was of stunningly clear water. Then we saw the bommie with a constellation of fish all around it. Most were familiar only from magazines but I was delighted to see a pair of clownfish in close attendance to their anemone, driving off passers-by. As well as the fish (which I'll identify later) we saw numerous different kinds of coral, crinoids and, on top of the bommie, a beautiful big crayfish, in a pink/lilac/white colour scheme. Surfaced to see mysterious white mounds on the horizon, which after we'd climbed into the boat turned out to be beaches on a very extensive coral reef (covers 90 degrees of our field of view). Fish positively identified: rock cod (spots), trevally (shoal), butterflyfish (long nose), longfin bannerfish, angelfish, half-and-half chromis (front black, back white), wrasse (a multitude of colours and shapes), steephead parrotfish, fire dartfish (like a blenny with a sabre-like dorsal fin), striped surgeonfish (yellow, longitudinal black stripes with blue/white stripes in centre of black stripes - poisonous blade either side of the tailfin), clown triggerfish (dots on top, white patches underneath. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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7 Aug 1991 The Caves Holmes Reef Australia 21 20 40 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Beautifully clear. Very effortless drift beside and above the reef. Lovely pastel coral shades - green, blue, pink, yellow - and a heap of fish. The clown triggerfish stood out, and some fish were beautiful combinations of silver, pink, blue, purple but I can't yet identify them. Nice blue and yellow tubeworms too. Quite a fin back to the boat at the end of the dive. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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7 Aug 1991 The Twins Holmes Reef Australia 13 38 38 Iain Hosking, Garth O'Friel Four stars Shallow plowter around a couple of bommies with Garth and Tracy. Heaps of fish, including yellow goatfish, butterflyfish, blue-spotted fantail stingray, black-backed butterflyfish, moorish idol, surgeonfish, damselfish, fire dartfish and attractive coral. Meanwhile Cathy was trying out her navigation skills with the compass for the PADI Advanced Diver qualification. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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7 Aug 1991 The Twins Holmes Reef Australia 15 33 33 Iain Hosking, Simon Caleri Four stars Night dive, buddied up with Simon (from London) - Garth and Tracy following. Very atmospheric - the boat lights illuminating the sandy seabed like studio lights. Extremely clear water meant that the UK600 was overkill for this dive. Highlights were the sleeping turtle (2 foot long) and the parrotfish within its mucous membrane. Also found other fish, asleep and awake, and hermit crabs, shrimps and a worm with a retractile tentacle. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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8 Aug 1991 Cathedral Holmes Reef Australia 41 5 26 Iain Hosking, Garth O'Friel Three stars Dived with Garth as part of a foursome with Simon and Tracy. Garth had buoyancy problems so our descent was slow. Down below us we could see Simon and Tracy, and beyond them the dropoff, so visibility was at least 50m, probably 60m. We joined them eventually, and looked over the edge of the dropoff (and at the Advanced course playing Pictionary) before finning up the slope. Saw nudibranchs, lionfish, clams, parrotfish, butterflyfish. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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8 Aug 1991 The Abyss Holmes Reef Australia 30 20 39 Iain Hosking, Ken Brown Five stars This must be my reward for years of cold, dark, murky diving. I've had dives like this in my dreams... A wall dropping vertically to incredible depths (1000m on the chart) absolutely covered in life. Along the wall is a spangling of fish of all shapes and sizes; below (in places) was a coral landscape in shades of blue. Upwards the sun shone down through coral fans and caves ('labyrinths of coral caves...' - Pink Floyd). A slight current meant we covered a lot of ground at finning speeds of dead slow or stop. Notable were two families of clownfish (with juveniles), my first giant clam (only 9 inches long but beautifully coloured), unicorn fish (whitemargin and orangespine), moorish idol, parrotfish (don't ask me what kind - saw it eating), pyramid butterflyfish, white sea perch and lemon damsel. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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8 Aug 1991 Viking Bommie Holmes Reef Australia 17 33 33 Iain Hosking, Catherine Mullery, Cathy Humphries Four stars Had a preview of this site by snorkelling round it, with the Kodak disposable u/w camera. Lovely. Used the Fuji disposable in a housing on this dive. Nice clams, parrotfish, butterflyfish and coral. Bommie is so small you can swim round and round it on one dive, which is what we did. Main oddity: garden eels, all round the bommie. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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8 Aug 1991 Predator's Playground Holmes Reef Australia 7 22 22 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars This is intended to give divers a feel for what it's like to be in a net for a change, with the fish looking in. The fish in this case included two white-tipped reef sharks, and what may have been a grey nurse, with attendant remora. Finally, sharks on a dive. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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8 Aug 1991 Nonnkina Bommie Holmes Reef Australia 18 50 50 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Back to the site of the first dive of the trip. 6pm and the light is going, but there's still a lot of activity. This time we were much more attuned to the Reef and knew what we were looking for. The lemon damsels look lovely against the blue of the sea floor. We saw a lionfish, several clams, clown triggerfish and a barracuda, and swam through an arch decorated with large yellow gorgonians. After circling the bommie two or three times we ended up on top, where fish darted around among pastel patches of living coral. Surfaced just as the sun was setting. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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9 Aug 1991 Briggs Reef Great Barrier Reef Australia 16 65 65 Iain Hosking, Guy Werner Three stars Last dive of the 'Rum Runner' trip. After another lively overnight trip from Holmes Reef this is the actual Barrier Reef. The difference in visibility was immediately obvious - down from 200 feet to about 30-50 feet. But the coral formations were fantastic in both shape and colour. We swam into the current first to have a leisurely drift back. Surface conditions quite rough. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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15 Aug 1991 Yorky's Patches South-west of Hastings Reef Great Barrier Reef Australia 19 40 40 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Dived off 'Sea Trek', a brand new boat (this is its 22nd day on the Reef). Weather - sunny, windy (force 3-4). Sea - blue with white horses. Fairly secluded spot 1.5 hours from Cairns. Visibility - pretty poor - 30-40 feet. But lovely coral - staghorn, brain etc. Very colourful. Not so many fish as at Holmes Reef, but all very active - nibbling algae and so on. Saw a new type of clownfish (single thin white stripe) and black and white puffer fish. Relaxed dive. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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15 Aug 1991 Michaelmas Cay Great Barrier Reef Australia 14 40 40 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Four stars Second dive from 'Sea Trek'. Slightly more sheltered area behind the reef. Better visibility (40-50 feet) and more fish life - coral trout, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, bannerfish, yellowtail. Also black coral in long, twisted shapes. Saw a giant clam more than one metre across. New wet suit. 20lbs weight.
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2 Nov 1991 The Docks NW of Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 18 35 35 Iain Hosking, Cathy Cunningham, Cathy Humphries Three stars Back in Jervis Bay, and back to The Docks. A grey day, but good to get back in the water again. Saw cuttlefish and the usual fish. 82, Arctic. Valve seemed to be leaking air into the suit - had to pull the hose out.
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2 Nov 1991 The Tubes Jervis Bay Australia 24 30 36 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken, Steve Harris Four stars Knocked this morning's dive into a cocked hat. Only three divers in the boat, in fact in the whole of Jervis Bay. Much sunnier out at Point Perpendicular. Dolphins rode the bow wave on the way out. That was the first surprise - then we saw a scalyfin chasing a stingray, a weedy sea dragon (spotted by Steve), a garden of sea-tulips, big sea-scorpions, a cuttlefish, a blue devil fish and a moray eel. Our navigation was perfect - down a sandy slope, then left through the tulip garden, up to an area of huge jumbled boulders, then back at 5m through all these house-sized boulders, with sunlight streaming past us. Sarah and I are now level pegging in dives - 471 each. Valve dismantled and lubricated - now fixed.
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3 Nov 1991 Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 21 26 31 Iain Hosking, Cathy Cunningham, Cathy Humphries Three stars Sun back behind the clouds so glum underwater. Concentrated on smaller life eg a tiny, blue nudibranch (probably the one at the bottom of p52 of the nudibranch book). At this point we saw a stingray about three feet across which glided off into the murk. Then back to the littlies.
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3 Nov 1991 Fairey Firefly VX381 Jervis Bay Australia Wreck site 13 13 13 Iain Hosking, Derek ? Three stars Finished off our air on this site (thanks to Ian from Pro-Dive for finding it for us). The Cathys dived together while I dived with Derek who remembered us from Lake Jindabyne in February 1988. The site is very murky and atmospheric. Still an elegant aircraft. Dozens of catfish under wings and tail.
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3 Nov 1991 Point Perpendicular Jervis Bay Australia 16 45 45 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken, Steve Harris Three stars Dived with Sarah and Steve again as the Cathys took it easy. Again more spectacular than the first dive of the day (sorry lads) with extremely large boulders especially towards the end of the dive. Swam back at a shallow depth (5m) with sun slanting through clear water and navigated our way straight to the boat.
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1 Dec 1991 Bombo Wollongong Sydney Australia Wreck site 32 22 27 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel, Mary-Ann ? Three stars Just under one year since the last dive on this wreck. Visibility not brilliant but another hot day with a fairly calm sea. Heaps of nannegais - enough to spoil the vis! Very atmospheric inside, with other divers' torches shining through the murk. Dived with Martin and Mary-Ann (nurse from Nepean). Good dive.
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12 Jan 1992 Midway Reef Dee Why Sydney Australia 33 22 25 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Three stars Scenic dive. Sea not rough but with a strong swell that affected a couple of the divers. Reasonable vis. Plenty of fish (including catfish and a large shoal of sweep) but not much colour because the sky was overcast. (Left Faulconbridge 8.15am, arrived Dee Why 9.30am.)
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11 Apr 1992 Gap Cave Boat left from Watson's Bay Sydney Australia 22 30 33 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Three stars Scenic dive. Up at 6.30, left Martin's 7.50, arrived Watson's Bay 9am. Boat left at 10. Back at 12. Vis OK. Large cuttlefish, lots of fish, including leatherjackets and groper. Lovely weather. Slight swell. Organised through Herb Adams.
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6 Jun 1992 Long Reef Dee Why Sydney Australia 23 39 39 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars On Herb's boat (cost $30). Beautiful day. Seas calm, westerly. Strong current. Bottom - boulders and kelp. 3 cuttlefish, one in a large swim-through under a house-sized boulder. Nice light effects here. Saw a new fish [drawing in logbook] - looked like a strip of kelp - same colour of green and with very little control. Long snorkel back to the boat. Wetsuit, Sportsways DV, Arctic.
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4 Apr 1994 Shelly Beach Manly Sydney Australia 9 43 43 Iain Hosking, Cathy Humphries Three stars Cathy suggested this dive. Tame, safe, long hike to the water but plenty of fish, including a blue groper. Pretty warm!
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4 Jun 1994 Barron's Hut off Port Hacking Sydney Australia 26 30 30 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Three stars Out with Max again. Up at 5am - pitch black and cold. Left wharf 8am. Good vis. Blue groper, cuttlefish (2 foot long), box fish, wrasse, old wives, stripeys, morwongs. Good gorgonians. Heaps of after-dive food. Used Max's tank (filled to 260 bar!) and BC.
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12 Jun 1994 Middle Ground Out from Port Hacking Sydney Australia 32 20 25 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel One stars Strong winds all week, so very rough seas and poor vis. Circled the anchor line and came up, dropping the weight belt on the way. Weight belt recovered by Richard and buddy. Thanks guys.
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30 Jul 1994 The Balcony off Royal National Park Sydney Australia 18 40 40 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel Three stars Remarkably good vis this time. Good wall and heaps of fish - Port Jackson shark, blue groper, old wives, yellowtails, morwong and a cuttlefish. Good feed afterwards.
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29 Jan 1995 Akka The Gantocks Clyde Scotland Wreck site 25 25 28 Iain Hosking, Malcolm Gauld Four stars A cold, dark, wet morning in Edinburgh turned to a beautiful day on the Clyde, calm, clear and cold. Even Dunoon looked lovely. Bacon rolls and potato scones at Port Glasgow. Found the wreck with no trouble. Freezing cold going down the line. Water green but clear. The wreck is big, with plenty of swimthroughs. Covered in plumose anemones and plenty of crabs. Some fish. Baked potatoes afterwards - lovely. Geoff's dry suit and woolly bear + stab jacket + valve. 100 cu ft steel tank + various other borrowed bits and pieces. Dived from Graham and Mary's boat. Graham found a ship's log. (This looks like an artillery shell with canted fins It spins around when towed behind the ship, and the number of revolutions in a given time interval yields the speed.).
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4 Jun 1995 Osborne Shoals Sydney Australia 18 40 40 Iain Hosking, Sarah McCracken Three stars Sarah's idea, approved by Cathy. Went out with Karl St John ($30). Pissing with rain, but reasonable vis. Big cuttlefish (came out of his cave for a closer look), yellowtail, morwong, blue groper. Afterwards: Guinness at the Mercantile and a visit to the Rocks Sunday Market. A good day. Dry suit was actually a wet suit. Didn't notice till after the dive, though.
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3 Dec 1995 Barron's Hut off Port Hacking Sydney Australia 26 32 35 Iain Hosking, Martin Zolfel, Sarah McCracken, Steve Harris Four stars Beautiful morning - warm and sunny. Left Dolan's Bay Wharf at 10am and it was a short, comfortable trip on Max's boat Sea Tamer II to the site. Kitted up quickly and dropped in. My buddy was Martin but we dived in a loose foursome with Sarah and Steve (Sarah on her first dive since June, Steve on his first since February). Reasonable vis, 30 feet or more, and warm until we hit a distinct thermocline at 22m. There was a real gin & tonic effect where the warm current from the north hit the cool southern water. Martin led us straight to the cave & chimney, where we entered in the cool water and emerged a few metres up in the warm layer. We then covered the whole site, including several swim-throughs. One contained a moray eel under a rock, which appeared to be moving in on my finger. Sarah also saw what might have been a baby wobbegong in this area. There were plenty of fish, including several varieties of leatherjacket (including one with a big yellow spot on its side), scalyfin (frequently in energetic combat), old wives, yellowtail, blue groper and an eastern blue devil with vivid blue markings. We had time to see several nudibranchs too, including the common Bennets Hypselodoris (wine-red dots), Red-lined Flabellina (purple fronds) and Variable Aphelodoris (bird poo). The cup coral were also very pretty. After a precautionary stop (because we were on the limit of decompression according to Mr Aladin) we surfaced to sun, soup, salami and cheese & bacon rolls. Delicious. Still $30, plus a $10 contribution to Martin for petrol. Home by 2pm. Dry suit, 87, Arctic etc. Found the leak as soon as I put my head under the water - a 1-inch tear in my neck seal which meant that the dry suit functioned more as a wet suit. I followed the progress of the water throughout the dive - down my neck, then down my chest, then arms and finally, on the ascent, into my boots.
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27 Jan 1996 The Balcony off Royal National Park Sydney Australia </