FRANCE EXPEDITIONS 2016
Normandy Wreck Diving Expedition 2016
After a very successful Expedition to dive the Historic Military and Merchant wrecks off North Coast of France in 2015 we are planning another one in 2016
The diving is stunning with excellent wrecks very little dived by French divers and lots of interesting artefacts on the wrecks. The dives are all around the 30 to 50 metre range with some excellent WW2 wrecks. The expedition will cost £950 per diver, this includes, 6 days boat diving, full live aboard costs (on MV Salutay). We shall also have a support Diver with back up gas.
MV Salutay is a superb Live aboard boat with the expertise of the skipper Al Wright and the excellent cuisine of Freda Wright.
The boat is a full Technical Diving platform with ease of entry and a lift for Diver recovery.
At night time we go to sheltered moorings and divers can go ashore if they wish to.
We shall meet the boat at Portland, Weymouth to sail to Normandy and return to Portland at the end of the week.
Nitrox and Helium are available but is not included in the overall price.
The actual dives planned will be arranged around the group of divers and will be dependent on their wishes, qualifications and experience. Please discuss this with Jack Ingle. All divers must be a minimum of Dive Leader, Dive master or equivalent. Some of the sites available are listed below but there are many more.
Belgian Liner lying on port side 38 to 58 metres. She is 11700 tons and was converted to a troop carrier. Sunk Christmas eve 1944 after being torpedoed by U486, 760 fatalities. This is a war grave and we will need permission to dive this wreck.
USS Destroyer (1600 tons) laying on her starboard side 24 metres, well broken but with main gun still in place with shell cases in magazine. Was giving gunfire support to landing troops, struck mine the following day.
USS Susan B Anthony
US liberty ship complete with large blast hole. All guns still in place. Sunk after striking a mine in a swept channel. Sits in 30 metres
SS General Du Temple
Upright and intact sitting in 40 metres maximum
Belgian Coaster sitting upright (42 metres) and intact, bows broken.
This area is littered with many wrecks, including HMS Lawford, HMS Cato, HMS Magic, SS Amsterdam, LST 523, SS St Brandon, SS Graveshash, SS Norfolk, USS Carbonnele, HMS Sesame, SS Empire Broadsword, SS Fort Norfolk and many more.