Who Are Wreckspeditions?
Wreckspeditions - First Class RHIB Diving
Onto The Diving
The MV Averella sunk in Loch Goil on her mooring around 2005. She is in perfect condition with propeller and rudder still in tact. The wheelhouse has small access where you can peer in and see all manner of safety equipment, paperwork etc. A really lovely dive with depths of 20-30m, with lots of amazing life to see and often good visibility.
The Highball Bouncing Bombs
Rather continue with writing, here are two YouTube videos, the first an interview recollection from Squadron 618 pilot Des Curtis DFC as told in 2016 and the second, what appears to be a Zoom, WebEx or similar video presentation in February 2021 and hosted on the BrooklandsMembersTV YouTube channel in which Dr Iain Murray from the Barnes Wallis Foundation talks about the bombs and how he raised them in 2017.
Let's Dive The Highball Bouncing Bombs!
We arrived a little earlier around 08.15am and started to get our kit ready. There was not a lot to do straight off as our cylinders and boat bags were already on the RHIB. After we had tested our deco gas and collected all bits and pieces, there was just enough time to relax and take in what we both agreed had to be the most prettiest dive site in the UK. Recollecting newsreels and videos, trying to imagine the Mosquitoes coming in for their bombing raid practice.
- Dive Date: 9th August 2021
- Dive Time: 09.43am
- Cylinders: 2x12L Twinset
- Dive Duration: 56m:51s
- Max Depth: 35.00m
- Ave Depth: 22.45m
- Temp: 9degC
- Visibility: 2-3m Dark
Tom's Highball Bouncing Bombs Video
Would I Dive The Highballs Again?
With only two Highball Bouncing Bombs on display in museums, all others are still under water in Loch Striven. So absolutely! There is so much else to explore as we only found two Highballs. Jason is saying he has a winter project to shot other bombs in the loch and enhance the diver trail. He says the best time to dive will is April as the waters do not get that cold over the winter and April is out of the windy winter and visibility is cleaner. Unless one makes a trip to Glasgow, there is no O2 in the area, so the next time I would four divers collaborate and bring a full twinset of O2. Tom and I have worked out that of a two buddy pairs join together and bring a twinset of 70% O2, that can be decanted over four twinsets and topped up with air to blend a 32% mix for future days.
So watch this space as we could easily see an Easter 2022 trip.