Martha

   
Depth : 50m
Dive type : Wreck
Travel time to site :   0H :00M
Price per diver:   £50.00

Martha -

SS Martha was a 653 ton Belgian steamer cargo ship launched in 1905 at Grangemouth & Greenock Dockyard Co. measuring 56m by 8m in the beam. Her triple expansion engine gave her a speed of 11 knots.

On March 7th, 1918, Martha, on a voyage from Falmouth to Calais with 800 tons of coal, she was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-80 (Captian Max Viebeg), 5 miles SW of Portland Bill.

Today the wreck is upright and relatively intact. The bow area is broken and twisted. There is a part buried anchor on the starboard side. The boiler is difficult to see but the engine is well exposed. The counter stern is relatively complete, as is the four blade propeller and rudder. The scour under the stern is at 50m. The starboard hull is intact back to amidships where the torpedo struck. At the stern there are shells which appear to be 75mm.

 
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