Depth : 57m
Dive type : Technical (deep)
Travel time to site :   0H :00M
Price per diver:   £80.00

SS Snowdrop

The 685-tonne steamship Snowdrop disappeared without trace. She set off from the River Tyne with a cargo of coal and was last seen, on 6 December 1886, passing Dover, en-route for Kingston in Southern Ireland. 

She was lost with all 14 of her crew in unknown circumstances, possibly due severe weather. The wreck was found in 57m of water, approx 20 miles off Portland Bill.

A dive on the Snowdrop usually begins on the high point of the boiler. The standout feature is the steam collection device, rising about a metre proud of the single boiler. Moving aft is a two-cylinder compound engine that is as big as the boiler. Exploring here reveals the wealth of congers and crabs that live among the con rods and other engineering. Following the propeller shaft you’ll see the plates, winches and derricks typical of a coaster of the late 1800s. At the stern, the rudder stands proud. To the starboard side is the massive secondary steering position. Two of the four propeller blades are buried in the sand.

Back to the engine and boiler (usually on the other side) reinforces how broken this wreck has become since its loss. Moving forward towards the bow, you’ll go over the bridge area. The bell has been recovered, but this area is still worth taking some time to investigate. The bow itself is very broken & the only indication that you have reached that end of the ship is an upturned winch and two piles of chain. Careful inspection will reveal the two hawse pipes sticking up from the sand and the sharp-eyed can see one of the anchors.

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