|MOUNTS BAY TO LANDS END
Penzance will offer access to the coastal and offshore
sites between Mounts Bay in the north- east to Lands End and the Longships
in the south- west. For the adventurous and well equipped, the Wolf Rock
and infamous Seven Stones reef are within reach when weather conditions
allow. The variety of wreck and reef sites is almost endless and the combination
of the Atlantic, Gulf Stream and few river outfalls, often results in
impressive visibility and some unusual marine life.
Currently there is only one day boat for charter from Penzance (Son Calou), so if this is full then groups must opt for their own boat or a liveaboard. The best launch site is Penzance harbour which offers easy access to a wide slipway, but it does dry at low water. Adjacent to the slipway is Mounts Bay Divings compressor (also operates Son Calou) and the Penzance BSAC clubhouse and bar. It is advisable to talk to the local club and dive centre as knowledge of the tides, especially towards Lands End, is essential here.
She was heavily damaged by a severe south-west gale and eventually partially salvaged here before being moved to St. Michael's Mount in Mounts Bay, where the ongoing salvage of the hulk was a landmark for several years. There is quite a selection of wreckage left on the seabed and interesting finds are still discovered by the patient diver.
The SS Hellopes:
The SS Lincoln:
The Wolf Rock is a pinnacle seven miles from the nearest
land and in common with the Longships also supports a lighthouse. Sheer
drop-offs around the rock plummet to 60m plus and its isolation ensure
stunning marine life. The rock earned its name from the sound caused by
gale force winds blowing over it, howling like a wolf, and gives some
indication of the normal weather conditions here. However, if the conditions
permit and you have a skipper with local knowledge, this for some will
represent the ultimate dive site in an area which can offer so much choice.
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