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Maine
Location  

Place Name : Bolt, South Devon

Lat / Long : 50 ° 12 ' 45 '' North - 3 ° 50' 53'' West System used to obtain Long / Lat : unknown
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : cargo ship Built : 1904  
Shipyard : D.W.Henderson
Hull material : steel  
Dimensions
Size : 3616 tonnes Length : 115 m Beam : 14 m
History
Sunk : 1917.03.23 Cause : torpedoed by UC-17 Date Found : 1961
Depth
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 24 m 0 m
Deck :
26 m 0 m
Bed : 37 m 0 m
Postition
Orientation : N Lying : Upright Condition : Intact
Seabed Type : Gravel
Artifacts : bits of brass/copper in engine room
Wreck Owner
Owner : Torbay BSAC branch
Access : Public
War Grave : Unknown Protected :
Restrictions :
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
2 - hours 0 - minutes After - high water
General Information :
Small Boat Launching :
Notes :

This is a gorgeous wreck that is still shipshape. The superstructure has gone but her holds can be swam through although much of the hull and deck is very thin and littered with holes. At the bottom of the holds some deck equipment can be seen where it has fallen through the decks. The port side of her number 2 hold is missing most likely due to the torpedo hit which was in this area. The boilers are clearly visable. The engine room is a junk yard most likely due to the collapsed superstructure. Here you can squeese under wreckage and find brass/copper. Last dive I found a brass lamp fitting. The holds are empty but you can swim through the wreck as all that is left of the bulkheads are the supporting vertical and horizontal struts supporting what is left of the decks. The bronze propeller has been salvaged. The seabed is shingle and bits of wreckage can be seen if you have time. The vis on my dives has been excellent (> 10 metres).
We dive her from our club boats but a number of hardboats visit her from Salcombe. RIBS can be launched here or at Hope Cove on Bolt Tail. She lies about 2 miles off the Bolt. They say its impossible to dive her except for 2 hours before HW ore 2 1/2 hours after LW. This is not true but expect to feel like a flag on a windy day. Once you are in the wreck you are protected but since this we have always doubled checked our slack water times.

References :
Great British Wrecks Vol 2 - Kendall McDonald Dive South Devon - Kendall McDonald and Derek Cockbill - see Underwater Bookshop
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Name : From a dive on : 1994.10.02
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