Last Friday had to be called off due to some seriously strong winds causing some seriously big waves. The forecast was 13 – 16 foot offshore at one point and although it moderated a bit on Friday morning it was still too much to contemplate taking the boat out. Next Friday will probably be Dara / Cathy’s Barge as promised for last weekend.
Speaking of the Dara, on Friday 8th April it will be 50 years to the day since the explosion on board that caused its sinking two days later. It was in my mind that we could use the occasion to have a barbecue on Hamriyah beach with a couple of trips out to the wreck. We’ve done this sort of thing before and they’ve always been good events, particularly before the weather gets too warm. Perhaps also, it might not be inappropriate to remember that nearly 240 people lost their lives on that morning half a century ago.
Here are some interesting links for more information and pictures about the sinking of the Dara:
BI passenger/cargo liner Dara sank 2 days after an explosion and a devastating fire on board. The disaster has been well documented as the loss of life was so considerable the final figure was 238 deaths, the greatest number of fatalities during peacetime after the Titanic. The wreck now lies in three main sections, although the mid section is smashed beyond recognition.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.