Brian has a few observations on the Dara. Video has captured the bow section, all be it very briefly:
On the 5th Day of Peed my Dive Marshal said to me, ''First the Ajman Glory, then, Mmmmm-Veeeee-Dara, with a Leopard Ray and goooood viz''...……..
Did anyone notice that there is a portion of the Dara where the keel hull has rolled 'up hill' and there is no longer a large over hang, a physical change something that defies the law of gravity. When swimming on the surface, you can clearly see she has been hit by another ship. There is a large scar running down the top at 8mtrs where portions of the wreck has been flattened. When this reached the keel the wreck has been pushed out towards the sand. This would also explain how and why parts of the quarterdeck have sheered and slid to the sea bed. Also, why now, that are so many nooks and crannies to explore that were never there before.
Dive 1 was the Ajman Glory, 'fort time and three the abbot', it missed second time we threw the anchor so it set it's self in the cargo hold. Then, we noticed we were in raging river, no no...…….it was ripping current. We dropped the ladder on 312 in the water. Back in the day, the strength of the current was determined by the angle of the ladder. The new ladder however, being fixed in both ends, would be no good for giving you an idea of the speed of the current. Wrong...…….The current was so fierce the ladder was aqua planing on the surface.
Polly and Rayan were wave one. They took strain getting to the anchor and soon enough were on their merry way. Wave two got away as well with some fancy rope work. Wave 3 aborted the dive because of the current. Brian and Jim were wave 4.
The viz on the bottom was the best I have on the Ajman Glory. You could see everything including the *******in the 'front locker'. I found an anchor someone had lost in the cargo holds and recovered some stainless steel chains. A Black Ray was found sleeping next to the prop with Jim and I having a close up look. Polly captured the Black Ray on video ( see attached video below ) that circled them both before settling down. At the bow we saw a small group of common Grey Sweetlips.
Dive 2 was back on the Dara. On the way there we noticed a sudden change in the water colour and on further investigation a 5 mtr drop off in the sea bed was identified. A further dive site possibly. At the Dara were lucky enough to catch a slack tide. Dive buddy waves 1,2 and 3 all got down without incident. Jim and I in at the end dive. Again with clear viz, and relatively new nets I was blown away by the colourful corals on the wreck. About 10 minutes into the dive the current picked up and it was not long before were were watching the sand grains run along the sea bed. Just in front of the boilers, 2 Leopard Rays were on the sand. Polly captured one on video as it swan gracefully away. Note from Polly; ''yes I did grunt at the Barracuda that came in a bit close. Yes I told it to foxtrot oscar as heard on video'' On the third lap between the Cathedral and stern we lifted the anchor and surfaced. Awesome dives.
Back at GCHQ, we noticed a baby Turtle struggling on the surface. We picked it up and noticed unwanted sea growths had encapsulated the poor turtles' shell and eyes. We transported in the a cool box and big thanks to Paul who rushed the little guy to the Sharjah Aquarium. It is now in quarantine and hopefully makes a full recovery.
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Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.