Photos by Derek Roberts and Cathy Terry
We thought we’d give the Sea King a miss at the weekend, having dived it a lot recently, rather heading instead for the Ajman Glory (née Dollard) which was another recent discovery after being missing for a number of years. This meant launching from Hamriyah, so first we had to find the port – not a problem you would have thought since we’ve been there so many times before – but this is to overlook the ingenuity of our divers. One of our number, confused by the roadworks and new road layout near Ajman City Centre, took the wrong turning and headed out towards Emirates Road. Meanwhile the rest of us launched the boat, loaded up – and waited.
Our Boats Officer, Mr Michael Anthony BSc CEng MICE, described how the steering wheel on the boat had been removed in order to cure a hydraulic oil leak:
“I fetched a large hammer”
“And that worked?”
“No, I had to fetch a larger one”
In due course our missing diver arrived:
“OK, I’ll buy the round, just don’t go on about it!”
When we finally got to the wreck we found we had company. DSDC had run a boat out there as well so we were spared having to anchor the wreck – we just tied on to the back of them. The sea state was more or less flat despite some predictions to the contrary and the dive was excellent. There was good visibility with a large group of barracuda and an even bigger group of jacks.
There was some discussion about whether to do a second dive with the sea state picking up and sandstorms predicted. In the end we decided to go to the Dara and assess the situation when we got there. During the journey the sea flattened off a bit if anything so we went diving and very nice it was too. The batfish seen to have gone from the cathedral apart from a solitary fellow looking for his friends but there was a much larger group – smaller but friendlier – near the bow end. Near the promenade deck there were some cuttlefish engaged in hanky-panky, a reminder of the first Sur trip a few years ago. There were also a couple of rays that hung around long enough to be photographed.
After that it was back to the club for Derek to buy his round – but we won't go on about that!