To start at the end for a change, one of the boat trailer springs died on Friday and after some hard work by Mike Anthony and Brian Lugg on Saturday the trailer is in bits and new springs are procured. On Tuesday night we’ll be putting the thing back together in time for next Friday so we need a few bodies with overalls to help with the lifting. No excuses accepted (well possibly if you need a flight to get here but otherwise…)
We actually had company on the Victoria Star this weekend. Not DSDC as we might have expected but Ali Fikree and a team of divers in a smart looking dive boat. Our ride out was very smooth but with a full moon, we were expecting strong currents. Not on the first dive as it turned out – we must have hit slack water and there was nothing to speak of.
Calm it may have been under water but things were not so relaxed on the boat. Waiting for the return of the first wave, Mike noticed the stern a bit lower in the water than it ought to have been. Yup – one of the bungs was missing and the boat was in danger of joining the Victoria Star on the bottom. They say the most efficient pump is a desperate man with a bucket and Mike was soon bailing away having first jumped into the water to plug the hole.
By the time we were on the surface the crisis had passed although we were bailing away for a good while. By the time of the second dive the current had got up as expected and it was a big effort just to get to the anchor line. Still – once on the wreck it was much calmer so we were able to further explore the workshop and engine room.
Our Eid trip to Beirut is gathering pace. The main target is the “Souffleur” a Vichy French submarine sunk in 1941. A nearby wreck the “Alice B” is also well worth a visit.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.