It was Wendy’s last club night with us before she leaves the UAE and heads back to Australia. A few lemonades were raised, a card was presented and a good time was had by all. We will miss you Wendy - perhaps our paths will cross again some time!
With the weather looking a bit calmer, we ventured a bit further afield. The first target was the Ajman Glory which we identified back in 2012, although the wreck was already discovered but known by another name. We made good time but it was still a 45-minute drive out.
The ship hasn’t changed much in the time we’ve known it. It’s very similar in shape to the Victoria Star only on a smaller scale. There was a fair current running but nothing to get too excited about and the viz had taken a turn for the worse since last weekend. There were still plenty of barracuda, batfish and assorted others to be seen and the first ones down the line managed to see a stingray. There are now a number of fishing nets draped over the wreck. Later the same day, Al Jazeera Diving Centre were due to be doing a net clearing exercise in honour of World Ocean Day. Fair play to them – we’ll see how they got on eventually and if they don’t do 100% then perhaps we can finish the job.
Dive two was the Sea King 5, which went down a few years ago off Sharjah. There was no need to identify this ship, the Sharjah authorities told us what it was, but we did manage to find it’s exact location (the original coordinates were inevitably inaccurate). We sent the right position to the Harbour Master along with as few photos, thus gaining a few brownie points for us we would hope.
In the early days, it was nothing much more than bare metal but now the wreck is barnacle encrusted and has some nice soft corals. There is also plenty of fish life making for a pleasant dive. A return visit in the not too far distant I would think.
Thank you to Cara and PJ for the pictures.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.