Diamond Jubilee Fund Raiser 60 Dives in 25 hours

On the 19th-20th August we are planning to celebrate our diamond jubilee and Newton Stewart sub Aqua club's 25th Anniversary of being members of the BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) with a jointly planned dive on a wreck of the Isle of Whithorn.

Our plan is to carry out 60 dives continuously being underwater for a total period of 25 hours and we are hoping to make it the longest cold water wreck dive in the Guinness Book of Records.

As well as celebrating that Bradford sub Club have been diving and training divers for an incredible 60 yrs. and Newton Stewart Club 25 yrs. we are aiming to raise funds for the RNLI and Newton Stewart SAC raising funds for PIRSAC (the independent lifeboat at port William) with this and other events throughout the year.

Fund Raising is now going great with members from both clubs raising individual funds as well as dive industry and localfirms and shops pledging support.


We have the support and help of the local Yacht club, the isle of Whithorn Council, PIRSAC and some of the local Boat Owners to provide assistance over the weekend of the event.


The plan is to dive a wreck "the woodburn" close to the shore in 10-15m of water about a mile away from the Isle of whithorn.

We have to date 34 divers from both clubs taking part  having divers under the water continuously from  10:00hrs on the 19th until 11:00hrs on the 20th August.

S.S. Woodburn (all information from Newton Stewart SubAqua Club Website) http://www.nsdivers.co.uk/woodburntour.html

The S.S. Woodburn was a small coastal steamer belonging to the Kelly Line of Belfast which regularly transported coal from Cumberland to Northern Ireland.

She foundered in a bad storm 18th February 1923 with the loss of all hands.  The masts of the wreck were still visible at low water next day, however within a week it had totally broken up and disappeared from sight all but forgotten until she was rediscovered by our club in April 2010.  

The wreck lies just south of  Stein Head near to the Isle of Whithorn in only 12 metres of water.  It is close into shore and protected from the tidal stream in Wigtown bay by the underwater reef at Stein Head.  This means that it can be dived at any state of  the tide.  Its sheltered location also means that it is diveable with the wind blowing from any direction other than N.E. through S.E.

As can be seen from the diagram the Woodburn is very much broken up with huge boulders actually sitting on top of wreckage in some places.  This is as a result of it’s shallow depth and it’s exposure to ninety years of winter storms.  Around where the wreck lies are numerous rocky reefs and outcrops, but fortunately most of the wreckage lies in an open cobbled area making it easy to explore.  

During the winter of 2010/2011 the wreck was pounded by heavy seas which redistributed many pieces of wreckage and badly damaged the boiler causing most of the rivets to pop.  

Wreck Tour of the SS Woodburn

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