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Dive Site: The Spaniard (the Enecuri)
Location: 50°34.86N; 02°24.85W (Portland Harbour)
Description: 3000 ton Spanish steamship
Depth: 14 metres (46 feet)
Visibility: 1 metre (3 feet)
Also known as the Enecuri, this wreck lies in the very silty bottom of Portland Harbour. It sank in 1900, and is now very broken up. The visibility is renowned for being terrible and the wreck barely visible. If you are not put in the water directly on top of it you will only find it by chance!
I visited the Spaniard on June 22nd 2006 using Fathom and Blue out of Portland Harbour, good people and a well run dive centre. Vis was around 3 – 4 meters and the temperature was 17ºc. The wreck is well broken up and vis can drop due to silt, it would have been a nice dive expect for a lone diver joining our group on the rib then wondering off 15 minutes into the dive, one minute search was required followed by an accent to inform Skipper of possible missing diver, loan divers bubbles and SMB where followed around, this loan diver then re-surfaced after a dive time of 47 minutes. Remember PLEASE LETS ALL DIVE SAFE if you lose your dive buddy’s follow safety procedures.
Richard Welch, PADI Rescue Diver
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