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Starfish on the Mohegan - courtesy of Carina Hall

Plumose anemone on the Mohegan - courtesy of Carina Hall

Scuba Diving Southwest Coast of England, UK, Europe

Dive Site: The Mohegan

Location: 50°02.72N; 5°02.60W, Manacles, the Lizard, Cornwall

Description: 7000 ton steamer

Length: 160 metres (525 feet)

Depth: 25 - 28 metres (82 - 92 feet)

Visibility: 5 metres (15 feet)

Rating: **

The Mohegan sank October 14th 1898, after the Captain somehow veered off course from the shipping lanes into the shallow, treacherous waters of the Manacles. In the dark, the liner hit Vase Rock loosing its rudder, then impacted into the Voices on the starboard side and rapidly began to sink. The lifeboats proved difficult to launch as the ship began to list, and one capsized. Despite a rapid launch of a lifeboat from nearby Porthoustock, the collision claimed 106 lives.

The wreckage of the Mohegan has been subject to over one hundred years of the Manacles weather, meaning that the boilers are about the only part of this wreck that isn't flattened against the seabed. The wreck lies in a north to south direction and the seabed shallows towards the west. The currents can be strong here, but the length of the wreck enables it to be dived as a drift. If available, use a shot line to descend onto the wreck as it is possible to miss it and the surrounding waters do not have much of interest to see except for a few lonely wrasse and some large sea urchins, as we found out! The Mohegan is a few minutes boat ride from Porthkerris Cove.



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