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Breda, Oban dive site

The Breda - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Conger in cement bags on the Breda - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Winch on the Breda - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Scuba Diving in Oban, Scotland, UK, Europe

Dive Site: The Breda

Location: 56°28.55N; 05°25.00W

Description: 6941 ton Dutch steamer

Length: 127 metres (417 feet)

Depth: 30 metres (100 feet)

Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)

Rating: ****

A German plane tried to bomb the Breda in 1942 but missed. The blast still managed to damage the ship so that it flooded. It was towed to Ardmuckunish Bay where it sank into deeper water. It now sits upright on the sea bed, covered in dead man's fingers, starfish and crayfish. The propeller has been removed and many of the holds are silted up, but its cargo of aircraft engines and sandals can still be seen. Launch from Oban or Ledaig.

Reader Reviews:

The local dive centre (Puffin Dive Services) who own the Breda have asked that no one moors onto the wreck. This is an easy wreck for beginners but please note that divers have died here as the plaque on the starboard handrail shows.

Graeme Mckay

The Breda is an excellent wreck that can be dived throughout the year. It is a good one for beginners - bear in mind the depth difference between the deck and the keel. As it sits upright the outline of the ship is easy to see.

John Green, BSAC Advanced Instructor

At the time this was my first proper wreck dive in Oban, the visibility was about 5m but there was still a lot to see and I would recommend this site to anyone. The marine life is extremely wild with lots different species to see.

Matthew Greenall, Ocean Diver

The sea was flat calm, the sun was out and a respectable 14°C air temperature, you could feel the warmth in it. We would be grateful for this, after the dive. It was the 6th March 2010 and the water was COLD - 6 degrees. We descended to mid deck and getting our bearings, proceeded to the bow. Yes it was a little silty but visibility was a very good 7/8m and we saw the remains of the tyres, axles and wheels. In the hold, open to the deck, we could see the square boxes with the round holes. These we decided could have been parts of engines (piston holes) or storage boxes of some sort.

We returned to our rib after 32 mins with frozen fingers, which couldn't even unclip dive gear but with a buzz beyond expectations. Well worth a second, third and many more dives.

Julia Boon, Sports Diver | 15/3/2010

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