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Shuna, Oban dive site

Steps on the Shuna - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Prop and rudder on the Shuna - Courtesy of John Liddiard

The engine of the Shuna - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Scuba Diving in Oban, Scotland, UK, Europe

Dive Site: The Shuna

Location: 56°33.43N; 5°54.86W

Description: Coal ship

Depth: 26 metres (85 feet)

Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)

Rating: ****

The Shuna lies intact and upright on a silty sea bed only 200 metres from the shore, so could theoretically be attempted by energetic divers as a shore dive. The silt is easily stirred, which is something to consider if penetrating the wreck and if there have been lots of divers on it during the day. The ships coal cargo has mostly been removed leaving the now very silty holds nearly empty. The main deck is at 25 metres and remains intact all the way to the stern. Inside the boiler and engine can be seen and there are masts still intact and large cargo and anchor winches. The rudder propeller is also in place and unusually, there is a spare propeller is lying on the deck. There are plenty of fish on this wreck, a few Congers, Fisherman's Fingers, star fish, sea urchins and sponges. A cooker has also been discarded in the wreck! Launch can be from Oban, Lochaline or Tobermory.

Reader Reviews:

As previously mentioned silt can be a real problem on this "dusty" wreck which is very upright, however with careful finning in what can be excellent visibility, one can see much of the wreck without stirring. The vertical and sheer hull is home to millions of red and quartz coloured tube squirts. On my last dive here, we got down to around 36m, so the seabed is a few metres below this.

Tony Gilbert

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