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Inside the bow of the Thesis - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Ribs of the Thesis - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Above the stern of the Thesis - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Scuba Diving in Oban, Scotland, UK, Europe

Dive Site: The Thesis

Location: 56°30.03N; 5°41.43W

Description: 500 ton steamship

Length: 50 metres approx. (165 feet)

Depth: 29 metres (95 feet)

Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ****

The Thesis lies only 50 metres form the shore of Rubha an Ridre, so could theoretically be dived without a boat. The Thesis hit a reef at Innimore Point in bad weather, sinking four hours later once the crew had abandoned ship. Inside the wreck are four holds which have a cargo of iron. The hull is mostly just a skeleton, but the wheel house is in tact. This is usually a pretty wreck to dive, but if the visibility is low it becomes very dark and can look rather sinister. Amongst the wreckage, look out for the engine, boilers and anchor winch, but the propeller and rudder are have been removed. The bow is at 12m, so should be left until the end of the dive. There can be a strong current flowing through the wreck, so be cautious if entering it. Launch can be from Oban, Lochaline or Tobermory.

Reader Reviews:

Fantastic dive!! Dived on 1st August 2005. Everyone on boat loved the dive even though there was only 4 metres of vis. Easy swimthrough the centre of the boat with no obstructions overhead. Best wreck I've done!

Tony Poole, PADI Advanced (50 dives)

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