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Markgraf, Scapa Flow dive site

Scuba Diving in Scapa Flow, Scotland, UK, Europe

Dive Site: Markgraf

Location: 58°53.31N; 3°09.55W

Description: 26 000 ton battleship

Length: 177 metres (581 feet)

Depth: 22 - 43 metres (72 - 141 feet)

Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)

Rating: ****

Being the deepest of the German wrecks makes this a slightly gloomier dive, with less visibility than the rest of the fleet. The shot lead to the hull, which you need to climb up then drop over to the deck, which faces the sea floor. The hull is covered in brittle stars, forming a mesh over its entirety. The immense size of the wreck makes it difficult to cover in one dive, unless you are prepared to stay at depth for some time. Some of the smaller guns were visible, but I never noticed the larger ones if the are still intact. Two levels can be dived on; the shallower level should be left until the end of the dive.

This has been an unlucky wreck for me, dived it 2007, lost shears, dived it 2008 and lost a Kent spool and SMB. Planning to do it twice more in 2009 on CCR and break the jinx!! Having dived it once on trimix OC have to say it is a big wreck.

Keith | 16/01/2009

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