Category: Trip Reports

During the weekend of 10-12 May 2011, 14 members of SSAC dived on the unique Norman's Bay cannon wreck from the club RIB.

The wreck site comprises 42 large cannon, an anchor and other artefacts and is believed to be from the early 1700s. The identity of the ship remains a mystery but is possibly the wreck of HMS Resolution. The Norman's Bay wreck site was discovered in 2005 and is protected under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. However, permission to dive under a visitor license can be arranged through the Nautical Archaeology Society - Norman's Bay Wreck.

Over the last year, several SSAC divers have been assisting the NAS with wreck site surveys and the creation of a diver trail which is now fully installed. At a maximum depth of 12m, this trip was the perfect opportunity for other divers of all levels to try out the diver trail and get 'blown away' by the size of the magnificent cannons - some three metres long.

Taking our own club RIB was easy, mooring overnight at Sovereign Marina, Eastbourne and running shuttles from the beach at Norman's Bay throughout the day and camping overnight at a site just across the road from the beach.

Unfortunately, the visibility wasn't conducive to good photos, so here are a few from a visit last year.

mt_gallery:Norman's Bay