Type: Wreck Tonnage: 690 tonnes Length: 150ft Cargo:
Date Lost: 27th April 1970 How Lost: Deliberately sunk to honour the wishes of her dead owner
Max Depth Seabed: 16m Depth to top of Wreck: 12m
Minimum Qualification: Open Water
In 1928, the shipbuilding firm of Cochrane and Sons of Selby, Yorkshire won a contract to build a stream trawler, however before completion they went bankrupt. Millionaire Colby Cubbin purchased the vessels and converted her to a pleasure yacht and named her the Glen Strathallen. At the outbreak of war the Glen Strathallen was refitted leant to the Royal Navy as an escort vessel, a duty that was carried out for four years, after which it was return to Mr Cubbin. After his death his will revealed that he wished the Glen Strathallen be used as a floating schoolroom until the end of her working life. On 27th April 1970, the Glen Strathallen was towed out of Plymouth and sunk just off the Shagstone in approximately 15m of water. Today you can still find the wreck on the sandy bottom. Although she is very broken up, you can still see the stern and bow sections, boiler and deck winch as well as a scattering of bits and pieces
The boiler remains intact and stands about 5m proud with an array of marine life covering it. Much of the wreck is now scattered, forming a reef with a number of plates still visible. Swimming northwest will lead you to a number of rocky outcrops and kelp forest where wrasse, both spider and edible crabs and cuttlefish have been spotted.