Type: Wreck Tonnage: Length: 113m Cargo:
Date Lost: March 24th 2004 How Lost: Deliberately sunk as an artificial reef
Max Depth Seabed: 27m Depth to top of Wreck: 24m
Minimum Qualification: Advanced Open Water
HMS Scylla was an Exocet Leander class frigate, the last frigate to be built in Devonport Royal Dockyard in 1968. Through the 1970s and 1980s she was deployed to a number of different locations, with her final deployment in 1993 to the South Atlantic. She entered Portsmouth for the final time in December 1993 and was decommissioned from the Royal Navy. HMS Scylla lay in a state of disrepair for 10 years until She was brought by the National Marine Aquarium in 2003 and subsequently sunk in Whitsand Bay, Cornwall on March 27th 2004.
A lot of work was done to ensure the ship was safe and easy to explore inside, and as expected, she has become a very popular dive site, situated some 40 minutes by boat from Plymouth. The bridge, rear helicopter bay and deck and the side passages are all visible. Additionally there are penetration dives possible.
In August 2006 a team of marine biologists from the National Marine Aquarium and simulation experts from the University of Birmingham conducted a dive with a Videoray ROV onto the wreck of the Scylla. The dive lasted just over an hour, with the main purpose being to investigate the growth of marine life on the wreck and to collect data for a unique artifical life and serious game project, the Virtual Scylla addressing interactive educational tools for teaching climate change and ocean awareness.