The SS Greleen was a large cargo vessel sunk in 1917 laying approx 7 miles NE of Berry Head. She lays in 43m of water and is a very popular dive from Teignmouth.

Dive Site Name: Greleen          Dive Type: Wreck Dive       

Max Depth Seabed: 43m             Depth to top of Wreck: 35m  

Approximate Position: 50,27.38N 03.13.47W

Tonnage: 2286tonnes    Length: 313Ft     Beam:      Cargo: Iron Ore

Date Lost: 22/09/1917      How Lost: Torpedoed UB 40

Minimum Qualification: Deep Diver  (Or Equivilent)

The Greleen was transporting iron ore from Bilbao, Spain to Middlesbrough when she was torpedoed on her port side, midships by Oberleutnant Howaldt in his UB-40 just off Berry Head at 04:45. Greleen Because of the nature of her cargo she sank rapidly. The crew jumped overboard and 7 men were picked up some 4 hours later by the Norwegian S.S. Bob and came ashore at Torquay. The master, passenger and 17 crew were lost.

She is intact with only a few holes.  Her stern gun is still on her but broken from the mounting pedestal.

Built as the Blairmore (Photo below is of the Blairmore) in 1894 at Harland and Wolf renamed Ballater before being renamed Greleen.

Further Information:

www.divesouthdevon.com

http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?10212

http://www.uboat.net/wwi/ships_hit/2611.html

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