The Kendal Castle was a steamer torpedoed 4 miles SE of Berry Head. Rated as 38th best wreck dive by Diver magazine in its top 100 wreck dives!
Dive Site Name: Kendal Castle Dive Type: Wreck Dive
Max Depth Seabed: 48m Depth to top of Wreck: 36m
Approximate Position: 50,21.63N 003,24.62W
Tonnage: 3885tonnes Length: 107m Beam: 15m Cargo: Ballast
Date Lost: 15/09/1918 How Lost: Torpedoed UB 104
Minimum Qualification: PADI Tec 45 / Technical Diver (Or Equivilent)
The SS Kendal Castle was built in 1910, at 3885 Tonnes, length 350ft beam 50 ft. Armed, with a 353hp triple-expansion engines. The SS Kendal Castl was built by Short Bros., Ltd., Sunderland in 1910 and owned at the time of her loss by J. Chambers & Co., Liverpool. Further information on the builders is here
The SS Kendal Castle was on passage from Le Havre without cargo (in Ballast) heading fro Cardiff when on the 15th September 1918 Oberleutnant Thomas Bieber on UB 104 fired 2 torpedoes. She sank immediately with the loss of 18 crew approximately 4 miles off Berry Head.
SOme records report her being sunk by UB 103 however we cannot find any recording of UB 103 being in this area at this time or her reporting sinking the Kendal Castle.
She now lays in 48m of water and is ranked as the 38th best UK wreck fdive by Diver Magazine in its list of best 100 wreck dives. She is upside down and is in really good condition apart from damage to her bow section.