Northville Wreck in Lyme Bay
The SS northville was sunk in 1918 and now lays in 40m of water on a silty seabed. DIvers can get 45m deth in the scour so need to be aware wehn planning their dives! A good deep dive!
Dive Site Name: SS Northville Dive Type: Wreck Dive
Max Depth Seabed: 45m (Scour) 40m Depth to top of Wreck: 36m
Approximate Position: 50,23.25 N 03,24.12W
Tonnage: 2472tonnes Length: 92.7m Beam: 13.4m Cargo: Coal
Date Lost: 17/02/18 How Lost: Torpedoed UB 33
Minimum Qualification: Deep Diver (Or Equivilent) / PADI Tec 45
The SS Northville was built by J. Readhead & Sons South Shields in 1897,yard number 323 – Launched 6/4/1897,and was owned and operated by The Lowlands Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. (J. Crass & Co.), South Shields at the time of her sinking in 1918.She was a
defensively armed British Merchant Steamer.
On February 17th, 1918, the SS Northville was on passage from Newport, wales, to Dieppe with a cargo of coal. She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-33 (Fritz Gregor), 3.5 miles ESE of Berry Head. There were no casualties.
She now lies on a silty seabed in 40m of water however you can get 45m in the scour! She Stands proud of the seabed in SE-NW orientation. Her Stern is broken coal is scattered around the wreck.