SS Skaala and RMS Medina Wreck Diving

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I got the opportunity to dive the SS Skaala & the RMS Medina.

The SS Skaala was a Norwegian steamer of 1,129 tons. Whilst en route from Port Talbot to Rouen with a cargo of patent fuel she was sunk by a torpedo from UB-35 (Karl Stoter). She sank 4 miles west of Prawle Point, with the loss of one crew member.

Today the Skaala lies in 43m of water with a depth of 33m to the deck.

SS Medina was a 12,358 ton British P&O Liner built by Caird & Company, Greenock. Built in 1911, she was immediately requisitioned as the royal yacht for King George V and Queen Mary, to visit India for the Imperial Delhi Durbar.

She was armed in 1914 and put into service as a mail ship carrying passengers and general cargo between London and Australia. On the 28 April 1917, she was hit by a torpedo from UB-31 (Thomas Bieber) 4 miles off Start Point. The torpedo hit the engine room killing 6 crew, the remaining 411 passengers and crew survived.

Today the Medina sits upright in 64 metres of water with the minimum depth to the deck of 52 metres. Salvage work has been carried out on the forward holds to remove copper ingots and passengers baggage. The stern is more broken up and is sinking into the sea bed.

This was on the fantastic dive boat, the Falcon II out of Dartmouth run by Annie & Will Mason.

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