Binnendijk 28m and Second Dive

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Date - 27/08/2017
Time - 7:30 am - 12:30 pm


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This is a 2 dive trip 1st to the Binnendijk seabed 28m then the divers have a vote between the Lulworth banks, 20m, cannon ball run, 20m or any of the harbour wrecks,16m

After the first dive we will be serving hot drinks and Pies with a 90 mins surface interval before diving the second dive.

The Dutch steamship Binnendijk (The Benny as she is known locally) set off from Boston under steam to New York during September 1939, she was bound for Rotterdam. On entry to the English Channel, she was requested by the Royal Navy to dock in Weymouth or Portland before crossing the channel for an inspection (there was suspicion of her carrying contraband). On the 7/10/1939 as she travelled up to Portland, the captain – W.Moree requested she drop anchor off the Shambles as the sun was setting. Around 10pm she struck a newly developed German magnetic mine (laid by the U-26). One of the first types used in combat. After striking she was soon ablaze and sinking slowly and literally went down in a blaze of glory, she was alight from stem to stern. She sunk on October 8th, 1939, three miles S.E. of the Shambles light.

 

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