Lulworth Banks 22m + Binnendijk 27m
Time - 9:45 am - 3:15 pm
This is a 2 dive day with a dive on the Lulworth banks, 22m. Then after some hot pies and drinks and a 90min surface interval, weather permitting a dive on the Binnendijk at 27m or harbour wreck / Balaclava bay. We will decide on the day depending on weather conditions
We are not coming back between dives so please bring enough Gas/Cylinders for both dives
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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