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Chirapo
Location  

Place Name: Belfast Lough

Lat / Long : 54 ° 46 ' 8 '' North - 5 ° 38' 25'' West System used to obtain Long / Lat : Approximate
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : trawler Built :  
Shipyard :
Hull material : iron  
Dimensions
Size : 0 tonnes Length : m Beam : m
History
Sunk : 1942 Cause : mine Date Found :
Depth
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 18 m 0 m
Deck :
0 m 0 m
Bed : 28 m 0 m
Postition
Orientation : ENE Lying : On port side Condition : Some breakup
Seabed Type : Silt
Artifacts : none
Wreck Owner
Owner : -
Access : -
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : Public
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
0 - hours 30 - minutes Before - high water
General Information :
Small Boat Launching :
Easy launching for sub-6m RIB or inflatable from Whithead harbour. Includes spacous car park of cars trailers etc. Public toilet on site. Short 10min trip to dive site.
Notes :

This is usually a dark dive site. Lying in Belfast Lough the vis is rarely great (altho I did get 15m+ on one occasion). (In last year 95 season) three bends have occurred for a variety of reasons. Beware the sudden loss of vis due to silt kick up. Tides are strong outside dive window - if in doubt ask a local diver for best current advice. Wreck penetration not advised for faint hearted. On plus side wreck is easy to find from reliable transits (- contact contributor for further details) and is almost naturalised by a good covering of sponges etc. Fish also plentiful.

References :
Link to More Info :
Information Provided by:
Name : From a dive on : 19/01/1996
Supplementary Information
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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Can't launch at WHitehead 1.5 before and 1.5 hr after low water, as not enough water at foot of slip. You can launch at Ballylumford (by Power Station) at all states of tide, but it's then a 30 min trip to the wreck. Watch out for the wash from the Stena HSS when launching at Whitehead - it's big and arrives with no warning.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
the chirripo was not mined in as Mark Hammmock stats the veesel was torpedoed by U-19 the commanding officer of the sub was Johannes Spiess.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
 The Chirripo, built by Workman Clark of Belfast, was acquired by Elders & Fyffes in 1906, as part of their fleet used in the banana trade between Jamaica and Avonmouth.  She was powered by triple-expansion engines, giving her a speed of 13 knots. She measured 374.3 x 47.8 x 29.5ft wide and grossed 4,126 tons.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
I dived this reck a couple of years ago. Its a good dive with plenty of superstucture intact and good visibility. Contact DV diving in Newtownards, Co. Down for this and other good dives

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
The wreck is on its starboard side. Slack water occurs between 1 and 2 hours before Belfast HW and LW. Do not dive after slack!!

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Chirripo was a cargo liner. Mined on 28th Dec 1917.

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