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Countess of Erne
Location  

Place Name: Portland Harbour

Lat / Long : 50 ° 35 ' 11 '' - - 2 ° 25' 8'' - System used to obtain Long / Lat : unknown
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : paddle steamer Built :  
Shipyard :
Hull material : iron  
Dimensions
Size : 830 tonnes Length : 80 m Beam : m
History
Sunk : 1935 Cause : holed on inner harbour wall Date Found :
Depth
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 6 m 0 m
Deck :
0 m 0 m
Bed : 13 m 0 m
Postition
Orientation : unknown Lying : unknown Condition : Unknown
Seabed Type : Unknown
Artifacts :
Wreck Owner
Owner : -
Access : Public
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : unknown
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
0 - hours 0 - minutes - - high water
General Information :
Small Boat Launching :
Castletown Beach
Notes :

Note: Licence required if own boat used. Available to club from Queens HarbourMaster. HM Naval Base Portland, Dorset

References :
Dive Dorset - see Underwater Bookshop
Link to More Info :
Information Provided by:
Name : From a dive on :
Supplementary Information
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Posted on : March 19, 2008
kHLM1w Cool, bro!

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
It's a great night dive. Fathom & Blues are v. friendly and do many other trips around the area. A weekend trip would be advised.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
A particularly good wreck dive for novices. Plenty of interest with few, if any, real hazards.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Location of sidescan sonar image has changed - check out http://www.intnlind.com/odom/cm800.htm Agree with most of the comments about the Countess - if conditions are right, it's a thoroughly enjoyable dive. As for Fathom & Blues, I've always found them to be very friendly and utterly professional, and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
dive there with Fathom + Blues in Summer '99. Well worth checking them out.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
People might find this interesting http://www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/hydrographic/ultra/images/ultra2.jpg

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Did a dive on the countess in early August unfortunately the viz was pretty poor and allegedly my dive buddy saw a conger in one of the holds. I didn't so this is unsubstantiated. I also dived with Fathom and Blues, top company, highly recommened them etc etc.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Visted Countess several times with Parrys of Portland.Red Band fish live approx 15m off Starboard side.Look for them retreating into their holes.If patient can get quite close

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
I can take you on the Countess of Erne for 7.50 per person, min 2 persons, any day ( or night) of the year, for details, ring me or Mary on 01305 826789 or Email me

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
For a cool sidescan sonar image of the Countess, check out: http://www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/hydrographic/ultra/ultra2.html

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Fathom and Blues are an excellent dive school with a superb team. I highly recommend a trip there.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Very basic wreck, most of the super structure has been flattened. Saw quite a few shoals of Pollark fish. Avoid the silty bottom. This vis was between 3-4 metres. The school which I went to was Fathom and Blues, they are based in the Portland Harbour.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Access to holds of ship is easy. Large number of fish(pollock)around wreck

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
I visited this site during my Sports Diver Course. Still in a pretty good state and a definite lack of sharp edges etc to hurt you (although this was to my novice eyes !!!)

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Portland Port have now taken over Naval Base but QHM are still acting as port authority for issuing diving permits etc. Portland Port are likely to retain similar restrictions.

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Try heading due north to find the wreck of a landing craft It's in a reasonable condition and worth a visit

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Posted on : February 23, 2007
Avoid silty bottom if taking novices!

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