Myrtlegrove SS

Myrtlegrove SS
Myrtlegrove SS  
Dive Category Wreck
Dive Type Band 40
Max. depth: 44 (M)
Trip Time: 4H :00M

Minimum number of divers: 6

Description: British Cargo ship
Length (feet): 303
Weight (Tonnes): 2642
Sunk: 23/11/1917
How sunk: Collision with SS Mineral
Type of vessel - Steam ship
How sunk - Collision
Former names - Huelva
Wreck height - 8m

While under sealed orders carrying a cargo of 6 railway wagons and hay the Myrtlegrove was struck by the Norwegian steamer Mineral. The Myrtlegrove was taken under tow by the Norwegian steamer Astrea. The tow parted and the Myrtlegrove was then taken into tow by her stern by the trawler John Abbot in an attempt to tow her into Freshwater bay. Despite making good progress the Myrtlegrove sank.

The wreck lies in 41m, but depths of 44m can be found near the stern. She lies on her port side and her boilers have rolled out of the wreck. The bow is quite broken, but the rest of the wreck stands up from the seabed.