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Firth Fisher aka Castlereagh


Firth Fisher aka Castlereagh
 
Firth Fisher aka Castlereagh   
Dive Category Wreck
Dive Type Band 28
Max. depth: 36 (M)
Trip Time: 2H :00M

Type of vessel - Steam Coaster
How sunk - Floundered in heavy seas
Former names - Firth Fisher
Wreck height - 5m
Max Depth - 36m
Tonnage - 443
Length - 168
Date sunk - 22/23 Feb 1925

This wreck was positively identified when the bell was found by a diver in 1967 with the name Firth Fisher. When she sank she was named Castlereagh although she is known locally as the Firth Fisher. The vessel was last seen transporting a consignment of coal along the South coast where she was reported lost after being sighted off Prawle Point in South Devon. On March 1 1925 two bodies were washed up at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.

Her stern stand 5 metres off the bottom, but her bow is rather more broken and the top deck has slid over to the starboard side. She has a very nice 2 cylinder compound engine which is clearly visible. Around the wreck the seabed consists of rocky ground. She is only 500m from the Kyarra and is upright, almost intact and always full of fish. She is often overlooked, but certainly worth a dive.

Firth Fisher