If you’re a passionate temperate water diver looking for an exciting and different destination, check out Ocean Quest Newfoundland (www.oceanquestadventures.com). For centuries vessels have run aground on Newfoundland’s seductive coastline with one of the most interesting sites and stories being that of the Bell Island Wrecks.
Bell Island is one of the few locations in North America that German forces directly attacked in the Second World War. For in 1942 four Allied iron-ore carriers, moored in Conception Bay, were torpedoed by German U-Boats. Before WWII the Germans had regularly bought the iron mined from Bell Island. Once war had been declared this relationship ceased and the Bell Island ore was now being shipped to Britain. Germany understandably wasn’t happy and two daring raids were hatched. On 5th September Fregattenkapitän Rolf Rüggeberg of U-513 successfully torpedoed the Canadian ship SS Lord Strathconca and the British SS Saganaga. They sunk in a couple of minutes. Then just under two months later on 2nd November, U-518 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann, sunk the Rose Castle and PLM-27. Today the Bell Island Wrecks sit upright and intact in mouthwateringly clear Canadian waters and covered in star fish, anemones, sea urchins, mussels and crabs. Lying in 18 – 48 metres, they’re a Mecca for all temperate water wreck divers.
The story of the Bell Island Wrecks doesn’t finish here though. In the mid 2000’s Marita, daughter of Captain Rüggeberg, was clearing out her mother’s house when she discovered a small box. Inside were military documents, slide photos of icebergs and two Iron Crosses that Rüggeberg had received for sinking the SS Lord Strathconca and the SS Saganaga. Her husband (Barry) started researching, “it was like a jigsaw. Once we got hold of a copy of the logbook and started to work on the logbook, it all started to come together. The pictures matched some of the positions of the boat and the story began to unfold”.
The story took on a new twist when Captain Rüggeberg’s son-in-law attended one of the UK Dive Shows. Barry stumbled across Ocean Quest Newfoundland, who run trips to dive the wrecks that Rüggeberg torpedoed. As a direct result, in July 2010 Marita and Barry visited Bell Island and donated Rüggeberg’s artifacts (including the two Iron Crosses) to the Bell Island Museum.
To hear more of this exciting story, come and listen to Rick Stanley talk at 2pm in Room 23 this weekend at DIVE.2011, Birmingham. And if wrecks aren’t your thing, then you can also find out more about diving with majestic Humpback Whales, breathtaking icebergs or abandoned whaling stations.
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People attend Dive Shows for many different reasons, and a major one is to shop for a drysuit. There is a lot of choice for today's diver and sometimes it can all seem a bit overwhelming. So where do you start? One sensible option is to visit a dive show and talk to all the different suit manufactures. You should soon find something that suits your style of diving today, and of equal importance, your future diving too.
Rich Walker (Wreck & Cave and GUE's Director of Technical Training) will be on hand to assist potential DUI Customers on Stand 835 (SDS Watersports). If you've always fancied one of these suits, why not come and talk to him at DIVE.2011. Rich actively dives DUI because he thinks they're the only manufacturer that makes a drysuit that matches the style of diving he does.
DIVE.2011 will be held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October 2011, at the NEC, Birmingham, England.
As your diving gets more adventurous, your hands and more specifically your fingers can take a bit of a pounding when it comes to setting up and donning equipment. One particular nut - the Wing nut - used for mounting a backplate to a single or twinset can really scratch and catch fingers, especially when you’re not concentrating on the task in hand.
Enter stage left Kent Tooling’s Dome Nuts (www.divingproducts.co.uk). These low profile knurled nuts are a much better solution. They’re easier to hold, simpler to tighten (and subsequently undo) and they don’t require a washer either. And coming from the stable of Kent Tooling you can be assured of their quality because they’re manufactured from Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel. To get your sticky paws on a set of Knurled Nuts or other shiny diving components visit Kent Tooling’s Stand at DIVE.2011 (22 – 23 October @ Birmingham NEC) and talk to ‘that very clever engineering bloke’ John. Or log onto www.divingproducts.co.uk
Press Coverage includes;
“Kent Tooling’s Knurled Nuts are the Biz” X-Ray Magazine, 13 October 2011
“New backplate nuts from Kent Tooling” British Diver, 2nd February 2012
“We all know that one of the contributing factors to Decompression Illness is dehydration”, stated Alex Vassallo, Custom Divers CEO. “Hydrating properly before a dive means only one thing - the need to wee easily during the dive. Whilst there have been a couple of solutions - nappies and traditional sticky sheaths - these are not always as successful as one would wish. Nappies can flood and sheaths would either stick, (which could prove to be a nightmare to remove post dive), or they didn't, (and would blow/fall off during use). To combat this, divers would use tape, which could be uncomfortable.
Custom Divers uniquely designed Hewee Go Urination System eliminates all these problems. In fact it's so comfy, that quite a few divers who have tried this say it's such a secure fit, it feels as though they are not wearing anything. So if you're looking for piece of mind when you're hydrating for your next dive, come and talk to Custom Divers at the forth coming Birmingham Dive Show - DIVE 2008 - or log onto www.customdivers.com”
Custom Divers are celebrating a decade of manufacturing quality diving equipment on Stand 1358 at Dive 2005 with the launch of a diminutive new reel and the innovative Bravo sealed wing system.
Our ratchet reels have proved to be extremely popular over the years. Now we are proud to announce we’ve augmented our Reel Collection with the launch of a new Pocket Ratchet Reel. Like it’s cousins, this reel benefits from being designed to offer the diver both ratchet and free run functions, making it ideal for D-SMB work. As the name suggests this is a dinky reel, and because of its well thought out design, is snag free and the tension of the spool can be adjusted to suit individual needs.
Likewise we will be unveiling our latest wing system – the Bravo. This unique innovation will be shown for the first time at Birmingham, having been launched in Las Vegas at DEMA two weeks prior.
The Megalodon Rebreather will also be on the stand. It is currently undergoing CE certification and we look forward to making an announcement in the diving press soon.
For divers looking for solutions to technical or more adventurous diving, an ideal place to get your questions answered is on the Custom Divers stand number 1358. We would be delighted to help you get more from your diving and will offer good sound advice from experienced divers. We will also have a limited range of stock for sale at the show. For further information check out www.customdivers.com