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Scuba Diving in the North Sea from Norfolk
Thousands of shipwrecks have sunk around the UK over the last few hundred years caused by a variety of reasons:
The greatest cause from the above list is Warfare, and unfortunately for those poor sailors in World War 2, the area around the North Sea coast had a disproportionate number of shipwrecks caused by mines, torpedoes, shelling and aircraft. The reasons for this:
· The coast around Norfolk protrudes into the North Sea creating a funnel that convoys had to squeeze through.
· Sandbanks focussed the convoys further creating a duck-shoot for submarines and e-boats.
· London’s industry required massive amounts of coal that had to be shipped non-stop from Newcastle.
There are places with more wrecks, but what makes the North Sea wrecks special is the depth of the water.
10,000 years ago, the area between the South of England and Holland was low lying grassland, and over time this flooded to depths that are easily reachable by recreational scuba divers, so this is by no means deep sea diving.
So with all the shallow shipwrecks on offer why isn’t the North Sea inundated with divers every weekend?
Well the bad news is that the visibility can be very unpredictable and can vary in the course of a week between 0.5 meters and 8 meters.
With the funnelling effect and the shallowing of the water tides can be extremely strong with tidal ranges greater then 7 meters and slack water of less than 5 minutes.
Launching boats from the beaches is tricky and the number of ports is limited.
What this amounts to is an area that is a unique time capsule for hardy divers who are prepared to take the risk and give it a go.
www.Northseadivers.co.uk is a site written the divers who explore this area, has tools to help dive planning, shares tales of the wrecks and gives a taste of the individuals involved.