Hera, is a wreck dive from a steel four masted sailing ship which sank over 100 years ago in tragic circumstances. At a shallow 18m depth with a sandy seabed, your bound to see the odd Dogfish tucked into the sand. The Hera is surprisingly intact and full of crevices to find wonderful marine life.
A little off Castle beach is another hidden treasure, a sunken WW1 U Boat. In two sections her wreck tells a mysterious tale. Salvaged from Scotland where the enemy fleet had scuppered itself at the end of the war, a few subs were bought to FalmouthBay as part of the war reparation scheme. Some were used as large practice but most were sunk due to an usually forceful freak storm.
The British Sailing Ship the Queen, a transport ship was lost during a South Easterly gale in 1814, whilst sheltering in the Carrick Raods. It was moored for three days, seeking shelter after a rough crossing from Portugal. It was carrying wounded troops from Wellingtons army, women, children and French prisoners. Its single mooring anchor gave way and she dashed onto the rocks, 369 souls perished.
There is a mass grave for some of the victims in Mylor Churchyard with a single grave stone.
The SS Epsilon a Dutch steamship is a WW1 mine victim. The 3,211 ton ship struck a mine laid by the German U Boat UC-17. The wreck was right in the main shipping channel and was flattened to clear it. The ships boilers and a few bits of superstructure are about all that remains.
The Mohegan was a luxurious victorian ship weighing some 7000 tons. She set out for her second voyage in October 1898. hopelessly off course she smashed against the Manacles Reef, and sank within ten minutes. 106 poor souls lost their lives. Most of the dead were buried in a mass grave at St Keverne Church a simple cross erected with the word Mohegan.
In December 1917, the 4,610 ton SS Volnay, was torpedoed by the German Submarine UC-64. Carrying wartime rations and munitions to Plymouth, she attempted to beach on Porthallow Bay but foundered half a mile from the shore. Two separate attempts were made to reduce her as a hazard. It was more likely to destroy the anti-personnel shells on board, many of which still remain.
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