Day Three: 6th May 2002

Target: U2511

Depth: 70m

Weather and sea conditions:Wind 2-3 northerly, fair and sunny

Diving report:

We spent most of today in an aimless search of three charted 'submarine' positions that we attempted locating last year. We had a magnetometer with us today, but the result was the same. The wrecks are simply not there. The survey information came from sources between 1980 and 1995 and we now consider this information to be a dubious as the official report into Operation Deadlight.

We therefore opted for plan B and headed back to Schnee's U2511. This is simply the world's greatest submarine dive. As per last year, she lies in stunning visibility on a white sand bottom, surrounded by millions of fish.

I penetrated the wreck, and entered the crew space aft of the torpedo room. Many batteries could be seen along with much cabling. All the bulkhead hatches are open. A large Conger eel attempted to make my withdrawal from the wreck a little tricky. It seemed to like its reflection in the lens of my video camera.

Interestingly, I noticed that the schnorchel is in place on the conning tower. We missed it last year because it is covered in marine growth, but it is all there. A great dive.

Comments:

We are going to look to the west tomorrow. There are several U-boats there and we hope to be able to locate enough to keep us going for the next few days. The fantastic weather continues.

Innes McCartney

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