The Aeolian Sky is one the more modern wrecks in the English Channel. She is massive and with nearly a 150m bow to stern, it is easy to dive her several times and still not have had enough time to dive her.
The shape of the wreck can be slightly disorienting as she was originally nearly 22m wide, but her structure is now only 12 to 14m wide. Salvage and blast work after she sunk has tortured her starboard hull plates into a quite a large mess. Nevertheless, once you got the general layout, it is easy to navigate her.
The skipper will have to use his sonar and GPS locator to find the wreck and slack time is short, you tend not get more than about 30 minutes on the wreck before the current really picks up again. Our suggestion is to dive either the bow or the stern if it is you first dive on her. After descending on her (and if you decide not to penetrate her, put up your SMB, so the skipper can follow you easily on such a large wreck)
The bow is still quite intact, you can see the hull plates "undulate", a result from the explosions to compress the hull. You will find the anchor and anchor winch. Drop down along the anchor winch to the bottom and you will find a Land Rover chassis. Following the bow around you will find a large truck chassis lying in the sand. You can use the wreck as a shelter against the current and slowly swim along the wreck. You will come across two forward mast from the front derricks. Near the derricks, slightly to the bow is another Land Rover chassis. Further along is the central mast, a massive 3m diameter, which can't really be missed. Just behind the main mast, the floor is littered with steel tubes, which was quite a bit of her cargo.
Following her from the stern side, you can drop on to her rear deck, a large winch sits on the back. If you follow her around to the prop-shaft, the hull plates have separated allowing easy access to the engine room if you desire it. Alternatively, you can enter the engine room at the foot of the funnel via her exhaust. From the engine room you can follow her up via the crew cabins, all the way to the bridge (it is advisable to reel yourself in and out of the wreck). According to the manifest, she carried a £1 million of Seychelles Rupees, which were never recovered, and supposedly stored in the sick bay (upper deck just below the funnel). Leaving the bridge you can follow her along two of her large cargo bays before finding the central mast. Most of her cargo is still in the wreck, but it is completely mangled, making access to her cargo area quite difficult.