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Diving the Pomeranian ("The Pom")
The Pomeranian lies in about 33m of water and she lies exposed in the middle of Lyme Bay, making slack time a must for this dive. The ship has flattened significantly, giving only a few “uplifting” features. This wreck can only be done at slack time. The current picks up quickly, every person should carry a delayed SMB The wreck is usually very dark, even on a sunny day, torches are required

The skipper will have to drop a shot and hopefully will put down somewhere in the middle of the wreck. The wreck is split into to distinct part, separated by the front winch sitting on the sea bed.  You can explore the bow section for a few minutes, but not much to see. The most interesting part is the cabin area, the boilers and engine area. The area is quite cramped and you must make sure that you don’t snag yourself trying to get a closer look. This area is usually covered with sea life.

The Pomeranian (The Pom) dive map
  1. Bow with winch 
  2. Exposed hull plates 
  3. Winch 
  4. Stern 
  5. Engine and boilers 
  6. Hull plates 
  7. Cabins 
  8. Bollards

 

About half way past the cabins (passing the cabins on the left, as you look to the stern), are two boilers, which loom in front of you. You can pass them on the left and should be able to make out the engine sitting on the floor.

 

A bit further on, the stern rises in front of you. Swim up the stern, drop over the side and swim back on her starboard side, a lot the hull plates lie on the seabed, giving the local wild life quite a few hiding places.

 

You are likely to run out of time as the current does pick up quickly, the easiest way to surface is to drift away and deploy an SMB.

History

The 4,364 gross ton ship was built for the Monarch Line in 1882 and baptised the “Grecian Monarch”.  She was a large vessel for her time, apply to accommodate 40 1st class, 60 2nd class and 1,000 3rd class passengers. The 116m long vessel, initially, sailed between London and New York and travelled at a speed of 11 knots.

 

In 1887, she was sold the Allan Line Steam Ship Co. Ltd and renamed the Pomeranian, sailing the London-Montreal and Glasgow –Montreal route.  In 1900 she was requisitioned and transported mules to Boer War. In 1902 she was returned to the Allan Line and refitted with a larger triple expansion engine, giving her an extra knot in speed. In 1908, she was stripped of her first class accommodation. In 1916, the Allan Line was aquired by the Canadian Pacific Ocean Services in Montreal.

 

On her last voyage, North-West of Portland Bill, she was sailing close to her top speed and zigzagging to avoid the U-Boats. She was sailing fully loaded with ground chalk, Fullers Earth and General Goods sailing to St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada.  She had left London, 2 days earlier and was making her way across the Bay, when the UC-77, a mine laying submarine, shot one of her 7 torpedoes at the “Pom”. The torpedo hit the crew-quarter at 5:30 a.m., when the majority of her crew was asleep. The large hole meant she went down quickly taking all of the 55 men aboard with her. The only sole survivor, the second engineer William Bell, was rescued by climbing up the rigging and holding on to the mast sticking out of the water. He was saved an hour later by the local patrol yacht.

Pomeranian Wreck

Posted on 4/22/2012 by SDA Editor

The "Pom" is a popular dive site, she is a 116m long and lies 33m deep.

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Key numbers

Dive type: Wreck

Length: 116m

Depth:  33m

Visibility: 10m

Location: 50°33.50'N,02°41.38'W

Difficulty: 4 Stars

Dive: 4 Stars

 

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