The Queen lies in about 30m of water a few miles outside of Dover harbour. The slack time is extremely short and visibility is usually quite limited. As she lies in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, diving her does require a couple of precautions.
The skipper will usually throw a shot line down, the first diver pair will secure and tie the boat to the wreck. The remaining divers will need to follow the anchor line down onto the wreck. Diving near Dover does require you to carry a wreck reel, allowing you to reel away from the shot and back again. It is extremely important to exit the water via the shot, as you often can hear the ferries from and to France passing close by.
The poor visibility and as we haven't dived her too often, the number of items identified is a bit more limited. The wreck is well sunk into the sandy, rocky bottom. She sits upright and fairly intact. Her hull is more or less complete, with section of her main deck plates exposed. Access to the holds is possible, but the inside is quite silted up. It is better to swim along the side of the hull. She is home to a lot of dogfish who are quite friendly, they slide in and out the hull through the holes.
If you have reeled out using the hull edge as a guide, you can dive back using the deck as a guide. This allows you to stay a bit more shallow and minimise your nitrogen loading. Swimming along the deck you will come across some cabins, which are the only elements left from the upper ship structure. The roof and wooden panels have all rotten away, only leaving windows without frames in most areas.
According to the skipper, there is access to the engine room via a hole on the stern side, however, we haven't had a chance to have a look at the engine yet.