Galicia Wreck Dive Torbay / Lyme Bay
The Galicia was a large Ocean Liner who had an unlucky life striking mines twice! She now lays broken in 18m of water and is a good entry level wreck dive with masses of marine life!
Dive Site Name: Galicia (aka Galecia) Dive Type: Wreck Dive
Max Depth Seabed: 18m Depth to top of Wreck: 14m
Approximate Position: N50,33.16 W003,26.17
Tonnage: 5992tonnes Length: 400Ft Cargo: CoalGeneral cargo including cement barrels, cloth, mail and ammunition.
Date Lost: 12/05/1917 How Lost: Struck Mine laid by U-17
Minimum Qualification: PADI Open water Diver (Or Equivilent)
In 1923 the wreck was dispersed as it reportedly broke the surface and presented a hazard to shipping and she was heavily salvaged as she was reasonably shallow. She now lies over a large area and is well broken. Some describe her as a scrap yard however if you are fortunate enought o dive her on the odd ocassion of exceptional viz (we have seen 20m + viz on her!!) then you can see her in her full glory and laid out almost as a flat packed wreck! There are still some features including the boiler tubes, masts and until 2011 at least 1 porthole remained!! Some of the cargo can still be seen including cement drums that have now set and made a solid lump!! Fabric bundles can still be found that were reportedly being transported to make hats.
The wreck has an abundance of marine life and is usually rich with lobster and crabs as well as some great "forests" of sea fans. This site is especially good as a night dive. At the Centre we reguyalrly use it as an entry level wreck training dive.
Photos here are of the Poosi her sister ship and as ever great thanks to Richard Clarke www.divesouthdevon.com who has helped to research this dive.