Alternative Names: Cove bay
Type of Dive: Shore & wreck. The Countess of Aberdeen.
Suggested experience: Novice upwards.
Parking directions: On the rough ground to the left of the breakwater. Google
Distance from Aberdeen: 4 Miles 15 Mins Dundee 63 Miles 1 hr 35 mins
Lat & Long: N57.095696,W-2.076137
Tides: Tide tables
Site entry/exit: You access off the beach adjacent to the harbour wall.
Underwater directions: Approximately in line with the end of the breakwater is a wall dropping down to 8-10m. This wall continues around most of the bay though less vertical in places and is the base for plentiful life. Whilst the bay out to this line is thickly covered with kelp, at the foot of the wall it is largely sediment. Observing the area at low water springs, kelp can clearly be seen at the surface outlining the relatively small area of deeper water. Because of the fine sediment visibility can be very restricted unless the weather has been calm for a few days.
Going eastwards from the harbour wall out to sea, you will find a large area of broken wreckage. This is the remains of the "Countess of Aberdeen"
The Countess of Aberdeen. Iron steamship. 291 ton. She was lost on the 1st December 1977 and went ashore in thick fog. The vessel later caught fire and was gutted. Depth 7 - 14 metres sometimes marked with a buoy. Google
Site Hazards: This is a working harbour so look out for boat traffic
Nearest Public phone:
Mobile Network service: There is no mobile phone reception at the harbour.
Created By: Choc star
Thanks To: Info from Ellon SAC
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