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St Mary's Island

Alternative Names: Janet Clark

Type of Dive:  Rocks & gully's Wreckage.

Suggested experience:  Trainee, A 10 Litre cylinder is enough here as its very shallow and you have a long walk from the car to the water.

Travel directions:  Take the A19 toward Morpeth/A1, A186 heading to Earsdon/Whitley Bay, Blyth, St. Mary's Island 

Parking directions:  At the causeway on the right. ( Pay and display ) See Google drive across the causeway, drop off all your gear & then return your car to the car park

Distance from Newcastle: 10 miles 30 mins

Lat & Long:  55.072397, -1.448704  Postcode NE26 4RS

Tides: Tide tables

Depth:  10m

Site entry/exit:   From the car, you walk across a causeway Google which is only slightly covered at HW and you head up the steps between the building and down onto the rocks.

Underwater directions: The north of the Island is best for diving but there is a wreck called The Gothenburg City which lies to the north-west and the Janet Clark which lies to the northeast of the island in 9m. 

Site Hazards:  Low viz after bad weather.

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Other comments: St. Mary's Island is a voluntary marine reserve. For best diving conditions you need about five days of low south-west winds. There are a few shipwrecks here including the Lovely Nelly, Gothenburg City, California, Janet Clark and the Confidence. The Janet Clark lies in shallow water at the north-eastern tip of the island’s rocks, you can easily find her propeller still fixed to the shaft, pointing seaward. Her huge boiler and a second prop can be found lying inside the wreckage closer to shore.

Pub: The Delval Arms

Created By: Finstrokes

Cafe: None close to here?

Air & Nitrox:  Deep blue

Date:  21/11/10

Revision:  2

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