Alternative Names: None
Type of Dive: Shore wreck dive on Loch Etive.
Wreck Information: The Charna, Old fishing boat
Cargo: Unknown was being used as storage at the time of sinking
Suggested experience: Open Water, Sport Diver, good for a new diver's first wreck
Travel & Parking directions: Coming from Taynuilt side when you reach the narrow railway bridge on the way to Connel take the right just after the bridge by the red phone box, follow the track down till you get to the large green shed, there is a slip just after. Do not park on the pier or dive from the pier as its a working pier.
Lat & Long: N56.454974,W-5.310162 Postcode PA37 Google
Tides: Tide tables There is very little tidal movement in the bay so it shouldn't bother you
Depth: 11-12 meters at the deepest point
Site entry/exit: From the end of the slip or walk down the road a bit to the pebble shore directly opposite the white buoy and the first semi-detached cottage. It’s pretty much in line with the white double door.
Underwater directions: From the white mooring buoy on the surface drop down onto a mooring block, From this follow the horizontal line attached to the buoy line about 0.5 m above the bottom. This takes you to the bow of Charna. The seabed between the wreck and shore is usually nice too, bowls down in the middle to 12m at HW. Just keep to a due S bearing to get back to the same entry/exit point.
Site Hazards: Working boats.
Nearest Public phone: Connel
Accommodation: plenty of places to stay in Connel. Scottish Tourist Board, Edinburgh. 0131 332 2433
Mobile Network service: Signal very good here.
Created By: Dingerbot
Air & Nitrox: Puffin
Thanks To: Karen Boswarva, Peter Gun, Trevor Davies and Peter Nutton for pictures and info.
Surface Photos: Old postcard by Kev Watson
Underwater photos: By Mark Kirkland and Mike dive.
Dive Map: By Karen Boswarva
Dive Report: Dingerbot 16/5/12 We finned out to check a spot for a mooring, and since we were not too far away from the mooring she was on we finned out to the buoy and down we went to about 9 meters, my buddy had a hunch that she would be northeast of the mooring and sure enough there she was,
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