Scuba diving in HM Drifter Eddy
HM Drifter Eddy was launched as a dredger (drifter) in 1918 and carried out her duties during both World Wars. In 1942, she was rigged to sweep for mines, however, was not quite suitable for this job. In those days, minesweepers were mainly built of wood and HM Drifter Eddy had a steel hull. In May 1942, while patrolling Grand Harbor's waters, this 27m/89ft long vessel was struck by a mine and sank very close to the entrance to the Grand Harbor. Now the wreck of HM Drifter Eddy can be found on the sandy bottom at the depth of around 56m/184ft. Divers will be able to see a large hole caused by the mine on the starboard side of the wreck. Due to the depth, this dive site can suit only very experienced divers. Moreover, the close proximity of busy ship traffic at Grand Harbor entrance make diving at this site dangerous.
When to go
This site is open for diving all year round, however, the water temperature during the winter drops to chilly 15-17C/59-63F. The hottest time during the summer is from mid-July to mid-September when the average water temperature is 25C/77.
What to see
Divers can explore a 27m/89ft long wreck of the WWII. In surrounding waters they can also see a variety of fish species, including john dory, bonitos and eagle rays.
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