Swanage Pier Saturday 18th July

Great to finally get back in the water and get some training done this weekend. 5 of us ventured down to Swanage Pier which didn't fail to please again. The vis was a good 8 meters, and under the pier was full of life. Well done to Chris who did his first two sea dives. If you'd like to learn to dive, or are a qualified diver looking to join a club, please get in touch - Seven Seas Divers are always looking for new divers.



Keep in Touch

Whilst in lockdown the club has kept in contact with Weekly "zoom" meetings to replace our Tuesday evening club night.

We've had quite a reasonable size group so far with some members who would normally be too distant for the conventional meetings. If you haven't joined in yet why not say hello next week. The login details have been distributed to members by email. Let me know if you have a problem joining.

Paul E

Covid-19 pandemic

In accordance with government guidelines all external club activities will cease until further notice.

Obviously online activities will continue during this period.

Tuesday Meetings are now being held via Zoom, check club emails for details.

Best wishes to all during this difficult time.


Try Dive Evening - Monday 24th February

Ever wanted to try scuba diving? Looking for a new challenge in 2020? 

We are runnning a Try Dive evening on Monday 24th February at 8:30pm for just £15 per person.

If you'd like to have a go, please get in touch, all you need is a basic level of fitness and be comfortable in the water, you don't need to be able to swim well or be amzingly fit!

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Boat Handling Skills Course



Sunday 15th September 2019 saw the clubs practical boat handling skills course take place with lead instructor Peter “PJ” Sullivan on the clubs rib out of Littlehampton Marina.

The students who had previously completed two skills and theory lectures included Justin Clark, Paul Naude, Paul Campbell with Flo Trickey an experienced boat handler refreshing his skills. Training within the Littlehampton Marina and Arun estuary included boat and equipment orientation, owner / driver responsibilities, boat handling basics, factors effecting boat handling, pre-launch and voyage planning, safety,  boat loading, manoeuvring skills in confined spaces, mooring up and coming alongside etc. Offshore skills and training took place in the English Channel off Littlehampton and include calm and open water handling, surface conditions - wind, tide etc, controlling the boat at High and low speeds, turning and man over board drills. The trainees also covered anchoring and diving which included buoys, recovering an anchor, deploying shot lines, dropping and recovering divers and side-step manoeuvres.

All students passed the course successfully and the club now has three new boat handlers who will now go on to spend about 20 hours accompany an experiences Diver Cox / Boat handlers developing their skills and experience further.

The Boat handling course is one of many training and development course run by the Seven Seas dive club. Interested just message us.




A great days training at Wrasybury today, Amy, Richard and Justin are well on their way with their Sports Diver course and David is make good progress with his Ocean Diver.



Try Dive Evening 3rd June 8pm

Do you want to try something different this year? Are you looking for a new challenge? Why not try SCUBA diving.
Seven Seas Divers are looking for new members and will be running Try Dive evening on the 3rd June at Cheam Pool. If you are interested please get in touch. £15 for one hours introduction. Open to all!

Bank holiday Monday

Bank holiday Monday saw the third club RIB outing this year to the SS Pentyrch steamer sunk in 1918 off the coast near Brighton by UBoat UB40.  The trip out was smooth, and 4 of us dived.  Parts of the wreck are still fairly intact and with plenty of life on it, although the vis was a bit low since it's still quite early in the season.  Thanks to Joe for coxing and to Paul S for arranging the trip, all in all an enjoyable day.

HMT Pine 18/10/2018

HMT Pine. Information from Guildford BSAC NAS Survey. 

General Details

Gross weight of 530 tons. Dimensions of 164ft OA X 27 ft 6 inches. One shaft reciprocating engine 850 IHP 11.5 knots. Armed with 1 x 12pdr, 2x 0.5 inch AA $x LG and a crew of 35.

Hms Pine was built in the Hall, Russell and Co. Ltd yard in Aberdeen. She was laid down on 29th September 1939, launched on 25 March 1940 and commissioned on 3 July 1940.

Her commanding officers were :

1940 - 1941 Lt.Cdr Charles ‘Bunty’ Palmer Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserves.
1941 - 1943 T/Lt Charles Meldon Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves.
1943 - 1944 T/Lt J Hird Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves.

Convoy CW-243, the final voyage of HMS Pine.

Convoy Cw-243 consisted of 10 merchant vessels and 7 escorts destined for St.Helens Roads from Southend, comprising Hms Haslemere, Hms Albrighton, Hmt Rehearo, Hmt Lorraine, Hmt Blackthorn, Hmt Walnut and Hmt Pine. The merchant vessels including among others Caleb Sprague, Emerald, Balduin, Ara and Jernland. 

The convoy left Southend on the 30th January 1944 bound for St. Helens Roads. It would be passing through the infamous E-boat alley, a popular hunting ground of German fast attack boats out of Calais. The first day passed uneventfully as the convoy steamed at 7 knots along the south coast. Late into the day a Sunderland of coastal command spotted a U-boat on the surface but it soon submerged and nothing more was reported.

On into the night the convoy pressed slowly passing Beachy Head. The three Tree class armed trawlers Walnut, Pine and Blackthorn in the van of the convoy on mine-seeping duties clearing the path for the merchant vessels behind. Leading the port column of vessels was the Fleet Auxiliary Hms Haslemere commanded by the convoy commodore. Tailing the port column of merchant vessels was Hmt Lorraine and behind the starboard column Hmt Rehearo, finally tailing the convoy was the destroyer Hms Albrighton.

At 0145 a radar operator on the Sussex shore spotted 10 new plots on his screen headed straight for the convoy plodding along at 7 knots. The new blips on his radar were headed for the convoy at 40 knots and it could mean only one thing. A pack of E-boats was hunting and had found the convoy. The civilian radar operator then made a fatal mistake of following procedure to the letter and went to find a senior naval officer to give him permission to make a plain language transmission to warn the convoy. All the time the E-boats closed in on the convoy.

The E-boats had lain waiting in the channel with their engines turned off and watching for the lights and listening for the transmission of the convoy proceeding down the channel. When they confirmed their target they started their engines and raced towards the convoy at 40 knots, splitting into 2 groups they encircled the convoy and began to fire torpedoes at the advancing merchant vessels.

One group of E-boats attacked the centre of the convoy and in the ensuing melee the Caleb Sprague and The Emerald were both sank in quick succession. At this time the call of ‘action stations’ had passed along the escorts and Hms Albrighton charged in between the lines of merchant vessels and engaged the E-boats as best she could.

The second group of E-boats had made their way around the front of the convoy and were now attempting to engage the convoy from the coastal side. It was at this time that Hms Pine was torpedoed by S142 commanded by Oberlutenant zur See Hinrich Ahrens. The torpedo hit Hms Pine on the bow and blew it clean off, 10 men were instantly killed in the attack.

Kindly sent by the grandson of RPO Tom McGabe

‘…and then tragedy for one of our flotilla, the minesweeper 'Pine'. We were in convoy with the Pine when we got the alarm during the night when we were on the last lap to Portsmouth. 'Action Stations' the usual star shell, tracers and very loud bangs and flashes. There were a couple of terrific flashes and it was rumoured that two small tankers in the convoy had vanished in them, more flashes and the Pine was hit and blown clean in two by a torpedo - the stern half remained afloat, the rest had just disappeared. A few survivors including two officers were fished out of the water and shortly afterward they went back onboard to salvage the stern half of their ship. They managed to get it taken in tow but a couple of hours later it also sank without warning and the survivors had to swim for it again. The culprits had been E boats on a pitch dark night lying in wait in the swept channel with their engines switched off. We had regularly lain alongside the Pine in harbour and we knew most of those lost fairly well, so it came as a great shock to all of us.'

The E-boats seemed content with their 3 ‘kills’ and left as quickly as they had arrived. The convoy stayed on high alert and began to ‘hug the coast’ to try and avoid a further anticipated attack form the e-boats. The convoy was ordered not to slow down and make best speed towards the safety of Portsmouth, leaving the crippled Hms Pine adrift behind them.

It was Lt-Commander Leslie close by in Motor Launch 206 who quickly came to save those still on board Hms Pine. He took 20 survivors from Hms Pine and with encouragement from the survivors again went alongside Hms Pine and a boarding party took further 7 survivors from below decks onto M.L.206. Lt.Cdr Leslie then stayed on station with Hms Pine until the Hmt Rehearo came alongside and took Hms Pine under tow towards Newhaven.

M.L.206 quickly made its way into Newhaven to disembark its survivors. The Naval Officer in command then ordered Hms Pine to be towed to Portsmouth where there were better repair facilities, so Hmt Rehearo turned and towed Hms Pine towards Portsmouth. 2 of Hms Pines surviving officers asked to be put back on board Hms Pine for the tow back into Portsmouth. M.L.206 quickly came along side Hms Pine and the 2 officers transferred across. The 2 officers weren’t on the Hms Pine for long, before, 6 miles from Selsey Bill at 1345 on the 31st January 1944, she suddenly sank.

Today she she still rest 6 miles or so from Selsey Bill at 
Latitude*=*50°43'.057 N***
Longitude*=*000°37'.183 W 

Those who lost their lives on board Hms Pine:

AUDIS, Raymond G E, Ordinary Signalman, RNPS, LT/JX 405841, MPK 
ELLIOTT, Robert T, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 231951, MPK 
FAULKNER, Albert V, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 203620, MPK 
HAYWARD, Arthur, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 436311, MPK 
HOBSON, Loris, Cook, RNPS, LT/MX 107746, MPK 
MARTIN, Edward, Ordinary Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 355532, MPK 
MARTLAND, John, Leading Cook, RNPS, LT/MX 84970, MPK 
MASON, Stanley, Ordinary Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 532715, MPK 
PECKHAM, Cecil C, Ordinary Telegraphist, RNPS, LT/JX 370193, MPK 
SHERIFF, Ronald B, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 379840, MPK

Diving Sunday 2nd September

Another good day out on the boat yesterday, Paige and Justin both did their first sea dive. We saw baby cuttle fish, dog fish, rays, scallops chattering and congers. The Mullberry Harbour was particularly full of fish life.



M2 Dive Report

Adrienne has written a report on the recent club Dive on the M2, It was obviously a great dive. Video to Follow.

The report is in the usual place Club Info >> Reports, Pics and Video. (dont forget to log in first)

SS Jaffa

The Rib was out yesterday, typical British diving conditions: Force 1-2 wind, flat calm seas and brilliant sunshine. We dived the Jaffa as planned and I for one had a great dive. Viz was interesting, the water was crystal clear at the surface but dropped to about 2m at 26m. I guess the Algae bloom is finally clearing down so things are getting better. Plenty of fish life as per normal in the channel (just to get in the way of the wreck :)) with a smattering of crabs, Lobster and smaller crustaceans. Some conger were spotted on the wreck by everyone else.
I suppose the boilers and the prop are the main features on interest left on this wreck that was sunk in 1918, and they are quite impressive.
The only kit failure was the pen used for recording Marshall sheets.
Great day, thanks to all involved and especially Joe for Boat handling etc.
All looking really good for IOW next week, have fun, I wish I was going to be there.

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Chesil Beach

What a day, a cloudless Sunny Day, a relatively quiet beach for a Bank Holiday, not bad drive home and a nice pint at the end of the day.  

Now the diving! 10 -15m vis, crystal clear water, and life galore. We saw Cuttle Fish, Angler Fish, Pipe Fish, a huge selection of Nudibranchs, crabs, lobsters, and just about every fish you can see in the UK, all with a pleasant 14 degree water.

Amy and Paul both got in the water for their first dives. Amy notched up three dives, Paul two. Helen, Izzie and Damien had a couple of nice dives too.

All in all one of the best days diving in the UK for a long time. I’ve warned Amy and Paul it’s not always like that!!

Thanks to all for coming mucking in and making a great day.






OD Exam 8May18

Congratulations to Amy and Paul who passed thier Ocean Diver theory exam last night.