Diving the Alabama Wreck, Stornoway

Alabama Wreck Stornoway

Recently I was Diving the Alabama Wreck, Stornoway, a 114mtr steamship lost in 1904. This was a lovely dive, joined by seals who were very inquisitive. It lies at a slight angle so that what is left of it is deck down. This created a few very good swim through’s. Pretty sure we saw a porthole on her as well. Excuse the shakiness of the video – but hopefully, it gives a flavour of the wreck and what there is to see.

ALABAMA SS was a Danish Cargo Steamer of 4,454 tons built-in 1899 by Charles Connell & Company, Scotstoun, Yard No 249 for Det Forenede D/S (dfds), Copenhagen, Denmark. She was powered by a steam, single screw engine giving 9.5 knots. On the 30th December 1904 whilst at anchor at Stornaway, her mooring chain broke during a storm and she grounded on a rock. The following day she slipped from the rock and sank.

Even though this wreck is in Stornoway off the Isle of Lewis, if you want to dive wrecks with me in the beautiful Pembrokeshire waters, feel free to join our dive club called BSAC Scavenger Dive Boat Club. Also, find us on Facebook here.

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