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While diving at the collapsed wreck the Aeolian Sky you will find plenty of holds to explore.
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The Aeolian Sky is a large wreck weighing 16.000 tons and lies 5 miles offshore St Aldhelms Head or St Albans Head. She sunk on 4th November 1979 with her hold crammed with cargo and the decks piled high. The decks have mostly been cleared but the hull is still full of cargo. She lies at a depth of 30m to the seabed. The Aeolian Sky was a big modern freighter, with superstructure and engines at the rear and four massive holds separated by equally massive masts and cargo derricks.
Resting on its port side, the stern and superstructure are reasonably intact, but the holds have collapsed towards the seabed, leaving them less than half their original width over most of the length of the hull. If you are new to the Sky, the superstructure will keep you quite busy enough for at least one dive. There is easy access to companionways and cabins, with open hatches and large windows to swim through. The Aeolian Sky was carrying a number of Land Rovers, dumper trucks, tractors and other vehicles. Before the hull collapsed to its current state, many more of these were easily accessible in the holds. For the first few years after it went down, the holds were much more intact and it was easy to cruise along the length of the wreck, in and out of the holds. Exploring inside the holds now is a much more serious undertaking. Some of the interesting sites on the wreck are a few Land Rover chassis, a pair of masts, its funnel and a huge winch followed by a mast, 3m in diameter. The Aeolian Sky makes for a great and deep dive with plenty to see and discover for all level of divers.
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