The Dakotian is a huge cargo vessel that sank because of a mine at the beginning of World War II.
|Name Dive Site:||Dakotian Wreck|
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The Dakotian Wreck is usually dived when the weather is rough. She lies in the Haven just out of Dale. Boats can be launched out of Dale where there is a concrete slipway, which is accessible in low water. A jetty is also available to moor the rib to. The wreck is marked with a buoy which lies NW of it. The merchant vessel Dakotian sank in 1940, 6,426 tons, 400 feet long and 52 feet wide. She lies in depths ranging from 7m to 19m, with often poor visibility and fast tides.
She sank by a mine while dropping anchor on the night of the 21st of November 1940 and went down in 3 minutes. In 1976 efforts raised a 1918 vintage 4" Vickers gun. The bow was blow apart as she presented a navigation hazard to shipping. Parts of the wreck can be dived through. Bow Section: Rich in Devonshire cup corals, several bottles of medicine have been found as well as tin plate next to the fallen mast. If you pick up some of the sheets you will be able to see your reflection in them. To the left squeeze between the side of the ship and the compartments. There are boxes containing ammunition for the guns that use to be on board. Drop over the side and you can swim under her at this point, where you will find the rudder still attached. There is lots of marine life to be seen at this point.
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