“Buoyed by water, he can fly in any direction-up, down, sideways-by merely flipping his hand. Under water, man becomes an archangel.”
Jacques-Yves Cousteau

SS Shuna - Oban   

Whilst carrying a cargo of coal from Glasgow to Gothenburg in Sweden on the 8th of May 1913 the Shuna ran into a bad storm.  The Captain reached the relative calm of the Sound of Mull but the visibility was poor and the driving rain and sea spray combined with the fading light ran onto Grey Rock.  She didn't stay aground for very long but the ingress of water was so great the pumps were unable to cope so the Captain decided to attempt to make it to Tobermory.  It was soon evident that she wouldn't make it so he decided to attempt to run her ashore on the Morvern coast and refloat her later. 

He managed to beach her and the mate was dispatched to Tobermory for help as the crew waited for help but it was soon obvious that she was going down and the crew forced to abandon her.  They reached the shore safely in the ship's boats and they secured a line in a futile attempt to save her but to no avail.  They could only watch as the hatches blew off, the line snapped and she sank to the bottom of the sound.

The wreck was only located in 1992 but by then she had been stripped clean of all items of non ferrous metals but she still makes an excellent dive.  She is very silted up so there are very few opportunities for penetration but she sits upright in 30-32 meters of water parallel to the shore on a gently sloping seabed with the deck at 16-20 meters.

Here is some video that I took on the wreck.


Click on the thumbnails for a larger view