Shonas Wrecks - Enecuri

This page is an entry in Shonas Wreck Guide.

Name: Enecuri (ex Maristow)
Built: 1894 Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough
Tonnage: 2385 Grt
Voyage: Antwerp to Bilbao in ballast
Dim: 87.69 x 12.16 x 5.73
Port of Registry: Bilbao
Flag: Spain
Machinery: 3 cyl trip exp developing 224hp fired by two boilers
Crew: 26
Master: Jose Roman
Wk No: 013402420 MOD(N)
Sunk: 29/12/1900. After hitting the inner harbour wall on the 28th December 1900, the vessel remained afloat at daybreak. The Master and his dog returned to the vessel next day despite warning that it was unsafe. Whilst aboard, the vesssel slipped off the wall and sank, taking the Master and his dog with it. Divers working on the wreck some years later reported finding the skeletal remains of a human and a dog in one of the cabins.

This small steamer lies at the foot of the second arm of the Portland Breakwater which encompasses Portland Harbour. She lies with he bows to the South, pointing towards the direction of HMS Hood, with a very heavy list to starboard. She can be found by looking at the numbers painted on the breakwater wall. She lies with her bows at number 84 (where there is a change in the height of the breakwater wall), and her stern just to the south of number 86.

Depths around the stern can be as much as 18m, whilst the bow is generally 3m shallower.

The recommended method diving this wreck is to enter the water opposite number 86 on the breakwater wall and swim down the wall to the muddy base. At this point, turn left and keep an eye out for the stern of the wreck lying 4-5 meters from the base of the wall. There is a large 4-blade propeller in the stern which almost touches the wall. From here, swim around the stern onto the rear deck where you'll find the emergency steering gear and the large steering quadrant, complete with steering chains. There is a skylight in the rear deck and a hatch which allows access to stern, but is almost fully silted up.

Continuing forward from here, you come across the rear hold, with a ladder running down the rear bulkhead as far as the prop-shaft tunnel. Swimming forward along the prop-shaft tunnel, the port side of the wreck is collapsing over the divers head, eventually blocking forward access.

The wreck appears to break up at this point, and there are no distinguishing features amid the jumble of plates and girders except for a large distinctive girder which forms an arch.

Moving forward from here, you eventually come to the bow of the vessel. This has a very heavy list to starboard, the foredeck being almost vertical now. The diver can enter the forepeek and swim around, exiting either through the back of the broken bow section or through one of the holes in the foredeck. This compartment is full of silt, and visibility soon reduces to nil unless the diver is careful.

This wreck is best dived when there is a current running along the length of the wreck, and the diver is moving constantly into the current. Visibility here can range from extremely good (10m) to extremely poor (0m). A strong wind with a westerly component will make it difficult for the boat handler to drop-off and retrieve divers unless they swim out from the wall upon surfacing. This site is sheltered from Easterly and Southerly winds up to Gale force.