Most visitors to Vobster Quay will all be familiar with our original sunken shipwreck attraction, the Jacquin II - but did you know that Vobster features a second large boat wreck at an even shallower depth?
Originally built in 1968 by Ron Berry in Weymouth, the Peveril Pride is a 10 metre long 'Berry' fishing boat. She spent most of her life working out of Swanage as an aft wheelhouse crabber. Unlike most Berry fishing boats, the Peveril Pride has a unique forward wheelhouse which was fitted later in her fishing career when she moved from Swanage to Mudeford.
With her fishing days now well behind her, the Peveril Pride now plays host to a large colony of Perch that have taken up residence in her wheelhouse. Her large rear deck has been uncovered to reveal the Gardner 6LW diesel engine that used to power her through the water.
Keeping watch on the back deck you may encounter one of her former crew members - although divers who have encountered this colourful individual claim that he looks suspiciously like one of our circus jesters!
INFORMATION FOR DIVERS
For divers happy to venture further afield and explore areas of the lake on the opposite bank, a visit to the Peveril Pride is a must. Sat upright in an area usually blessed with good viz, she's the classic example of a shipwreck.
Suitable for divers of all levels, the Peveril Pride sits in just 10 metres of water and enjoys improved visibility due to its remote location away from many of the more popular attractions. Located on the opposite bank just a short surface swim across the lake from the quayside, this rarely visited dive attraction provides a perfect introduction to wreck diving for less experienced divers.
The wreck offers a number of features worth investigating including the wheel house which can be accessed via a side door. Although very restricted, it's worth poking your head through the doorway to have a good look around inside - chances are that you'll see lots of fish in there! The wreck has a shot line tied off onto one of the wheelhouse window frames, allowing easy ascent and descent for those still finding their way around the quarry.
Plenty of fish life!
Creepy sailor on back deck
Loss of visibility
The long swim!
SAFETY FIRST: Only experienced divers with overhead environment training should enter this dive attraction. Movement inside is restricted and the cold, darkness and depth can be very disorientating. If in doubt, DO NOT ENTER!