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PUMP WORKS, DRILLING RIG
& BLOCK HOUSE


DIVING FACTS
MIN DEPTH:
13 metres
MAX DEPTH:
24 metres
BUOY #
4, 13 & 18
BEST BITS:
  • Pipes
  • Electrical switch box
HAZARDS:
  • Protruding metal
  • Overhead environment
  • Loss of visibility
  • Entanglement
  • Depth
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COMPASS BEARINGS
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Back when Vobster Quay was an operational limestone quarry, a number of small structures were built on and near the quarry face to provide the quarry workers with safe areas for observation and storage.

Many of these structures remain in place today and are well worth a visit once you've explored the larger attractions. Stepping off the quayside and descending down to 13 metres, you'll find the first of these - a 2 metre square concrete 'Block House' that provides a perfect platform for diver training or simply for doing a quick 'pat down' before journeying on further.

Constructed entirely of concrete, the block house is just large enough for a diver to squeeze inside but we wouldn't recommend you try it - turning around once inside is very difficult and it doesn't take much to reduce visibility to zero!

Near the Armoured Personnel Carrier, you'll find what remains of the old quarry Pump Works. Lying just a few fin kicks from the APC, the pump works consists of a series of pipes running down the side of the quarry to a brick wall in 22 metres of water.

The pump works still has its corrogated iron roof despite three of its walls collapsing inwards. On the inside of the remaining wall, you'll find the ultimate in dodgy electrics - a large electrical switch box of the type that wouldn't look out of place in an old Frankenstein movie!

For those happy to journey further afield, make sure you visit the Wagon Drilling Rig which can be found on the opposite side of the quarry near the deep Wheelhouse in around 24 metres of water. Looking not dissimilar to a military field gun, wagon drilling rigs are used in open cast quarries for drilling and blasting purposes. The wagon drill would have been used to drill small bore holes into the rock for the placement of explosives which, once detonated, would fracture large sections of the rock face.
SAFETY FIRST: Only very 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!




SURFACE WATER TEMPERATURE
10.0°C
RECORDED ON:
22-11-2018    12:23













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