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In 1897 this German steamship was wrecked just off Newquay in a fierce gale. She was carrying a cargo of coal, much of which still lies on the seabed off Towan Head. Despite much of the ship being stripped by salvors, who used explosives to break her up, the bow section is still mostly intact. Also the two boilers remain standing with the prop shaft still on its mounts, leading back to the iron prop with the rudder lying flat in the sand. Elsewhere there are many other bits of the ship still to be seen. The wreck lies in 35 m of water and is recommended only for advanced divers.

Although there is plenty of marine life around the wreck, it is the actual wreck and its bow section that draw scuba divers to it. 

Diving profileThe Syracusse

  • Level: Advanced
  • Depth: 27m - 35m
  • Seabed: Sand and gravel
  • Average water Temperature: 7ºC - 16ºC
  • Visibility: Good
  • Best season for diving: Summer
  • Closest hyperbaric chamber: Royal Cornwall Hospital