Wreckage of a small wooden naval patrol boat on a sand bottom.
- 1 P87 wreck: S34°09.570’ E018°26.420’
Bearings: ¼ nm south-south-west of the Quarry Barge
This site is in the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area since 2004. A permit is required.
The name "P87" is derived from the name of the vessel.
Maximum depth is about 16 m.
Visibility will usually be much like other sites north of Simon's Town. A large or long period swell will pick up the fine bottom sand, but the swell is usually much reduced in this area.
A small amount of low profile wreckage, mostly hull planking with frames and a few loose pieces. Mostly buried or partly buried in the fine sand of the area. To the north there are a few scattered outcrops of hard sedimentary rock. These are low and very blocky, and at first sight look unnatural, due to flat surfaces and straight edges, but they are rock and sound like rock when hammered with a loose stone.
Geology: Hard sandstones of the Peninsula formation surrounded by fine flat silica sand.
The site is exposed to south easterly winds and waves, so should be dived in winter, when there is less south easterly wind, and is often good in normal winter westerlies. The site is reasonably protected from southwesterly swell.
Boat access only. The site is theoretically within swimming distance from the shore for a strong swimmer, but without a GPS there is little chance of finding the wrecksge.
The wreckage is very low and flat and may often be covered or partly covered by sand, which would explain why the wool planking is mostly bare. Small amounts of local sessile reef life lives on the higher parts and particularly on the low rocky outcrops to the north, but in comparison with most reef and wrecks in the region it is barren. Some of the wood looked as if it was normally buried, but may have been cleared for use as nesting sites by Steentjies, a local fish which lays its eggs on a bare surface which the male keeps clean during the breeding season.
Low profile wooden wreckage, mostly concentrated over a small area, and without much sea life.
There is very little that most photographers would want to record.
Probably best done as an double dive along with the Glencairn Barge wreck. In ten to fifteen minutes you could comprehensively visit this site. Use a shotline to mark the position, and descend and ascend at the shotline.
No known site specific hazards. There is a remote possibility of seeing a Great White shark.
No special skills required or recommended. The site is suitable for entry level divers
No additional equipment recommended
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Other regional dive sites:
- Dive sites of Table Bay and approaches,
- Dive sites of the Cape Peninsula west coast
- Dive sites of False Bay offshore and approaches
- Dive sites of False Bay east coast
- Fresh water dive sites of the Cape Town Metropolitan Area