Mikhail Lermontov 1986

Mikhail Lermontov 1986

The wreck of the Lermontov lies in the bay of Port Gore, on her starboard side in 37 metres of water. She is a huge vessel, just under 600 feet long and over 20,000 tonnes. Any similarity to the Coolidge ends there, as this is a very different style of diving. Whereas the Coolidge is a shore dive in crystal visibility, this is a distinctly gnarly diving experience. Visibility is limited – indeed on the day we dived the wreck Terry was raving about the five metre soup that covered the hull. The rest of us, ruined forever by an endless series of tropical wrecks, looked faintly stunned. This is also a fairly recent wreck – she has after all only been on the sea bed for 17 years – and the silty corridors and open spaces are still gently caving in, creating a whole series of elaborate means by which a diver can meet his unseemly end.

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