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Dive the Wreck of the Kowloon

Listed under Diving in Cork, Ireland.

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The Kowloon was a 300m long bulk carrier and is the largest wreck in Europe - and the largest wreck by tonnage in the world. Over the last ten years it has been gradually breaking up allowing divers to swim both inside and outside the ship.

While the stern is in good, intact, condition, the bow section is of interest to both wreck and reef enthusiasts, as it's become laden with anemones and has several impact holes blown in it. You can also see her six metre anchor still attached to the side of the wreck.

The Kowloon Bridge was wrecked in 1986 and sank with her cargo of iron ore and spilled large amounts of fuel after she escaped her rescue tug boats.

It's at Toe Head, but you get the boat out to it from Baltimore.

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A great wreck

Kowloon Bridge is an upright wreck dive at between five and about 35 metres and it’s one of the worlds largest wrecks, I think it’s 300 metres long. The front of the ship is still fairly intact and it’s an impressive sight. The back is breaking up which I though was good because I got to have a closer look inside and you can swim all the way through into the cargo holds and some of the rooms at the front. Lots of fish live in or on the wreck, I saw wrasse, ling and my highlight, a couple of angler fish. The currents around the ship are a bit unpredictable and with the back breaking up there are some dangerous sharp edges. Our guide told us a horror story about a diver slicing off part of their finger when a chunk moved in the swell, but I don’t know if that was true of just a warning.

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