Wick & Broadhaven

The wrecks of the St Nicholas and the Isleford

There are several popular dive sites around Wick harbour and the nearby coastline near the mouth of the river. The sites include scenic, wall, reef and wreck dives and are suitable for a wide range of diver experience levels.

 








Broadhaven provides access to a very scenic dive and includes the 'Broadhaven Window'.

This site is accessed most easily from the shore at or near high water and involves an entry along a shallow gully which rapidly decends to below 15m.

On the Proudfoot Rocks at Broadhaven, in 1914, the 787 ton steamer, St Nicholas ran aground.
At High Water, the maximum depth of the wreck is about 20m with much of the site much shallower. Not much remains of the wreck, although the large engine components still remain.

This is a relatively easy shore dive, reached from across a rocky beach. The dive is best done at High Water otherwise entry/exit across the rocks becomes difficult.
The Isleford wreck on the north shore of the river mouth, lying in about 16m provides the diver the opportunity to see not only ships major machinery but also shells and ordanance. In 1942, The Isleford, carrying shells and other ordanance, foundered on the rocks below Broadhaven, Wick and was lost.
Diving the Iselford in the winter months, before the kelp overtakes the shallower parts of the wreck, gives the diver views of the 18" shells she was carrying.

 

 

The engine, boiler, rudder and winches are still readily identifiable.
 
 

On the south side of the river mouth is an area known as the 'Trinkie'. This is a seawater swimming pool built into the rock structure. Nearby is the entry point for a spectacular wall dive. Once in the water, this is a very scenic dive to a depth of 25m with walls, gullies and caves.