SS Clan Stuart (Wreck)

The dive site SS Clan Stuart is an inshore historical wreck in Simon’s Town area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula. The “SS Clan Stuart”, a 3500-ton British turret steamer carrying a cargo of coal, ran aground after dragging its anchor in a South East gale on 21 November 1914.

Moderate variety of invertebrates and fish. The growth inside includes more corals and bryozoans than the outside, which is predominantly covered by Red bait and coralline algae.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 7 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Snorkeling
  • Wreck Dive

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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