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The subterranean world of Transylvania

Appeared in DIVER February 2010

Could an ocean liner blessed with awesome visibility 135m down off the north coast of Ireland be the best wreck dive in the British Isles? Leigh Bishop thinks so, and he has been lucky enough to dive the Transylvania more than once

Divers inspect the fabulous sight of the telegraphs on the bridge of the Transylvania
Divers inspect the fabulous sight of the telegraphs on the bridge of the Transylvania
  • The three-funnel liner at sea in the 1920s
    The three-funnel liner at sea in the 1920s
  • Dark Star divers decompress in the Atlantic
    Dark Star divers decompress in the Atlantic
  • An open porthole covered in rusticle encrustation, in the bridge section
    An open porthole covered in rusticle encrustation, in the bridge section
  • The ship's main telemotor on the bridge at 132m depth
    The ship's main telemotor on the bridge at 132m depth
  • A diver inspects wire cable on a drum fixed to the deck
    A diver inspects wire cable on a drum fixed to the deck
  • Between the surface and a wreck lying more than 130m deep
    Between the surface and a wreck lying more than 130m deep
  • Diver Jeff Cornish alongside the forward deck gun at 130m
    Diver Jeff Cornish alongside the forward deck gun at 130m
  • The ship's bell, recovered and restored to its former glory
    The ship's bell, recovered and restored to its former glory
  • The Dark Star diving team, with telegraphs recovered from the wreck of the Transylvania
    The Dark Star diving team, with telegraphs recovered from the wreck of the Transylvania
  • Leigh Bishop
    Leigh Bishop

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