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Dive Type: Shoredive Depth: 9m Diver Qualification: Open Water Diver

The SA Oranjeland (1974) (East Londen)

Location:
Between the L and the M beacons on the sea front, there are short concrete pillars, the remains of diamond shaped beacons. The wreck lies on a centre line between these beacons about 300m out to sea. At low tide, bubbles and turbulence can be seen on the water above the wreck site. Its a rather long swim and is easier accessed by boat from the harbour. There can be surges on this reef. Suitable for diving and snorkelling. Average depth 7m and maximum depth is 9m.


Dive site:
Oranjeland lies 7m-12m deep.interesting dive especially at the bow section.The bow section is mostly intact but the stern is cut up and is a big mess with cables and jagged edges.You can see some anenomies,blennies and
a assortment of fish like blue fish.The bow lies on its side and still has a chain hanging from it.An assortment of taps lies also in the wreck.Viz is not always good as it lies on sand and macro photography is the better choice.The water has to be good as it can get surgy at times and tends to push you into the wreck.The ship has a few swimthroughs but be carefull of jagged edges. 

Info:
The SS  Oranjeland sank when it was caught in a north east gale on 13 August 1974 after leaving the harbour on its way to Europe with a general  cargo of 7500 tons, consisting mainly of granite. Nothing may be  removed from the wreck.

Riaan Rossouw


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Specie List for Dive site: (EL)-The SA Oranjeland (1974)
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Specie
Leptogorgia palma (Palmate sea fan)
Salacia articulata (Jointed hydroid)
 
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