Virtual tour of the wreck of the Mediator

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Now we turn left and swim over the starboard side. Looking backwards we seen again the intact part of the deck. As a reference we see the center line of the ship.

 We are now near the breach caused by the collision. At least that is what we think.

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To see that more clearly we move a bit further down on the outside of the starboard hull and look toward that hull (next picture).
The ship is broken at this point. Toward the right the intact starboard hull. Toward the left the hull is continuing in a different angle and not in line with the front part.

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Continuing on the outside of the wreck we see here the next part of the starboard hull till the point where it completely disappears. From that point on the ship is largely under the sand.

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Most of the ship from the point in the previous picture is under the sand but here you can see part of the wooden deck exposed with an airhole. This is on starboardside of the ship.

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 From here we continue swimming toward the back of the ship. We stay on the left side of the centerline. At a certain point turning around and looking toward the front of the ship we see this large part of the wooden deck. On the right side in this picture we see what we consider to be part of the cilinderhead of the steam engines. But that is speculation. To get a sense of size this cilinderhead is About 1.5 meters high.

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Continuing toward the back along the centerline we reach the propeller around 80 meters from the bow. Most probably this was a spare propellor on the deck of the ship and not the actual propeller of the ship. It was placed by us at this location during 2007 when a large reconstruction of the quay wall went on and there was a risk that the propeller would be damaged or even gone. Before we replaced the propeller to this location it was located next to the quay wall as a reference point.

The propeller blades are about 2 meters in length. One of the blades is broken off and another one is also damaged but largely intact. Two other blades are comlete. Currently most propellers have only three blades and are made of copper or bronze. This one is made of iron.

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A few meters further and we are at the end of the ship. Here only the portside of the hull is intact and that is what we are looking at in this last picture of this tour.

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This completes the virtual dive tour on the wreck of the Mediator. I hope it has wet your appetite sufficiently to make an appointment for an actual tour of the ship or, even better, to give us a hand in the cleaning and conservation of this beautiful wreck.