THE MIKHAIL LERMONTOV 2021
February1986; following an impulsive decision by Chief officer Captain Don Jamison to take a shortcut at Cape Jackson passage. The Lermontov, making 15 knots, cruised between the lighthouse and the headland, rather than the circuitous route around the outside. Just after 5:30 p.m. the port side hull was ripped open on the reef, the gash was only 1.6 feet (0.5m) wide, but ran for some 40 feet (12m), puncturing three watertight compartments. Although the captain returned to the bridge & resumed command; ordering the watertight doors to be shut - the wound in the belly was fatal and she succumbed to the bottom of the ocean at 22:30. Lermontov, twin buoyed (at stern and pilot house) lies on its starboard side on the seabed at 120 feet (36m). The 377-foot (115m) liner is one of the largest diveable wrecks in the world and your multi-level adventure starts at 40 feet (12m). A forest of kelp thrives along the hull providing a shelter for marine life. Blue and red moki, blue and red cod, teriki, blennies, triplefins, dogfish, carpet sharks, sea perch, spotties, octopus, sweep and the occasional king fish reside there. It is possible to enter the wreck, especially from the port side windows near the top of the wreck and its well worth it. There are infact 12 decks, and being on her side you fin down the staircase and along a corridor to the next level.
FLIGHTS (AIR ZEALAND)
- Return Brisbane to Blenheim via Auckland
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
SLEEPING & DIVING
- HEARTLAND HOTEL , AUCKLAND AIRPORT
- 1 Night Standard Room - Twin share
- Airport transfers
- DIVERS LODGE, PORT GORE
- 5 Nights - Share accommodation
- All meals
- Airport transfers
- 8 Boat Dives - excludes specialist gases
- SCENIC HOTEL - Marlborough Blenheim
- 1 Night Superior Room - Twin Share
To reserve your spot please click on the button for the Booking Form and fill it out to secure your seat.
A deposit of $750.00 is required to secure your spot.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
14-21 NOVEMBER 2021
Group: Remote Area Dive