Wreck of the Dan Beard
Dan Beard was a libery ship built in 1943 she was 416feet long with a gross tonnage of 7,276t. All steel welded construction, with a lifespan of approximately 5 years. The Dan Beards met her fate on 10th December 1944 when she was hit by a torpedo fired from U1202 lying in wait of Strumble Head. Following the explosion the ship broke in two. The two sections reamined afloat for most of the day until the stern section sank in deeper water. The bows section drifted ashore beneath the cliffs of Pwllderi.
Diving the Dan Beard
The wreck of the bow section of the Dan Beard lies in very shallow water 8m ~ 15m with the debris field spread over a wide most of which is in heavy Kelp. This is a very simple dive and suitable for all grades of diver being close into the cliffs isnt subject to any tidal flow and therefore can be dived at any state of the tide. Being so shallow this wreck isnt suitable for diving in a swell. It is relatively easy to locate as he Dan Beards mast can be seen at low water in a cove close to Pwllderi Youth Hostel.