The 2243 Ton Iron Steamship the SS Hermann was on a Voyage from Antwerp – Malta with a General Cargo when she was sunk in a collision with the German Barque Peter Rickmers on 29 October 1906 near the Varne Lightship. The ship built in 1881 in Newcastle was fitted with 2 compound engines.
Nothing has been raised to positively identify this wreck, however a process of elimination by local skipper and wreck guru Dave Batchelor has led him to believe that this site is the Hermann, and one day we will bring up the bell.
Diving: The wreck is very broken up in 35m, however following parts of it off can lead you down past 40m. The bow and strange short boilers are intact and there are masts, spars, ropes and canvas about that gives the site a real “shipwreck” feel. There are also lots of bags of cement and shoes lying about.