A Destroyer built in 1903 by Laird, of 550 Tons and armed with 4 x 12 Ponders, 5 x 6 Ponders and 2 Torpedo Tubes, she was on a voyage from Portland to the Firth of Forth for an Exercise as part of the 2nd Destroyer flotilla, when she sunk following a collision with the Bristol registered SS Hero on 6th April 1909.
She was initially taken in tow but later sank after the crew had been saved by HMS Forward.
Diving: The Blackwater sits in 33m of water and is 3-4m proud for most of her length., however she breaks up a lot in the amidships area where she was struck during the collision
The curved winches near her bow are very obvious. There are lots of holes in her sides where the hull and plates have deteriorated, once you get level with where the bridge would have been the wreckage drops down and becomes very broken up.
Despite the silty sand this is an enjoyable dive subject to who is fining near you. There are also often lots of Scallops in this area.