F. C. Strick & Co.; 1896; W. Gray & Co.; 2,134 tons; 290X 42-2×19-2; 218 n.h.p.; triple-expansion engines. The British cargo ship Laristan sank after a collision with the s.s. Crimea off Dover on October 22nd, 1899, while on a voyage from Bona to Rotterdam carrying a cargo of iron ore.
The site of this wreck was effectively unknown until a sweep found it and its very close neighbour the Denbighshire in 1961. The wreck has been identified by its bell. It’s original position was reported off the South Goodwin’s, but is in closer proximity to the Varne Bank, just on the edge of the shipping lanes.
Diving: This is a big steel wreck lying in a max depth of 31m and standing up to 12m proud. Many of the plates have collapsed and it’s quite easy to have a look into this impressive wreck. The Sailing Schooner Denbighshire lies parallel with and just next to this site (about 10m away) and there is also a barge connecting the two.