The Oakburn (1906) & The Boss (1994)
LOCATION: In front of the large boulder, south of Maori Bay.
ACCESS: It is a short boat trip from Hout Bay harbour, around the sentinel and into Maori Bay. You cannot miss this dive site, as The Boss is clearly visible.
CONDITIONS: This site can only be dived on calm days as it is in an exposed position. There can be a very strong surge through the Boss.
AVERAGE DEPTH: 20m
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 25m
The Oakburn, a British cargo steamer of 3865 tons, was wrecked in fog on 21 May 1906, on a voyage from New York to Sydney. Two lives were lost. It's cargo included railway lines and equipment, glassware, sewing machines, musical instruments, oil and paper. The Oakburn has pretty much fallen apart and, on 27 June 1994, as a final insult, the crane barge, the Boss 400, broke it's towline and landed virtually on top of the older wreck. The Boss is starting to break up and it is possible to do some penetrations, but one should be careful. In clear conditions, the rusted metal and refraction of light through the water create interesting light effects, much as the Romelia did before she broke up. Nothing should be removed, assuming you find anything.
BUBBLE BLOWERS RATING: 3 Bubbles