Daily Dives to the Pattaya Shipwrecks
The Wrecks of Pattaya:
- The HTMS KHRAM (Please see Mermaids IV schedule for dates)
- The Hardeep, (we dive Hardeep every day on Mermaids I boat)
- The Petchburi Bremen, (only on selected days, please contact for details)
- The Vertical Wreck, last dives article (not available anymore)
AKA Thai Navy Vessel 732 (Former USS LSM-469)
Depth to the top of the wreck 15m; depth to the sea bed=30m; visibility 5-15m; Best choice of gas is Nitrox 38
This ship has been well prepared by the Thai Navy as a dive site, and is free from armaments, oil and most hazards to divers. Large holes have been cut in many areas and penetration dives through the ships passageways rarely takes the diver out of natural light. Care should be taken with a few of the rooms though, as big steel watertight doors are still fitted and may be locked easily with the unsuspected diver still inside.
The Bridge/Radio room
This is the highest are of the wreck. It is possible to stand on the bridge at 15m depth. all the glass has been taken out of the windows (sadly the portholes have gone too, sigh!) telegraph, steering mechanism, and any bits that may be used as spare parts have gone. Entry into the bridge area is simple and safe. A few new divers will probably have there certification cards presented to them in this room.
Deck Area and side passageways
The ship was made for carrying tanks, troops and equipment to a beach head, so the center of the boat is a large flat area with built up sides. There are several points of entry into the well lit side corridors, don’t kick up the silt in them though as you swim through, else a complete silt out will occur.
Located aft, entry via a large access hole in the middle of the load deck. again, great natural light in this area (unlike most engine rooms) Both main engines have been removed (probably to use a spare for her Thai Navy sister ship HTMS Kut). This is a great tech diving classroom, with pipes gauges and dials everywhere, though who knows how long they’ll stay. Again, careful with silt in this are, as it’s possible to get trapped under overhanging ledges going far under the deck.
The ‘Hardeep’ shipwreck (An Anglicization of Suthathip, or S.S. Suddhadib)
Vessels name:- Suthathip, Registration:-Thai, Sunk:- May 1st May 1942 12:55pm Depth=26meters ; Suitable for Air, Nitrox, technical diving
Bombed by French Aircraft during World War II during Franco/Thai Hostilities
- Powered by:- 3 cylinder Coal fired engine. Single Screw
- Vessel type:- Cargo ship Length/Tonnage:60meters/1000tons
- Wreck Location:- N012’31.5, E100’57.5. Near Koh Chuang, Gulf of Siam
- Wreck details:- Lying on its starboard side. Max depth 26 meters, with two 1000 pound bombs nearby
The Petchburi Bremen
- Built at:- George Seebeck AG shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Yard Number:- 173
- Tonnage : 2191 gross tonnage Length : 88,5 m Breadth : 11,9 m Draught :7,3m
- Engine : 3-times expansion-steam engine Power : 1150 Hp, Speed : 12,5 nm/h, Crew : 34
- 24.09.l901 : Launching under the name PETCHABURI for the company North German Lloyd in Bremen.
- 28.10.1901 : Delivery to the North German Lloyd
- August 1914 : At the beginning of World War I the PETCHABURI was interned in Bangkok.
- 27.07.1917 : Confiscated by the Thais.
- New name: KAEO SAMUD
- 27.12.1920 : On a voyage from Bangkok to Swatow with rice on board she ran ashore near Koh Sichang in the Gulf of Siam and sank.