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Inchcape I was one of the steel ships that supplied oil rigs with cargo and passengers.
|Name Dive Site:||Inchcape 1|
|Depth: ||25-30m (82-98ft)|
|Inserted/Added by: ||lars, © Author: Lars Hemel|
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The Inchcape I is a small artificial reef that was officially created here in December 12, 2001. It is a steel vessel originally named Gray Swift 2 when she was built in the United Stated by Halter Marine. It was brought to Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah in 1971/1972 and renamed to its current name in 1991 when she was used as a cargo vessel. The company Inchcape Shipping, hence the dive sites name, used it for transporting both goods and passengers to and from several oil rigs just offshore Dubai and Fujairah.
Nowadays, the intact Inchcape 1 sits perfectly upright with its bow facing southwards. The shipwreck and its surroundings are swarmed with fish life. Bring a light to peek inside the holds, wheelhouse and engine room. Pay attention to the huge honeycomb moray eel named Fred that lives on the wreck inside an AC unit. You will also often spot some large groups of yellow snapper, jacks and trevally that roam around the wreck.
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Tons of activity on the wreck the Inchcape 1, even saw the giant honeycomb moray "Fred"...pretty sure his girlfriend was there too, but without poking around it was hard to be sure.
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