The wreck of the SS City of Winchester lies between 20 and 28 metres and has completely collapsed on itself leaving the boilers and engine as the highest parts of the wreck. She was a British Cargo Steamer of 6,601 tons was loaded with a cargo of tea and antlers when, on the 6th August 1914 when 280 miles East from Aden she was captured by the German Light Crusier SMS Königsberg and scuttled off Hallanija Island, off the southern coast of Oman. On this particular evening, she entered the history books both as the first merchant shipping loss of the First World War.
Earlier this month, Steve Dover was awarded the 2017 prestigious Wreck Award by the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC). Steve spent two decades researching and helping to preserve the wreck and its remains. He discovered its existence in the late 1990s and negotiated with the then Secretary of State for the Environment, Glenda Jackson MP, before handing over a cheque for £1.00 to the government of Oman.
“I really wanted to purchase the wreck and had a meeting with Glenda Jackson MP and explained how helping out the Oman government would be a good thing.
“I paid the cheque. It was never actually cashed and I believe it was framed and hangs on a wall in a government office somewhere to this day.
“It was always my intention to lead an expedition to explore the wreck and to then hand it over to Oman so it could be protected.
Read more of Steve’s story here…..