German steam ship Abyssinia
The wreckage can be found on the north side outer Farne islands known as the Knivestone. The Abyssinia was wrecked on the 3rd September 1921 whilst apparently on passage back to Germany, fortunately without loss of any life. Today the wreck is very broken up and lies scattered on a slope on the west side of the Knivestone. The wreckage becomes more interesting as it drops down into deeper water and lies at a depth of 18m.
Her large boilers stand proud of the sea bed and more wreckage lies in and around the gullies.
The most popular wreck for diving is the Somali. The 6810 tonne passenger-cargo steamer was bound for Hong Kong in 1941, when it was bombed by a German Heinkel 111. The boat rests upright in 30m of water off Beadnell.
As well as the Somali and Abyssinia, there are dozens and dozens of other wrecks around the islands.
The Seals here love to play in the shallows and are very friendly. We may even see them on the wreck too. fingers crossed.