The wheelhouse and bulwarks were later replaced, the tug was cleaned and painted, and eventually, on Tuesday evening, 6 June 2000 the Stanegarth made her last voyage - to a spot some 200 metres from the shore - blessed by Stoney Cove's chaplain, Rev. Mary Strange.

A flare signalled the start of an impressive pyrotechnic display and a silver band played maritime tunes. But with her seacocks open, it took some 90 minutes for the Stanegarth to give up the ghost and slide beneath the water amid wild cheers. A buoy attached towards her stern marks her position.

So many spectators crowded Stoney Cove for the scuttling that the police called to say that three nearby villages were at a standstill because of Stoney Cove bound traffic.

Stoney Cove thanks DIVER magazine for their valuable contribution to this project.

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Lying eastwest and perfectly upright, Stanegarth is Stoney Cove's most popular diving feature with access to the chart room, wheelhouse, engine room and aft cabin. Things to look out for are the Wheel House, the Forward Cabin and the massive Engine Room.

To find her surface swim to the marker buoy or find the anchor and then follow the chain out to the wreck.

                                    

 
 
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