Carentan

Carentan   
Dive Category Wreck
Dive Type Band 2 - Local
Max. depth: 30 (M)
Trip Time: 2H :00M

Location: 1 mile off Anvil Point (Swanage)
Description: French submarine hunter
Length: 116 feet
Depth: 28 metres
Sunk: 21 December, 1943

This French submarine hunter sank during a fierce south-westerly storm, only six of the 23 crew were saved. At the time of her sinking she was operating as an escort and support vessel to the British Submarine HMS Rorqual.

She lies on her port side on rock and slate bed. Both propellers have been lifted. The hull has a twist in the middle. Parts of the superstructure remain, as does much ammunition. She is well broken, but still worth a dive. Laying in 30m of water and again only 500m from the Kyarra with the same slack times.

The 407 ton French submarine chaser was taken over by the Royal Navy at fall of France in 1940. She was built in 1939 measuring 116ft x 18ft. Armed with 75mm field gun, one 2-pounder, two 20mm Oerlikons, four machine guns and depth charges. She is owned by a local Swanage man Eddie Bennet.