After a regular start from Hellasgården (including a morning swim, porridge and all the perks of a 5:50 am wake-up) we arrived at the marina in Fiskesätra only to find its gates closed. After a short wait our patience ran out and to get things underway, we decided to use the public slipway to load the boat and sail/drive off towards the site.
Our first task of the day was to tag the timbers east of our workline, focusing on the main framing elements and the upright standing member we now call the „sternpost”. Meanwhile the cleaning continued. The tagging went very well and we got over 50 cow tags in place. There was only a 20 minute delay in our schedule until the summer heat got to us and finally we managed 7 dives by the afternoon.
Our second task for the day was to start sketching and taking measurements and our last divers did just that by recording the „keelson” (Timber 482) and some other frames. There was too little time left for this job and visibility was much reduced in the late hours, but it gave a good starting point for the following day.
Last but not least, there was a job to be done above water too. As it is summertime and the living is easy, countless small watercraft race past the site every day. Some of them also tow wakeboarders or tubes behind them and most of them sail at a high speed. The drivers are generally used to the area and drive their boats routinely, paying little attention to the shore. We try and signal them by marking the site with multiple dive (‘A’) flags, shouting and waving, but the skippers either do not pay attention or recognise our signals too late or just wave back. We have now placed three extra buoys around the site and can dive feeling much safer.
We also recorded some footage with our GoPro camera that we are breaking down into individual frames to create a photo mosaic. To get better results from the recording, we deployed one diver un-tethered and this proved to be the right decision.
At the end of the day logistics got the better of us, because being the supervisor, one of the boat drivers and van drivers does complicate organisation. This resulted in our shopping team having to navigate by phone GPS to find the shop (in fairness they did not find THE shop, but found A shop) and three of us having to fill cylinders and lift the compressor back into the belly of the Great White Shark (aka the IVECO van). However, this is no place to complain as we also got the chance to try our hands at cricket with some local Pakistani players (we did not take it).
At the end of a long day came a delightful dinner; our tortillas and tacos were filled up and our report forms filled in. Another successful day for the SDU-MAP team with much more to look forward to.
Written by: Daniel Dalicsek