Sir John Jackson – Scuba Dive Site – Batticaloa

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This SCUBA dive site best accessible from Batticaloa. Sir John Jackson is a shipwreck site. On 27 Sep 1908 this large steam left Sabang in Philippine with extra 75 tons of coal to Colombo. On 27 it only had 7 tons of coal left & it was still in Batticaloa. On 27 it struck Brennus Shoal and sunk. (Updated on : 2 June 2019)

Sir John Jackson - Scuba Dive Site - Batticaloa
Sir John Jackson - Scuba Dive Site - Batticaloa
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On the 19th September 1908 John Jackson left Sabang port in Philippine with 75 tons of extra coal. Her next intended destination was Colombo on the way to France. On the way, the ship encountered very rough monsoon weather, strong sea and heavy currents. That resulted captain William Green deciding to sail to Galle.

The voyage took twice as long as in moderate weather. And finding that the coal was running out Green was to make to Trincomalee on 25. When the land came in sight at 3.40 PM on 26 the course was again altered to north-west. At 6.40 PM the native boats in the Batticaloa harbour could have seen the ship. But on 27 morning Captain Green found that he was still about 1.5  miles away from Batticaloa on Brennus Shoal. The ship struck the Brennus Shoal and sunk. Now this is a colorful dive site and it lies very lose to SS Brennus. 

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Terms and conditions

Booking : Book online, call us or drop us an email.
Price :
 The price may slightly go up or down at the time of booking.
Payment : Full payment is settled prior starting the tour/excursion.
Days of the tour or the hours of excursion : The tour or the excursion is completed within mentioned time.
Per hour vehicle detention fee : 3 USD - Tuk Tuk / 5 USD Standard car & van
Weather : If weather conditions are unfavourable activities will be adjusted accordingly.
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Refund : Refund will be determined after reducing third party's and our costs.

About this dive site

Best season : May to September
Available : Everyday (weather permitting)
Best visibility : 1 of June - 31 of August
Arranging time needed : 1 hrs
Starting point : Batticaloa

Night dives : Surcharges - 1 tank 15 USD / 2 tanks 20 USD

Depth of the site : 9 met
From shore :  25 min
What to see : Ship wreck / Scenic / Fish
Ratings : Good Dharshana Jayawardena

Restrictions : Do not touch corals please. Be a responsible and ethical snorkeler and diver.  Do not leave plastics behind.

Basic price includes : All gear / Boat / Dive master / Number of tanks as selected / 2 dives at one site / Bottled water / Gov tax.

You may bring : Hat and sun glass / Sun cream

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