CONDADO VANDERBILT HOTEL
Puerto Rico’s original luxury resort reopened in December 2014 after a meticulous refurbishment. The grand lobby staircase begs for a portrait sesh, and each indoor event room (seating between 40 and 400) refects the island’s Spanish-colonial style.
Have your heart set on an outdoor soiree? The hotel’s permanent pavilions overlook the Atlantic, and 360-degree glass doors fully enclose the space (afternoon showers? No problemo). Rooms from $350; weddings from $215 per person.
However, if the reef she struck was in fact the Callers and not the Swedman, then the crew, having cut the anchors away, would have been driven in a southwesterly direction directly onto the south corner of Longstone at the southern end of Crayford’s Gut, where she now lies. This sounds much more feasible.
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They would still have been clearly visible from Seahouses harbour (North Sunderland). Anemone gully at Swedman There is only an engine block, parts of her keel ribs, steel plates and framework strewn around so there is not a lot left of the ship to get excited about. Recently, however, visiting divers on Stan Hall’s charter boat found a very large porthole in 25 metres of water, about 50 metres west of the wrecksite towards the Bluecaps. The wreck is fairly easy to locate on the inside of Longstone by positioning the tower on Staple over/in the channel between Bluecaps and Clove Car. It is possible to make a pleasant drift dive from this position on the mid water spring ebb tide, taking you into Crayford’s Gut, past dive (16) and beyond. During this time, the tide runs at about 5 knots and it is wise not to anchor the boat anywhere around here. It is also an area regularly visited by the trip boats as part of their route, so extra vigilance is required by both divers and boat cover. Make sure, too, that you are not too far along towards the southern end of Longstone, where the tide runs around the end of the island and straight out to sea into fairly deep water (40 metres).