On a sunny Friday afternoon, drawn by history and lore,
12 LSAC divers struck for sunny Baltimore,
to view the sunken Kowloon Bridge, with its cargo of iron ore,
and to dive a german submarine, sitting forlornly on the ocean floor.
The Kowloon Bridge sought shelter in 1986,
to effect repairs to deck cracks, they knew they had to fix.
But steerage lost she bagan to drift and finally ran amok,
and found her final docking station, upon the jagged Stag rock.
The U260 submarine is a sight to behold,
within its presence you feel that history unfolds.
48 german crewmen, all rescued and brought to land,
secret documents found floating, of use to the allied hand.
Much talk and anticipation prior to the submarine dive,
dive tables were produced, dug out from the archives!
Bottom times, decompression times, expressions never used before,
never was a plan so important upon heading to the ocean floor.
“Safety is paramount, shot line at 90 bar,
don’t mind this decompression craic thats taking it too far!
Ah lads i’m heavy on air, 100 bar is a safer bet,”
Johnny Hassett had heard enough, he went for a cigarette!
Mike Orth was drinking cough syrup like it was going out of fashion,
but remember Mike raised the quarry bar, he is a man of passion!
He arose from his sick bed to make the journey south,
his biggest fear was a fit of coughing that would blow the 2nd stage out!
Johnny Hassett took ill, Matt was called to assist,
Matt said “hold on there Johnny while I go for a piss!”
As part of Matts training, Brian was checking on his facts,
he just hadn’t anticipated, Matts need to use the jacks!
Davy Ryans sea legs were left at Limerick side,
as he hurled his breakfast overboard, and wounded his manly pride.
but he needn’t have worried as we awaited, in excited anticipation,
Brian & Matt surfacing, a half mile from the decompression station!
|From Baltimore U260 and Kowloon Bridge|