New Shipwreck Reef Display
Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium have supported a new shipwreck display at the aquarium, showcasing the diverse marine reef life that grows on and around the structures of sunken ships as they rust on the seabed.
We are revealing some secrets of the deep with a new display featuring shipwreck reefs.
Supported by the charity, Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium (FOMMA), the display tells the story of just a few of the hundreds of shipwrecks that litter the floor of the Moray Firth.
Ships, fishing boats, aeroplanes and submarines that met their end in storms or under attack can support a vast array of marine life as their structures rust on the seabed.
The new display focuses on the life of the Swedish steamship SS Fram that had been a cargo ship at the turn of the 20th century, originally transporting wood and pulp around the Baltic Sea. She was commissioned into the war effort during World War II and continued to carry cargo until, sheltering from a gale in the Moray Firth in January 1940, she encountered a U-boat, U13. It took just a single torpedo to break the Fram in two; the bow sank immediately while the stern section drifted for 25 minutes until it finally came to rest in 46m of water, just along the coast from Macduff. Ten crewmen, including the captain, lost their lives in the incident.
These days the SS Fram is a popular dive site, having become an oasis of marine life with anemones, soft corals, starfish and shoals of fish all at home among the nooks and crannies of the wreck.
Our displays team worked hard to theme up the exhibit and we’ve especially enjoyed finding out the stories of these ships that have ended up providing a home for such biodiversity. Thanks must go to FOMMA as well as local divers from NE Dive and Buchan Divers for helping to bring the wrecked SS Fram to life in this exhibit.
FOMMA members enjoyed a preview of the new exhibit at their annual general meeting on the evening of Thursday, March 29, when Chair, Keith Newton, presented a cheque for the display. The funds were raised through sales of the popular Macduff calendar.‹ 2018