Fyne Pioneer, Loch Fyne

Site Name: Breda - Sound of Mull


The Breda, built by New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, was launched in 1921. Like many other contemporary vessels, she was requisitioned for war duties in World War Two. She left London with a crew of 42 on 12th December 1940, bound for Mombassa, Bombay and Karachi. She headed north, joining up with a number of other merchantmen in a convoy assembled at Southend on 14th December. Her cargo included 3 Hawker biplanes, 30 De Havilland Moths, military vehicles, cement and a huge range of general cargo.


On 22nd December, she reached Oban and anchored to wait until the whole convoy was ready to depart. On the evening of the 23rd, the Breda was attacked by two Heinkel 111 bombers. Although armed with anti aircraft guns, the crew were not able to defend themselves in time, and one of the German planes dropped a stick of 4 x 250kg bombs. These bombs straddled the Breda without directly hitting her, but the bombs exploded on either side of the ship and the shock of the explosion caused serious damage to a water inlet pipe. She began taking on water heavily which flooded the engine rooms causing loss of power. Although the Heinkel's had left for home by this time, the Breda's time was fast running out. She was quickly taken under tow, and beached in shallow water in Ardmucknish Bay. Some of her cargo was salvaged but the next day she slipped off the shelving seabed and sank.

Dive Site Info

This wreck of the Breda lies on the seabed with her stern around 30m deep. The seabed here is slightly sloping with her bows being shallower at around 24 metres. Her deck lies at around 16-22 metres making her one of the shallower wrecks in the area. In her sheltered position in Ardmucknish Bay the Breda is not as tidal as other sites in the Oban area making her perfect for less experienced divers. However there is still plenty to see on this wreck for divers with more experience. The five cavernous cargo holds are open allowing divers to take a closer look at the unsalvaged cargo. The wreck has a fairly large amount of marine life including dead men's fingers and coloured anemones, however it is not as abundant as some of the deeper wrecks that can be found in the Sound of Mull.

Although she was salvaged extensively in the 1960s and 1970s, the Breda remains an impressive wreck and one that should be added to every diver's logbook.

When to dive

The site can be dived at any state of the tide, but is quite silty.

Breda - Sound of Mull - Fyne Pioneer

Front and back of a bone toothbrush found on the Breda. The inscription reads 'Warranted Pure Bristle. Addic Hertford 1940' Arrow marked military issue.