Fyne Pioneer, Loch Fyne

Site Name: Nevada II - Coll & Tiree


The Nevada II was built by Bremer Vulkan-Vegesak and launched in 1918 as the Rovuma. She was originally a German ship but was handed over to France as part of the reparations following the Great War and had a long service with Companie Generale Transatlantique, before being handed over to Britain after the fall of France in World War Two. She sailed regularly on convoy duty carrying cargoes to and from Britain. In July 1942 she sailed from London for Bathurst in West Africa with a cargo of mixed NAAFI stores including cigarettes, shoes, soap, brylcream, vehicles, wheelbarrows, clothes, tools, foodstuffs and cloth. She steamed to Oban where the convoy assembled in the Lynne of Lorne. On 19th July 1942 she was off the west coast of Coll when she found herself in a dense fog. Due to a navigational error she ran ashore in the poor visibility, striking the north side of Rubha Mor on the west coast of Coll. She wedged firmly onto the rocks and immediately started listing severly to port as two of her cargo holds flooded. All her crew were able to scramble to safety ashore.


Nevada II was written off as a total loss after she was buffeted by deteriorating weather and damaged further.The ship was salvaged, both illegally and legally, by Coll islanders, RAF crewmen stationed there, and by official salvage teams. The thousands of tons of NAAFI goods were extremely useful to the islanders who otherwise found it nearly impossible to obtain such luxury items except by paying exorbitant prices on the black market.

Dive Site Info

The wreck lies almost parallel to the shore in depths of 4 - 16 metres. Her bows are in the shallows close to the surface among the rocks and deep kelp. The excellent visibility on the site reveals a colourful vista of sealife. Divers can see a plethora of seaweeds including red algae seaweed, kelp, dabberlocks seaweed. Fish common on the wreck include shoals of juvenile pollock, cuckoo wrasse, shy ling hiding under rocks and debris, and saithe. On the rocks scattered across the sand/shingle bottom can be found spiny starfish and dahlia anemones, whilst in the metres above divers might encounter jellyfish including lion's mane and the bioluminescent aequorea forskalea.


The ship itself is very broken due to the weather, waves and heavy salvage, and the wreckage tumbles down the underwater rocky slope and cliff to the stern which lies on the shingle bottom at 16 metres. Of the ship itself, the propeller shaft, steering gear, crane arm and pulley are distinctive features. There is also the wreck of a small boat, possibly a ship's boat or lifeboat. Some of the cargo is still recognisible, such as roofing sheets, truck chassis and batteries.

When to dive

Nevada II can be dived at any state of the tide.

Nevada II - Coll & Tiree - Fyne Pioneer

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The cargo of the Nevada II including roofing sheets and vehicle parts

Nevada II - Coll & Tiree - Fyne Pioneer

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Batteries and truck chassis formed part of the Nevada II's cargo

Nevada II - Coll & Tiree - Fyne Pioneer

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Divers inspect some of the broken wreckage of the Nevada II, which sank off Coll in 1942.