British Sergeant was built in 1922 by Palmer's Ship Building & Iron Co Ltd. She was employed by British Tanker Company, today's British Petroleum. This ship is among 50 ships destroyed in the WW II manned by the British Tanker Company with 657 lives lost with them. At war time, apart from her usual duties of supplying oil and storage to British Royal Navy, she was used as a reconnaissance. So, this Sergeant was heavily armed with one 4.7' gun, one 12 Pounder, 2 Marlins, 2 Lewis guns complimenting 59 and 3 naval gunners.
On 09 April 1942, this Sergeant saw Japanese planes attacking H.M.S. Hermes and a destroyer, about 5 miles away. The Captain ordered the British Sergeant to alter the course for shallow water at utmost speed.
Subsequently, six Japanese bombers attacked the Sergeant. The first bomb tore open the side of the ship. The bomb from the second plane hit the deck on the starboard side and the foremast. The bombs from the third and fourth planes penetrated the deck breaking the back of the ship. Although the attack lasted only about 90 seconds, throughout the ship's guns continued to fire bringing down 2 Japanese planes. The British Sergeant had been badly damaged, split in two and sank.
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About this dive site
Best season : May to October
Available : Everyday (weather permitting)
Best visibility : 1 of June - 31 of August
Arranging time needed : 1 hrs
Starting point : Batticaloa
Night dives : Surcharges - 1 tank 15 USD / 2 tanks 20 USD
Depth of the site : 24 met (Technical dive site)
From shore : 45 min
What to see : Ship wreck / Scenic / Fish
Ratings : World Class Dharshana Jayawardena
Restrictions : Do not touch corals please. Be a responsible and ethical snorkeler and diver. Do not leave plastics behind.
Basic price includes : All gear / Boat / Dive master / Two tanks / 2 dives at one site / Bottled water / Gov tax.
Extra : Rent a pro underwater camera, here.
You may bring : Hat and sun glass / Sun cream / Camera