What remains of the Alfred Earlandson is in shallow water on the Ebb Carrs, a small
group of rocks roughly south east from St Abbs harbour which show about two and a half
hours after high water. The boilers and a few beams are right in the centre of these
rocks in about 7 meters but this is a very exposed location and tremendous swells can
sweep across it. As a result, the rest of the remains have been smashed and scattered
all over the place. Small items have been found as far away as the gullies off the
harbour wall and a porthole complete with glass was picked up a few metres off Jock's
Nose (the small headland which is the southern edge of St Abbs village).
The Ebb Carrs is a good dive in its own right, particularly on the seaward side.
However, if you choose to dive this side, any pieces of wreckage that you come across
about 400m to the north east are probably the remains of the Vigilant, an Eyemouth
trawler which ploughed into these rocks in the early 1980's and drifted off before
sinking. What wreckage that is left of the Alfred Earlandson tends to be on the
landward side which is less scenic, shallower and consequently more kelpy. You are
more likely to find keepsakes here after a really heavy swell.
The current at this location can be pretty fierce on a falling tide as a large volume
of water held in Coldingham Bay, pours north east through the area. This makes for an
uncomfortable dive and has a very significant effect on the visibility. The current
is much more easy to manage when the tide is rising and visibility is likely to be