HMS Witherington (D76)
|Class:||Admiralty Modified W|
|Built by:||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Laid down:||27 Sep, 1918|
|Launched:||16 Jan, 1919|
|Commissioned:||10 Oct, 1919|
Metal Idustries for breaking up on 20 March 1947. On the 29th April 1947,
whilst under tow to the breakers yard at Charlestown, near Rosyth, Scotland,
she broke the tow and was wrecked.
The wreck can be dived and lies on the south side of South Shields pier. As you turn south at the pier end turn immediately west. Travelling west alongside the pier you will see some concrete blocks, one of these has what looks like a monkey's face on it, anchor about 10m off this rock. Depth is about 7m. Watch out for fishing line and strong currents.