Cunard Wrecks

Appeared in DIVER July 2015

Cunard logo It’s 175 years since the first Cunard Line voyage, and with 300 vessels sailing under that flag there have inevitably been casualties in that time. SAM WARWICK looks at four diveable wrecks in Britain and others around the world. more...

Sheer scale of a sleeping dreadnought

Appeared in DIVER July 2015

Just one of the four propellers still in place on the wreck Arriving in Ireland some years ago armed with rebreather, tripod and black-and-white film,
LEIGH BISHOP captured some fine images of the WW1 Dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious.
A hundred years after her loss, he has returned to the site of what he reckons is one of the greatest wreck dives on Earth


Appeared in DIVER June 2015

The block ship Gobernador Bories in Scapa Flow – the steam engine still stands in the middle of the wreck Last year’s DIVER review of the first months of World War One from a diver’s point of view was mostly about firsts, but by 1915 ships were being sunk in such numbers that nothing was a first. JOHN LIDDIARD looks at the stories behind the familiar shipwrecks of today

100 years submerged

Appeared in DIVER May 2015

Lusitania Thursday, 7 May marks the centenary of the sinking of Cunard liner RMS Lusitania off south-western Ireland following a torpedo strike. Arguably second only to the Titanic as the world’s most famous shipwreck, Lusitania was first dived in 1935 and, at 93m deep, has been drawing underwater explorers ever since. SAM WARWICK reports, photos EOIN MCGARRY, illustrations STUART WILLIAMSON more...

Project Rossarol

Appeared in DIVER April 2015

Gun barrel on the Cesare Rossarol The Adriatic off Croatia is littered with WW1 wrecks, and one of the best-known is the Cesare Rossarol. A team of keen GUE divers decided to map this Italian cruiser to help protect it – JEROEN VELTROP and PETER ZAAL report, photography by RENÉ LIPMANN

Death of a Viking Princess

Appeared in DIVER April 2015

Conger eel in the wreckage of the Viking Princess JOHN WILLIAMS and his wife Karen had enjoyed having a wreck to themselves in UK waters - but nothing lasts forever more...

The lust for rust

Appeared in DIVER March 2015

The hull of the Scalaria from the viewpoint of resident anemonefish The risk of rough passages and flapping fish on your pillow is surely not too high a price to pay to dive 15 choice northern Red Sea and Gulf of Suez wrecks in a week, is it? NIGEL WADE gives the itinerary a blast

Expedition Jutland

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

Pim De Rhoodes diving on HMS Defence Diving deep wrecks more than 90 miles from the nearest port is not a task to undertake lightly, especially when the weather conditions are hostile.
VIC VERLINDEN didn’t want to face another setback to his ambition to dive the Jutland battleships

Albert and the U-Boat

Appeared in DIVER November 2014

The bore of U74e’s 88mm deck-gun sprouts marine growth. It is angled towards the surface 40m above Diving a WW2 U-boat wreck off the coast of Berwickshire leads MIKE WARD to a train of thought about wrecks, war and family connections more...

I-SPY… the Thistlegorm, in a whole new light

Appeared in DIVER October 2014

View of a steering wheel inside a Bedford OYC water tanker 3-ton lorry from another Bedford OYC truck, deep inside a hold of the wreck of the Thistlegorm It’s more than 20 years since John Bantin’s original exposé on the Thistlegorm was published in divEr. It has since become one of the world’s most visited wrecks, subject of countless articles, books and even TV documentaries. Surely there is nothing new to say? ALEX MUSTARD, in collaboration with the RAF’s Tony Edge and Keith Francis, set out to properly identify and map all the vehicles in the wreck’s holds. Their findings, presented exclusively here, will transform your next dive on this classic site more...

Secret appointment with a WILDCAT

Appeared in DIVER August 2014

Looking along the wreck from the tail Persistence pays for BRUCE MILANI GALLIENI – in fact it recently resulted in what could well be any military aircraft-enthusiast’s dream dive more...


Appeared in DIVER April 2014

Can diving the wreck of a vessel that nearly killed you help bring you to terms with a tragedy? STEVE WARREN takes part in a diving project that might provide the answer more...

Malin metal monsters

Brian above the propeller on Audacious They’ve spent a century on the seabed and are showing signs of wear and tear, but war wrecks such as HMS Audacious and Justicia off Ireland are what deep wreck-diving is all about, says CHRIS SIMONS more...

What wrecks can tell us - Part 2

1 Trawler rudder hard to port Last month JOHN LIDDIARD explained how engines and propulsion systems on wrecks provide vital clues to the nature and identity of a ship. In this concluding article, he moves on to what the hull and fittings reveal more...

What wrecks can tell us

1 Boiler-mount. A little knowledge goes a long way when you’re wreck-diving. In the first of a two-part guide, John Liddiard looks at Engines & Propulsion more...


Appeared in DIVER January 2014

A trio of attractions grouped together in Portland Harbour and associated with WW2’s D-Day landings grab JOHN LIDDIARD’s attention this month. Illustration by MAX ELLIS more...


Appeared in DIVER November 2013

The Aulton This month’s tour of a North Sea WW1 U-boat victim is one for the technical divers, and it’s a fair boat-ride out too.
And is it definitely the Aulton? JOHN LIDDIARD wonders if it is just one of many sunken small coal-carrying coasters. Tour illustrated by MAX ELLIS


Appeaared in DIVER August 2013

This steamship almost got through the Great War unscathed – then it met U94 off north Cornwall. JOHN LIDDIARD guides us through its broken remains in a tour illustrated by MAX ELLIS more...


Appeared in DIVER June 2013

World War Two submarine-chasers may be small but they’re packed with interesting details for divers to examine.
John Liddiard heads for Dorset, illustration by Max Ellis

WRECKTOUR 173: The Nimrod

bow section JOHN LIDDIARD turns his attention to a really old wreck, a paddle-steamer that lies in two halves off south-west Wales. The wheel is a tricky optional extra! Illustration by MAX ELLIS more...

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