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Great War wrecks

Anti-personnel warheads from 18-pounder shells on the Volnay. These rotting steel tubes are filled with a mixture of explosives and lead shot The majority of warship wrecks around the British Isles are casualties of World War One. The 100th anniversary of the UK entering the war falls on 4 August, so in the next few years many of our most popular wrecks for diving will become 100 years old. JOHN LIDDIARD sets the scene more...

Bell boys

Appeared in DIVER February 2014

The bell of a warship lies untouched on the seabed today A ship’s bell is the prime method of identifying a lost wreck. It’s also wreck-divers’ trophy of desire. Few are lucky enough to find one in their lifetime – others know exactly where to look. DIVER’s own LEIGH BISHOP, who has a number of bells to his credit, looks into what makes them the ultimate prize more...

Barge nights

Appeared in DIVER February 2014

Is the Barge the best night dive in the world? Photographer RICHARD ASPINALL chronicles his love affair with this Red Sea treasure more...

Rolling up to the Turkia

Appeared in DIVER February 2014

The northern Red Sea wrecks itinerary is familiar, but head way north up the Gulf of Suez and you’ll find a rarely dived WW2 wreck casualty that has been compared with the Thistlegorm. SUE DALY wanted to see whether that claim held water, but the passage was hardly smooth sailing more...

On the Million Hope

Appeared in DIVER January 2014

Cath Bates enters the boiler-room This Red Sea wreck has been down for only 17 years but it is huge and, though accessible from Sharm, is not on regular itineraries. CATH BATES reports on a spectacular diving experience, photographs by LEIGH CUNNINGHAM more...

Lost lady of a golden age

Appeared in DIVER October 2013

This rare painting of the Smyrna shows her as she was in the 1880s In April 1888 the Smyrna, of the Aberdeen White Star Line, became one of the only known clipper ships to be lost off England’s south coast. LEIGH BISHOP was with the team that made history with her discovery – now, two decades later, he returns to indulge in a little nostalgia as he photographs the wreck more...

Ocean revival

Appeared in DIVER August 2013

The wheelhouse of the frigate In Portugal one man’s vision is bequeathing divers an array of cleaned-up military wrecks. He hopes their appeal can overcome any objections about weather and visibility and help to make the country a diver magnet. John Bantin attends the latest sinking more...

So you want to be a Wreck-Finder

Appeared in DIVER August 2013

Porthole from the SS Exmouth You can go where the skippers take you, or you can branch out on your own – SHANE WASIK provides 10 key pointers to becoming a wreck detective more...

The last bell

Appeared in DIVER July 2013

Australian diver Craig Challen admires the huge Reiyo Maru bell A deep Japanese wreck eventually reveals its final secret. LEIGH BISHOP dives the site and asks: ‘Is this the last bell to be found in the legendary Truk Lagoon?’ more...

The dress

Appeared in DIVER June 2013

The haunting image of a girl's dress still on its hanger on the ceiling of the car deck. It was probably placed there by divers, but is a stark reminder of those who lost their lives when the Salem Express sank in 1991 The wreck of the Salem Express in the Red Sea joins the ranks of the world’s sunken icons that tug on GAVIN PARSONS’ heartstrings more...

SURVIVOR

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...

Diversions in Dieppe

The divers make their way back to the marina at Dieppe Dive clubs are the same the world over, though they do it a little differently in France, and a wreck-diving weekend with a French club is no casual affair, as John Liddiard reports more...

WRECKTOUR 177: LANDING CRAFT, BOMBARDON UNIT & VIC LIGHTER

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...

WRECKTOUR 176: THE AULTON

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
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WRECKTOUR 175: THE SAPHIR

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...

WRECKTOUR 174: CHASSEUR 6

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
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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...