Mystery of the Iron Duke
Appeared in DIVER October 2011
Inspection of a shattered ship’s bow in the English Channel helps to resolve 100-year-old mystery! Leigh Bishop investigates a Channel collision, and explains why he reckons the Duke of Buccleugh is the best wreck dive of them all
Glassware located in the hold immediately forward of the bridge
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A conger eel has made its home in the ship’s boiler
Hand-painted Belgian dishes can still be found on the wreck
This painting of the Duke of Buccleugh passing the Needles lighthouse was commissioned by the author
the Vandalia beached and showing her damage soon after the collision
A drawing of the wreck by diver Mark Bullen, showing the layout as she rests on the seabed today
The film crew on the beach
dishes and bowls located under the aft well deck;
Teresa Telus and Kevin Pickering with a large table dish recovered from the wreck
The ship’s anchor, found on the bow of the wreck.