The Nautical Archaeology Society is encouraging commemorative dives on WW1 wrecks through a new project, Lost Beneath the Waves 1914-1918.
Divers around the world – sport, commercial or military - are invited to visit sites of WWI loses of any nation from now to 2018, as close as possible to the anniversaries of their sinkings.
They are asked then to share their experiences, observations and any research by uploading photographs, video clips and notes following their dives.
“As well as remembering those who lost their lives, this will enhance the historic record for these vessels 100 years after their loss,” says the NAS.
The organisation “does not propose any structured format to this commemoration”, groups participating “as much or as little as they wish, choosing which losses they want to mark and how to commemorate them”.
The NAS is to organise one such event of its own each year up to the 2018 finish, with the aim of visiting “a range of vessel types” of different nationalities.
Subject to permission from the Royal Navy, this year’s will take place on 6 August at the site of HMS Amphion off the Thames Estuary, the first Royal Navy loss of WWI with the deaths of 169 crew.