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Deep Sea Detectives

Appeared in DIVER March 2006
Combining adventure diving with the latest advances in maritime archaeology and forensic science, technical divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler are TVs Deep Sea Detectives. Leigh Bishop catches up with the team on a filming visit to the UK
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Divers Complete Guide to Wreck Identification - Is this the mother of all wrecks

So you want to be a wreck detective Ever since we launched Wrecks Q & A on our Divernet website and in Diver, we have been indundated with inquiries.And because so many of your questions are concerned with wreck identification, weve persuaded Kendall McDonald to share his trade secrets...
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Maidan Voyage

Appeared in DIVER January 2006
In 1923, the steamship Maidan struck the reef off Rocky Island in the southern Egyptian Red Sea, coming to rest at a depth of 120m. Today the wreck is an extreme dive in a remote and exposed location. Nick Gilbert and Adina Ochert took up the challenge - again
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Red Sea Wrecks - Join the Queue

The Thistlegorm has become a must-see site for UK divers, but 60 years on from its sinking, John Liddiard asks how far the sheer number of visitors it attracts have compromised the wreck and the diving experience. Who better to ask than the visitors themselvesJoin the queue Room to roam A tiger by the tail
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Splash Landings - Introduction

Underwater aircraft fascinate divers, perhaps because they are so vividly out of their element. Gavin Anderson rounds up some of the great non-flying machines he has dived around the world, and looks at remarkable finds in the Firth of Forth. Meanwhile, in the Med, Kurt Amsler dives a Lightning and David Oldale a Sparrowhawk
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Splash Landings - Return of the Avenger

RETURN OF THE AVENGER Fife divers have long sought a 17th century royal treasure ship in the Firth of Forth. They haven't found it yet, says Gavin Anderson - but they have found some interesting aircraft. INTRO SPARROWHAWK Turkey LIGHTNING France AVENGER Scotland
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Splash Landings - Lightning Strikes

LIGHTNING STRIKES For years one of the fastest fighters of its time lay forgotten off France - then a fisherman made a chance remark. Kurt Amsler has dived the P38 Lightning INTRO SPARROWHAWK Turkey LIGHTNING France AVENGER Scotland
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Splash Landings - 70m on air to the Sparrowhawk

70m on air to the Sparrowhawk Hi Dave, its Nick in Turkey. We've found a B52 bomber on a reef near Kas, how do you fancy a dive on it David Oldale was already packing.
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What A Whopper!

HERE ARE THE FIRST close-up pictures of the biggest merchant shipwreck in the world - the Britannic (pictured above in 1916). Lying 120m down in the Aegean Sea, she is even bigger than her sister ship, the Titanic. These shots were not taken by a remotely-controlled camera vehicle. They are hands-on pictures taken by a British-led technical mixed gas diving team at the end of last year. Those who have dived the great liner, spiralling down the shotline with diver propulsion vehicles (needed for the vast wreck to be fully explored) will never forget her. Kevin Gurr, one of the first divers on the wreck, tells his story to Kendall McDonald.(You'll have to get a copy of the February 1998 DIVER to see the pictures.)
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Cuba's Nice Little Earner

Appeared in DIVER December 1997
The economically beleaguered Cubans have a secret weapon in their struggle for survival: hundreds of Spanish galleons, carrying a fabulous fortune in gold, lie in their territorial waters. Cuba's scuba-diving leader Fidel Castro had the bright idea of forming a state salvage company (Carisub) many years before the withdrawal of Russian assistance. Now his brainchild brings in $1million worth of booty every day from the biggest concentration of treasure ships in the world. Cyril Drouhet reports on the work of the comrade treasure hunters (in action opposite).
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A Wrecks Diver Dream of Heaven

You know the scene: you get down to the wreck to find the portholes nicely polished, the pieces of eight neatly labelled. Then you wake up. But it doesnt have to be that way if, like David Gwyer, you visit the Isle of Wight Shipwreck Centre
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Over the Rainbow

Twelve years after the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior, Gavin Anderson dives her wreck, now a brightly coloured artificial reef in the South Pacific.
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Rammed!

Kendall McDonald believes the Yorkshire sub hunters may have solved an 80-year-old mystery about UC-47s presence at the surface the morning she was sunk
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Sub-Hunters!

The lads done good! Shaun Carr recalls how he and a group of fellow submarine wreck enthusiasts hunted out the remains of a WW1 German U-boat sunk off Flamborough Head in 1917, and stumbled on a British destroyer of similar vintage into the bargain.
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Lost and Found: One U-Boat

After seeing action in a wolf pack hunting down Allied shipping in the Second World War, the German U-boat U-260 came to a sticky end when she hit a mine off the Fastnet Rock in March, 19...

Maine Chance

Although somewhat broken up, the wreck of the Maine, a cargo ship torpedoed off the Devon coast in 1917, is still one of our most popular dives. Roger Dadds took the opportunity to tour t...

Journey through the James Eagan Layne

Follow John Liddiard as he ties a line to the bow of Britains most-dived wreck, and explores her holds, her engine room and her detached stern section in search of pictures

The Wrecks of Abu Nuhas

The wreck graveyard of the Red Sea is an apt name for the exposed reefs of Abu Nuhas at the southern end of the Straits of Gubal. Stretching across the mouth of the Gulf of Suez, these re...

Ten Days on the Cazador

Two years ago Dan Burton joined a team of technical divers salvaging the cargo of a Spanish bullion ship sunk in 1784. In ten days the team recovered 12,000 silver coins. By Jonty Summers

How I Found the Resurgam

Keith Hurley couldn't believe his luck when he drifted over the wreck of the world's first working submarine, the Resurgam, pictured above in the builder's yard. Here he recalls the momen...

The Saving of the Swan

The remains of a one-time warship of Charles I, sunk off the Scottish coast nearly 350 years ago, were being scattered by the elements when local sport divers came across them in 1992. Re...

Invasion of the Goody Snatchers!

Look at the jaws on that! One of the pleasures of diving the waters of Rathlin Island, in Northern Ireland, is the boldness of the conger eels which swarm to meet you. If you like conger ...

Red Sea Wrecks - A Tiger by the Tail

Many of the Red Sea's best wrecks are out of day-boat range - you need a liveaboard. Zac Macaulay takes a trip aboard one of the newest contenders, Tiger Lily, but finds that being on a f...

Room to Roam

If household names such as the Thistlegorm are a tad over-dived, the Red Sea can still boast plenty of great shipwrecks with elbow room for divers. Gavin Anderson takes us on a tour of so...

Join the Queue

The Thistlegorm has become a must-see site for UK divers, but 60 years on from its sinking, John Liddiard asks how far the sheer number of visitors it attracts have compromised the wreck ...

Down to the Sea in Flames

It was 22 October 1961. The Sunday morning peace of St. George's harbour was abruptly shattered as a big ship's foghorn began sounding persistently and mournfully.......

How Lucky 13 Struck Gold Off Salcombe

For three years a team of divers has been slipping away to a site off Prawle Point in Devon, sworn to secrecy about the astonishing treasure they have been uncovering. But now its time to...