Tag Archives: Historic

D-Day Wreck Found in Solent

On 7th June, Landing Craft LCT 427 was on the way back to Portsmouth after successfully delivering a cargo of tanks to Gold Beach as part of the D-Day landings. Unfortunately she never made it, as just 4 miles from … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Odyssey Marine Plan to Retrieve Silver from 1941 Wreck

Odyssey Marine Exploration have done a deal with the British Government to attempt to recover the cargo of a merchant ship that was torpedoed in 1941. The S.S. Gairsoppa of the British Indian Steam Navigation Company sailed from Calcutta in … Continue reading

Posted in Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | Leave a comment

HMS Hermes in Sri Lanka – Now Diveable

HMS Hermes of the Royal Navy was the first ship to be designed and built as an aircraft carrier. She was laid down in January 1918, launched in September 1919 and finally commissioned in 1923.  In 1931 she was involved … Continue reading

Posted in Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Poseidon Project Trailer

On 9th June 2011 it was 80 years since  HMS Poseidon sank off the coast of China after a collision with a merchant steamer.  HMS Poseidon was a Royal Navy Parthian Class submarine and she sank north of Weihai … Continue reading

Posted in Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Diving the Great Wall Video

Before I left Hong Kong a number of us from South China Diving Club toyed with the idea of going up to Beijing and diving the Great Wall with Steven Schwankert of SinoScuba. Unfortunately it didn’t happen and it’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic | Tagged , | Leave a comment

17th Century Wreck in Dorset

Lying in around 7-9 metres of water on a sand and shingle seabed on the edge of Hook Sands in Dorset, is the Swash Channel wreck. This is believed to be an early 17th Century armed merchant ship, which has … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Truk. Dive 17 – Kansho Maru

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Kansho is one of my favourite dives, but on our previous dive, we didn’t have enough time to explore the cavernous engine room properly. So we had a word with the dive … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Shipwrecked beer to be brewed again

In July 2010, a ship that is believed to have been wrecked between 1800 and 1830 was salvaged, and 145 bottles of what was thought be champagne were recovered.  Subsequently these bottles have been found to include vintages from Veuve … Continue reading

Posted in Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | Leave a comment

British Warships Found off Estonia

Sonar searches by an Estonian minesweeper, Ugandi, have found the remains of 3 British ships that were part of a squadron that was supporting the Baltic states’ struggle for independence against both German and Soviet invaders in 1918 / 1919. … Continue reading

Posted in Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Truk. Dive 12 – Hoki Maru

The Hoki Maru is another of my favourite dives (yes, I know, I’ve got a lot of favourites). She was built in Scotland in 1921 and christened the British-New Zealand ship M/V Hauraki. She was captured in December 1941 by … Continue reading

Posted in Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Truk. Dive 11 – Kansho Maru

The Kansho is one of my favourite dives, primarily because of her engine room. She was built in 1938 as a passenger / cargo ferry, but was taken over by the Japanese navy and a 3 inch bow gun was … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Truk. Dive 10 – Shinkoku Maru

The Shinkoku is a lovely dive with good coral growth and excellent fish life. She was built in 1939 as a tanker, and she originally carried oil from the US, before the oil embargo was imposed. She was then converted … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , , | Leave a comment