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Appeared in DIVER June 2018
When she took up scuba 40 years ago, Alexandra Hildred had no idea that her life would become inextricably linked with a Tudor warship. Now the Mary Rose Trust's Head of Research and Curator of Ordnance & Human Remains, she tells STEVE WEINMAN about the lead-up to the raising of the iconic wreck, still one of the biggest such operations ever attempted. So what was it like to be …

Invincible 50' 44.34N, 01' 02.23W

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
MICHAEL PITTS, one of the world's leading underwater cameramen, has been turning his attention from wildlife in clear waters to 18th-century human life in green, murky waters. He explains why he has relished the opportunity

The Essex 3 who took on London

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
Diving doesn't get tougher than this - and wrecks don't come much more historic. STEVE WEINMAN meets the divers shedding valuable light on the maritime world of the 1600s

Messages from the past

Appeared in DIVER June 2016
Franck Goddio is arguably the world’s most successful underwater archaeologist - and his skills are tested to the limit in excavating ancient Egyptian sites on which the new Sunken Cities exhibition at London's British Museum is based. STEVE WEINMAN meets the man who made it happen, with underwater photography by CHRISTOPH GERIGK


Appeared in DIVER February 2015
Touch everything!, divers Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver are told, and the reality of hunting for the remains of million-year-old giant sharks in the Gulf of Mexico soon starts to bite.

The final circle

Appeared in DIVER Februery 2015
The Vanishing Dutchman mystery solved? Last October, DIVER published the story of a mysterious 18th-century shipwreck found off the coast of Sierra Leone in west Africa. An international team of divers spent weeks on site trying to establish the wrecks identity, but without success. LEIGH BISHOP, who was with the team and wrote the story, is back to explain how DIVER played a pivotal role in identifying the ship

Mystery of the vanishing Dutchman

Appeared in DIVER October 2014
An unidentified 300-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sierra Leone intrigued an international team of divers enough to investigate. Mounting an expedition to a remote African island was never going to be easy. DIVER's Leigh Bishop was part of the team

NAS Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology course

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
Diving the Invincible

The Titanic of its time

Appeared in DIVER March 2013
The deep site of a Roman shipwreck was found near Crete well over a century ago. Among other artefacts it yielded the worlds oldest-known computer. Cousteau, inevitably, was there, but only recently have divers brought modern technology into play, reports team-member ALEXANDROS SOTIRIOU. Photos by ALEXANDROS TOURTAS

Holland V and the history of Subs

Appeared in DIVER December 2012
A chance to dive the Holland V submarine on the occasion of its centenary leads JOHN LIDDIARD to look at the pre-scuba evolution of underwater transport, from Leonardo to the U-boat

Disinterring Sir Francis Drake

Appeared in DIVER February 2012
Exciting discoveries in Panama are throwing light on Tudor English maritime history, and DIVER cartoonist RICO OLDFIELD is part of the expeditionary team, and enjoying the views

Ben Franklins Black Fleet

Appeared in DIVER August 2011
Is one of these privateers lying off Anglesey Rico Oldfield has been beneath its waters in a bid to find out

Coronation day

Appeared in DIVER August 2011
Just to be clear, the vessel was Coronation, not HMS Coronation, as often stated. HMS came in 100 years later. But the remains of this 17th-century ship of the line make for a popular day out for divers - JOHN LIDDIARD has been sampling the newly-laid trail

Treasure-hunting the psychic way

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
Crystal skulls, priceless emeralds - a US dive team hit paydirt when they called in psychics to help locate a legendary treasure ship, and the work goes on, as John Christopher Fine discovers

Story of the stones

Appeared in DIVER April 2007
Gavin Parsons joins the Nautical Archaeology Society on a survey dive and discovers how divers can help map the maritime history of the UK