Their intention was to provide archaeological and historical data for Historic England (HE) to use in deciding whether the site should be recommended for protection by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The 124m, 14,000-ton HMS Montagu was launched in March 1901.

She grounded on rocks around the Isle of Lundy at Shutter Point in thick fog while undertaking secret radio-communication trials on 30 May, 1906, as a result of a navigational error. The ship could not be saved, and had to be broken up and salvaged where she lay.

The remains lie in 5-15m of water and consist mainly of tall piles of armour-plating in kelp-beds and some live 12in shells, although the team did come across what was thought to be a possible gun-mount. The site is generally used for training or early-season dives.

The week of diving was led by Wessex Archaeology in collaboration with Help for Heroes, the charity that helps British service personnel and veterans wounded in the line of duty, and their families. Volunteers from local dive-clubs also took part.

The project was funded by the organisations in collaboration with Historic England as part of Operation Nightingale, a military initiative to aid the recovery of injured servicemen by involving them in archaeological investigations.

“Diving allows the veterans we support to participate in an environment that enables those who are physically injured to feel weightless under water, and those with mental-health wounds to be able to forget their troubles for a while,” said Jock Easton, Head of Recovery West for Help for Heroes.

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