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Secret appointment with a WILDCAT

Appeared in DIVER August 2014
Persistence pays for BRUCE MILANI GALLIENI - in fact it recently resulted in what could well be any military aircraft-enthusiasts dream dive


Appeared in DIVER April 2014
Can diving the wreck of a vessel that nearly killed you help bring you to terms with a tragedy STEVE WARREN takes part in a diving project that might provide the answer

Malin metal monsters

Appeared in DIVER December 2012
They've spent a century on the seabed and are showing signs of wear and tear, but war wrecks such as HMS Audacious and Justicia off Ireland are what deep wreck-diving is all about, says CHRIS SIMONS

What wrecks can tell us - Part 2

Last month JOHN LIDDIARD explained how engines and propulsion systems on wrecks provide vital clues to the nature and identity of a ship. In this concluding article, he moves on to what the hull and fittings reveal

What wrecks can tell us

A little knowledge goes a long way when youre wreck-diving. In the first of a two-part guide, John Liddiard looks at Engines & Propulsion

Diversions in Dieppe

Appeared in DIVER June 2011
Dive clubs are the same the world over, though they do it a little differently in France, and a wreck-diving weekend with a French club is no casual affair, as John Liddiard reports

Hulk in Fairyland

When Karen Williams found what she calls the Yealm Hulk on a dive, she was delighted to have come across something hidden away out of Devons diving mainstream. Subsequent visits show it constantly changing - but does anyone know what it is

Deep in the Northern Approaches

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
A few months back, we found out what its like to dive the 125m-deep Transylvania. Now technical diver Barry McGill goes looking for seldom-dived and lost shipwrecks in the same area off north Donegal - including another White Star liner, Carinthia

Top wrecks of Malta & Gozo

This is your assignment if you choose to take it - dive the Maltese island wrecks and compile a load of Top Five tables. John Liddiard takes up the challenge

Tomb raiders deep inside the Zen

Appeared in DIVER December 2008
Stuart Philpott ventures into the bowels of the Mediterraneans most famous wreck, the Zenobia, to obtain the first photos from the auxiliary engine-room - and to get inside the control-room

Eyemouth the easy way

You dont have to be a technical diver and brave three-hour boat-rides to enjoy great wreck-diving out of Eyemouth, as John Liddiard explains

All mouth - the new wreck hotspot Northern highlights

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
North Sea sites accessible out of Eyemouth are proving a happy hunting ground for adventurous wreck-divers. Shane Wasik was part of a team that found more than it had bargained for while venturing way offshore

What makes Pathfinder so special

Appeared in DIVER August 2008
Theres something different about diving a famous shipwreck, says John Liddiard. Its the extra dimension added by history. HMS Pathfinder in the North-east is a good example

Tug of love

It wasnt so much the tugboat wreck as the 100m-deep solo experience that made this Hurghada dive a moving experience for Darek Sepiolo

The bomb collector

Appeared in DIVER July 2008
Continuing our occasional series on aspects of the Red Seas most popular wreck, Sharm-based instructor and Thistlegorm chronicler John Kean takes an armaments expert on a bit of a busmans holiday

Vodka on the rocks

Appeared in DIVER May 2008
Twenty-two years ago, a harbour pilot made an inexplicable and fatal error. The Mikhail Lermontov sank as a result. Leigh Bishop travelled to New Zealand to undertake some uncharacteristically shallow dives on the Russian passenger liner, but he would still experience some hair-raising moments, deep inside the wreck

Unfinished business on a U-boat

Appeared in DIVER May 2008
Two dedicated brothers made a pilgrimage to dive a submarine wreck off the Isle of Wight last summer - but not before undergoing a thorough warm-up programme. John Liddiard reports on a quest that began in DIVER six years ago.

Warbirds of the Med

Appeared in DIVER April 2008
Aircraft remains hold a special fascination for many wreck-divers. Marcin Trzcinski has dived and photographed five of the best

For whom the bell tolls

Appeared in DIVER April 2008
A quickly discovered bell meant that identification came hot on the heels of discovering a deepwater shipwreck off south Cornwall. Now the diver who found it, Leigh Bishop, reveals the story of the Kingsbridge, sunk in 1874 laden with 3000 tonnes of colonial cargo!

Komet that turned fireball

Appeared in DIVER March 2008
Finding the second-largest naval war grave in the Channel, and the only accessible example of a World War Two German raider was a long-held ambition for Innes McCartney. Then he got to live the dream

Mysteries multiplied

Appeared in DIVER March 2008
Considering the vast number of shipwrecks that lie off East Sussex in the English Channel, its surprising how many are either unidentified, misidentified or recently discovered and awaiti...

Back to mono

Appeared in DIVER February 2008
Who says British wreck-diving is dark and dismal Do the constraints of underwater flash photography conspire to give that impression Gavin Parsons leaves the flash at home as he dives thr...

Sub vision off Koh Tao

Appeared in DIVER February 2008
A US submarine sunk in deep water off Thailand offers an unforgettable spectacle for technical divers, says Ayesha Cantrell

On the P29

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
Malta's latest wreck was sunk last summer - Elaine Whiteford was among the first divers to get down and inspect it

A British destroyer in the Red Sea

... and this is just a bow gun! John Bantin wasnt quite blindfolded, but his hosts in Egypt worked hard to ensure that his final destination remained a mystery. What he found there took h...

An American history

Appeared in DIVER September 2007
The liner Tuscania was launched in wartime, and would become the first carrier of US troops to be torpedoed and sunk during World War One. Leigh Bishop reports on this hard-to-dive UK dee...

Anatomy of a submarine wreck

Appeared in DIVER September 2007
Tired of swimming over wrecks that consisting mainly of smashed iron plating and boilersSubmarines are the answer, says Innes McCartney, whose specialist guide is illustrated by Rico Oldf...

Mount Misery to the Gulf of Pain

Appeared in DIVER August 2007
It seemed a hopeless task, to track down the 18th century British warship Wager in tough conditions on a remote Pacific island off Chile. Chris Holt could only hope for a stroke of good f...

Anatomy of a wreck - bigger view

Bigger view of wreck showing named elements.

Identify and name parts

Having found your wreck, you now need to identify and name the individual elements.

Anatomy of a wreck

Be honest, do you always know what youre looking at on a wreck, or are you like most of us and simply live in hope of spotting something recognisable Get wreck-wise with John Liddiards ha...

When KT12 met Safari

Appeared in DIVER June 2007
Even if it's only for a long budget-flight weekend, it's worth heading for Sardinia to dive this German war wreck, says John Liddiard. He's been swotting up on his military history

Respect for Rosalie

Appeared in DIVER May 2007
If divers visiting one of the Red Seas best wrecks don't start insisting on more sensible mooring practices, they're endangering one gem of a dive, says Mike Ward


Images of the world-famous warship wrecks of Scapa Flow, created using the latest sonar visualisation technology, reveal exactly how they lie on the seabed - and in precise detail. In a D...

The Hilma Hooker

Appeared in DIVER October 2006
A mysterious ship adrift in the Caribbean, the surprise discovery of a cargo of illicit drugs, and an alleged scuttling of the ship for commercial gain - sounds like a script for a Bond m...

Drawn by Repulse

Appeared in DIVER September 2006
HMS Repulse was one of two Royal Naval battleships that fell victim to Japanese torpedo-bombers 65 years ago, at the outset of the Pacific War. John Liddiard travels to Tioman Island in M...

Diving the BIG O

Appeared in DIVER August 2006
An awesome aircraft-carrier, proudly upright and already attracting fish-life - the worlds biggest artificial reef had hardly been down five minutes before John Bantin was on the case

Scotlands best 10 scenic wrecks

Appeared in DIVER July 2006
Scenic wrecks - Mike Clark reckons a combination of marine life and metal provides not a compromise but the ultimate diving blend. Here are his favourite examples in his home waters - but...


The lad's 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 stumb...

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...