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Cunard Wrecks

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
It's 175 years since the first Cunard Line voyage, and with 300 vessels sailing under that flag there have inevitably been casualties in that time. SAM WARWICK looks at four diveable wrecks in Britain and others around the world.

Sheer scale of a sleeping dreadnought

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
Arriving in Ireland some years ago armed with rebreather, tripod and black-and-white film,
LEIGH BISHOP captured some fine images of the WW1 Dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious.
A hundred years after her loss, he has returned to the site of what he reckons is one of the greatest wreck dives on Earth


Appeared in DIVER June 2015
Last year's DIVER review of the first months of World War One from a diver's point of view was mostly about firsts, but by 1915 ships were being sunk in such numbers that nothing was a first. JOHN LIDDIARD looks at the stories behind the familiar shipwrecks of today

100 years submerged

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
Thursday, 7 May marks the centenary of the sinking of Cunard liner RMS Lusitania off south-western Ireland following a torpedo strike. Arguably second only to the Titanic as the world's most famous shipwreck, Lusitania was first dived in 1935 and, at 93m deep, has been drawing underwater explorers ever since. SAM WARWICK reports, photos EOIN MCGARRY, illustrations STUART WILLIAMSON

Project Rossarol

Appeared in DIVER April 2015
The Adriatic off Croatia is littered with WW1 wrecks, and one of the best-known is the Cesare Rossarol. A team of keen GUE divers decided to map this Italian cruiser to help protect it - JEROEN VELTROP and PETER ZAAL report, photography by RENE LIPMANN

Death of a Viking Princess

Appeared in DIVER April 2015
JOHN WILLIAMS and his wife Karen had enjoyed having a wreck to themselves in UK waters - but nothing lasts forever

The lust for rust

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
The risk of rough passages and flapping fish on your pillow is surely not too high a price to pay to dive 15 choice northern Red Sea and Gulf of Suez wrecks in a week, is it NIGEL WADE gives the itinerary a blast

Expedition Jutland

Appeared in DIVER December 2014
Diving deep wrecks more than 90 miles from the nearest port is not a task to undertake lightly, especially when the weather conditions are hostile. VIC VERLINDEN didn't want to face another setback to his ambition to dive the Jutland battleships

Albert and the U-Boat

Appeared in DIVER November 2014
Diving a WW2 U-boat wreck off the coast of Berwickshire leads MIKE WARD to a train of thought about wrecks, war and family connections

I-SPY the Thistlegorm, in a whole new light

Appeared in DIVER October 2014
Its more than 20 years since John Bantins original expose on the Thistlegorm was published in diver. It has since become one of the worlds most visited wrecks, subject of countless articles, books and even TV documentaries. Surely there is nothing new to say ALEX MUSTARD, in collaboration with the RAF's Tony Edge and Keith Francis, set out to properly identify and map all the vehicles in the wrecks holds. Their findings, presented exclusively here, will transform your next dive on this classic site

1914 Sinkings

Appeared in DIVER August 1914
World War One broke out 100 years ago this August, and the remaining months of the year saw a pattern set in terms of the war at sea that has left a rich legacy for todays divers. JOHN LIDDIARD looks at the key sinkings

Scilly expectations

Appeared in DIVER June 2014
The Scilly Isles, Englands furthermost inhabited land, have been luring ships onto their shores for centuries - right up to the 1990s, in fact. SUE DALY spends a week getting to know some of its wrecks

Great War wrecks

Appeared in DIVER April 2014
The majority of warship wrecks around the British Isles are casualties of World War One. The 100th anniversary of the UK entering the war falls on 4 August, so in the next few years many of our most popular wrecks for diving will become 100 years old. JOHN LIDDIARD sets the scene

Barge nights

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
Is the Barge the best night dive in the world Photographer RICHARD ASPINALL chronicles his love affair with this Red Sea treasure

Rolling up to the Turkia

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
The northern Red Sea wrecks itinerary is familiar, but head way north up the Gulf of Suez and youll find a rarely dived WW2 wreck casualty that has been compared with the Thistlegorm. SUE...

Bell boys

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
A ship's bell is the prime method of identifying a lost wreck. Its also wreck-divers trophy of desire. Few are lucky enough to find one in their lifetime - others know exactly where to lo...

On the Million Hope

Appeared in DIVER January 2014
This Red Sea wreck has been down for only 17 years but it is huge and, though accessible from Sharm, is not on regular itineraries. CATH BATES reports on a spectacular diving experience, ...

Lost lady of a golden age

Appeared in DIVER October 2013
In April 1888 the Smyrna, of the Aberdeen White Star Line, became one of the only known clipper ships to be lost off Englands south coast. LEIGH BISHOP was with the team that made history...

Ocean revival

Appeared in DIVER August 2013
In Portugal one mans vision is bequeathing divers an array of cleaned-up military wrecks. He hopes their appeal can overcome any objections about weather and visibility and help to make t...

So you want to be a Wreck-Finder

Appeared in DIVER August 2013
You can go where the skippers take you, or you can branch out on your own - SHANE WASIK provides 10 key pointers to becoming a wreck detective

The last bell

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
A deep Japanese wreck eventually reveals its final secret. LEIGH BISHOP dives the site and asks: Is this the last bell to be found in the legendary Truk Lagoon?

The dress

Appeared in DIVER June 2013
The wreck of the Salem Express in the Red Sea joins the ranks of the world's sunken icons that tug on GAVIN PARSONS' heartstrings

Commerce, County & collision

Appeared in DIVER April 2013
It should have been avoided, but when two ships collided in the English Channel in 1883 the result was another museum-piece for divers. LEIGH BISHOP explains what this classic wreck dive ...

Gigantic discovery off Sardinia

Appeared in DIVER February 2013
The wreck of a Messerschmitt Me323 Gigant cargo aircraft, sunk in a World War Two air raid, has been found off Sardinias La Maddalena archipelago. Its a draw for experienced technical div...

Iron Annie flies again

A mystery German aircraft from WW2 is found by Ukrainian divers in the Black Sea. One of the team, ANDREY NEKRASOV, told us the tale nearly three years ago (The Story of Iron Annie, Febru...

Project Britannic

Appeared in DIVER August 2012
Its no small undertaking to explore Titanics sister-ship, the WW1 hospital vessel Britannic, which lies deep off Greece. A recent expedition with wreck preservation as its main aim took p...

Return to the Waitara

Appeared in DIVER June 2012
Returning to a classic Channel wreck unvisited by him for almost 17 years, Leigh Bishop discovers that over time old wrecks can become as-new wrecks - and therefore exciting all over again!

The rich rewards of going deep

Appeared in DIVER January 2012
Theres quite a buzz about the Maltese islands among recreational divers these days, but this time round its the tekkie side that interests us – Dmitri Gorski has been diving some o...