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Appeared in DIVER July 2018
Prolific Turkish wreck-hunter SELCUK KOLAY tells how he identified his latest discovery in the Aegean Sea - a steamship built in Britain after WW1, bought by the French, commandeered by the Germans in WW2 and sunk by a British submarine


Appeared in DIVER July 2018
Let's be honest, finding a mid-19th century wreck complete with a trove of artefacts is most divers' dream. For STEFAN PANIS it was reality

The U-BOAT Coast

Appeared in DIVER July 2018
The WW1 U-boats at Pendennis have been dived for many years, by many people. The site is probably the second most popular shore-dive in Cornwall. Thousands of trainees did their first open-water dives there, most seeing the remains of one or two of the U-boats. Not sure what to write into their log-books, other than 'Silver Steps' or 'Pendennis', what were these subs? MARK MILBURN investigates, and believes he can now paint a clearer picture of what lies where and why

Art treasures from a shipwreck

Appeared in DIVER May 2018
In 1927 the Christiaan Huygens became the largest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands. Furnished by famed designer Lion Cachet, she was finished in expensive materials such as marble and mahogany but, badly damaged by a mine at the end of WW2, she became a total loss. VIC VERLINDEN and STEFAN PANIS tell the story in this compelling chapter from their new book Diving For Treasure...

Vanderbilt's Warrior

Appeared in DIVER January 2018
Warrior II, sunk off Portland Bill in the English Channel, has drawn deep-divers since its discovery in the early 1980s. LEIGH BISHOP (left, in his younger days) investigates the wreck of a ship that entertained the world's wealthiest and most famous people in the heyday of Edwardian splendour

St Stephen Revisited

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
The Austrian-Hungarian dreadnought was taken by surprise by the brave crews of two Italian torpedo-boats, and the Szent Istvan became the only WW1 warship the sinking of which was captured on film.
VIC VERLINDEN joins a technical-diving team to recover artefacts from the massive, deep-lying Adriatic wreck

The Secrets of Sveti Pavao

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
Examining the seabed off Croatia, two scuba-divers discovered a well-preserved porcelain vase. Only the richest people, as it turned out, could afford such pottery in the 16th century. MARJAN ZIBERNA reports, main photography by ARNE HODALIC


Appeared in DIVER October 2017
US dive-teams are working around the world to find the remains of armed forces personnel missing in action from past conflicts, and the process can bring significant wrecks into focus – none more so than a WW2 B-24 Liberator in Croatia. GEMMA SMITH was part of the team. Photos: Brett Seymour, NPS/DPAA

Views of the VOLOS

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
Lefteris Reef in Greece has become the graveyard for many ships over millennia, but few can have as intriguing a backstory as the Volos, says ROSS J ROBERTSON, who writes in collaboration with Dimitri Evangelopoulos, Dimitri Galon and Paris Sofos. So what exactly did Hans Hass find when he filmed the wreck in 1942?


Appeared in DIVER August 2017
Unique 'floating tanks', relics of World War Two, can be dived from Swanage, says WILL APPLEYARD. Ideal for an early-season UK warm-up dive in this case - but they're always ready for inspection


Appeared in DIVER July 2017
In the penultimate instalment of our annual World War One centenary shipwreck review, Allied efforts start to look towards a tipping point in their fortunes, but not before a huge amount of carnage at sea leaves its mark for the divers of the future. JOHN LIDDIARD once again looks at the shipwrecks that originated 100 years ago

Dive Scapa Flow

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
'Orcadians still live daily with the consequences of the scuttling of the German Fleet almost 100 years ago.' So says ROD MACDONALD, and with that centenary looming a special sixth edition of the ace wreck-diver’s classic guide Dive Scapa Flow is published this month, complete with jaw-dropping new illustrations. Here is Rod's evocative introduction to one of the world's greatest dive-locations

A Drama on Drifter Eddy

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
TANO ROLE carries out a deep dive on a wartime mine-sweeper and finds time to embark on a late-flowering acting career

Small Island - BIG BIG WRECK

Appeared in DIVER June 2017
Underwater photographer MATIAS ALEXANDRO first went to Ibiza as an unfulfilled snorkeller, but now it's the Med's biggest wreck in standard diving depths that has captured his imagination. It's massive!

Burma Maru

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
TIM LAWRENCE and friends were looking for deep wrecks off Thailand, but the tempting tip-off obtained through diligent research and whisky would eventually lead them south to Cambodia. Ph...

Invincible with the original 3

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Canadian BRENT PINIUTA became a diver through his desire to learn more about one of the Royal Navy's landmark warships- this is his personal story of how an obsession led to a reunion

Malta's tale of two sections

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
The WW2 destroyer HMS Southwold makes for two serious dives in deep and sometimes troubled waters - TANO ROLE reckons it could be the best genuine tec wreck in the Maltese islands

Alternative fate of the M2

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
The idea of a submarine that was also an aircraft-carrier continues to intrigue a century after it was built, but the concept was to be M2's downfall. This Dorset wreck is open to divers ...

DARLWYNE - the forgotten tragedy of 1966

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
Thirty-one people died off Cornwall when a boat unfit to be at sea went missing, but in the aftermath of England's World Cup victory the headlines went missing too. Fifty years on, MARK M...

The Million-Dollar Dive

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
Titanic's bigger sister-ship Britannic sank off Greece in November 1916. Now, 100 years on, the iconic wreck has seen the arrival of a new breed of human interaction in terms of diving te...


Appeared in DIVER August 2016
Continuing our annual review of the Great War centenary, 1916 is highlighted by the battle of Jutland. We also have a new wave of merchant raiders and a distribution of merchant losses ar...

Le Polynesien: Best in the Med?

Appeared in DIVER August 2016
It's at 65m and each year's storms leave it a little more ravaged, but this French liner, sunk by a U-boat towards the end of WW1, is one of the world's great underwater experiences, says...


Appeared in DIVER June 2016
ROD MACDONALD's books are always eagerly awaited, and it is the level of detail that wreck-dive enthusiasts relish.
His latest offering, Dive Palau: The Shipwrecks, is no exception. T...


Appeared in DIVER April2016
The Sinking of the Aud & the Easter Rising
The Aud was sunk off Cork 100 years ago this April, but it wasn't really the Aud. The tramp steamer's cargo was intended to provide firepower...

The scale of JUSTICIA

Appeared in DIVER March 2016
Returning to dive what he reckons could be the best wreck-dive in the British Isles, LEIGH BISHOP fires up his new scooter for a cruise down Memory Lane

The lady is a tramp

Appeared in DIVER December 2015
If it's the little things in life that please us, what about those relatively unknown small shipwrecks in home waters? Leigh Bishop returns to one such wreck that despite its anonymity wa...

Graf Zeppelin - Diving Hitler's Aircraft-Carrier

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
'A few times in my diving life I've had the chance to dive an extraordinary wreck,' says VIC VERLINDEN. The Graf Zeppelin is more than a shipwreck - it's also one of the great mysteries o...

From smuggler to shipwreck

Appeared in DIVER August 2015
Michael Salvarezza and Christopher P Weaver get to dive Florida's Golden Venture and delve into the shady background of this notorious vessel