Pendennis U-Boats

At the end of the Great War, the Keisers’s high seas fleet was interned at Scapa Flow, Orkney. Due to some miscommunication or maybe the lack of communication, Rear Admiral von Reuter ordered the scuttling of the entire fleet. Most were removed straight away, except some of the vessels that Read more…

Darlwyne

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 MILBURN set out to find the wreck SOMETIMES THINGS CAN surprise you. Read more…

HMT St Ives

On March 3rd 1915, the 325 ton trawler ‘St Ives H11’ was requisitioned for the navy. It was converted into an auxiliary patrol vessel, it entered naval service in May 1915 as 1192. HM Trawler St Ives, along with other vessels, helped salvaging the SS Keltier on December 11th and Read more…

Museums and Libraries

Over the last few weeks, we have visited the local museum and library at Helston. Both these visits have revealed wrecks that there are no readily available information for. The Helston folk museum has oil paintings of wrecks, not just the ship wreck itself but of the actual wrecking. Jeune Read more…

Locating HMS Anson, with a snorkel.

The Royal Naval frigate, HMS Anson, is an important wreck in British history. After witnessing the wreck of the Anson, so close to shore, Henry Trengrouse (18 March 1772 – 14 February 1854) invented the ‘Rocket‘ life-saving apparatus. John Hearle Tremayne was a member of parliament in Cornwall, he introduced Read more…

Gun or cannon?

The word Cannon refers to land based artillery with it’s projectiles being called cannonballs. The word Gun refers to ship based artillery with it’s projectiles being called roundshot. Quite often these terms get interchanged, a cannon is a gun and vice versa. Cannon balls rarely get called roundshot apart from Read more…

Coronation

The Coronation was a 2nd rate ship of the line, carrying an armament of 90 guns. Wrecked in 1691, it now lies in two parts about 800m apart. We have visited the site multiple times in the past, just to photograph some of the large anchors and guns. The Coronation Read more…