Divers funding to catalogue wrecks

Members of the Cormeton Dive Support School, based in Seaton Delaval who will be taking part in the project.
Members of the Cormeton Dive Support School, based in Seaton Delaval who will be taking part in the project.
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A group of divers are set to take part in a unique project to catalogue ship wrecks from the First and second world Wars that lie off the North East Coast.

Remembrance Wrecks of WW1 and WW2 Pilot Project run in conjunction with The Maritime Archaeological Sea Trust has been awarded £20,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin the work.

By training divers in the arts of underwater survey and researchers in archival skills, the project will enable local people to discover and explore the local history of the First World War and Second World War along with some of the hundreds of ships and people lost off of the North East coast.

Ten divers will undertake a Basic Archaeological Diver (BAD) course and ten researchers will be guided in carrying out the above-water historical research.

As the project progresses the “wet”, newly qualified BAD divers, and the “dry” volunteers will come together to begin to tell the stories of these shipwrecks, many of which have lain silent for so many years.

By training divers in the arts of underwater survey and researchers in archival skills, the project will enable local people to discover and explore the local history of the First World War and Second World War along with some of the hundreds of ships and people lost off of the North East coast Ten divers will undertake a Basic Archaeological Diver (BAD) course and 10 researchers will be guided in carrying out the above-water historical research.

As the project progresses the “wet”, newly qualified BAD divers, and the “dry” volunteers will come together to begin to tell the stories of these shipwrecks, many of which have lain silent for so many years.

Ivor Crowther, head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “The North East has a wealth of maritime heritage of which the wrecks of the First and Second World Wars are an important part.

“We’re pleased to support this project which will see volunteers gain valuable qualifications and training as they help to uncover the stories of the vessels and their crews – many for the first time.”