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Gav and I were watching the UK History Channel tonight (no, seriously!) and the whole night was a series of programmes "Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea" - all about diving various wreck all over the world.

One that caught our attention was the Wreck of The Swan.

This is a bit of the blurb from the associated web-site:

"Since 1991 a team of underwater archaeologists from the School of History at St Andrews University, under the direction of Dr Colin Martin, have been investigating a wreck site close to Duart Castle in the Sound of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland.... Research suggests that the wreck is the Swan, a small Cromwellian warship lost in 1653.... uncovered much fragile material, such as this carved wooden cherub... nine-week excavation season in 1999 was filmed by the BBC for a series called Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea.... Finds include carved decoration from the stern, panelling from inside the captain's cabin, guns and shot, swords, rigging fittings, coins, a pocket watch, domestic items, clay pipes, and human bones.... Although only licensed archaeologists can work on the site, the Nautical Archaeology Society (Scotland) runs a Visitor Scheme so that amateur divers can visit the site on organised Historic Wreck weekends. Further information from Philip Robertson at Lochaline Divecentre"

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/academic/history/scothist/staff/martin/swan.html

Well, having seen the programme and looked at the website, Gav and I fancy a wee trip to the Sound of Mull (already on next year's dive itinery anyway) to take a look at some of it.

Here is also a link to the Lochaline Dive Centre who work in partnership with Historic Scotland and run Sport Diver trips to various wrecks (incl. The Swan & HMS Dartmouth) that are usually designated under the Protection of Wrecks legislation.

Incidentally, looking at Lochaline's website, you can do a week's diving there (incl. accom' and all your air for £122 during peak season).

http://www.lochalinedivecentre.co.uk/

Given that the trips to the licenced wrecks are only arranged occasionally we are going to find out availability and book it quite soon.  

We would probably go for a long weekend.

Anyone fancy it?  Subject to dates and details obviously.

Cheers

Fi
 

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Mmmm, thought more about this and probably makes more sense to post any replies on the Planned Trips forum...

Bye!
 
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