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Shipwrecks added since November 2014

SS Newholm
SS Ambassador
SS Mendi
SS Skaala
Privateer Dragon 1757
S.S.Percier
MV Napoli
MV Lucy
HMT Caroline
German Submarine U-260
SS Basil
Glenart Castle
SMS Margraf


 

 

 

   

 

   
   

 

   
 
   

 

 
   

Our Projects

HMS Venerable

 

This 74 gun man-o-war was lost in a storm in 1804. She has since been forgotten until we dived the site in 2010 and consolidated all the information known about the wreck.   Why not read more about here history and state today

 

     

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Dartmouth Cannon Site

 

A cannon was found in the mouth of the river Dart in the 70's and since then another 7 have been located. Are they from a ship? Why not see what we think 

 

     

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Gossamer

The Tea Clipper Gossamer was lost off Prawle point in 1768. The following report shows the history of the ship and a site survey done in 2012

 

 

 

 

Merchantman & Privateer "Dragon" 1757

 

The Dragon was an American built British Privateer having got its letter of marquee in 1756 at the start of the “seven Years” war. She was involved in the trade of goods between London and Jamaica between 1753 and 1757 when she met her end on the cliffs of the South Devin coast. She may well have visited Port Royal prior to 1753 but no records exist. She had a crew of between 10 and 16 men with an armament of originally 4 guns that increased to 10 guns in 1757. On one occasion she arrived in Port Royal in Jamaica with only 3 crew indicating she had been involved if some sort of conflict with the French or had lost some of the crew through illness. She would carry dry good, bricks & caskets of corketts from London to Port Royal and return to London with Sugar, Rum and hardwood.

The Dragon project involved:  

  • The search and location of the shipwreck

  • Producing a site survey

  • Removing artifacts at risk

  • Research and documentation of its history

  • Training of BSAC & PADI divers to Nautical Archaeology Society Part 1 standard

  • Research into the passengers killed in the wrecking

Most of the crew survived and records show that the captain and his lieutenant were in charge of another Privateer just 3 months after the sinking.  A Jamaican plantation owned was on board returning his children to England following the death of his second wife. He survived and returned to his various plantations in Jamaica but his children drowned during the wrecking and were buried in a local South Devon churchyard.   Very little was known about the Dragon making it very difficult to locate and research and, what records were available are very difficult to read and interpret. The plantation owner was not well known or documented but he had left a “Last Will and Testament” providing a starting point for the research once we had found it.   The wrecksite had been located in the early 90’s but was only seen for a couple of months when she was covered by 2m of sand in a storm. The late Bill Bunting, who initially found the wreck returned to the site for the next eighteen years without finding her.  Having carried out a magnetometer survey from Burgh Island to Salcombe on another project we had identifies a couple of possible sites for  the wreck but it was not until a storm in late 2013 that the wreck was exposed when 2m of sand was scoured from the seabed. This enabled a site surrey to be done before it re-covered again a couple of months later.  

Photo Keith Rushton

 

 

Eureka

TBA

San Pedro El Mayor

TBA