Dorset Shipwreck Project  Weymouth, Dorset – 20/21 July,     31Aug/1Sep

Dorset Shipwreck Project  Weymouth, Dorset

Three Expedition dates available:    20/21 July,     31Aug/1Sep

Exploration & Survey diving off the Dorset Coast to identify previously unknown wrecks

There are plenty of well-known sites along the Dorset coast visited each year by divers all around the Weymouth & Portland Bill area.  However, there are many wrecks that still have very little known about them.  The purpose of this project is to survey and hopefully identify one or two wrecks that have previously been located by the Shipwreck Project using expensive towed side scan equipment to produce tantalising data.      

This project aims to target the Lyme Bay Cannon site (could be the Alexander) and the Brandy wreck so named because of an impressive Brandy bottle found. 

Lyme bay and Portland Bill

Utilising information obtained from existing sources including Wessex Archaeology and the results of the 2018 expedition and preceding trips in 2019, we will continue to collect new information that will assist with the identification of these wrecks.

It is expected that upon completion of the 2019 expeditions an article will be submitted for publication in the BSAC magazine.  Expedition members will have the chance to contribute.

Site 1:

Lyme Bay Cannon Site

As well as collecting and sharing information, it is hoped that this expedition will actively promote further interest by other divers to continue searching, surveying and supporting the identification of wrecks along the Dorset coast.

We will be using the Wey Chieftain IV, which is moored in Weymouth’s historic Old Harbour, just opposite The Old Rooms pub – Weymouth DT4 8TT.

The skipper is Richard Bright-Paul, former Chairman of the Shipwreck Project.

This project is ideally suited for Nitrox divers and those comfortable with small amounts of decompression.  Max depth is 24-30m.  Cost is £60 per day, plus accommodation, food and gas.

If you are interested in participating on any of the dates above please contact the Expedition Leader at the earliest opportunity:  Cameron Cromwell    mobile: 07969 209211   email: [email protected]