The International Shipwreck Conference

organised by wreck enthusiasts for wreck enthusiasts


Jon Adams

Jonathan Adams (Lecturer) is a specialist in maritime archaeology, with interests in ships as material culture, and in the practice of archaeology under water, particularly the ethics of the developing field of deepwater archaeology. He has participated in the excavation of several wreck sites, including the Mary Rose, the Amsterdam, and the Sea Venture. He is currently working on the Kravel and Krogen shipwreck research projects in Sweden and the Department's field project at the 18th Century shipyard at Buckler's Hard. He is course convenor for the MA/MSc in Maritime Archaeology and director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology.

Recent publications include:

  • Adams, J., van Holk, A., & Maarleveld, T. J. Dredgers and Archaeology, Ship Finds from the Slufter. Ministerie WVC, The Netherlands, 1990.
  • Rönnby, J. & Adams, J. Östersjöns Sjunkna Skepp - En marinarkeologisk tidsresa Tiden, Stockholm, 1994.
  • Adams, J. & Rönnby, J. Furstens Fartyg. Swedish National Maritime Museum. Stockholm, 1996.
  • Quinn, R., Adams, J. R., Dix, J. K., Bull, J. M. The Invincible (1758) site - an integrated geophysical assessment, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, (in press).

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Jens Auer

Jens started working in marine archaeology in 1995 when he joined the Verein fuer Unterwasserarchaeologie MV in Germany.  He completed an MA in underwater archaeology in 2000.  Afterwards he worked as a diving archaeologist for the German heritage authority in Mecklenburg Vorpommern.  Before he came to England in 2003, he was employed as commercial diver with an Inshore construction company in Northern Germany.

Since 2003 Jens has been employed as Project Officer (Coastal and Marine) with Wessex Archaeology Ltd. He specializes in 16th to 18th century shipbuilding.

He worked on several underwater excavations, including the investigation of a Danish frigate in the Baltic.

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Henry Alexander


Henry Alexander is a retired College lecturer, born, educated and working in London until taking early retirement in 1990. He took up diving and in the mid 1960s and was chairman of Croydon Underwater Club for approximately 16 years. Henry is a zoologist and a widely experienced diver. He spent a year and a half as a research scientist on the desert island of Aldabra in the Indian Ocean, doing the field work for his Ph.D. He moved from Surrey to South Devon on 1993.

Running ecology field courses and training divers in Devon has occupied him over many years, and it was during one of these dives that he came across the Liverpool Barque Dryad.  After 30 years of diving, research and writing, the book was finally published in November 2004.

The life and Death of the Liverpool Barque DRYAD (1874-91) will be available at the conference, or from: Aunemouth Books, Aune Cross Lodge, Bantham, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3AD at 12.95, plus 2.55 postage and packing.

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Rick Ayrton

Rick Ayrton has been diving for over 25 years, he took up rebreather diving in 2002. At the same time he acquired a video camera to record underwater images and progressed to being involved as one of the cameramen on the "Deep Wreck Mysteries" series of historical underwater documentaries, in particular being involved in the filming of U1021, U480, HMS Patia & SS Armenian, Hospital Ships, Glenart Castle & Rewa and Australian submarine AE2 in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. More recently he has developed a passion for still photography which he combines with his interest in wrecks and the history behind them, happily admitting that getting good images on deep UK wrecks is a process that he is still mastering.

Rick is a current member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers.

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Leo Balai

Leonard (Leo) Balai (Paramaribo / Suriname 1946) studied law and public administration at the University of Amsterdam. After his graduation he was active in various fields. He was a member of the City Council of Amsterdam for almost 11 years. He took his PhD with a thesis on the slave ship Leusden and the West India Company. In May 2013 he published: Geschiedenis van de Amsterdamse Slavenhandel (History of the Amsterdam slave trade). He also published: The last journey of the slave ship Rusthof.

Leo Balai is married to Dita Vermeulen; 5 grandchildren; lives in Amsterdam.


Leigh Bishop

Born in Northamptonshire England in 1968 Leigh began diving at the age of 21 where he quickly established himself on the technical scene during its early years.  Using mixed gas to explore deep wrecks around the British Isles since 1991 his later 1997 King Edward expedition off North Scotland became the first of its kind to explore wrecks beyond 100m depths in European waters. With little material available on the subject of deep 35mm stills he took to photography specifically to shoot Titanics big sister ship Britannic in 1998 at 120m depth.

Expeditions that followed included the WWII liner Transylvania sunk in 135m/445ft off the northwest Irish coast & several to the Lusitania building the most extensive collection of images of the wreck to date. As a pioneer of mixed gas shipwreck exploration throughout the 1990’s and the new millennium he was a member of just about every significant deep wreck diving project on the planet. These days his focus of attention is drawn to historic sites of interest and have included the 450+ year old deep archaeological project Mars in the Baltic Sea.

He soon established himself as a researcher and was responsible for much of the location work during the ‘hey day’ of technical diving. Leigh's images have been published in dozens of shipwreck books worldwide although his photographic and research efforts are now being channelled into personal book projects. When not diving or researching a project he lectures & has written extensively on the subject of deep wreck exploration throughout the world since 1994. He is also the co founder of Eurotek the bi annual Advanced and Technical Diving conference. Leigh has a career as a full time fire fighter with the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Notable shipwreck exploration & photographic projects to date.

  • Britannic - White Star line (Sister to Olympic & Titanic), Aegean Sea 120m
  • Titanic – 2003 NOAA expedition
  • Mars – Warship, Baltic Sea sank 1564
  • Egypt - P&O Liner carrying Gold, Atlantic 127m
  • Niagara - Liner carrying Gold, New Zealand.
  • Transylvania -Anchor Line Liner, Atlantic 135m
  • Lusitania - Cunard Liner, Celtic Sea 93m
  • Justicia - White Star line liner, Atlantic 70m
  • HMS King Edward VII - Pre-dreadnought Battleship, North Scotland 115m.
  • HMS Limbourne - Destroyer, English Channel 85m
  • HMS Charybdis -Anti-Aircraft cruiser, English Channel 85m
  • Truk Lagoon – Numerous expeditions of document the deepwrecks
  • HMS Affray - Submarine, English Channel 85m
  • HMS M1 - Submarine, English Channel 75m
  • Flying Enterprise - Cargo vessel, Atlantic / western approaches 85m
  • Vanishing Dutchman – Historic wreck Sank 1747, Sierra Leone



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Dan Burton

Dan Burton has years of underwater photographic experience.

After 5 years of studying photography and underwater photography at the Plymouth College of Art and Design Dan was awarded a distinction for his Higher Diploma and joined the British Institute of Professional Photography BIPP. He has remained current with the latest advances in technology etc by attending many post graduate courses in underwater photography and is currently working as a consultant with the Marine Biology, Ocean and Environmental departments at Plymouth University.

On leaving college Dan was involved with various pioneering, deep-water technical diving projects using mixed gases. These included the recovery of silver (US$ 50 million) from the 'El Cazador'' wreck in 1993 at 300 ft (100m), the salvaging of gold and silver artifacts from the thousand year old Intan Wreck in Indonesia and a team member of the first National and Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tri-mix dive expedition to the USS Monitor in 1995. Other major projects include photographing and filming the HMHS Britannic.

Since 1998 he has become heavily involved in freediving and freediving photography, becoming a member of the British freediving team in the same year. This has allowed him to capture images of marine life which would not be possible using SCUBA.

His photographs have been published in hundreds of books and magazines worldwide. He has also been involved in a variety of film work.

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Kevin Camidge

Kevin Camidge started working in land archaeology when survey was still conducted in feet and inches, thirty plus years ago (can it really be that long?).  He worked as a field officer for the Trust for Lincolnshire Archaeology until 1987 when Kevin retired to Cornwall. He took up diving that year and shortly afterwards became involved in marine archaeology in Cornwall. Kevin is currently nominated archaeologist for the protected wrecks Scheidam, St Anthony, Rill Cove, Royal Anne Galley and Colossus.

Although it may be considered deeply un-cool to admit, Kevin is a keen recreational diver (including Tri-mix), enjoys dabbling with archaic photographic processes and is fascinated by Egyptology. Everything else is subject to change without notice.

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Brian Clargo

Brian Clargo is based in Plymouth where he works as a Chartered Engineer. He began diving in January 1974 as a member of the Cave Diving Group of Great Britain but converted to open water diving, training with the BS-AC later that year as a member of Hereford Sub Aqua Club. He was a founder member of Doha Sub Aqua Club in 1976 and was Diving Officer of Sharjah Sub Aqua Club in 1980. 

Brian is currently Diving Officer of BS-AC Branch 1631 East Cornwall Divers based in Torpoint and has particular interests in wreck diving and photography. He has dived in 22 countries, diving on well over 100 different wrecks including those at Bikini Atoll, Truk Lagoon, Scapa Flow, the Red Sea as well as wrecks around the UK coast.

 He is trimix qualified and has an interest in deep wrecks which he shares with his wife Yolanda, whom he met through diving in 1977. He is a keen student of naval history 1914 - 1945.

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Steve Clarkson

Steve was diving from the age of 18 and for 35 years dived on over 500 shipwrecks around the UK as well as Ireland, California, Australia, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and South Africa. Since retiring from the IT Consultancy Industry, he has followed his hobby of Marine Archaeology, investigating the shoreline shipwrecks of South Devon.

His interest in diving started in 1964 after watching divers in the Sinoia caves in the then, Southern Rhodesia, near where he lived. His interest in archaeology started in the early 90's after doing an NAS course and diving the "Swan" in the Sound of Mull. As well as being part of the South West Maritime Archaeological Group, his projects have included HMS Venerable, The Dartmouth Cannon Site and the Tea Clipper, Gossamer. He has been a member of Reading BSAC since 1966 and has been awarded the BSAC Jubilee Trust Duke of Edinburgh (Highly Recommended) Prize in 2010, 2011 & 2012.


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Pat Clyne


As chief videographer for Mel Fisher's expeditions, Pat Clyne has been involved with the Atocha and Margarita recovery projects for over 25 years.

A native of New York, Clyne began studying photography in 1966 while involved with aerial photo mapping and reconnaissance missions in the Foreign Technology Division of the U.S. Air Force. After attending the Coastal Diving Academy in New York, he teamed up with world famous Treasure Hunter Mel Fisher while on a shark hunting expedition to Key West. He eventually became the captain of one of Fisher's largest salvage vessels.During the search for the lower hull section of the Atocha, he played a major role in recording archeological data and mapping the artifact scatter pattern. As a licensed pilot, Clyne compiled aerial photo mosaics in the search for the main section of the Atocha which were scattered over many miles.In 1980 he opened the Treasure Salvors Photo Lab and developed a portable underwater photo grid track for assembling a photo mosaic of the Margarita hull structure. This mosaic was featured in National Geographic magazine.Clyne's photographs of the search and recovery of the 1622 Spanish Galleons have appeared in many major magazines in the U.S. and abroad. In 1982, Clyne opened Paradigm Video Productions, which he still operates today. His video footage has been seen on many documentaries on T.V. including two National Geographic specials, an A & E documentary, The Learning Channel and the History Channel.Pat Clyne is listed in "The Who's Who of Scuba Diving" compiled by the Academy of Marine Sciences & Underwater Research. Clyne currently resides in Key West Florida where he is the Vice President and Public Relations Director for Salvors Inc., and Media Consultant for Mel Fisher Enterprises. He travels extensively displaying these magnificent Treasures, while telling the story of Mel Fisher's fabulous 16 year adventure.

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Rex Cowan

A former lawyer, now wreck hunter, writer and broadcaster, whose work includes the award winning science film 'Chaos', Rex Cowan has spent most of the last 34 years discovering and excavating shipwrecks of the 17th. and 18th. century.  

Among his teams' most substantial discoveries are the Hollandia, a Dutch East Indiaman sunk off the Isles of Scilly in 1743, and the T'Vliegent Hart, sunk in 1735 off Holland.  He was for 22 years a member of HM Government's Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck.  In 1993 the Queen of the Netherlands made him a Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau for his services to Dutch Underwater Maritime History. A special gallery in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam houses a substantial collection of his recoveries from several Dutch East Indiamen.

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web - VOC Anniversary Shipwreck Project

Neil Cunningham Dobson

Neil Cunningham Dobson, Principal Marine Archaeologist for Odyssey Marine Exploration, has more experience viewing shipwreck sites through Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) cameras than any other archaeologist in the world. Mr. Dobson brings over 40 years of experience in the marine industry (Merchant Navy Deck Officer, Stability Officer on various oil rigs, offshore survival instructor/examiner, HSE part III commercial diver, IMCA ROV pilot) and impressive skills in planning and implementing deep-ocean archaeological investigations to his role at Odyssey. He is one of only very few archaeologists in the world who have successfully conducted archaeology in deep-water.

Mr. Dobson has worked with Odyssey on scores of shipwreck sites and supervised archaeological work on many of the company’s high profile projects, including the SS Republic, “Black Swan”, HMS Victory, SS Gairsoppa and SS Central America projects. He has also been involved with other major projects in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.

Ms. Dobson researches Odyssey’s archaeological finds around the globe and writes archaeological reports, papers and other publications based on the company’s captivating discoveries. His publications include a series of research papers featured in the company’s archaeological volumes Oceans Odyssey (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014). Mr. Dobson has also presented lectures and presentations at various archaeological conferences and museums around the world and has featured in many TV documentaries about Odyssey’s projects.

Mr. Dobson graduated from St. Andrews University with a Master's in Marine Archaeology. He is also a frequent guest lecturer for marine and academic groups and organizations. In addition, he has written several papers on marine archaeology.


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Paul Dart

Paul started diving 1975, was involved with the Underwater Conservation Society (now Marine Conservation Society) from 1977 and completed a BSc in Marine & Freshwater Biology at London University 1980. An early interest in wrecks started with Hampstead BSAC diving in the English Channel and Paul took part in many UCS/MCS Expeditions around the U.K.  Diving in Plymouth and S.W. England to broaden interest led to involvement with the South West section of the Nautical Archaeology Society (SWNAS) from 1980.

  • Wrote and published the ‘Diving Guide to Plymouth Sound’
  • Member of the SWNAS Committee from 1982 to date.
  • SWNAS Newsletter Editor from I992 to 1998.
  • NAS Tutor having run NAS Part 1, 2 and 3 Courses

Archaeology project involvement includes:Ramillies, Looe Island, Coronation, Catharina Von Flensburg, Erme Estuary, Resurgam, Kravel, Vliegent Hart.

  • Founder member of Plymouth Maritime Archaeological Interest Group
  • Co-ordinator of SWNAS Shipwreck Conferences
  • Diving qualifications at Instructor level in BSAC, SAA, PADI, IANTD & TDIHSE Offshore Diver and IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician
  • Employed as Sport / Technical / Commercial / First Aid Diving Instructor at Fort Bovisand 1988-99

Paul is presently employed at the Diving Diseases Research Centre, Plymouth as a Training Officer for Diver Medic Technician, Hyperbaric Technician, Life Support Technician and Hyperbaric Treatments.

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Martin Dean

Martin was a keen amateur diver who became fascinated by underwater archaeology in 1969 after attending a weekend course in Plymouth. He then gave up work as a photographer to volunteer on terrestrial archaeological sites in the south of England, eventually gaining enough experience to be paid. In 1973 he began studying at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London while working weekends and vacations for an archaeological unit in London. Once armed with academic qualifications, he supervised and directed sites in South London before moving to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich in 1981 as their Underwater Archaeologist. He left there after five years to set up the Archaeological Diving Unit (ADU) at the University of St Andrews.

He was one of the founding members of the Nautical Archaeology Society and for more than a decade was a regular member of the Executive Committee. In 1983 he devised the original multi-part NAS training syllabus, which was developed further by the NAS staff into the successful training programme that has taught thousands of divers throughout the world in basic archaeological techniques. Martin firmly believes that sport divers have a major role to play in underwater archaeology, particularly in the UK.

Martin was the senior editor and a major contributor to the first 1992 edition of Archaeology Underwater: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice, one of the key texts relating to the practicalities and ethics of archaeological work underwater. He also authored the archaeological component of the Health and Safety Executive's 1997 Approved Code of Practice for Scientific and Archaeological Diving.

In 2003 he set up Advanced Underwater Surveys (ADUS) within the University of St Andrew specialising in high-resolution multibeam sonar surveying of historic shipwrecks. Due to an increase in commercial work in 2008 ADUS became a limited company with the University of Dundee providing expertise in visualisation of the survey data. In 2013 the DeepOcean Group acquired 50% of the company and AdusDeepOcean Ltd is now the leading hi-tech surveyor and visualizer of wrecks for both the salvage industry and heritage organisations throughout the world.


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Mark Dunkley

Mark Dunkley is a Maritime Archaeologist at English Heritage and has specific responsibility for the management of England’s Protected Wreck Sites. Mark studied archaeology at the University of Winchester and completed a part-time post-graduate programme at the University of Portsmouth. He learnt to dive in a Victorian Swimming Baths while working as an archaeologist for the Museum of London in the early 1990’s and undertook further diver training at Fort Bovisand in 1997 when he obtained his HSE Part III qualification. He was employed as an archaeologist at Wessex Archaeology until 2004 and has worked extensively throughout the UK. He has been a Tutor for the Nautical Archaeology Society and Hon. Secretary of the Institute of Field Archaeologists Maritime Affairs Group.

Mark’s current role is varied and includes management administration and licensing in respect of England’s Protected Wreck Sites, providing designation and other scheduling recommendations as well as providing broader advice relating to the marine historic environment including the assessment of priorities for commissioning archaeological projects.


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Dr. Michael Flecker

Having graduated as a civil engineer in 1983, Michael Flecker, an Australian, sailed around South and Southeast Asia for a year before joining a Singapore based engineering company. That lead to work in interesting places; Malaysia, New Guinea, South Africa , Myanmar, Vietnam, and during the Iran-Iraq war, to name a few.

In 1987 he changed tack by joining Pacific Sea Resources as diving supervisor for the two year excavation of the 1638 Manila Galleon, Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, in Saipan From then on maritime archaeology became the focus. His company, Maritime Explorations, has since directed the excavation of some of the most important shipwrecks in Asia , either directly or on behalf of others.

They include the c.1690 Vung Tau Wreck, a lorcha with a cargo of Chinese porcelain, the c.1608 Binh Thuan Wreck, a Chinese junk with a cargo of Zhangzhou porcelain, the 15th century Bakau Wreck, one of the oldest Chinese junks ever found in Southeast Asia, the 13th century Java Sea Wreck, an Indonesian ship with a cargo of Chinese iron and ceramics, the 10th century Intan Wreck, another Indonesian ship with an extremely diverse cargo from a Srivijayan entrepot port, and the 9th century Belitung (Batu Hitam) Wreck, an Arab or Indian ship with a cargo of Chinese Changsha ceramics and an imperial gift, the oldest intact wreck ever found in Asia.Intan Wreck formed the basis of Flecker’s Ph.D. dissertation. His primary interest is the evolution and interaction of various Asian shipbuilding traditions.


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Craig Forrest


Craig Forrest is a lecturer in law at the University of Teesside. Born and education in South Africa, he has been an active sports diver, wreck enthusiast, spearfisherman and octopush player since his early teens. Having read for a Bachelor of Commerce degree, he spent two years in the South African Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant, serving aboard various naval vessels. Having completed an undergraduate and masters degree in law, he moved to the UK to undertake postgraduate studies. He was awarded a scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Wolverhampton on the legal protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. It is expected that this thesis will be completed in 2000. He completed the NAS Part I in 1998 and is hoping to go on to participate in a number of projects.

Recent publications include

  • "State Claims to Shipwrecks in the US: The Brother Jonathan" Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 1998 [4] pp.509 – 514
  • "Historic wreck in international waters: conflict or consensus?" with Paul Flectcher-Tomenius Marine Policy 2000 [24] pp.1 – 10

Kevin Heath

Kevin Heath learnt to dive in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1985 and was able to use this new found skill to follow his life long interest in Shipwrecks. Kevin ran the dive charter business Wreck and Reef diving in St Keverne, Cornwall for 6 years before moving to the Orkney Islands, Scotland in 1995. 

Since moving to Scotland Kevin has been involved in many shipwreck projects, the most noted being, U 297, a U-Boat lost to the west of Orkney in 1944, HMS Exmouth lost off Wick Scotland in 1940 and the SS Norge 2003 project.  

Kevin is the researcher and project leader for the multi-national SS Norge 2004 project which will mark the 100th anniversary of this tragic shipwreck.

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Alex Hildred

Alexzandra Hildred was born in Canada, educated in the UK and achieved a BA in Prehistory and Archaeology from University of Sheffield in 1978.The Mary Rose Trust currently employs Alex as site director and to write the volume on Ordnance as part of the Mary Rose Archaeological Report. Alex is a part-time lecturer at the University of Plymouth, occasional lecturer at Universities of Southampton and Bristol.

Alex is Archaeological Director for Mary Rose (1545), Resurgam (1879), Hazardous (1706) and Coronation (1691) historic wreck sites and Chair of the Maritime Affairs Group of the Institute of Field Archaeologists.

Alex has worked on many sites and projects including the Mary Rose, Resurgam, Teignmouth, Coronation, Kravel, Kronan, Ruby, La Surveillante, Studland Bay, Map Malta, Grace Dieu, Nuestra Senora de la Conception, Yarmouth Roads and the Dover Bronze Age site. Special interests include :

  • Evolution and design of ordnance carried on board ships including experimental manufacture and firing.
  • Application of physical and chemical analysis in the study of artefacts.
  • Evaluation of underwater sites with a view to co-ordinating marketing, survey and excavation strategies.
  • Deep water archaeology – using ROVs for survey and excavation

Awards include the Silver Trowel for initiative in archaeology, BSAC Diver of the Year 1982 and Private Eye Gnome of the Year 1982.

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Chris Holt

Chris Holt is the Director of Full Circle Expeditions and one of the expedition leaders for the Scientific Exploration Society. After a career in the British Army that saw him serve as a bomb disposal officer, army diver and commando, Chris set off for pastures new.

A commercial diving supervisor and recreational instructor, Chris now runs the diving logistics and safety for adventure and wildlife documentaries. He also leads diving and other expeditions.

In 2006 Chris led the successful expedition to Patagonian Chile to locate the Wreck of HMS Wager, part of Anson's fleet.



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Peter Holt

Peter is based in Plymouth where he currently runs maritime archaeology projects for the US charity foundation ProMare.  He spent 20 years in the oil industry with Sonardyne designing underwater positioning systems for ROVs and divers.  Peter has worked on maritime archaeology projects since 1989 in many countries and in water depths down to 1200m.  In 1998 Peter started 3H Consulting Ltd., a maritime archaeology consultancy company whose most notable product so far has been the Site Recorder software used for mapping archaeological sites underwater.  He has written a number of papers on surveying, geophysics and data management and has contributed to a number of books.  Peter is a visiting research fellow at Plymouth University, supervises numerous MSc Hydrography projects each year, is a NAS Senior Tutor, is the NAS south west regional co-ordinator and is on the International Shipwreck Conference organising committee.

Peter has worked on many sites and projects including: HMS Amethyst (1811), The Cattewater wreck, Capraia (Italy), The Barrel Wreck (South Africa), HMS Colossus (1798), Coronation (1691), Erme Estuary, Firebrand (1707), Hazardous Prize (1706), Invincible (1801), Liberty70 Project, Mardi Gras deep wreck excavation (USA), Mary Rose, USS Monitor (USA), Rooswijk (1739), Kizilburun Roman wreck (Turkey), Resurgam submarine (1880), Shipwrecks of 1503 (Oman), Stella1 wreck (Italy), Tresco Channel, Vliegent Hart (Holland), HMS Whiting (1815)and ZI24 wreck (France).

Peter is now managing The SHIPS Project which aims to record and investigate the maritime history of Plymouth, England.

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Chris Holwill


  • Born 1942 – Bude, Cornwall
  • Lived in Plymouth most of my life.

Professional Career:

  • Employer: National Health Service
  • Term of Employment: 53 years
  • Profession: Biomedical Scientist

Main Leisure Activites:

  • Sub-Aqua Diving
  • British Sub-Aqua Club National Coach for the South-West 1977 – 1981
  • BSAC First-class diver / Advanced Instructor




Ray Ives

Ray Ives started diving in 1966 and is still diving now, he began his career using standard dress then went on to become a saturation diver.  Ray has worked for the famous salvage company Risdon Beasley, and as an oil and gas diver in the North Sea, Mexico, Africa, the Middle East, India and the Far East. 

Ray has an interest in the history of commercial diving and now runs a private diving and shipwreck museum in Plymouth.





Marc Jasinski



  • Licence en Sciences chimiques (MS degree in chemistry) - Université Libre de Bruxelles - Belgium
  • Professional photography - Famous Photographers School – Newport - USA
  • Business administration - CEPAC - Solvay Business School - Université Libre de Bruxelles - Belgium


  • 1959 to 1963 - Cave diving in Han-sur-Lesse (Belgium), France, Switzerland. Discovery of an important cave system in Han-sur-Lesse, also of a major protohistoric archaeological deposit
  • Assistant to the professor of analytical chemistry – Solvay Business School and Ecole Polytechnique – Université Libre de Bruxelles - Belgium
  • 1963 to 1964 - Head R & D - AQUASTAR (watches and underwater safety instruments for divers) – Geneva – Switzerland
  • 1964 to 1999 - Freelance photographer (industrial and commercial photography, still and movie underwater photography)
  • Developed very wide angle lenses for underwater photography in low visibility - Seven Seas Optics – Brussels - (Jasinski 1971 a)
  • 1976 to 1979 - Head of Professional and Military Diving Equipment Sales - Diving Surfing Marine Co. and D'Ieteren Sport S.A. - Brussels

Some highlights

Since 1993

  • Created and organised underwater archaeology in Southern Belgium - (Jasinski 1971 b)


  • Involved in many underwater excavations at sea (Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Carribean Sea, Timor Sea ..)
  • A. o., wrecks of trading ships Lastdrager, Wendela, Slot ter Hooge, Winterton, Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo, warships Girona and Ça Ira
  • Assistant to archaeologist and naval historian Robert Sténuit during excavations in Madagascar, Haïti, Indonesia…
  • In charge of logistics, photography and finds preservation

Since 1985 - Developed precise methods for underwater mapping and surveying in extremely low visibility surroundings (Jasinski 1986, 1988, 1994)

Since 1987 - Founder and honorary chairman of the Centre de Recherches Archéologiques Fluviales (CRAF), the only Belgian Society devoted to underwater archaeology in Southern Belgium

Since 1991 - Every three years, Marc Jasinski runs a theoretical course and practical training sessions for archaeologists and recreational divers willing to improve their skills at underwater excavation and recording methods

Tutor for the Nautical Archaeological Society (UK)

Since 1997 - Adviser to the Directorate of Archaeology of the Ministry of Southern Belgium, for underwater archaeology matters

Member of the board and treasurer for the Fédération des Archéologues de Wallonie (Southern Belgium)


  • JASINSKI M. & STENUIT R., 1962. Merveilleux Monde Souterrain. Hachette, Paris.
  • JASINSKI M., 1965. Plongées sous la Terre. Flammarion, Paris. 249 pp.
  • JASINSKI M., 1967. La Spéléologie. Arts & Voyages, Bruxelles.JASINSKI M.J., 1971 a. L'usage des objectifs très grands angulaires en photographie sous-marine. C.E.P., Bruxelles. pp. 5-25.
  • JASINSKI M.J., 1971 b. The underwater archaeological finds at Han-sur-Lesse. IJNA, 1:188-189
  • JASINSKI M., 1976. Les secrets de la plongée sous-marine. Elsevier Sequoia, Paris – Bruxelles
  • JASINSKI M.J., 1986. Méthode topographique applicable aux travaux archéologiques subaquatiques. Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française, 83.5:141-144
  • JASINSKI M.J., 1988. Notes concernant une méthode topographique applicable aux travaux archéologiques en milieu subaquatique et en cavernes. Archéo-log, 3:43-51
  • JASINSKI M.J. et SERVAIS A. 1994. Application de la multilatération et des ajustements par la méthode des moindres carrés à la topographie archéologique sur le site de la Lesse souterraine à Han-sur-Lesse. Actes de la Deuxième journée d'archéologie namuroise, pp. 123-128. Namur, Ministère de la Région wallonne, DGATL, Service des Fouilles.
  • JASINSKI M.J., 1996. Le pont romain d'Amay. Bulletin d'information n°60, Cercle archéologique Hesbaye-Condroz, Villers-le-Bouillet, Belgique
  • JASINSKI M.J., 1999. L'opération Meusasec. Bilan et perspectives. Actes de la 7ème Journée d'Archéologie namuroise. Namur, Ministère de la Région wallonne, DGATL, Service des Fouilles
  • JASINSKI M.J., 1999. Introduction aux méthodes de l'archéologie subaquatique. Bruxelles, CRAF
  • JASINSKI M.J., 2000. Le bac d'Hermeton-sur-Meuse, un bateau traditionnel du patrimoine wallon. Actes de la 8ème Journée d'Archéologie namuroise. Namur, Ministère de la Région wallonne, DGATL, Service des Fouilles
  • JASINSKI M.J., 2000. La barque traditionnelle de Han-sur-Lesse. Actes de la 8ème Journée d'Archéologie namuroise. Namur, Ministère de la Région wallonne, DGATL, Service des Fouilles
  • JASINSKI M.J., 2000. Les battes et les passes artificielles en Haute Meuse namuroise. Actes de la 8ème Journée d'Archéologie namuroise. Namur, Ministère de la Région wallonne, DGATL, Service des Fouilles
  • JASINSKI M.J., 2000. L'archéologie subaquatique en Wallonie. Bilan et perspectives. In Bull. du Cercle d'Histoire et d'Archéologie Segnia, XXIV, 1999, pp. 168 –207. Houffalize, Belgium
  • JASINSKI M.J., 2000. Une belle tradition nautique : la barque traditionnelle de Han-sur-Lesse. in D. SARLET (ed.) Les Cahiers de l'Urbanisme, N° 31, pp 78-79. D.G.A.T.L.P., Ministère de la Région wallonne, Namur, Belgium

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Alan Jones

Alan Jones is MD and majority shareholder of Shipwrecks UK Ltd, working closely with business partners Richard and Bridget Larn. He gained his `3rd class diver` qualification in 1967, with Bristol BSAC, and was with Southsea BSAC when other members included John Bevan and Alexander McKee.

Alan developed the Shipwrecks UK GIS and has worked on technical and data developments for this resource from 2003, expanding on the Shipwreck Index which remains the foundation for this reference facility.

Information about the resource, including expert reviews, is at His 'Mapping Our Shipwreck Heritage' presentation was delivered to the 2008 International Shipwreck Conference.


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Savas Karakas


Savas Karakas is a true diving enthusiast and history lover. He was born in 1968 in Ankara/Turkey and holds a BA in Economics. Although he was a very popular TV personality hosting live morning shows and entertainment programs he preferred to keep track of his grandfather who fought at Gallipoli. In 1997 he started to research the Gallipoli shipwrecks. He has produced, host and contributed many programmes for the national and international televisions on Gallipoli. ‘Gallipoli: History in the Depths’, ‘Gallipoli: War beneath the waves’ are just two from his many documentary productions. He is married and currently works for Iz TV; a respected Turkish documentary channel.

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Sean Kingsley

Sean Kingsley has worked as a marine archaeologist for 25 years with a specialist interest in Byzantine and colonial-periods wrecks, and global trade patterns. Off Israel he discovered the largest cluster of ancient wrecks in the eastern Mediterranean in King Solomon’s port of Dor. He is currently consulting with Odyssey Marine Exploration on HMS Victory (1744), English Channel, and assembling final reports on the Tortugas ship (1622) in the Straits of Florida, the world’s first deep-sea excavation.

Sean is the Director of Wreck Watch Int., a London-based consultancy that throws a spotlight on the worldwide threats to shipwrecks. A central objective of Wreck Watch is to serve as a bridge between academic research, the private sector, industry and the general public for purposes of mainstream education and understanding. His work currently focuses on the effects of offshore fishing on underwater cultural heritage.

Sean is the author of ten books, including Shipwreck Archaeology of the Holy Land (Duckworth, 2004) and Oceans Odyssey 1-4.



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Selçuk K. Kolay

Selçuk Kolay was born in Istanbul in 1948 and graduated as Industrial Engineer from the University of West Berlin in 1974. After compulsory national service in the Turkish navy he joined the Koç Group, the biggest industrial conglomerate in Turkey, as Industrial Manager.

In 1981 he was made a Director of the Koç Group and in 1991 he was made a board member of the Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Cultural Foundation. He has been the director of the museum since 1996.Selçuk has been a scuba diver since he was 16. In 1988 he joined the diving team from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, which investigated vessels sunk in the Aegean during the 1770 Ottoman-Russian Cesme WarOn behalf of the Museum he salvaged the steam tug Liman 2 from the Golden Horn and restored her to working order.He is qualified in underwater exploration and the use of side-scan sonar, proton magnetometers and GPS.In 1993 he identified remains found in the Black Sea as being part of the German submarine UB46. In the same year he planned and conducted a successful search for the sunken WW1 cruiser Midilli and produced a documentary of the search.In 1994 he found and documented the remains of the WWII Turkish submarine Atilay in the Aegean, confirming the belief that she had struck a mine. A further expedition in 1994 located the buried wreck of the Russian Admiral’s ship Yvestafy from the Ottoman-Russian Cesme War of 1770.

Mr Kolay started the project for the location of the WWI Australian submarine AE2 in the Sea of Marmara in January 1995 and located the wreck in June 1998. During the search in 1997 he restored the remains of a salvaged B-24 bomber and prepared an exhibition centred on it for the Rahmi M. Koç Museum.

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Richard Larn

Richard Larn. OBE. IMASS President & News Letter Editor.

Taught himself to dive in 1947 using German Drager U-Boat submarine escape apparatus, purchased from Exchange & Mart for 10 shillings (50p). Naval training school TS.Mercury when 14 years old: deck officer cadet with South American Saint Line; transferred to the Royal Navy, Korean War, navy diver from 1954, worked with 'Buster' Crabb and Lieut. George Wookey (holder of the then world deep diving record of 600ft).

Left RN in 1972 as Chief Petty Officer Mechanician Diver. Works Director for Partech Electronics then Managing Director and founder of Prodive Ltd, the Commercial Diving School in Falmouth Docks, helping to put almost 1,000 HSE qualified divers into the oil and gas industry. BS- AC member and 1st Class diver from 1957 to date; BS-AC Deputy Diving Officer 1961-2. Founding member of CMAS with Joan du Platt Taylor, and past editor of NAS News Letter. Has been Licensee of the St. Anthony & Admiral Gardner wreck sites; current holder of Bartholomew Ledge site licence.

Has been a team member working on the Mary Rose; Dartmouth; Coronation; Ramillies; Schiedam; Campen; Association; Firebrand; Eagle; Earl of Abergavenny, Halswell, and has dived thousands of other wrecks world wide. Founder, and for 21 years owner and joint Curator with his wife Bridget of the Charlestown Shipwreck Centre, Cornwall.

Instigator and founder member along with the late Roy Davis and Bridget Larn of NAS(SW), now IMASS, in 1981. Has written or co-authored 60 books, many with his wife Bridget, including their monumental seven volume Lloyd's Shipwreck Index of the British Isles, whose then 40,000 wreck entries assisted the RCHM, now English Heritage, to create the nations NMR(National Maritime Record) and later similarly that for Scotland & Wales.

Chairman of Shipwrecks UK.Ltd. Lives on the Isles of Scilly, and in 2013 will publish two new books, "Augustus John Smith - Emperor & King of Scilly" and "Built on Scilly - a history of island shipbuilding in the 18-19th centuries", and hopefully his first novel entitled "Captor".

Awarded the American 'Knight of Mark Twain' in 1969; was made a Cornish Bard (Gonyas an Mor) in 2006; and received an OBE in 2009 for services to Nautical Archaeology and Maritime History. Hobbies - guess what? Shipwrecks, writing and maritime history!

Annabel Lawrence

Annabel Lawrence has been employed as a marine archaeologist since 1995, after graduating from the University of St Andrews.  She has worked on many projects, mostly in the UK but also in Australia.  Annabel has worked along side Dr Colin Martin on the archaeological investigation of the Cromwellian shipwreck at Duart Point, has carried out coastal surveys for the Maritime Fife project, was the Scottish NAS training officer for 2 years and has been a member of the Archaeological Diving Unit for 5 years.  Most recently she has been working alongside the SWMAG as their Nominated Archaeologist on the designated historic wreck Salcombe Cannon Site.  Annabel is a director of the newly formed archaeological consultancy company 'Connect Archaeology', a company being developed by the University of St Andrews.

The Pandora

Largely due to the efforts of the Hollywood film industry and such notable actors as Errol Flynn, Mel Gibson, Charles Loughton and Anthony Hopkins, the story of the mutiny on the Bounty is well known to many of us.  However, remarkably few people have heard of the voyage of HMS Pandora, which represents the sequel to the Bounty story and which in many ways is equally as dramatic and  moving.  The Pandora set sail from England in 1791 under the command of Captain Edward Edwards whose charge was to recapture the Bounty  and arrest the mutineers, and bring them back to England to face trial.  Captain Edwards failed to locate the Bounty but recaptured 14 of the mutineers that remained on Tahiti before being wrecked on the journey home attempting to make passage through the notorious Great Barrier Reef.  The wreck of the Pandora is currently the subject of full scale archaeological investigation by maritime archaeologists working for the Queensland Museum.

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Rod Macdonald

Rod is a 45 year old Scots lawyer with 25 years diving under his belt.  He lives and works in Stonehaven, a small historic fishing town nestling in a sheltered bay just to the south of Aberdeen, a coastline littered with wartime wrecks. He is married to Claire with two daughters, Nicola age 12 and Catriona age 8.

Rod very early branched off into wreck diving. After visiting the scuttled German WWI High Seas Fleet wrecks at Scapa Flow and falling in love with Orkney, he wrote his first book, 'Dive Scapa Flow' which was published by Mainstream, Edinburgh in 1990 and is now in its 3rd edition. A few years his next book, 'Dive Scotland's Greatest Wrecks' was published and is now in its 2nd edition.

After a break from writing to raise a family Rod got back into print in 2003 with 'Dive England's Greatest Wrecks' and his most recent, 'Into the Abyss:Diving to adventure in the Liquid World'.

Rod has been involved in the making of the Dive Scapa Flow, Truk Lagoon and Palau videos and has also featured in several TV programmes including Timewatch, The Death of the Battleship and Equinox, Lethal Seas, Maelstrom. He has written for most major dive magazines and newspapers on wreck diving.

Scariest ever dive - the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, off Jura - the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world.

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Peter McBride

Peter commenced leisure diving in the Mediterranean whilst on a Submarine Depot ship based in Malta in 1958. Qualified as a RN Ship's Diving Officer in the UK in 1969, as a BSAC Sports diver and HSC4 1981.

Involved in naval expeditions which carried out archaeological work on the Association and Eagle (Tearing Ledge) (1707) on the Scilly Islands in the late 60's early 70's. Discovered and excavated the Mullion Pin Wreck (Santo Christo de Costello)(1667) with Richard Larn and Roy Davis (1969-73).

During the 70's was also involved in archaeological work on naval wrecks; Mary Yacht (1675), Schiedam (1684), Dartmouth (1690), the East Indiamen; De Liefde (1711) and Svecia (1743), also the Portuguese ship St. Anthony (1526).=20

In the 80's worked on the Campen (1627), a Dutch East Indiaman on the Needles, Isle of Wight, and the 2nd Rate Ramillies on Bolt Tail, Devon. (report pending)

In the 70's searched for, and in 1978, discovered the off shore of 2nd Rate, HMS Coronation (1691) off Rame Head. Held the licence to survey and excavate the site until 1986 and is still involved in ongoing work on this wreck, her scattered guns now extending over half a mile of the sea bed.

Has three sons, all divers from an early age. The eldest, David, is a commercial diver and professional underwater photographer who lives in the Scilly's. All have assisted in many archaeological projects over the years.

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Innes McCartney

Innes McCartney is a maritime historian and archaeologist specialising in the naval shipwrecks of the 20th century. Over the last two decades Innes has been at the forefront of the discovery of many shipwrecks from this period in the waters around northern Europe. He has been particularly active in reinterpreting the U-boat losses of both world wars by finding the wrecks and challenging the assumptions upon which they were originally thought to have been sunk. Innes has also been at the forefront of discovery of the shipwrecks of the Battle of Jutland and the campaign for their ongoing protection. An author of several published volumes on shipwrecks and submarines, Innes has also co-produced and appeared in several television documentaries covering elements of his work.

Innes's CV

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Robert F. Marx

Robert F. Marx is an experienced diver who has written more than 40 books covering his wide range of interests in the field of marine archaeology and has published hundreds of scientific and popular articles and reports. Mr. Marx has been involved in over 80 underwater archaeology projects in all parts of the world, listed here. A historian by instinct and an adventurer at heart, Mr. Marx sailed from Spain to San Salvador in Nina II, a replica of one of Columbus' tiny ships, discovered Mayan temples in the jungles of Central America and sunken treasures in all parts of the world.

Mr. Marx has lectured professionally for more than forty-five years throughout the United States and in forty-two foreign countries on the subjects of underwater archaeology, maritime history, treasure hunting and travel.

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