Our main reason is that we have such a collected wealth of information about these great maritime vessels it seemed unfair to hoard. It’s also because these wrecks are on a pretty unforgiving and remote part of the UK coast, for people to dive them, they would have to be committed – and the deep diving culture nowadays tends to be of the look-don’t-touch nature. We’ve been secretive to protect the remains through the lump hammer and crow-bar days, but they can probably look after themselves now.
And, after finding, researching, diving and identifying the ships – over 30 of them since I started diving with Buchan Divers in March 2000 – we have started to move into the deeper water beyond the 12 mile limit. There are many more interesting wrecks to find and dive – we have good quality information on the positions of some massive remains of vessels like the 7,157 GRT William Rockerfeller, the 410’ long cargo liner, the Cape York and the 480’ long, 8,043 GRT Port Denison – sister ship of the frequently dived Port Napier which sank off Kyle of Lochalsh. This summer, we will also be looking for the 4,599 GRT Trevorian 3 and the sister ship of the Atland – the Malmland, another wonderful turret steamer.
So we’ll keep this blog going to show our progress to anyone who is interested.