Wreck Diving Magazine

Wreck Diving Magazine Issue 43

Wreck Diving Magazine is about diving into the world’s history, underwater. Shipwrecks as you’ve never seen them, and stories as you’ve never heard them. Beautifully photographed and written by some of the world’s best wreck divers. WDM is an exciting quarterly scuba diving magazine by divers, for divers.

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in this issue

8 min.

If We Make It ‘til Daylight The Story of Frank Mays As told to Pat and Jim Stayer and Tim Juhl Jim and Pat Stayer are very good friends of Wreck Diving Magazine and, for more than 34 years, have been underwater filmmakers, lecturers, presenters, and educators, producing over 70 programs and documentaries related to diving and the undersea world. They are also great story tellers. For If We Make It ‘til Daylight The Story of Frank Mays, they partnered with fellow educator and wreck diver Tim Juhl to tell the story of a Great Lakes tragedy and personal survival. The Great Lakes, with its violent winter storms and treacherous waters, has long been a dangerous place for mariners, with approximately 6,000 ships littering her bottom and 30,000 lives lost since the 1700s, creating…

2 min.
press release

The Difference is in the IMAGE! Klein Marine Systems, the world leading manufacturer of high-quality side scan sonars, will be hosting a three (3) day side scan sonar training at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, NH. Practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, NH. Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2. Dates: June 12–14, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Who should attend: Hydrographers, First Responders, Police and Fire Fighters, Marine Construction Surveyors, UXO SAR & Salvage Operators, Geologist and Habitat Mapping Specialists. The training will be held in English. Training Topics Principles of underwater acoustics (Sonar Record Analysis, Targets & Shadows, reflectivity of underwater materials,…

2 min.
historic australian submarine located!

Australia’s first submarine, the 181-foot-(55-metre)-long, 800-ton, British-built HMAS AE1, lost with its entire 35-man crew on September 14, 1914, during the early days of World War One, while on a routine patrol, has been found in approximately 1,000 feet (300 metres) of water off the Papua New Guinea city of Rabaul near the Duke of York islands. New Guinea had been a German colony, and the AE1 was sent to help capture it; ironically, the AE1 went missing the day after Germany surrendered New Guinea. Australia’s Ministry of Defense breathed a sigh of relief (this was reportedly the Australian Navy’s 13th expedition searching for this submarine over the past few decades, with increasing improvements in search technology being credited with the find) and applauded the discovery made in December 2017, by…

8 min.
from the debris field…

Wreck divers are invited to submit short pieces of timely information about a shipwreck in their general area. Perhaps there is not enough information, or not enough archival and/or underwater images, to submit it as a full-length article, so this From the Debris Field… column becomes the ideal venue for a short piece. This, however, does not preclude it from becoming a full-length article in the future. We welcome short, written submissions, ideally, but not necessarily, accompanied by a photograph or two, for future issues of Wreck Diving Magazine. – Please send them to joe@wreckdivingmag.com More Bodies Found from the Batavia Wreck Viewed by many as Australia’s most dramatic, most tragic, and most historic maritime mishap, the wreck of the Dutch ship, Batavia, while on its maiden voyage in the year 1629, made news…

2 min.
shipwreck from the arctic’s other side!

Somewhere halfway between northern Russia and the North Pole, off a location on the Franz Josef Land archipelago called Cape Flora, lies the historic British, Arctic-research vessel named the Eira that sank on its maiden voyage – and researchers on board the vessel Alter Ego, during the Russian Maritime Heritage “Open Ocean 2017” expedition, believe they found its remains while towing a sonar unit at a depth of 65 feet (20 metres) of water off Northbrook Island in August 2017. Little-known British explorer, Benjamin Leigh Smith (1828-1913), had this elegant steam yacht built especially for Arctic work. The Eira set out from England on June 14, 1881, with a crew of 25 and “Bob, the dog,” famous for his later rescues of men who fell through the ice. Leigh Smith’s main…

22 min.
the dean richmond

The Dean Richmond was a spectacular sight when she was built. She was hailed by the press as a magnificent vessel. The press was infatuated with the steamer. However, she was fraught with bad luck and had a long history of mishaps prior to her foundering. For nearly a century after sinking with all hands, the stories of her treasure grew and grew into fascinating tales. She was once one of the most hunted shipwrecks in the Great Lakes “A New and Splendid Steamer” The Dean Richmond was built in Cleveland, Ohio, by Quayle & Martin in 1864 for the Winslow Brothers who intended to operate her on the line between Buffalo and Chicago. The Richmond measured 238 feet (72.2 meters) long, with a hold of thirteen and a half feet…