The Dive Centre has a stand at the London International Dive Show this coming weekend (26th 27th at London’s Excel) along with the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS). As a regional Scottish NAS training centre, the Dive Centre will be once again running its annual field school for budding archaeologists (known as SOMAP – Sound of Mull Archaeological Project), which last year saw the introduction of underwater excavation as part of the field school. Planned for the last half of June 2011, the field school will continue work on the wreck of the John Preston, a wooden Welsh schooner, built to carry slates quarried in Snowdonia from Port Dinorwic to markets around the UK. Lost in 1855, she now lies on a shelf at between 16 and 20m depth. Good access from Lochaline Dive Centre and the comparatively safe working depth make the John Preston an ideal NAS training site – so if you’re interested in getting involved in the fieldschool this year please come and see us at the stand early – spaces are always in short supply.
Also at the stand the Dive Centre will be showing 3D sonar images of some of the wrecks in the Sound of Mull that have been acquired by ADUS. The DIve Centre will also be taking bookings for Dive trips in 2012 and have details of remaining availability for this coming season.
See you there!