MSDS Marine were with us last week carrying out condition surveys on the historic/designated sites in the Sound, including the Pelican, the John Preston, Duart Point, and the Mingary Gun Site.
The team stayed with us at the dive centre, and were out everyday on our dive vessel Sound Diver. surveying the sites for Historic Scotland.
We’ve seen some great images of the cannons at Mingary, and some amazing 3D fly-throughs. Stay tuned for some images from the week long survey!
The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) was with us last week working on the Duart Point wreck (the Swan).
Last November the historic wrecks in the Sound of Mull – Duart Point, Dartmouth and John Preston – had their designation changed. Originally protected by the Historic Wrecks Act, the sites are now classed as Marine Historic Protected Areas. This opens the sites to allow divers to enjoy these historically and culturally important wrecks on a look-don’t-touch basis.
To promote these wrecks and their change of designation, the NAS along with Lochaline Dive Centre and esteemed marine archaeologist Dr. Colin Martin have been working on an underwater trail guide for divers to explore the wrecks, starting with the Duart Point site.
Archaeologist studying one of the site’s iron cannons.
The guide will allow divers to clearly see how the wreck and it’s artefacts rest on the seabed, and how the wreck’s structure has changed over time.
It will also provide a way for Lochaline Dive Centre and the NAS to monitor the wreck over time, and map any further artefacts that are exposed.
The whole project is being funded by Historic Scotland, and Phil Robertson -senior inspector of marine archaeology – has been heavily involved in the project with us here at Lochaline Dive Centre.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the project, and when it’s finished the guide will only be available online at www.lochalinedivecentre.co.uk!
Lochaline and the surrounding areas of Morvern have scenic walks and cycle routes for everyone.
The season has well and truly started now here at Lochaline Dive Centre.
We have 24 divers here from Nottingham Trent University this week. The group arrived on Saturday and will stay all the way up until Thursday, making the most of our dive boats, accommodation, air and gas filling facilities and the great weather we’re having to tick off some great dives in their logbooks.
The group split up today, with some heading off on Sound Diver II with the aim to dive the Breda, while the others taking their RIB out to dive the Ballista and perhaps go scallop hunting in Ardtornish Bay.
Sunday was of course Mother’s Day, and the O2 Cafe held a special Mary Berry Afternoon Tea to celebrate, with a wide range of cakes, sandwiches and scones on offer.
There’s been lots of interest in our new snorkel activities, and new dates have been added for the BSAC Dolphin Snorkeler and Snorkel Diver pool courses at Oban’s Atlantis Leisure swimming pool. Read more about all our snorkel activities and dates here.
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