Submerged on the South Coast

Submerged on the South Coast

It is true that traditional guidebooks can’t compete with the speed at which information on the internet can be updated. But dog-eared pages, highlighted passages and crinkly spines hold more than just sentimental value – as anyone who has ever found themselves lost and without Wifi knows. Likewise for divers wanting to explore UK waters.

English Heritage has released waterproof guides to complement a series of new underwater trails around some of the UK’s most interesting shipwrecks. Divers can follow signage around the wrecks, stopping to read snippets of information as they go, much like in a museum.

This summer, the HMS A1 – a sub which sunk in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex in 1911 – will be the latest addition to the three wrecks currently open to divers. Off the Isles of Scilly is the HMS Colossus, which broke up just off the coast of Samson island in 1798. Some of the 74-gun warship’s cannon can be seen on the seabed as well as timbers and muskets. At 14 metres deep is Resolution, known to most as Norman’s Bay Wreck, which ran aground near Beachy Head in Sussex during a violent storm in 1703. Dating back even further is the Coronation which sunk off the coast of Plymouth in 1691.

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