FULLY BOOKED - To be added to the reserve list contact NAS Office at [email protected]

If you have credit from cancelled NAS courses and would like to attend this course - DO NOT BOOK ONLINE. Please contact [email protected] and we will sort out your booking for you. 


This course will provide an insight into the history, technology and development of iron and steel ships.

Upon completion of this course participants will have been introduced to modern iron and steel shipping and their place within the archaeological record. Participants will have learnt about the different types of ships structure, how to understand the key features, and how to record those features that are required to characterise the site and connect it with the historical record. Participants will also have gained an understanding of different levels of recording techniques and when to use them. Participants will also have an understanding of some of the legal issues surrounding visiting, diving and investigating metal wrecks.

This course complements the Understanding & Recording Metal Wrecks  course due to take place on the SS Shieldhall on the 26th June 2021. Anyone booking on the 26th June 2021 event is eligible for a free place on this course - contact the NAS to arrange a joint booking.

The expert tutors will be Jane Maddocks - BSAC Vice President / Adopt a Wreck Award Judge / NAS Fellow

Jane has been a member and supporter of the NAS, for longer that any of us could remember. As the Heritage Officer of the BSAC, she has continually helped the Society promote the value of underwater cultural heritage to the UK diving community.  Jane currently serves as a judge on the Adopt a Wreck Award panel and is an active member of the NAS's own diving club, based out of Fort Cumberland. As a former A-Level Archaeology teacher at St. Vincent's Collage in Gosport, Jane was instrumental in the successful delivery of the Forton Lake Archaeology Project.  She believes that recreational divers are an enormous force for good in exploring, finding and looking after our underwater heritage.

The course is aimed at individuals undertaking the NAS Education programme, as well as divers and professional archaeologists wanting to know more about metal wreck sites.

NAS members will earn 5 credits towards their Certificate or Award.

A computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through GoToMeeting. This is an online video conferencing programme that can be run directly through the internet or you get better connection if you download the small programme - it only takes a minute to do. 

If you are concerned about your computer set up, please contact the organiser at [email protected] for a test run before the course.


NAS members £30

Non-NAS members £60 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you're better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)


09:00 - Welcome and Introduction

09:15 - Iron and steel ship development

10:15 - Basic layout of iron and steel ships

10:45 - Break

11:00 - Ship types and implications for layout

12:00 - Navigating metal shipwrecks

13:00  - Lunch

13:45 - Recording approaches

14:30 - Telling the story-researching the vessel

14:45 - Break

15:00 - Shipwrecks and the law

15:45 - Discussion

16:15 - Get involved in the NAS

17:00  - Course End