Isle of Scilly Shipwrecks

This maritime compendium covers the archipelago of the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall. It also covers the surrounding sea areas which use Scilly as a focus, i.e. incidents, usually referred to as ‘off Scilly’. The Seven Stones are certainly included and some incidents may cover an area nearer to the Wolf Rock and Land’s End. Discover more here..... Read more

Small Boat Plans and Photos Archive

In partnership with Southampton University, we're creating an archive of small boat plans and photographs to make them accessible for public research. We're also going to train a team of volunteers to make this happen! Read more

Thomas Lawrence Project

The Thomas Lawrence was a Danish sailing ship that sunk in a collision off Hastings in 1862 whilst on her way to the West Indies. Her cargo included muskets and machetes, perfume and gin, some of which is now on display in the Shipwreck Museum in Hastings. In 2019 the NAS will be working with the museum and MSDS Marine to investigate the wreck and help tell it's story. Discover more here... Read more

Sandwich Flats Foreshore Fieldwork

No matter whether wooden wrecks, rows of mysterious wooden stakes, metal planes or potential Roman wrecks are your thing, come and practice your archaeological skills on the beach at Sandwich Flats! Read more

East India Company Incidents

The object of this research by NAS Fellow, Ed Cumming, has been to identify and, if possible, to give extra detail to total loss incidents incurred by the major ships of the English (later British) East India Company, 1600 to 1834. Discover more here... Read more

Waifs of the Sea

NAS member and fellow, Ed Cumming (MIBEC Publications) has created an invaluable "Index of Identifiable Wreckage from Shipwreck, and Losses from Vessels, recorded in the British Press in the 19th Century". You can freely search the entire index of 350 pages. Discover more here... Read more

Minesweeper MMS113

Since 2016 the NAS has been working alongside other interested parties on the remains of what is believed to be a World War II Motor Minesweeper 113. The remains of the vessel lie on the Gosport foreshore on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour. NAS members are helping to record and research the remains of this piece of military heritage. Discover more about the M113 here... Read more

Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-18

During 2018 and 2019 this HLF funded project will use the latest imaging techniques to reveal underwater wrecks from the Great War, and will support coastal communities around Wales to tell their previously untold stories about the Great War at Sea. As a project partner the NAS is delivering filedschool events in North (2018) and South Wales (2019). Discover more here... Read more


In 2019 CITiZAN was awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to establish six Discovery Programmes in areas where the risk to intertidal and coastal archaeology is extreme. Thanks to National Lottery players, the CITiZAN Discovery Programmes will be established on sites on the Humber, Liverpool Bay, the Blackwater, the Kent coast, the Solent and three rivers in Devon in 2019. Discover more here... Read more

Normans Bay Wreck

The Normans Bay Wreck, was designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act in 2006 as an English or Dutch ship of unknown identity, dating between the 17th and 18th centuries AD. We have been working on the site with our members since 2010 and now believe that we have identified the wreck. Discover more here... Read more

Holland No.5 Submarine

The Holland No.5 submarine is a remarkable piece of our naval heritage. She was the first submarine to actually be commissioned in the Royal Navy, on the 19th January 1903 at the same time as Holland No.3. The NAS has been involved in recording and researching the wreck since 2008. Discover more here... Read more

Dive Trails

The UK heritage agencies have supported the development of diver trails around the country to facilitate access to the country’s protected wrecks. The NAS has help establish four of the trails as well as three virtual dives that help non-divers experience the pleasure of exploring a historic wreck. Discover more about dive trails here... Read more