Whatever your background and experience, we are always happy to have additional volunteers to help with the Society's efforts.
Whether you are interested in joining the NAS as a Trustee, promoting the Society by giving talks to groups in your local area, helping to set up a local regional NAS group, or just helping us run events and activities, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Contact us on +44 (0)23 9281 8419 or by email on [email protected]
We are currently seeking individuals to form a Communications/Press Team to work with the NAS members' projects groups to help get their stories out to the wider NAS membership and beyond. Through blogs, social media posts, press articles and stories, we are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in helping promote the NAS and its projects.
Current NAS Members Projects include:
Adopt a Wreck Award
There is a project team looking at the exiting Adopt a Wreck Scheme with the aim of reinvigorating and remarketing it. The number of wreck adoptions and project work has declined in previous years and working out a solution to keep that work active is vital.
Gresham Ship Diver Trail
Following on from the completion of the Gresham Ship information board to be installed at Stoney Cove and the updated web pages, the project team are now looking to create a diver trail for the Gresham Ship at Stoney Cove to promote the NAS and tell the story of the wreck.
Comet I Wrecksite Location
Fragments from what is believed to be the PS Comet I have been found off Craignish, Argyll, Scotland. The PS (paddlesteamer) Comet was built in 1812 for Henry Bell and began a passenger service on 15 August 1812 on the River Clyde between Glasgow and Greenock, the first commercially successful steamboat service in Europe. The Comet was lengthened and re-engined, and from September 1819 ran a service to Oban and Fort William (via the Crinan Canal), a trip which took four days. On 15th December 1820 the Comet was wrecked in strong currents at Craignish Point, with Bell on board. No lives were lost. The wreck has never been located although local fishermen have reported finds such as the fly wheel and anchor. A project team has been formed to locate the wreck.
Shipwrecks on the Thames foreshore
Research is being undertaken to ascertain the origins and stories of 3 shipwrecks identified by Keith Langridge on the Thames foreshore.
Military of Defence (MOD) Wreck Assessments
There are a number of designated MOD wrecks on which recreational diving is not permitted without a special licence. We are working with the MOD to obtain training and licences so that NAS members can dive on the wrecks and produce condition assessments to assist the MOD in ongoing monitoring.
Artefact Cataloguing Project
Working with Hastings Shipwreck Museum to catalogue artefacts from various shipwreck sites. Inputting data into an existing catalogue, including taking photos and measurements.
Creating an NAS digital archive
Digitising all reports and NAS data with a view to creating a digital NAS archive as well as adding the information to the relevant county historical environment record (HER) for wider information dissemination.
Regional Project Groups
Several regional project/ interest groups have been created over the past few years by NAS members. Some have created unique and interesting projects that have kept the members busy during lockdown!
Interested? Email us here.