An exciting experience, for NAS members only, will take place for the first time this summer 2022

Book for the 20-27 August 2022 fieldwork here.

Book for the 3-10 September 2022 fieldwork here.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has multiple historic shipwrecks in UK waters and little is known about the condition of many of these wreck sites. Consequently, the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) proposed that we carry out a programme of non-intrusive condition assessments using the HMS Natal in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland as a pilot project.

The condition assessments will each follow the same format, using a pro-forma to ensure that there will be consistency in assessment and ongoing monitoring to determine the condition of the wrecks over time. The assessment will highlight such aspects as the collapse or otherwise of the structure, obvious examples of environmental pollution, anchor and fishing net damage and any salvage or collection of artefacts that has previously occurred.

To be part of the project you need the following pre-requisites:

Project update – April 2022

We have been awarded a licence from the MOD to carry out fieldwork in the late summer of 2022, provided Covid restrictions allow. A number of Volunteer members joined the Planning Call recently, but you can still ‘apply’ to participate in the Project, subject to space.  We are ‘recruiting’ for the following positions and facilities :  

  • Dive team members
  • Shore based members
  • Dive RIB(s)
  • Air filling Compressors
  • Researchers
  • Photographers
  • Illustrators
  • Surveyors

Our licence allows fieldwork to take place between 20th August and 18th September 2022, and diving activity is likely to be focused on week commencing 20th August and week commencing 3rd September when tides are more favourable.  This will enable us to review and write up the work of the first week and plan the second diving session accordingly.

You can read the full project plan here

If you haven’t yet registered your interest, please contact [email protected] with the subject line ‘HMS Natal 2022’ and the project team will respond to you.