The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has multiple historic shipwrecks in UK waters. Little is known about the condition of many of these wreck sites. Consequently, the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) aims to 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 would 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 would 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.

Pre-requisites required:

Provided Covid restrictions allow, we are looking to obtain a licence to carry out fieldwork in the late summer of 2022. We are recruiting for the following positions:  

  • Dive team members
  • Shore based members
  • Organisers (people can put their organisational skills towards BSAC Dive Leader/ Advanced Diver qualifications)
  • Boat
  • Compressors
  • Photographers
  • Illustrators
  • Surveyors

Contact [email protected] if you are interested.