The Thorness Bay wreck which lies off the coast of the Isle of Wight is protected under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and a licence is needed to visit the site.  

The trail which opened in 2018 was created by MSDS Marine and Pascoe Archaeology with funding from Historic England.  The wreck is located in 21m of water but it can be fairly dark so it may be more suitable for more experienced divers.  The dive trail provides a simple interpretation slate to guide divers around the remains on the seabed.  A copy of the dive trail is available for download here.

Visit the Thorness Bay Wreck with the NAS

On the 12th July 2019 the NAS has booked Wight Spirit out of Lymington to dive the Thorness Bay Protected Wreck. We will be joined by wreck licensee Gary McGinty, who has been researching and diving the wreck site for many years. He will share his research with participating divers and give them an understanding of what they will see on the seabed.

12th July 2019 - Proposed Timetable:

Meet 10:30am to leave at 11:00am from the public slipway/loading pontoon in Lymington, New Forest.

Dive 1: Thorness Bay Protected Wreck (21m) on LW slack around 12:30/13:00. 

Dive 2: On an unidentified wooden wreckage and anchor in Colwell Bay (5m).

Exact timetable will be released on month prior to the event

Costs: £60.00 Members / £70.00 Non-Members.

You can book a place on the trip on our Membership and Events portal here 

Click on the image below to explore the virtual trail. 

For more information about the site visit the webpages of MSDS Marine.