Steven Ellis – The 2020 MSDS Marine Grand Award recipient

On this weblog, Steven Ellis, the 2020 recipient of the MSDS Marine Grant Award to assist maritime archaeology college students shares how he has spent his award.

Nothing will be extra thrilling than being the licensee to one of the crucial historic shipwrecks we’ve in our waters, the wreck of the London, which unintentionally exploded off Southend-on-Sea in 1665. A small workforce of volunteer divers have continued to observe and examine the wreckage most weekends, since 2011. On these dives many thrilling discoveries and artefact rescue recoveries are made because of the truth of the erosion that impacts the location.

The Thames Estuary isn’t maybe essentially the most interesting place to dive on account of it’s extraordinarily sturdy currents and virtually zero visibility. These dives are all carried out on the workforce’s trusted outdated work horse, an ex transport line’s rescue boat, and like some other boat proprietor will inform you holding them operating is a continuing battle in itself. When one of many most important items of navigational gear packs up, it places one other pressure on the workforce’s pockets. The GPS plotter is a good support to assist shortly find the wreck web site, particularly when the slack water time is basically restricted and the location can’t have a everlasting buoy positioned on it, because of the truth it’s located proper on the sting of one of many world’s busiest transport channels. A borrowed handheld GPS was trialled, however definitely not the answer for a substitute because it didn’t give an correct repair from a transferring boat.

So who ought to come to the rescue, MSDS Marine, with their annual grant award scheme, which helps the work of Historic England’s volunteer protected wreck licensees. Not solely did MSDS Marine present the workforce with a brand new GPS unit, being specialists on the earth of sonar they knew which one would actually swimsuit our wants. Particularly because it accommodates a chart plotter, depth sounder and facet scan multi function.

Many dives have been made since its instalment, and it’s been a terrific support in permitting us to place the shot line in virtually the identical place. Saving us useful time is a little bit of an understatement.

So, a giant thanks MSDS Marine from all the London wreck workforce.

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