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Introducing Mark Milburn’s Cornish Wreck Ramblings

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In a new ongoing series on Scubaverse.com, Mark Milburn of Atlantic Scuba in Falmouth investigates the many shipwrecks that can be found around the UK’s Cornish coastline…

How many wrecks are there around Cornwall?

I quite often get asked that question, and it’s one that has no simple answer. The Manacles, an area of 4 square miles, has fifty known wrecks. That’s fifty wrecks in four miles! Cornwall has hundreds of miles of coastline. Almost every day, previously unknown wrecks come to light. Just a week ago we found an old document that refers to thirty four wrecks on three miles of coastline that sank over a period of just sixty years.

Three of these were previously known, whilst thirty one of them were not. Today, I was talking to a retired dive boat skipper about an old cannon site. I had been told of the site by a diver who did a dive there many years ago. He confirmed that he saw cannons there. He also said there was another site in the shallows, covered in kelp. He then told me of a wooden ship further off in forty five metres.

Avonmore wreck

During random dives, I have seen many a wreck related item. Keel or trim weights laying on the sea bed, outlines of wrecks in the sand, or even an engine. Whenever we have researched what the items may have been from, sometimes we have drawn a blank.

Books like Richard and Bridget Larn’s “Shipwrecks Index of the British Isles Vol 1” contains thousands of ships that have been wrecked around Cornwall. Historic England started with this Index and have built on it. They have stated that if they published their current database, in the same style as the original but with all the new wrecks listed, each original volume would be replaced by twenty new volumes. Historic England estimate their list as being around 34,000 wrecks around the UK. But they think there are many more.

Brisons Brig wreck

Helston museum has two oil paintings of ships being wrecked with rescuers on the shore. These wrecks are not listed in an index anywhere, yet someone painted them while it happened. Old Church records around Cornwall have a lot of references of bodies washing ashore, sometimes every day for several days. These were more than likely wreck related, ships that foundered out of sight of anyone and were smashed before anyone found them.

So when someone asks me how many wrecks are there around Cornwall, I reply “More than I could dive in a lifetime.”

Join us next week for Part 1 of Mark Milburn’s Cornish Wreck Ramblings!

Find out more about Mark and Atlantic Scuba at www.atlanticscuba.co.uk.

Mark Milburn is the owner of Atlantic Scuba in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, and is an SDI/TDI/NAS/RYA Instructor and a Commercial Boat Skipper. Although often referred to as a maritime archaeologist, he prefers to call himself a wreck hunter. Find out more about Mark and Atlantic Scuba by visiting www.atlanticscuba.co.uk.

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Nauticam announce NA-A7C Housing for Sony a7C Camera

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Sony’s latest full frame mirrorless camera, the a7C offers the underwater image maker one of the most compact and travel friendly full frame systems available on the market today.  The a7C features Sony’s latest stellar autofocus and a much improved battery life thanks to its use of the larger Z series battery. The BIONZ X processor delivers superb low-light performance and faster image processing. For video shooters, the a7C features internal UHD 4K capture in the wide-dynamic range HLG image profile at up to 30p.

Nauticam has housed more mirrorless cameras, and more Sony E Mount cameras than any other housing manufacturer. This experience results in the most evolved housing line with broadest range of accessories available today.

Pioneering optical accessories elevate performance to a new level. Magnifying viewfinders, the sharpest super macro accessory lenses ever made, and now the highest quality water contact wide angle lenses (the WWL-1B and WACP-1) combine with the NA-A7C housing to form a complete imaging system.

Nauticam is known for ergonomics, and an unmatched experience. Key controls are placed at the photographer’s fingertips. The housing and accessories are light weight, and easy to assemble. The camera drops in without any control presetting, and lens port changes are effortless.

NA-A7C features an integrated handle system. This ergonomic style provides exceptional control access, even with thick gloves, with ideal placement of the shutter release and a thumb-lever to actuate the AF-ON button from the right handle.

Nauticam build quality is well known by underwater photographers around the globe. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water corrosion. Marine grade stainless and plastic parts complete the housing, and it is backed by a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.

For more information in the UK visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

For more information in the USA visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

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BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

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A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

We have a new host, Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and today we’ll be interviewing a recent college graduate as part of our once-a-month episode that focuses on students: the next generation of conservationists, researchers, and activists.

What are the next generation of ocean stewards doing to protect our Blue Earth? Join us as we find out by speaking to Lauren Brideau, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Lauren started as an undeclared major but soon found her calling, now she is part of a research team conserving life below water.  She is a prime example that if you want to defend our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea to survive, now is the time to become part of the solution.


Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.


You can find more episodes and information at www.futurefrogmen.org and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.

 

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