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Shipwreck Guide to Dorset and South Devon

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Shipwreck Guide to Dorset and South Devon new eddition has been recently bublished by award winning author Nigel Clarke.
Especially useful for the Lyme Bay area covering a lot of gretat wreck diving sites!!

The coast of Dorset and South Devon has one of the greatest densities of shipwrecks in Europe. The age and variety of wrecks encompass every period of our maritime history.
From a ship Bronze Age wreck at Salcombe to the recent and infamous cargo ship the Napoli, at Branscombe.
Shipwreck Guide to Dorset and South Devon new eddition has been recently bublished by award winning author Nigel Clarke.

Wrecks of Interest off Dorset and South Devon Coast (see book for further details

The Miniota Portland
The silver bullion wreck. Sunk in 1917 still listed as carrying £200,000 of silver bullion

Earl of Abergavenny; (Weymouth)
The watery grave of Captain John Wordsworth, brother of the poet William Wordsworth.

The Valentine Tanks. (Poole)
Amphibious tanks which sank while practising for the D-Day landings.

LST 507; WW2 Tank Landing Craft from operation Tiger
The watery grave of 434 American servicemen who went down in the landing craft after a bungled exercise preparing for landings in Normandy.

The Governor of Bengal Lord Carmicheal lost all his personal possessions while returning from India back to England rumoured to be gold and jewels which have never been found.

HMS Formidable; Lyme Bay
The tragic sinking and loss of this massive warship on New Year’s Day 1915, with the death of 540 crew and ratings. The subsequent miraculous licking of a dog called Lassie at Lyme Regis brought back one sailor from the brink of death and went on to become the inspiration of the Hollywood animal legend of the same name.

HMS M2; Lyme Bay
The submarine was lost with all hands when the experimental submarine which was fitted with a seaplane and an internal hanger failed to secure the water-tight doors on the bow and the vessel became swamped and sank.

De Boot; Prawle Point
The East Indiaman sank in 1738 returning from the Far East. The cargo included a large quantity of uncut diamonds valued at the time £250,000 none of which was ever recovered.
Book lists over 370 shipwrecks
£250,000 of lost silver bullion is listed on the manifest of the Miniota
Medieval wrecks
The wrecks of colliers have enough coal to power Plymouth for a month
Lost cargo of uncut diamonds.
One wreck the “Taxiarcos” is listed as having a cargo of bones.
The lost gold bullion of the “Haswell”

Shipwreck Guide to Dorset and South Devon

Author: Nigel J Clarke
Pages. 165
Pictures. 67
Maps. 7

Nigel Clarke Said; “The book has taken two years of research and numerous letters and telephone conversations to some of the leading local maritime academics. I am grateful to the local skippers and divers who gave me access to their logs and records and without their help this book could not have been published."

Customer Reviews

  Great book, with plenty of info  I love diving wrecks. It is my passion. This book gives me ideas and options of what I would like to try, and also helps with planning trips for the centre.  (20/01/2014) Chris - Teign Diving Centre

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