Heritage List for England; UNESCO Convention; PARIS 4; HMS Albion; Spanish galleon trail; Concerns about the UC42 off Cork; New archaeological discoveries; Whisky Galore in Liverpool


Heritage List for England

In early 2011 English Heritage will be launching the Heritage List for England, a searchable database of all nationally designated assets, from buildings to battlefields. It will be accessible via the EH website and Heritage Gateway.

Setting this up will absorb much of EH’s time and resources during the first few months of the year. They have therefore announced that only urgent designation applications will be progressed before 31 March.

UNESCO Convention

The December 2010 issue of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology focuses on the UNESCO Convention.


As previously announced, the 4th Symposium on Preserving Archaeological Remains in situ will take place on 23-26 May 2011 at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.

HMS Albion

In 1898 the bungled launch of the warship HMS Albion at Blackwall in London resulted in a tidal wave that collapsed a gangway, drowning 38 people. The disaster was recorded by early film makers.

The BFI will be showing the surviving film on Saturday 19 February at BFI Southbank, London. The screening will be accompanied by talks from historian Chris Ellmers and John Graves, curator of ship history at the National Maritime Museum.

The screening is part of the BFI’s season of films on shipbuilding Tales from the Shipyard: A Century of Shipbuilding on Screen.

Spanish galleon trail

The Florida Office of Historical and Cultural Programs has a website dedicated to Spanish wrecks on the Florida Keys.

Concerns about the UC42 off Cork

Special thanks to former MAG Secretary Brian Hession for bringing this one to our attention…

The recreational divers brought the continued existence of the wreck of the WWI U-boat UC42 to public attention have asked that it be respected as a grave and not interfered with. The submarine is thought to be in a good condition. Read more at http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0125/1224288249568.html?via=mr.

New archaeological discoveries

Archaeologists continue their voyage of discovery with well established technology? Is (expensive) scanning sonar set to take over from (formidably expensive) multibeam swath bathymetry as the next over-hyped technology? What do you think?

In the meantime check out the very nice images of the Canadian paddle steamer A.J. Goddard at http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/11/st_goddardwreck/?pid=3441&viewall=true. The survey was carried out using BlueView’s capable BV5000 system.

Whisky Galore in Liverpool

A bottle of whisky from one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks, the SS Politician, has gone on display at Liverpool Maritime Museum. The Politician was a Liverpool ship and was immortalised in Compton Mackenzie’s book Whisky Galore and the subsequent Ealing comedy of that name.


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