Cornwall news Divers uncover never discovered shipwrecks off Cornwall UK news
MetiNews.Com - Ben Dustan and his team has found a number of shipwrecks that have never been dived before
Breaking News ! A diver has produced his own mini-series of documentaries showing the fascinating array of shipwrecks that to this day lie on the seabed off our coastline. Commercial diver Ben Dunstan has appeared on Cornwall Live several times due to his exploits exploring shipwrecks and flooded mines around our county. Ben and his team has gained access to abandoned mine sections that haven’t been visited since the mines closed and found objects that have remained untouched ever since. This time he’s turned his attention to wrecks that lie peacefully on our seabed with a particular focus on as yet undiscovered wrecks. Ben has spent time diving a number of wrecks over recent months and learning about the history that befell the stricken vessels. Read More Related Articles Explorers share spectacular footage filmed inside Phoenix United mine on Bodmin Moor Read More Related Articles Divers uncovering fascinating secrets of Cornwall's underwater mines In his documentary series Cornwall Shipwreck Hunters Ben examines the wreck underwater, also discovery lost items and abundant marine life. In episode one of the four part series, Ben travels to the west side of The Lizard peninsula, a stretch notorious for shipwrecks and maritime disasters. He takes a close look at a vessel called The Boyne that crashed into rocks in 1873 killing all but four on board. Subsequent episodes take Ben to other locations including The Mannacles reef off The Lizard which has claimed more than 100 ships, resulting in divers still discovering new sites today. Ben said: “After diving in the area for years and getting used to all the well-known wrecks and sites local to us, myself and a few others got together and decided to try and find some new sites to dive. “We decided to make a group that would focus on the type of diving we enjoy - looking for new wreck sites.
. “We started a group called Cornwall Shipwreck Hunters and with my own boat and equipment, started searching the coast for new sites.” You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. Ben and has team have given a particular focus to sites which had never been located before and found there were virtually no other people doing this kind of thing here anymore as many had believed everything has already been discovered. Ben added: “Many of the dives led to no wreckage being found, but as we covered more ground and researched more into ships losses, we finally started finding more and more lost sites. “From steamships to wooden sailing vessels, we started locating new wrecks and learning the fascinating stories behind them and the sinkings, which had mostly seemed to be long forgotten.
“We decided some of these stores were too good not to share, so started filming the stories in a documentary style, showing the history as we had researched them and showing the site underwater as it was found. “The response from this has been great, as many people were unaware of what we were getting up to and the effort we were putting in, as well as the successes we have had. This year alone we discovered 11 new wrecksites to put on the chart and with many more to look for next year we will continue up update the group and put more online videos together as we go.” Cornwall Shipwreck Hunters work closely with Historic England and The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Receiver of Wreck team that deals with all artefacts found at sea. You can view the second, third and fourth episodes of Cornwall Shipwreck Hunters on the group's YouTube channel.
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