The Magazine for Underwater Professionals
“The destruction of a ship at sea … to cause the destruction of a ship by breaking up …”
Wrecks have been commonly caused by torpedoes, mines, other explosions, storms, collisions, etc. It follows logically that considerable damage has been caused to the ship when it became a wreck. Furthermore, not unsurprisingly, wrecks suffer from a serious rusting problem. They inevitably disintegrate into an unrecognisable pile of shapeless scrap iron.
Yet the MMO finds it necessary to threaten legal action against divers who may cause damage to a wreck whilst removing abandoned nets!
What planet is the MMO on?
100 years ago
The Japanese inventor Mr Ohgushi invented a simple but ingenious aqualung/scuba set in 1918. He called it “Ohgushi’s Peerless Respirator”. It comprised of one or two compressed air cylinders. The air was fed into a flexible bag attached to the waist from which it was breathed by the diver. It was manufactured by the Tokyo Submarine Industrial Company and patented in Britain. It was successfully used to depths of 200 feet and more.
150 years ago
In February 1868, two prisoners, Richard Saffery and John Carden, the master and mate of the barge Six Brothers from Whitstable, were sent for trial. They had been accused of stealing silks, velvet and other property valued at £400 to £500 from the wreck of the Clara. The goods had been recovered by divers Hughes and Beale also from Whitstable in Kent.