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HMS Coronation Field School - 1999

Brief History:

HMS Coronation (1685 - 1691) was built in Portsmouth as a 90 gun, 2nd Rate, Royal Navy vessel.  She was 160ft (48.8m) long x 45ft (13.7m) beam and took part in the Battle of Beachy Head during the Nine Years War with the French in 1690. She was wrecked during a gale off of Penlee Point to the west of Plymouth on 3rd September 1691.

The wreck site is split into two distinct areas and both are designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973). 

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During 1999 MADU were invited by Pete Holt of Sonardyne, to work alongside two other teams of divers on an underwater surveying exercise on the offshire wreck site.  The purpose of the exercise was to to compare the efficiency of divers working underwater surveying a site, compared to the results obtainable using remote surveying methods.

The MADU Dive Team over the site of The Ealing Dive Team over the site of

The MADU Dive Team over the site of HMS Coronation

The Ealing Dive Team over the site of HMS Coronation

Between dives over the site of Publicity for the event

Between dives over the site of HMS Coronation

Publicity for the event with the media on board

Reference Links:

For further information see the following article:

Coronation Protected Wreck Sites by Ginge Crook which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Summer 2009, page 4).

1685 Coronation Protected Wreck Sites - Challenge or Chore? by Ginge Crook which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Winter 2010, page 10).

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