NAS E-learning Field Schools

In 2012, MADU were invited by the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) to investigate and recommend maritime sites in Wales that would be suitable for running practical e-learning survey field schools.  An additional requirement was that if possible, the sites recommended were to have an association with Welsh coal or slate to tie in with the Cadw, Coal & Slate Wreck Project that was taking place at the time (see Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project). 

The result of this exercise was a report titled:  Scoping Study to Identify Maritime Sites in Wales ASuitable for Training NAS E-Learning Students in Practical Surveying and in this report, the following sites were initially identified:

 Area Coal & Slate Connection   No Coal & Slate Connection   Totals
  Intertidal Underwater Intertidal Underwater  
North Wales 1 2 3 * 1 7
West Wales 3 - -- 1 4
South Wales 2 - 21 1 24

* One of these sites (the Thora) has subsequently been found to have a coal connection.

These initial 35 sites were however eventually reduced down to 13 recommended sites as follows:

North Wales

Intertidal Wreck

Flying Foam 1
   

Remains of the Flying Foam coal wreck on the beach in east Conwy Bay, Llandudno

 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of the Thora coal wreck on Anglesey, North Wales 
   
 
Remains of a wreck off of the embankment near Valley on Anglesey
(this site has subsequently been confirmed by MADU to be the coal wreck Thora)
 

 

Underwater Sites 

Various underwater sites in a disused slate quarry in North Wales, details of which can be found at the Vivian Diving Centre, Llanberis: http://www.viviandivingcentre.co.uk 

West Wales 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of a Slate Schooner (Hulk 1) on Ynyslas Beach 
   

Remains of a Slate Schooner (Hulk 1) at Ynyslas Beach on the south bank of the River Dovey 

 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of a Slate Schooner (Hulk 3) on Ynyslas Beach 
 

 

Remains of a Slate Schooner (Hulk 3) at Ynyslas Beach on the south bank of the River Dovey

 

Underwater Site 

 
The Bronze Bell site is a recommended underwater site close to
Tal-y-Bont, however a licence is required to dive this wreck as it is
designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973)
 

South Wales 

Intertidal Wreck 

Remains of an unknown wreck on Cefn Sidan Sands, Pembray Country Park 
   
 
Remains of an unknown wreck on Cefn Sidan Sands,
Pembray Country Park
 
 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of an unknown wreck on Sully Island, near Barry 
   

Remains of an unknown wreck on Sully Island, near Barry 

 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of the Amazon coal wreck on Margam Sands, Port Talbot 
   

Remains of the Amazon coal wreck on Margam Sands, Port Talbot 

 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of an unknown wreck on Margam Sands, Port Talbot

   

Remains of an unknown wreck on Margam Sands, Port Talbot 

 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of another unknown wreck on Margam Sands, Port Talbot 
   

Remains of another unknown wreck on Margam Sands, Port Talbot  

 

Intertidal Wreck

Remains of the Black Mixen Pool Wreck at Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire 
   
 
Remains of the Black Mixen Pool Wreck at Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire
(this wreck has subsequently been identified by MADU as the
Helping Hand)
 
 

Underwater Sites

 

Underwater sites in a disused quarry in South Wales can be found at the National Diving and Activity Centre 
   
 
Underwater sites in a disused quarry in South Wales, details of which can be found at the National Diving and Activity Centre, Tidenham near Chepstow: