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The Coronation Wreck Project


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Nautical Archaeology Society

This is the home of The Coronation Wreck Project. Please visit us here for news and information about the Coronation and updates on the latest developments and discoveries. The Coronation sank near Plymouth during a violent storm in 1691. She lay undiscovered until 1967 and eventually the site became a designated 'protected wreck'. Our aim is to continue the study of the site and to promote awareness of this nationally important wreck site. We are working closely with English Heritage to help increase and promote licensed access to the site so that everyone can understand and enjoy this Nationally important and protected shipwreck. 

We are a group of voluntary divers, working with archaeologists, who are attempting to further the work of those who discovered the wreck and those who have looked after it, protected it and revealed many of its secrets over the years. To them we owe a huge debt of gratitude. However, work and discoveries are far from over yet. If we are truly to understand what happened to the Coronation on that dreadful night of the 3 September 1691, we need to search a wider area and document more of the finds on the seabed.

Want to dive The Coronation? Go to the Divers Page for all the information about applying visiting the site.

We strictly enforce a divers 'no take' policy on the Inshore and Offshore sites, no wildlife should be removed from the protected wreck areas. The natural fish and fauna are under regular assessment by 'Seasearch'.

****Learn the skills to come and help the project!****

The Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) will be running it's PADI/BSAC/SSI diving speciality. The two day course is called Basic Archaeology Diver, a no frills, no fuss introduction to the basics of archaeology underwater with simple recording techniques using little more than a camera and tape measures. The introduction to the basics will also include a lecture on the laws governing divers and underwater archaeology in the UK. Students will hear exciting talks from well known figures in the underwater archaeology world.

After completion they will be entitled to a rare guided tour from the Coronation Wreck Project team of the 1685 Coronation protected wrecksite off Plymouth. (Subject to current Licence application approvals)

For details including costs please contact us at mast@thisismast.org or ginge@thisismast.org 

**new dates! **

2016 dates for the Basic Archaeology Diver course in Plymouth are as follows:
Shake  off the  winter blues and join prepare for the season on course number 001 of 2016 - 16-17 April 2016

The rest of the year: May 28-29, June 25-26, July 23-24, August 27-28, September 24-25, October 23-44 
Course price is £198.00.  This includes classroom tuition, student handbook, provision of underwater surveying tools for the duration of the course, three open water dives, PADI PIC registration and card and a reduced price voucher to dive the Coronation
wreck, which will be valid from one year from the date of the course. It does not include dive equipment rental, air fills, transportation to and from dive sites.
2016Group/ Club deal - Bring 6 pay only for 5. 
All profits from the course are donated to MAST to contribute to projects aimed at understanding and conserving our British maritime heritage




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Pictures of the model Copyright © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London and the Kreigstein Collection USA
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