LATEST NEWS

THE YEAR SO FAR (JUNE 2016)


It has been a busy and non stop year so far with lots more still to come. Diving work has been very exciting with divers supplied to Pascoe Archaeology Services on Invincible and excavation continuing on the London and work in Langdon Bay, Hanover Cove and Thorness Bay happening shortly. Geophysical and Hydrographic survey has again been exciting with surveys undertaken on the London, Brighton Marina, Holland No.5, Normans Bay and a whole variety of other interesting wrecks. When not on site windfarm and aggregate extraction archaeological interpretation work has been keeping everyone busy along with data processing and report writting.


RECOVERY OF THE LONDON GUN CARRIAGE (AUG 2015)


MSDS Marine, Cotswold Archaeology and local divers have worked together to raise a 350 year old gun carriage from the wreck of the London in the Thames Estuary. MSDS Marine were the diving contractor for the project and supplied a specialist team of divers. The divers had to contend with poor in-water conditions including zero visibility, short periods of slack water and strong currents. More information about the project can be found on twitter using #LondonWreck1665. The project received huge media coverage and an article in the Guardian can be viewed here. Photo by Lucy Millson-Watkins, Historic England.



A VARIED START TO THE YEAR (JUNE 2015)


MSDS Marine have had a varied start to the year with projects ranging from geophysical interpretation at our office in Derby to assisting on high resolution multibeam wreck surveys in Holland and New Zealand. Diving work continues on the London wreck in the Thames Estuary with a successful first session of 2015 in May and the second session in August, the project can be followed on twitter using #LondonWreck1665. The end of June sees us in Scotland working alongside biologists looking at geophysical anomalies with drop down video and rov's. Photo of a recent training session at Andark Lake with portable airlifts.



THE END OF A BUSY YEAR (DEC 2014)


2014 has been a very busy year for MSDS with fieldwork only finishing a week before christmas when we returned home from Holland. Also in December we had a full dive team working on historic wrecks in the Sound of Mull, undetaking condition assessments and developing photogrammetry techniques - A huge thank you to Lochaline Dive Centre for looking after us! Work on the London wreck continues with planning underway for next season. Our geophysical and hydrographic commitments continue to grow with more and more clients using our services. We wish everyone all the best for the new year.



MSDS CONTINUE TO HAVE A VERY BUSY SUMMER (JULY 2014)


MSDS Marine continue to have a very busy summer fieldwork season. We have undertaken underwater archaeological survey works in the Out Skerries, Anglesey, Sarn Badrig and the Thames with further work planned in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England. Our equipment rental pool continues to increase and develop based on feedback received during diving to ensure everything is current, safe and adaptable. The archaeological geophysics is going from strength to strength with work having been undertaken for new as well as regualar clients. Please contact us for information about our services and availability.



MSDS THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIVING CONTRACTOR FOR LONDON EXCAVATION (MAY 2014)


MSDS Marine have been contracted by Cotswold Archaeology to provide archaeological diving services for the forthcoming excavation of the wreck of the London which is being funded by English Heritage. The London sank in the Thames in 1665 following a large explosion on board. The divers will work closely with the sites licensee, Steven Ellis, building on the work he has been undertaking over the last few years. The project will span eight weeks over the next two diving seasons and you can follow progress on twitter by following @MSDSMarine or using #LondonWreck1665. For more information see here.



MSDS IN NORTH WALES WITH SWATHE SERVICES FOR MULTIBEAM SONAR SURVEYS (APRIL 2014)



As part of the Heritage Asset Assessment in Relation to Marine Designation contract MSDS Marine and Swathe Services have been undertaking Multibeam Sonar survey of exciting historic shipwrecks in North Wales on behalf of Cotswold Archaeology and for CADW the Welsh Governments historic environment service. Data was collected using the R2Sonic 2024 UHR system mounted on local Amlwch vessel Seekat C skippered by Jon Shaw.





MSDS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THE HERITAGE ASSET ASSESSMENT CONTRACT (SEPT 2013)


MSDS Marine and Pascoe Archaeological Services will be providing diving, archaeological and logistical support to Cotswold Archaeology for upcoming archaeological works in Scotland, Wales and Northern Island. Cotswold Archaeology were recently awarded the Scotland, Wales and Northern Island component of the Heritage Asset Assessment in Relation to Marine Designation contract by English Heritage. The contract covers the next two years and will entail diving, marine geophysical survey and desk-based research. For more information see here.



MSDS PROVIDES DIVERS FOR FURTHER HMS INVINCIBLE WORKS (JULY 2013)


As part of an English Heritage funded project Pascoe Archaeological Services have been investigating and recording the Protected Wreck Site HMS Invincible under the direction of Daniel Pascoe. An MSDS Marine archaeological diver worked with the Professional team for this most recent session (seen here investigating part of the site) alongside volunteers from the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) to achieve a number of pre-defined objectives. The NAS produced a short video of the project, which has been ongoing throughout the summer, it can be viewed here.



SHOGUN PROVIDES DIVE VESSEL SUPPORT FOR PROJECT ON HMS INVINCIBLE (JUNE 2013)



MSDS Marine were chartered by Pascoe Archaeological Services and the University of Southampton to provide dive vessel support for works on the Protected Wreck Site HMS Invincible. Alongside professional archaeologists the students were given the chance to experience diving on an important archaeological shipwreck whilst trialling ground breaking investigative methods such as Underwater Reflectance Transformation Imaging.




MSDS SUPPORTING WINDFARM PROJECTS (Oct 2012)


MSDS Marine have had a busy autumn providing services in support of South and West Coast windfarm projects. This has included hydrographic and geophysical survey support and archaeological works.


With winter approaching MSDS will be continuing with their survey support work whilst also undertaking maintenance and making improvements to our survey vessels. Please get in touch to see if we can help you with planning and support for future survey, diving or archaeological works.


SHOGUN RETURNS FROM 3 MONTH DIVING CONTRACT (Jul 2012)


MSDS Marine were contracted by Wessex Archaeology to provide vessel services as part of their contract to provide archaeological services in support of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. The contract is managed by English Heritage on behalf of DCMS.


Shogun undertook diving operations and geophysical survey including, side scan sonar and multibeam, from the Thames Estuary to North Wales. The vessels crew provided vital support to the dive team on board.