30 June 2009
A couple of posts before this one are the photos. One of the photos shows an Orca passing a research vessel. The keen eyed amongst you may have spotted a black Labrador dog on the research boat , I think his name is Tucker!
Tucker is not just there for the ride, he's part of the research team and his particular task is to track whales ! Apparently his sensitive nose detects, well, shall we jsut say on this family blog, that which the whales leave behind! Well that's what the skipper of our boat told me and you know what I don't think its a shaggy dog story ! The Orca was spotted whilst we were travelling by boat from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, that trip takes you right along the 'sea border' with the US. The Orca in the picture were actually in US waters and the research boat was from a US university. There is a little more background HERE!
29 June 2009
Norman has given talks on the ship and the project and has good connections with the Sunderland Maritime Heritage charity. With this in mind Norman and Mary have had a brass plaque made up commemorating the Thompson's crew and the charity is mounting this on a piece of oak along with a rivet and a piece of the iron ore cargo (recovered during last years wreath laying dive) this plaque will have its home in the charity's HQ in Sunderland and who will also be showing a looped film of the TRT video footage filmed last year. The project has a page on their website dedicated to the TRT , to view the page click HERE
Meridian Divers and I would like to thank Norman and Mary for their continued support of the project.
28 June 2009
White Sided Pacific Dolphin
Orca (Killer Whale) & Research Boat
Humpback Whale Flukes
Just a handful from the twelve hundred or so shots! OK , OK , I took the dolphin & jelly fish shots in Vancouver Aquarium but the rest were in the wild!
27 June 2009
Tunbridge Wells SAC are also organising a meal drinks and film night at the Captains Table on the Saturday Night (25th July) to coincide with John Liddiards Vist to their Club. Meridian Divers have been invited along with the opportunity to talk about our project and show film footage as well as see the stuff TWSAC have put together. This is open to all and should be a great evening but again need to know numbers asap please. Lets support this guys.
If you would like a space on the dive please add a comment. also add a comment if you would like to attend the Saturday evening event.
Thanks to Jamie Smith and Tunbridge Wells SAC for organising this.
2. Chris P
4. John Liddiard
Saturday Meal and Film.
2. Sheila Ernie
3. Chris and Sue
26 June 2009
video highlights from the skive Dive with Ernie on the wreck of the Pentrych on Wednesday.
23 June 2009
Already booked are:
3. Chris P
If you would like a space please post a comment asap.
22 June 2009
But step in TWSAC and all was not lost for Ernie and myself. After last weeks great dive on the Scallop Wreck we were offered 2 places aboard Wasp one of TWSAC's members Ian's own rib for a trip out to the Braunton. Having checked that our Nitrox mix was suitable (just) for the 36m dive to the wreck it was all systems go.
After a very early drive down Ernie and I kitted up and joined Ian and other club 2 other club members for the trip out to the wreck and soon we were kitted up and Ern and I were first in and headed down to the wreck. The Vis was between 6-8m with plenty of light. Its been a few years since I last dived the Braunton and I had forgotten what a fabulous wreck this is.
A 4.575 ton 380ft British Merchantman, The Braunton lies at a depth of 36mtrs HW. She was sunk by the German submarine UB29 on the 7th April 1916. 10m. The wreck was carrying a cargo of ammunition and evidence of this can be seen littered amongst the wreck in the shape countless shells unfortunately for spidge hunters not the brass but the cast iron variety.
Wreck is full of life and the stern area sits relatively intact and roughly 10m high complete with a net which has been floating wrapped up and vertical for a number of years.
I had taken the decision not to take the camera in but soon regretted this once we had reached the wreck,never mind will have to go back again.
After about 30 mins it was soon time to pop up the blob and start for the surface and back to port .
We had planned for a second dive in the afternoon but there had been a problem with the other boat so this had to be canned but both Ernie and I were more than happy with the mornings adventure.
Thanks to Ian and Jamie from TWSAC for offering the places and the opportunity to dive this weekend at very short notice and prevented me from being a very grumpy moany old Tad.
17 June 2009
Meet Car Park 19:45.
If you wish to attend please post a comment ASAP.
15 June 2009
The dive will happen towards the end of July either in the evening of the 23rd or on the 26th depending on Johns schedule. We have been offered the opportunity to do the dive from the Tunbridge Wells BSAC rib as John is spending some of the time diving on their current projects.
There will be spaces for 4-5 Meridian Divers on the dive but this and definite date, times and cost will be confirmed nearer the time.
Weather and conditions permitting this should be a good one and will add to the T.R.T project.
12 June 2009
This could be a great opportunity for divers who have an interest in preserving some of our maritime history.
The talk will be open to all interested divers and date and time will be posted here once confirmed.
04 June 2009
Sheila will be circulating the minutes asap but needless to say the plans are varied and exciting with lots of extra diving opportunities and social stuff on the cards all we need now is some good weather.
As mentioned earlier the new landlords of the Berwick are very accommodating and will lay on a spread if we let them know prior to meetings.
Roll on the summer
Menu is not yet finalised but I will keep you informed. I will gather definate numbers a bit nearer the time!