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#Scapa100: HMS Vanguard Survey now online

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MV Huskyan skipper Emily Turton | Image Credit: Kieran Hatton

In 2017 Scapa Flow skipper and rebreather diver Emily Turton was granted a special license from the Secretary of State for Defence to organise a dive survey on one of the UK’s WWI war graves.

On 9 July 1917 HMS Vanguard – a dreadnought battleship – suffered a series of catastrophic explosions in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The ship and 843 men died. The enquiry concluded that an unintentional cordite explosion caused the loss of Vanguard, making this the biggest accidental loss of life in modern naval history.

The survey was self-funded and conducted by volunteer professional divers. Survey leader – Emily Turton – has today advised that the results are now available on line.

 

 

 

CCR Diver Sonia Rowley Wins Sir David Attenborough Award

Systematics Association, Linnean Society of London, Sonia Rowley, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyIn May 1937 the Systematics Association was founded as the “Committee on Systematics in Relation to General Biology”. The idea was to provide a forum to discuss theoretical and practical problems of taxonomy.

Today the Systematics Association furthers all aspects of Systematic biology. This includes organising conferences, training courses and awarding grants to support systematics research.

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Photo Credit: Robert Whitton

In the last few days it has been confirmed that Dr Sonia J Rowley, a deep CCR diver and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hawaii has received the prestigious Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork from the Systematics Association and the Linnean Society of London.

Sonia is only the second person to receive this award. It was given for her for her work during the 2015 Pohnpei Expedition. Her report was entitled the “Exploration and Systematics of Twilight Reef Gorgonian Corals at Pakin Atoll, Micronesia.”

Other members of the 2015 diving expedition team were Brian Greene and Dr Richard Pyle.

“I am delighted to have received such a prestigious award, and that we can continue to implement advances in rebreather technology in research that not only reveals new discoveries to science, but also assists local community marine resource conservation [in low-lying atolls being perhaps the most vulnerable to sea level change.”

Congratulations Sonia!