This is a practical guide to the techniques and tools used to investigate shipwrecks and other underwater sites. Primarily aimed at finding, mapping and recording shipwrecks, the advice is also useful for recording crashed aircraft sites, submerged landscapes and other survey tasks underwater.
The SHIPS Project CIC is a volunteer non-profit organisation that undertakes research and exploration of maritime historical sites and events, both on land and underwater. We also provide consultancy services in maritime heritage for projects in southwest England.
The SHIPS Project is based in Plymouth, England, and the focus of our work is centred on that city. Plymouth has a wonderful maritime heritage that stretches from the Bronze Age to the present day including maritime and shipping, military and aircraft, fishing, industrial and transport, piers, docks, and harbours as well as Roman and prehistoric sites.
The work of The SHIPS Project is undertaken by unpaid volunteers, but the project was kindly sponsored by theUS research foundation ProMare from 2010 to 2016. In 2021 The SHIPS Project became a Community Interest Company (CIC), a special type of limited company which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders.
The SHIPS Project has been assisted by several commercial organisations, institutions, and universities. You can read about the huge number of contributors to this project on our SHIPS Project Crew page and you can find out more about what we do on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Much of the work of The SHIPS Project is funded by donations so we need your support.
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