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Plymouth Scuba Diving: Submerged Productions

What’s this website about?
My name’s Peter Mitchell. For the last 40 years I’ve been a keen scuba diver. During the last 20 years I’ve published several books and DVDs describing the histories and locations of various shipwrecks around the coast of Devon, England. (Have a look at the book and DVD covers to your right for more details). is designed to showcase some of the best bits from the books and be a useful archive of maritime shipwreck history, both for the Devon coast and elsewhere around the world.

I also contribute to Submerged’s two sister sites Navy Photos and Cyber Heritage. We like to think we are ‘turning the pages of history, above and below the waves’.

If you want to stay informed of when new articles and information are added to the site, please sign up for the Submerged newsletter by entering your email address in the mailing list box at the top of each page. Your email address will be kept confidential and not used for any other purpose.

If you’d like to get in contact directly, my email address is peter @ – All the best, Peter Mitchell

How to buy Submerged Books and DVDs:
By cheque: You can buy any book or DVD from this site by sending a cheque to the address given.

By PayPal: You can use your credit card by clicking the icon on the relevant page. The system is absolutely secure and is run by PayPal which is owned and operated by EBay. My site has no access to your details, you are protected by your own credit card and by PayPal who operate a full guarantee.

Site Contents:
Devon Shipwrecks
There are hundreds of shipwrecks off the Devon coast – this section contains a selection of articles about individual wrecks detailing the history and fate of the ship along with the all-important contemporary dive experience. All of these articles come from The Wrecker’s Guide To South West Devon Volumes One and Two.

World Wrecks
Devon is not the only diving fruit. Here are in-depth reports about expeditions to shipwreck diver’s paradises – Scotland’s Scapa Flow, where the World War One German naval fleet was scuttled ; and Micronesia’s Truk Lagoon, last resting place of the Japanese WWII fleet.

Special Projects
This section covers Wreck Walks and particular shipwreck related topics. South Africa yeilds a great shipwreck trail starting from Cape Town, and Falmouth gives up more of its wreck secrets.Tombstones often help you find a wreck and provide an endless source of of shipwreck tales, and there is a Submarine section to dive and explore.The South West was extensively bombed during World War Two, and from time immemorial Plymouth has been a Navy Port. You are bound to come across all sorts of ammunition. Bombs and Bullets tells you all about them

About Us
More information about the people who have helped produced the books and videos and how to get in touch.

Other diving-related websites you might find useful.

19 Responses to Plymouth Scuba Diving: Submerged Productions

  1. Bill Duckworth says:

    Interesting. Hope to dive your area.

  2. James M Gray says:

    A very interesting web site – my main interest was concerning HMS WARSPITE at the battle of Narvik as my father (long now deceased) was I believe from his records Chief Gunners Mate.

    Thanks again for a very interesting web site

  3. Ian Lavill says:

    As a keen fisherman i am looking for a wreck map, ideally that can be uploaded on a computor that has a listing of plotted wrecks in the Plymouth area, so i may know where to find them and the history of each one…….then locate and fish them. Most papper maps come in sections and can be bought for around £20 but only say WK for wreck. Do you know of any such thing in your experiance, by the way good work!

  4. simon says:

    If you need prescription diving masks or prescription sunglasses please check our site

    Thanks Simon

  5. colin strickland says:

    Very informative website. I have been researching the sailing ship Herzogon Cecilie as I have discovered some 16mm movie film of the wrecking of this ship in some family home movies. The film was taken from a cliff in devon looking down on the wreck as it was being battered by the waves. Now I know more of the history of the grain carrier.
    Thank you.

  6. Mary Leavey says:

    My name is Mary. I was born Mary Aquilina. (my mothers maiden name). My husband sent you a email.

    My Grandfather was Carmelo Aquilina. He worked in the navy on board the HMS Hardy. He was one of 3 Maltese survivors, the others were Giuseppe Micallef (who had shrapnel wounds) and Toni Briffa. My granddad was the wardroom cook on the Hardy. When i was given a piece of paper which a friend had downloaded from the internet, i recognised my granddad right away. I was told by his daughter, my aunty, that her dad had dressed up as a women when his ship was lost at sea, at the battle of Narvik. She told me that she thinks he was awarded a VC. Any Photo’s that i have seen of that time of my granddad, is with Winston Churchill. He stands out because he was quite short and all the clothes he is wearing look so big on him. My Mother has a few Photo’s of her dad in Navy uniform and Aunty said she is sure she has a few. I will try and get them,and scan them into the computer if you would like them.
    Mary Leavey

  7. bernard hallas says:

    There was only one V.C. awarded at the Battle of Narvik i/e
    Captain Warburton Lee. V.C. HMS Hardy. The Hardy was not lost at sea ut crashed on the rocks in ofotfjord Narvik. The crew were helped by a Norwegion family who supplied dry clothing for them to wear. Many were dressaed in womens clothes including the Mothers wedding Dress. She is very famous in Narvik’s story of the ba ttle.
    Bernard Hallas. Corporal of Royal Mrines. HMS Warspite 1939 to 44

  8. I have some questions about stills of the shipwreck of HMS Montagu off Lundy Island which you may be able to help me with. Please could you email me at the above address and I will give you more details.

    Many thanks.

  9. hugh mccready says:

    would any of your books cover the wreck. ss bantry. lost 1934. kellys coal boat. collision. what other boat was involved? my great,great grandfather was lost along with all others on board. is this correct? no surviviors? ships position is sth. of portsmouth. east of isle of white. any info on this vessel please e. mail me thanks.

  10. Dear Peter, Could you advise me if you have come across any archaeological materials in your research fished up from the sea in nets?

    I’m conducting research for a paper into the impacts of fishing (trawlers, scallop dredges, potting and netting) on underwater cultural heritage both off the UK and globally and I’m putting together a database of all finds found in this way from shipwrecks and submerged prehistoric settlements.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Best wishes,


  11. Ron Cope says:

    Peter, Great to see your new website format. Thanks for all the assitance you have offered by letting me use your Narvik section to drum up interest on these two famous battles in 10th and 13th April 1940. I am now well on the way to finishing the book but only because of your website. Anyone out there with any information or associations to the ships Hardy, Hunter, Havock, Hostile and Hotspur (1940) please contact me. Thanks once more Peter.

  12. john mc farlane says:

    good site very interisting.

  13. Greg Modelle says:

    Great diving in the UK. Be there one day.

  14. Simon says:

    hugh mccready

    I Dive the Banty

  15. Ellend Largo says:

    Great site, I lived in the Philippines when I was younger,a great place to explore. did you know during 1944 at the height of the Pacific War there were appproximately 800 ships lost in the Philippines alone.

  16. Nick Hide says:


    I saw your comment on the Flickr website where you mentioned finding a second inscription for Capt E G W Davidson on the Davidson headstone in Thurlestone Churchyard.

    You were commenting on the photo of Capt Davidson’s grave on Islay

    If you are still interested to know more about Capt Davidson and the Otranto disaster of 1918 please feel to contact me at any time.I will willingly share the story, images, and the research which I have completed.

    I am the grandson referred to in the original posting and have researched this part of my ancestry in some detail.

    Best wishes,

    Nick Hide

  17. Mark dabner says:

    Hi pete

    With ray down at y haven key dive history shop chatting about wrecks of brixam and wondered if you could help, we think the wreck is called the bowford or bowford!! Can’t find it on the wreck sites and thought It might be called by a second name…..????? Please help if you can




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