My father Peter Mitchell, the author of this website, passed away at the end of June 2015. Submerged.co.uk was Dad’s pride and joy, mainly because of the huge amount of comments and emails he received about the different shipwreck stories he’d written here. It gave Dad great happiness when people got in touch to share memories of the wrecks – it felt like discovering a secret history together, of events rarely discussed but which had had a huge impact on many lives. And it was a tangible human connection to the dramatic and often tragic events depicted in the stories.
I will be maintaining Submerged indefinitely, so there is no danger of this website disappearing. When I read his stories about raising the lump and discovering (cough) the Mary Rose, I can hear the smile in his voice as if he was still talking right to me.
Dad made several documentary movies about shipwrecks which proved popular over the years. He would sell them on DVD direct by mail order. I have now uploaded all those DVDs to YouTube so you can watch the full length documentaries for free online.
Sadly I don’t have my father’s vast knowledge of the maritime history around Devon so I cannot help with specific queries about individual shipwrecks. However, several of Dad’s friends are equally knowledgable so if you have a query you can leave a comment and I will pass it on. They will try to respond as best they can.
You can read Dave Page’s article The Longest Wreck Walk, which is a project about the legends of Jesus and Joseph of Arimathea visiting Cornwall which he and Dad had researched on and off for years. They were still working on it when Dad became ill.
Below is Dad’s original introduction to the site – like the rest of the site, I have left it intact. Even though Dad is gone, this website, like Dad’s books and DVDs, is a reminder that the past is still very much part of our present.
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).
submerged.co.uk 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.
If you want to stay informed of when new articles and information are added to the submerged.co.uk 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.
All the best, Peter Mitchell
How to buy Submerged Books and DVDs:
Books: You can buy The Wreckers Guide To South West Devon Part 1 and Part 2 on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. They are both available as digital books to read on your Kindle device or using the Kindle app on your iPad or Android tablet. The print versions of the books are no longer available.
DVDs: Submerged DVDs are no longer available to purchase. You can watch the full length, unedited DVD documentaries online. Please go to the respective DVD page and press play on the YouTube video to watch the DVD.
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.
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.
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
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.