A number of us over the years have attended this event, and this year four merry souls headed west for what has become a milestone for divers, archaeologists and salvors in the depths of the UK winter on Saturday 6 February. Not only that, it also happens to be a great place to catch up with old dive pals from up and down the UK. This year was no exception, although it was tinged with sadness as we remembered the passing of Neville Oldham late last year. (A book sale held at the conference raised around £230 for his wife, Jill.)

As ever the day was packed with a whole range of speakers starting with Dan Pascoe telling us about how he and his team have been slowly piecing together the evidence and archaeology from the site of the 17th century Second Rate Man of War “ The London”. After lunch Steve Clarkson ( yes, Steve of RBSAC ) talked about how he has been working with a few of us on a site in South Devon that might be the Dragon a West Indiaman. The mystery continues and we will be doing more work this year. Lastly, Grahame Knott of Portland and Weymouth fame updated us on his ongoing project about wrecks in his adjacent area. All in all a great day again, and if you like shipwrecks you should be there.

RIP Neville Oldham

‘Neville has developed a wide network of friends across the diving, shipwreck and archaeological spectrum and will be sadly missed by all.’

Quote from Steve Clarkson