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|For the first time the writing
of established shipwreck author & photographer Leigh
Bishop appears collectively on Deep Image. Read in depth
articles about famous shipwrecks, their discoveries and diving
expeditions as well as historically important sites of interest.
Specialists in deep wreck photography we ensure to bring you
images of the wrecks as they are today. Detailed information
as to the wrecks condition and of course where YOU can find
the path to diving the wrecks yourselves. Leigh Bishop is a
regular contributor to DIVER & other specialist scuba publications
around the world so ensure to keep a look out for future articles.
Look out for more articles to come soon including Lusitania
and Britannic as well as never seen before images of many wrecks
that the publishers never chose exclusive only on Deep Image.
Coming also technical articles on mixed gas blending and of
course articles that never went to the publishers. Its all here
on the site that challenges to exceed the limits of ocean exploration
.Please remember all text and images are copyright to Leigh
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research something about shipwrecks for your project.
Here's just a few of the features I've
published and found time to post online
Capturing images of shipwrecks that work well is an art in itself.
Trying desperately to light large sections of shipwreck can
often be frustrating, especially with artificial light when
waters are often blessed with particles that incur backscatter.
This article is focused towards using available light even at
depth to photograph big wrecks. Check out some of the images
here as well, you will be able to click on the majority of them
to get a larger and better perspective. Remember any colour
here as long as its black & white!
During the summer of 2003 three English divers joined a NOAA
scientific expedition to the wreck of Titanic 400 miles off
Newfoundland Canada. Kevin Gurr recalls the account of his dive
with Carl Spencer. With on site photography by deep image author
Leigh Bishop this article brings you the excitement of what
can only be described as the worlds most famous shipwreck. Take
time as well to visit the Titanic postings and see 100's of
images from the expedition. The
online article is here.
|Gold shipwreck RMS Laurentic
White Star liners are perhaps the best caliber of shipwreck
anyone would wish to venture below the waters surface to explore.
Here Leigh Bishop brings you his adventure to the wreck which
sunk off the mouth of Lough Swilly during WW1. The ship sank
with a huge amount of gold on board and the subsequent salvage
became the most successful in history. No more riches have ever
been recovered from a shipwreck since. Read
more and see images here.
Discovering a shipwreck is a unique opportunity
in itself however the discovery of a famous shipwreck is a once
in a lifetime occurrence. In june of 2001 Leigh Bishop &
and Captain Steve Wright discovered the whereabouts of the famous
Flying Enterprise lost during the early 1950's. With her stubborn
captain (Kurt Carlsen) still aboard the drama that unfolded
in the Atlantic Ocean became household news around the world.
But what was the ship carrying that caused the FBI to keep those
whom were there quite. Read
Many people ask me how I manage to capture some of the images
I have on display on this website as well as the dozens I have
published in magazines over the years. Now you can read yourself
as I have incorporated many FAQ within an online article over
the issues of deep wreck photography. This article is aimed
specifically at those with an interest in the approach to deep
shipwreck stills photography.
Click here .
|US Tanker Illinois shipwreck
The US tanker 'Illinois' departed from Port Arthur, Texas, USA
on February 17th 1917, with a cargo consigned to England was
on her return trip laden with ballast. On March 18th Northwest
of Cherbourg and approx. 20 miles north of Alderney in the very
heart of the English Channel and effectively the center of the
war zone between England & Germany she was sunk by German
more click here
The image to the right shows a single awesome 13.5inch gun and
turret of HMS Audacious sunk in 218ft depth off North
West Ireland, north Atlantic Ocean. The 23,000-ton Dreadnought
Audacious was the first major loss to the British Fleet during
the Great war. Click
here to visit an extensive image gallery of how the
wreck looks today, archive images of the ship sinking as well
as all the relative historic information. COMING SOON
At the end of WWII the Nazi ocean liner Wilhelm Gustloff was
sunk by a soviet submarine. When she sank she took with her
the lives of over 7700 people escaping the eastern front. The
sinking of the Gustloff became the worlds worst Martine disaster
hallmarking the history books for the end of the Nazi regime.
During May of 2003 US diver Mike Boring led an expedition to
film and photograph the wreck. Borings team consisted of UK
and US divers alongside Polish. Read the story of the expedition
and their adventure as the divers traveled to Northern Poland
to explore the wreck in the cold waters of the Baltic sea. These
pages are packed with images of both expedition and the wreck.
During world war two the Nazis were looted many treasures from
several country's they invaded. A priceless haul of Amber panels
was among treasures they looted from the Russians. The panels
once lined the walls of Russian castles and palaces Known as
the Amber Room its fame spread world wide. Many believe the
treasure was loaded aboard the Nazi Liner Wilhelm Gustloff as
she fled the break down of the Eastern Front with refugees.
7700 people lost their lives when the ship sank but did the
looted Amber go to the bottom of the Baltic sea with them. Find
out more from this report from the team that investigated the
The Ocean P&O liner 'Egypt' sank in 1922, she carried
cargo which included 1,083,527 sterling in gold and silver bullion
and specie approx. 10-tons of silver and 5-tons of gold! Today's
equivalent of over 56 million US Dollars! In 2001 the Starfish
Enterprise deep wreck diving team became the first technical
divers to visit the wreck. During the 1930's one of history's
most incredible salvage attempts recovered most of the gold
and silver. Leigh Bishop
was with the team that dived the wreck in 2001 & 2002
when he brought home the first images of the wreck from a depth
of 420ft! Read this incredible treasure story and see images
of the wreck and salvage job as well as images from the 2001-2002
technical diving expeditions. Click
U767 was just one of over 121 submarines and U-Boats
lost in the English channel since the 18th Century, 767 of
course a victim of World War Two along with 49 serving German
submariners. During an expedition in search of deep shipwrecks
off the North French coastline in July of 2002 Leigh
Bishop and his wreck diving team investigated an undived
U-Boat thought to be that of U767. The wreck investigated
that lie at a depth of 250ft in the cold waters of the English
Channel was in remarkable condition and has all the signs
of being that of 767 in question. Historic information indicates
U767 as having been lost within this close proximity of where
the team had been investigating unknown wrecks. read
HMS Charybdis sunk in 280ft depth during WW2 after she was hit
by torpedo fired from German Elbing Class boats. Today this
British 7500-ton anti aircraft light cruiser lies a the bottom
of the English Channel. The wreck remains within reasonable
condition and was extensively photographed by Leigh Bishop during
Keith Morris's 2001 technical diving expedition to the site.
here to read the entire story and view the image galleries.
HMS Limbournes bridge bell lying in the sand seabed deep in
the English channel at 280ft depth. Limbourne a British Hunt
class destroyer was lost on the same night as HMS Charybdis
when acting against enemy action as part of Operation Tunnel.
During 2002 Keith Morris's Charybdis 2001 team returned to French
waters with survivors of both shipwrecks to search for HMS Limbourne.
Read the complete story
here of Operation Tunnel and see expedition galleries, archive
galleries and images of how the divers found the wreck taken
by deep wreck photographer Leigh
During the May 2003 expedition to the Wilhelm Gustloff the team
spent some time diving other wrecks around the Baltic region.
One such wreck was that of a WWII German Mine Sweeper lost in
Danzig Bay north Poland. On return home the UK divers research
indicated this to be the M85,lost on return home after fierce
fighting after she stuck a mine laid by a Polish Submarine .
here to see a collection of still images of the wreck shot
by Brad Sheard & Leigh Bishop.
|Submarine wreck Expedition
Deep in the Clyde off Scotland's west coast 100m down rests
the submarine HMS Vandal. For a team of British technical divers,
unlocking the secrets as to her true and fatal loss was a challenge,
especially with the conditions given. Leigh
Bishop reports on the expedition for a DeepImage special.
Read about the results and the teams findings as well as seeing
the first images of the wreck as it lies today. These pages
are complete with expedition images as well as additional information
from the survivors and the Vandal association. click
During the summer wreck diving season of 1993 a classic Clipper
shipwreck was discovered by a team of British Deep wreck divers
off the English coastline. The team later went on to positively
identify the wreck as that of the lost Smyrna of 1888. Leigh
Bishop was with the team when the discovery of one of the
only known Clippers in the English Channel made history. Read
here all about this fantastic wreck dive and see underwater
images of the wreck as well as many of the fine examples of
artifacts recovered from 190ft depth .Click
here to find out more
Looking for some of the best deep wreck diving in the world
look no further its all here on deep image. During the Mid to
late 90's Alan Wright discovered many historically important
shipwrecks lost in deeper waters off Malin Head north west Ireland.
In recent years many deep British wreck divers have made this
a No1 destination after Gavin Haywood & Dan Stevenson chartered
the first of many expeditions to the area aboard Loyal Watcher
(pictured right) Although the wrecks had been fully explored
Leigh Bishop set out to Photograph these wrecks for the first
time using monochrome film. Click
here to read more about diving the wrecks of Malin Head.
The story of 'Empire Heritage' lost in convoy during WW2 carrying
a cargo of government stores which included Sherman tanks on
the decks. The shipwreck Empire Heritage sunk in 230ft depth
and now lies in the North Atlantic Ocean. The image to the right
shows two examples of literally dozens of tanks sunk with the
wreck in 1944. A full article including images of the wreck
will be published in the diving press soon then later here on
deep image. Watch this space.
click here to read more
This article makes focus on one of the worlds most successful
wreck diving teams. From the earliest days of European mixed
gas diving for mainstream sport divers the Starfish diving team
have explored famous shipwrecks around the world. Beginning
with the 300ft deep Lusitania off the south coast of Ireland
to the Britannic off Greece in 1998. This is the story of the
team edited by Christina Campbell and written by Leigh Bishop
from the early days through to 2002. Read about like minded
individuals who met through different walks of life and changed
sport diving history. Click
Wreck heaven in Northern Ireland is the title of Scott Laddiman's
article on the subject of the classic wreck diving that is offered
to tech divers off the Donegal coastline. Expressed with some
great digital underwater photos by Grannie Patton this article
backs up the Ireland features by Leigh Bishop on deepimage.
The article covers diving wrecks such as the Empire Heritage
Laurentic HMS Audacious and of course the magnificent RMS Justicia.
All articles and Photographs copyright Leigh Bishop