A number of projects have been started under the umbrella of the SHIPS Project. These smaller projects are diving projects where shipwreck sites are investigated by divers, they are recording projects that gather information, projects run by students at the University of Plymouth and research projects recording information in books and archives.
The projects are run by different people or groups and are co-ordinated by the SHIPS Project. The Project web site is used to publish the results of the smaller projects, to help exchange information between different groups and to help find resources to get each project completed.
- Fieldwork Projects
- The Jennycliff Wall Project: Survey, mapping and identification of the Jennycliff Wall
- The Liberty70 Project : Recording and mapping the James Eagan Layne
- Identifying geophysical targets in and around Plymouth Sound (with Plymouth University)
- Survey the remains of the Poulmic (for the NAS Adopt-a-Wreck scheme)
- Locating and recording heritage on the foreshore of Plymouth Sound and its Estuaries (with the Thames Discovery Programme)
- The Roman River Crossing Project, near Calstock, Cornwall
- The search for the 'submarine' Maria lost in Plymouth Sound in 1774
Fieldwork is undertaken with the help of local volunteers, students from the universities at Plymouth, Bristol and Oxford, Nautical Archaeology Society members and local dive clubs.
- Collaboration Projects
- Geophysical survey of the Coronation (1691) off Penlee Point (with the Coronation Project team)
- Recording the SS Rosehill in Whitsand Bay (with Totnes BSAC for the NAS Adopt-a-Wreck scheme)
- Recording of the Mewstone Cannon Site (with Plymouth Diving Centre for NAS Adopt-a-Wreck scheme)
- Survey of the yacht Glen Strathallan (with Aquanauts for the NAS Adopt-a-Wreck scheme)
- Recording Projects
- 'Stray Finds'
- Mount Edgcumbe House Museum - Metta Catharina Exhibit
- The Guns of Plymouth
- Adopting Archives
Collecting unwanted research papers, documents and photographs about sites in Plymouth and elsewhere. The archives are scanned then the original documents and photographs are depositied with an appropriate museum or institution.
- University Projects (with Plymouth University and the University of Bristol)
Recording, photographing and drawing objects recovered from Plymouth Sound, with the information published on the Finds pages
Supporting the creation and development of a museum exhibition and archive for the Metta Catharina wreck
Recording the big guns and cannons in and around Plymouth Sound
Recording anchors for the BigAnchorProject
- Research Projects
- Plymouth Shipwreck Database
A database of all of the recorded shipwrecks in Plymouth
- Early Trade in the South-West
Research into the early trade in tin and other metals in South Devon
- The Liberty 70 Project, the story of the S.S.James Eagan Layne
The story of the life and loss of the liberty ship S.S. James Eagan Layne and her subsequent use as a dive site. For the Liberty 70 Project.
- The loss of the Royal Navy ships in and around Plymouth
Research into the loss of HMS Pallas (1798), HMS Amethyst (1811), HMS Fearless (1804) etc.
- Technology Projects
- Marine Magnetometers in Archaeology (with CISMAS, Geosa and Marine Magnetics)
- Seabed Mapping with Multibeam Echo Sounders (with Swathe Services)
- Subsea positioning for shipwreck mapping (with Sonardyne International Ltd.)
- The use of submersibles for maritime archaeology (with MSubs Ltd.)
If you would like to be involved with the SHIPS Project then please contact us.