diving shipwreck

Our introduction to Tobermory wreck diving started with the classic Sweepstakes wreck.

The Sweepstakes was a two-masted 119-foot schooner built in Burlington, Ontario, Canada in 1867. It suffered serious damage off Cove Island, not far from Tobermory, in 1885, and was towed into Big Tub Harbour in Tobermory. Unable to repair it in time, it sank in the harbour where it can be visited today. Given the shallow depth of 20 feet, it makes for an easy dive, and is also visited by snorkelers and tourists aboard glass-bottom boats.

Sunken ships and their contents are quickly taken over by sea creatures and plant-life underwater.

A large coral has grown on this terracotta Roman wine storage jar, which was made on Sicily around 275–300 AD. It was found in the shipwreck of a small Roman merchant ship which sunk in stormy weather near Levanzo. See it on display in our current‪ Storms, War & Shipwrecks‬ exhibition.

Known as ‘red gold’, coral from the Sicilian seas is highly prized for its colour varying from light pink to deep red. Coral has been harvested by divers for thousands of years for craftsmen to create beautiful jewellery and ornaments.

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Shipwreck diving sneak peek! Such a unique experience! I need to learn to equalize the pressure faster, and hold my breath longer. Can’t wait to do it again!!! Proper video coming soon!
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Scandinavian FolkloreDragons

It may surprise some people that it was very common to believe in dragons not too long ago in Scandinavia.

In appearance the Scandinavian dragon actually bears more resemblance to Asian dragons than they do with modern Western depictions. The Scandinavian dragon looked, for the most part, like an enormous snake with wings, and sometimes tiny legs and arms.

Dragons generally made their home inside mountains and mounds of stone. Occasionally, they would emerge in the night to survey the area. When this happened you could often see then as a fiery shadow in the darkness.

The dragons greedily hoarded treasures and guarded it closely.  They collected this treasure in different ways, often keeping a close eye on where the people hid their gold, and patiently waiting for turbulent times, when they would sweep in and steal it away. Dragon could also often be seen near shipwrecks, diving for treasure that sank with the ship.

When the dragon lay down to watch over its treasure, it often transformed itself, and would appear to the eye not as the monster it truly was, but as a hen or swan. Sometimes it was even completely invisible, a small flame being the only sign the treasure was watched over.

So then, if you even managed to locate a dragon and its treasure, I’m sure the first thing you’d like to know is ‘’how do I rob this fire-breathing monster?’’ and don’t despair, my ancestors totally had a strategy for that. You know, just in case.

First of all, timing is important. Midsummer’s eve holds a special place in Scandinavian folklore, it is a time when magic seeps through the earth and makes everything stronger, easier. You will have to treat the whole matter with the outmost respect, and be completely quiet the entire time. Like most creatures in our folklore, the dragon enjoyed testing the heart of men.

The man who behaved badly and aggressively would meet their end quickly. It wouldn’t do to just shove the treasure’s guardian, you had to lift the hen or swan, that the dragon shapeshifted into, gently aside. If you did this you may take as much of the treasure you could carry and walk away alive.

fleshsthetic  asked:

Which is your favourite building that you've explored?

The most interesting place I’ve ever explored wasn’t a building but a shipwreck – the wreck of the SS Coolidge, in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. It was a troop transport during WWII that hit a mine and sunk, and it had to be abandoned so quickly that it’s still full of helmets and jeeps and lots of old food rations and tons of strange things. A night dive I did inspired a scene in Miss Peregrine, where Jacob and Emma dive to a shipwreck – which in turn inspired a crazy-amazing scene in the movie, which I can’t tell you much about except OMIGOD. 

I wrote about the shipwreck for mentalflossr when I worked for them years ago: http://mentalfloss.com/article/21403/strange-geographies-exploring-wwii-shipwreck

Vanuatu is an amazing country full of amazing people but it was hit by a devastating cyclone earlier this year, and now they’re having an unprecedented drought (in the south pacific! where it rains all the time!). here’s an organization that’s doing great work, and taking donations to help: