|Title||Special Interest Webinars|
|Code||SIW HDS IRELAND18636|
|Date||06 May 2021|
|SIW HDS Ireland||£3||Book now|
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The Historical Diving Society Present...
Historic Diving in Ireland
Edward Bourke HDS member
The research from the volumes of Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast that I prepared some years ago yielded many accounts of early diving in Ireland from the 1588 Armada to Victorian times. Several of the early pioneers of helmet diving worked in Irish waters mainly seeking sunken treasure from wrecks. In the earlier period free divers raised cannon from the Armada wrecks. Diving bells were used on harbour works and in some limited shipwreck exploration. From the 1830s helmet divers sought treasure wherever it was suspected. I have managed to link stories of diving often with vague locations to specific wrecks and traced any newspaper accounts relating to their adventures. The talk will explore these pioneers, their work and degree of success.