British shipwreck discovery

Date: 1/8/2007

British deep wrecks divers have identified one of the many deep unknown steamships lying off the south Cornish coast by the recovery of the ship’s bell. The SS Noya, sunk off the Lizard in 1917, lay undisturbed for 88 years until she was discovered by British deep wreck divers in June 2005. One of the divers, Leigh Bishop, said the wreck was one of dozens they were investigating and trying to identify off the Lizard Point over the last five years. The Noya was discovered at 78m as a result of an d survey in the area and found the wreck to be scattered amongst heavy sand dunes. The highest point of the wreck was the twin double ended scotch boilers and engine machinery. The remainder of the wreck had broken down to seabed level. The team returned to the area to continue diving in early June. London diver Mark Bullen discovered the ship’s bell but could not release it. The many years of marine growth had concreted the bell tightly against the windlass and required some degree of work to release it. On 8 June the divers returned to the site and Weymouth skipper Ian Taylor hooked a shot line to the bow section. Mark Bullen (left) and regular partner Leigh Bishop (right) descended to the wreck and released the bell.

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