Shipwreck, surely a word to strike fear into the hearts of sailors and raise a sense of
ghoulish anticipation from land lovers hoping for a good disaster story.
But while the Titanic is perhaps the most famous shipwreck story of all time, there
have been countless others. Most involving everyday ships and their crews. Vessels
and people now long forgotten.
Much like the small hand built model of a yacht called Skye lurking at the back of a
storage room in a local museum.
As a diver I’ve come across the remains of many shipwrecks, most now
unrecognisable as ships, simply piles of wreckage lying on the sea bed. The names
of these ships and their crews and their stories now forgotten. Much like the yacht
Diving on an underwater shipwreck can be a moving experience. Thoughts turn to
the various bits and pieces of wreckage and to pick up an artefact that you know was
last handled by one of the crew, possible only moments before the vessel went down
can be an eerie experience.
Seeing the model of the yacht provides similar thoughts. Who actually built it and
what were his thoughts as the model neared completion and of course will we ever