Category Archives: Interviews

Firsthand report on diving to HMHS Britannic

Now that we are back to filming in our home waters in Malta, we’d like to present a throwback video, from when the representatives of the BBC visited our research vessel. Here’s an interview with our Triton 3300/3 submersible pilot Dmitry Tomashov. Dmitry tells us about the standard procedures before diving, talks about his experience and about...
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Interview with David Concannon

David Concannon, Vice President for Flag & Honors of The Explorers Club, visited the board of U-Boat Navigator in June 2015, with the group of technical divers from the US and Italy, in order to dive and explore the famous wreck of HMHS Britannic. The group of scientists consisting of Richie Kohler, Michael Barnette, Evan...
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Interview with Kostas Thoctarides

During a stay at Kea, U-Boat Navigator crew met Kostas Thoctarides. Kostas is the most accomplished professional diver in Greece, with a real deep passion for history and wreck exploration. He owns Planet Blue diving center in Lavrio, conducts wreck research and  also writes books. “Shipwrecks of the Greek seas. Dive into their history” (Kostas...
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HMS Olympus: a historical note

During the Second World War, due to the difficulty of passing convoys to Malta, submarines were used to run essential supplies to the island. Among those which contributed towards this hazardous task was HMS Olympus (N35), which unfortunately, in the early hours of 8th May 1942, few kilometers off the coast of Malta, is said that hit a mine and sunk.

HMS Olympus, an O- or Odin-Class submarine, was commissioned in 1930. This class submarine measured 86.5 meters length, 6.1 meters width and had a draft of 4.9 meters. Her displacement was 1,781 tons surfaced and 2,038 tons when submerged.

From 1931-1939 HMS Olympus formed part of the 4th Flotilla operating out of Hong Kong. After that she was with the 8th Flotilla, in Colombo, Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka). In 1940 she was redeployed to the Mediterranean.

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Simon Mills: “Interest in the Britannic is now a lot bigger than it was 20 years ago”

U-Boat Navigator expedition to Britannic in 2013 opened new horizons for the research team agenda. Explorers are planning to get back to the famous wreck during the 2014 to broaden perspectives for camera shooting. Meanwhile, we have a talk with the Britannic’s owner, renowned maritime historian Simon Mills.

– Do you remember the moment you decided to buy the wreck? – As it happens I remember it very clearly. It was actually July of 1996 that I first heard that the UK Government’s former title to the wreck of the HMHS Britannic was up for sale…

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Sergey Veksler: “After each immersion you resurface being a new man”

Renowned Russian actor Sergey Veksler plunged to the bottom of the Kea Channel (Greece) during the expedition to the wreck of HMHS Britannic.

‘The appetite for the action reigns on the surface. But here, at depth, you feel an incredible tranquility. All you want is to keep silent and reflect, meditate. After each immersion you resurface being a new man’… – he says.

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