Past weekend our research vessel U-Boat Navigator embarked on its next adventure. This time, the team will be working in the proximity of some of the most beautiful areas of Italy – Capri, an island in the south part of Gulf of Naples.
H.M. Submarine P36, had a very short life. She left Portsmouth for Gibraltar in December 1941, then proceeded to join the famous 10th Submarine Flotilla at Malta (15 January 1942), which played so much havoc with convoys bound for North Africa during WWII. P36 was sunk on April 1, 1942.
Recently we’ve been working on the finishing touches on the canvas of the “The mystery of Britannic” project. As we’ve mentioned before, research vessel U-Boat Navigator with her crew embarked on another month-long expedition to the Kea Channel, the place where the “Britannic”, a hospital ship of his Majesty met her destiny in 1916. For one month the crew and a team of professional divers were engaged in this extremely engrossing project. Both, Triton 3300/3 and Triton 3300/1 MD were highly involved in the process of filming the conclusive shots.
Here’s another fantastic video made by the BBC reporters Paul Francis and Andrew Bomford, aboard U-Boat Navidator in Greece in June 2016.
Here you can watch the teamwork of our crew while launching the subs. It’s not an easy job – on some days the crew even has to do it several times a day. To ensure the safety of the subs and pilots every step is controlled by the members of the crew. It takes a while to build a great team and we were very lucky to have built it by now aboard our research vessel U-Boat Navigator.
U-Boat Navigator has returned to its port in Malta and we are going to share some photos from the concluding part of our Expedition to Britannic 2016.
After completing all preparations and training dives, our first full-scale dive was to SS Burdigala. We haven’t seen the beauty since last year and it was good to see her again.
The representatives of the BBC radio and BBC News have visited U-Boat’s expedition to Britannic 2016 in Greece.
Our pilot Dmitry Tomashov submerged in Triton 3300/3 to show the reporters around one of our favorite wrecks. Navigator’s crew and the technical divers team shared some of their experience, knowledge with the journalists and gave a brief introduction to the diving process.
Expedition to Britannic is at a full swing now, with more details to follow.
And so it begins… Early morning 3d June 2016, at about 6 o’clock, U-Boat Navigator with its crew and Triton subs onboard left port and headed North-East. The weather was lovely and it didn’t take too long for U-Boat Navigator to enter the Aegean Sea.
If you speak even a little Spanish, we recommend you check out this article about our expeditions to HMHS Britannic published by the leading Spanish diver’s magazine “Buceadores”.