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Should the pillaging of wrecks be controlled?

Discussion in 'Shipwrecks' started by Suggsy, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Badknees

    Badknees Meg Pilot (retired) and Forum KGB

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    To be fair to AG he deposits more silt on the wreck than anything he ever takes off.

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  2. Suggsy

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    We'll what?
     
  3. Pete

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    Nothing more than underwater thieves
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  4. Major Clanger

    Major Clanger P-Plated Meg Diver

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    Is it illegal or not? If not, there's just opinion.
     
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    PORTHOLE NUMBER 3 TODAY

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  6. Roy

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    Bit late for that is it not - about 40 years too late.
     
  7. Major Clanger

    Major Clanger P-Plated Meg Diver

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    Many of these rust buckets are just what's left after they have been swept and salvaged are they not? Hardly a good example for the authorities to set if they're concerned about divers getting all weepy eyed about them.
     
  8. Suggsy

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    Why hasn't anyone lifted the bikes off the thistlegorm yet?
     
  9. Major Clanger

    Major Clanger P-Plated Meg Diver

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    War grave
     
  10. Suggsy

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    Hasn't stopped the trophy hunters thus far.
     
  11. Major Clanger

    Major Clanger P-Plated Meg Diver

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    Nope, down to awareness and integrity. Strictly speaking it shouldn't be dived at all IIRC but a blind eye gets turned due to the revenue it generates.
     
  12. Gareth Burrows

    Gareth Burrows Super Moderator
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    The last thing we need to do is attract the attention of legislators to this sport. First it will be illegal to lift anything, pretty soon it will be illegal to dive anything. This sport is mercifully free from legal nonsense and is best kept that way.

    Wrecks are slowly disintegrating. I would rather a porthole sat on someone's table for a few decades having been lovingly restored than lie undetectable and slowly rotting under a mountain of collapsed iron plates on the bottom of the sea.
     
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  13. big si

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    Recently a few of us witnessed a couple of divers bringing up about a quarter of a tonne of copper pipes, apparently they do this every dive and dive a few times a week.
     
  14. madmark1

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    EBAY 002.jpg EBAY 001.jpg BRASS PORTHOLE NOW BEEN DONATED TO WHITBY LIFE BOAT MUSEUM, come and have a look
     
  15. Major Clanger

    Major Clanger P-Plated Meg Diver

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    Chuck it back, it's not even brass.
     
  16. Suggsy

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    I see you've left it at the dump.
     
  17. neilh

    neilh Well-Known Member

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    Not even got glass in it :)
     
  18. aquanaut

    aquanaut Well-Known Member

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    People i have no doubt take these things with the best intentions of cleaning,restoring and putting it somewhere nice to be admired and bring back memories and some do :) . Reality i think may very often a little different , many remain unrestored in the back yard , in the cupboard Ect. Then after a period of time, ends up in the bin :( due to lack of time and or lost interest and it just being in the way, as is the case with many things in our lives.

    I agree overtime these items will be lost when the wreck finally collapses , but while it has not, these items surely just add to the experience of the dive which is better than adding to a land fill. No criticism intended just my opinion.
     
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    BRASS PORTHOLE NOW BEEN DONATED TO WHITBY LIFE BOAT MUSEUM, come and have a look
     

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