• Over the centuries the area between Stennis Ledges and Chesil beach has seen the loss of literally hundreds of ships. Apart from a small, dedicated band of local enthusiasts very little work has been done to locate and document the sites.
• During the Second World War many aircraft were lost at sea. The Shipwreck Project has discovered a few and intend to try and locate more. In recent times we have learnt much more about identifying various types of aircraft and the individual aircraft itself. The SWP may be able to provide some answers for living relatives.
• The battle of Portland. This is a huge undertaking to try and find evidence of ships sunk during the first Anglo Dutch war. The SWP team has already spent much time researching this and initial sidescan data needs to be investigated.
• Photograph and document the condition of wartime and modern day wrecks and carry out a sidescan survey of each site.
The driving force behind the project is Weymouth-based skipper and wreck researcher, Grahame Knott. Grahame has owned and operated several charter boats in the Weymouth area, the most well known being the Wey Chieftain. After many years locating and diving Channel shipwrecks Grahame has become more and more involved in the research and history behind them. Diving in Grahame's eyes has become a little stale; the same format of a wreck and reef dive on the popular tourist wrecks has not changed over many years. Some divers dive for diving's sake and although there is nothing wrong with that Grahame sees diving as the vehicle to get him where he wants to be namely a wreck and then a whole world beyond diving exists in discovering the wrecks identity, how it got there, who built it, who was on it, are there any survivors or relatives with a story to tell etc. Beyond this again he sees a necessity to record, document and monitor sites many of which are of historical importance. Grahame has set up the shipwreck project to share his knowledge and experience with others and give them the chance to help undertake essential research before history is lost forever. (Visit Grahame's The Shipwreck Project pages and check out the regular updates).