Friday, February 01, 2008


Award for wreck researcher


Dive Magazine
February 01, 2008

Photo: Stuart Bryan

A Gloucestershire marine historian has received an award in recognition of his work identifying almost 70 wrecks in a canal near the River Severn.

Paul Barnett has researched, named and documented the scuttled vessels, which range from locally built river trading craft to Second World War concrete barges, with the support of the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and Heritage Lottery Fund. His research has highlighted the historic importance of the site, according to the NAS.

Barnett (pictured, left) was presented with the Adopt A Wreck award by BSAC chairman Marcus Allen. BSAC is among a number of organisations, including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the NAS, that judge the award each year.

A runner-up award was given to Gary Green of the Organisation for the Research of Coastal Artefacts (pictured, right) for its work in Yorkshire's Filey Bay, which is peppered with the remains of wrecked vessels.


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