Painting of Lusitania Wreck by Stuart Williamson
Welcome To The Lusitania Project ’17 Website
.This website tells the story of how the concept of diving the Lusitania became a reality for a diver from Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, who was diagnosed with a suspected possible life threatening illness in Sept 2016.
Fortunately the diver, Gerry Brown, got the all clear and went on to become part of an International Team of eight divers from Finland, England & Ireland to carry out numerous projects, beginning in Aug 2017.
August 10th to 01st September 2019 saw our third expedition to the Lusitania and on 23rd July 2020, we are back to Lusitania for 16 days. These dates may change due to the present COVID-19 pandemic, however the whole team is focused and determined to continue our work this year.
We tell of how we, like Oliver with cap in hand, first made contact with the Lusitania’s owner, Gregg Bemis, . We asked the big question in relation to gaining permission to dive, only to be asked by this remarkable man if we lived close to Annalong in County Down, Northern Ireland.
This question became the starter for a roller coaster ride of epic proportion with the relocation of one of the largest and most significant artefacts recovered from the Lusitania to date: A Lusitania lifeboat davit. This project in itself on land, became as exciting as the project dives, some 307ft, beneath the surface on the Lusitania.
In gaining permission for the relocation of the Lusitania lifeboat davit we had to deal with political parties from both extremes of the political divide and who at that particular time had walked out of Stormont, the seat of Parliament in Northern Ireland and could not agree in a way forward to govern the country. We met and negotiated between these politicians and others from all political parties and finally managed to gain unanimous agreement that The Lusitania Lifeboat Davit should be relocated from Annalong in Northern Ireland to The Kinsale Museum in Kinsale, in County Cork.
We will tell of how the team of eight divers in 2017 grew to team of fourteen in 2018. This year 2019 sees a Team of 32 Divers on our “Project 17” Exploration Dives on what is probably one of the most interesting and most famous diveable shipwrecks on the planet.
To date, some 105 years after its sinking, the Lusitania still carries a shroud of suspense, intrigue and whispers from the depths demanding some serious questions to be answered.
The answers to these questions lie at a depth of 93 metres, 11 miles past the Old Head of Kinsale in the murky cold waters of The Atlantic, where the wreck of The Lusitania lies patiently waiting on people with a passionate desire to discover the truth of what actually took place that day in 07th May 1915, costing the lives of 1201 souls.
In 2019 we managed to find plating that had collapsed, allowing access into the boilers. In 2020, one of our missions will be find out the conditions of the boilers. Their condition will confirm if the second explosion was caused by the boilers erupting or not?
The wreck of the Lusitania is Ireland’s largest monument and a mass grave that bears tragic witness to the country’s largest maritime disaster. All dives will only be with the owners’ permission and under a licence issued by The Department of Culture & Heritage/
In 2019, from 18th Aug to 01st September, due to the work load we had to complete, we had a Team of 24 Divers working on “Project 17” Exploration Dives. We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way in making our 2019 expedition an amazing success
The Re-location Of The Lusitania Lifeboat Davit
The story of how it all began for this project
Our dive teams who have participated over the years to undertake projects on the wreck
Newsprint articles, video links etc
Projects undertaken and planned for the future
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