The Magazine for Underwater Professionals
Definition: “Rubbish left in an open or public place.”
That’s simple enough, isn’t it? And litter should be removed, shouldn’t it? This is especially so if that litter is responsible for continuing to kill sea life, isn’t it?
So why should the MMO want to make money out of volunteers removing litter from the seabed? And why should the MMO prosecute volunteers who remove litter from the seabed if they don’t have one of its licences?
100 years ago
In November 1917 John Edward Pearce, aged 75, a famous diver of Whitstable sadly lost his life. Amongst his great achievements was his salvage of the wreck of the Orient in Sydney Harbour, Australia, and for cleaning the bottom of the Great Eastern. He was single-handedly piloting a yacht from Rochester to Whitstable when it was caught in a storm and drifted into the pier at Herne Bay. His body was later washed ashore at Reculver.
150 years ago
In December 1867 a hurricane ravaged the island of St Thomas in the Caribbean. Several ships were sunk in the harbour taking down with them many sailors. Divers recovered a number of bodies using a Siebe diving apparatus borrowed from the dockyard at Antigua. Several further sets of Siebe diving apparatus were sent out from Liverpool together with a group of experienced divers on the steamer Derwent.