It’s mid-November, 2018, and the last day of the season for Grahame Knott and his fellow divers of the Deeper Dorset group. They’ve been searching for a particular wreck at the bottom of the English Channel for a decade now. Their sonar shows something interesting and then their underwater camera reveals a wheel. Have they found what they’ve been looking for after all those years?
The English Channel is a popular place for wreck diving. This stretch of sea that lies between southern England and northern France is just some 22 miles across at its narrowest point. Granted, many divers prefer the warmer waters of the likes of the Red Sea or the Caribbean. But for keen wreck hunters, many believe the English Channel is unbeatable.
And that’s despite the cold, the often poor visibility and the inherent risks of diving in the world’s busiest commercial shipping lane. But there are an enormous number of wrecks to explore. English Channel waters have seen countless conflicts over the centuries, not to mention air battles during the 20th century’s two world wars.