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Shipwreck of heroic British explorer Ben Leigh Smith

From The Siberian Times   The name of Benjamin (Ben) Leigh Smith may not seem too familiar among Arctic explorers, but it should be. The intrepid explorer born into a radical English family named the cape where his vessel sank after being trapped between two giant icebergs after his famous relative Florence Nightingale, known as 'The Lady with the Lamp' for tending the wounded in the Crimean War, an English social reformer and statistician who is seen in her country as the founder of modern nursing.  On his fateful voyage which culminated in the fateful sinking of his elegant steam yacht, the Eira, a remarkable photograph records a meeting at sea with two other ships from Peterhead in Scotland, the Hope and the Eclipse. Leigh Smith invited on board the Eira the captains of both these ships and an historic picture records the occasion.  After the Eira sank, the crew...
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The Black Sea Shipwrecks graveyard - special video report

 ​ A shipwreck lover's dream has been discovered in the azure waters of the Black Sea: around 60 wrecks, from the Byzantine era to the 19th century, revealing 2,500 years of maritime history. Described as a "ship graveyard" due to the sheer numbers, the plethora of ships found is not only incredible but some of them are in astonishingly good shape too. The three-year project, Black Sea MAP , from the University of Southampton's Centre for Maritime Archeology and funded by the EEF, is one of the largest marine archeological projects ever staged, and to begin with it wasn't even searching for ships. Researchers set out to complete geophysical surveys of the Black Sea to study the effects of climate change and how it had changed the environment along the Bulgarian coast. However, they found a whole lot more in this submerged world. Photogrammetric model of a shipwreck from the...
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The Black Sea Shipwrecks graveyard

Report by Channel 4 on the Black Sea Shipwrecks discovery  2,400-year-old shipwrecks found in Black Sea A huge group of 60 perfectly preserved shipwrecks over 2,400 years old have been found in the Black Sea.The last time anyone laid eyes on them Socrates was alive and the Romans controlled the Mediterranean. Posted by Channel 4 News on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Original link Original author: Admin

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Authorities searching for missing police diver in Niagara River, Black Rock Canal

Hope is fading as emergency responders are into their eighth hour searching for a member of the Buffalo Police Department's underwater recovery team missing in the Niagara River. Buffalo police late Friday identified the missing diver as Craig Lehner, 34, a nine-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department and member of its Underwater Recovery Team. Lehner joined the department in 2008 and is serving as a K-9 officer. He has been with the dive team for about one year. Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda met with local members of Lehner's family at about 8:30 p.m. Fourteen members of the underwater recovery team were conducting their routine monthly training in the swift waters when the officer went missing at about 12:50 p.m., said Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo. Search efforts are still underway but police chaplains have been called to the scene at the foot of Ferry Street. The river is about...
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NAUI Becomes a Member of RSTC | NAUI Worldwide. Dive Safety Through Education

October 9, 2017 “We are pleased to have NAUI as a member of the RSTC,” said Tom Leaird, RSTC President. “For the RSTC, it’s important that we have the broadest representation from the industry to ensure the most comprehensive policy development. As one of the world’s leading training agencies, having NAUI represented provides even more creditability to our efforts.” NAUI was one of five training agencies that initially participated in discussions in 1985 that led to the formation of the RSTC, but ultimately declined membership at that time due to other organizational and operational priorities. However, even without formal membership, NAUI remained informed and engaged through its members who served on the council in various capacities. “Even though NAUI was not a member of the council, we have always been aware and supportive of the important work being done by the RSTC,” said Dallas Edmiston, Executive Director of NAUI. “We...
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The Value of Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are valuable because they protect tropical shorelines from damage by storm waves. A recent World Bank study suggests that each square meter of coral reef in the Caribbean protects $ 47,000 in property.Coral reefs provide hundreds of thousands of people with income and food from fishing. A coral reef in prime condition can produce over 20 tons of protein per square kilometer a year. Tourism is a major source of income for many tropical island nations. Caribbean reefs alone are worth around $ 140 billion per year in tourism dollars. At the global level, scientists believe that by taking up calcium carbonate from seawater, corals create carbon sinks which lessen the impact of the green house gasses involved in global warming. Coral reefs are home to such a vast array of animals and plants that only a small fraction of them have so far been described. More and...
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Winners never quit!

"Winners never quit, and quitters never win." Original link Original author: Super

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Benefits if you hire professional divemasters

3 MIN READ Do guests sometimes complain (online or offline) they haven’t got the attention they expected or questions answered? Does it sometimes feel your dive instructors are running low on energy? Sometimes guests write on TripAdvisor they were rushed or the dive instructor was not listening to them or the dive groups were too big. I know you need dive instructors to teach courses. That’s how you make a part of your revenue. However, I have been a divemaster for two seasons and I noticed quite a few advantages of having a divemaster in the team and out there on the boats. Today, I share the benefits you can have when you hire professional divemasters. (By the way, I am extremely excited to read your opinion in the comments later) By the way, if you are a divemaster it might be helpful to know how you qualify for divemaster...
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