The 2015 expedition went to Scapa Flow, in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. The Germans scuttled the Imperial High Seas Fleet here in 1919. BAREG divers spent a week exploring these wrecks. They report only by diving on sunken battleships can one comprehend this pinnacle of industrial revolution-era nautical architecture.
The first Battle of the Atlantic in World War I was a hard-fought campaign. U-boats made occasional attacks off the US East Coast. In 2015, BAREG divers collected measurements and video of an unknown wreck off North Carolina’s Diamond Shoals. Using the data and archival research, BAREG determined the long-unidentified wreck was the steamship SS Merak. The U-140 sank it in the summer of 1918.
Since the 2015 expedition, the Group has been to Bell Island, Newfoundland. Here they dove in the cold waters of Conception Bay.
The next expedition went to the Normandy coast of France, where they explored wrecks associated with the Allied invasion of France on D-Day.
Two upcoming international expeditions will return to sites previously visited.
This year, the Group will return to the English Channel off the coast of France. Here they will continue their exploration of D-Day wrecks.
In 2020, BAREG will return to Bell Island for more dives on the wrecks of Conception Bay. Those certified at the TDI Full Cave level or equivalent will also explore the iron ore mines on Bell Island during the 2020 trip.