One man with a passion for Cornwall’s wrecks is David Gibbins, an archaeologist who specializes in underwater finds. The child of two academic scientists, Gibbins grew up exploring the world’s oceans. Indeed, he learned to dive the shipwrecks of Canada when he was just 15 years old.
As an adult, Gibbins has skippered underwater expeditions around the world, as well as authoring a series of novels based around the fictional exploits of maritime archaeologist Jack Howard. And in 2015, he founded Cornwall Maritime Archaeology alongside Mark Milburn, an experienced scuba diver.
With a team of volunteer divers, Gibbins and Milburn set out to explore the historic sites off Cornwall’s coast. And soon, they were uncovering significant finds such as a 17th century shipwreck at Rill Cove near Helston. They also came across the remains of the Schiedam, a Dutch merchant vessel that sank in Gunwalloe Church Cove around the same time.