IWD: Emily Turton is elected to the Explorers Club as a 'Fellow'

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IWD: Emily Turton is elected to the Explorers Club as a 'Fellow'

March 08, 2019 - 16:56
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The Explorers Club was founded in New York in 1904 "to promote the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences".

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The Explorers Club members carry out or assist in field science expeditions to study unknown or little known destinations or phenomena in order to gain knowledge for humankind.

You need not have climbed Everest or dived to the deepest point in the ocean. Individuals should have got their hands dirty and their feet wet working in the field on documented scientific expeditions. The Explorers Club

There are six membership levels: Fellows, Members, Friends of the Club, Student Members, Term Membership and Corporates.


You , the Explorers Club makes that decision. A Fellow will have made documented contributions to scientific knowledge through field expeditions. Such accomplishments are often evidenced by scientific publication, but may also be documented in books, popular media, or broadcast media.

Turton's Work

Emily Turton is a respected skipper, rebreather diver, a founding member of the Aviation Research Group Orkney and Shetland (ARGOS), and one of the driving forces behind the #.

Recently she has lead a team who have devoted thousands of hours documenting three major shipwrecks in Scotland. Turton organised licensed surveys of three capital ships in and around Scapa Flow. The resulting surveys of HMS Hampshire (Devonshire-class armoured cruiser), HMS Royal Oak (Revenge-class battleship) and (St Vincent Class battleship) will become a useful resource because the work done and the material produced is of a very high standard.

It is a privilege and an honour to be part of such a renowned organisation. I am thrilled that we will be able to share our valuable work with fellow explorers. Emily Turton

The most recent survey - HMS Royal Oak - was conducted in collaboration with the Royal Navy and the Royal Oak Association. One of the aims of this survey is to share imagery and raise the profile of the ship, so that the boys and men who were lost 80 years ago (this year) are never forgotten. The results are currently being processed, and will be made widely available during the course of 2019.