The trail is based around the protected wreck of a HMS/mA1 which is the first British-designed submarine used by the navy that sank in 1911 in the Solent.
An underwater information guide for divers visiting the site has been designed that will aid navigation and assist visitors in recognising features on the HMS/m A1 submarine wreck.
The project was launched by the English Heritage as part of an initiative to create up to a dozen trails by 2018 for historic wreck sites from the 17th to 20th centuries. Trails are already running on three sunken warships including HMS Colossus in 1787, which off sank off the Isles of Scilly.
The Coronation sunk off the coast of Plymouth in 1691 and the Norman’s Bay sank during the Battle of Beachy Head in 1690 in Sussex.
Diving with Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS)
Every year the NAS offers chances to dive the A1 Submarine Protected Wreck site (15m maximum) along with the wreck of HMS Invincible (lost in 1758; 14m maximum depth). Please visit their Calendar page for a list of dates. Additional dates can be made available for group bookings of eight divers on demand. Contact the NAS.
An underwater information guide for divers visiting the site has been designed that will aid navigation and assist visitors in recognising features on the wreck. The guide can be downloaded here.
The NAS intends to continue to develop and administer the trail and to look for new mechanisms to promote the experience of diving on this underwater cultural heritage asset.