This project was commissioned by Historic England. The aim was to produce a web based site tour for each of the designated wreck sites in the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of Scilly is an archipelago situated some 45km to the west of the Cornish peninsula. There are currently five designated wreck sites situated within the Scilly Isles; Tearing Ledge, Association, Bartholomew Ledges, HMS Colossus and the Wheel Wreck.

The first phase of the project was the recording of high resolution multi-beam data for each of the five sites. This was undertaken by Mark James of MSDS Marine. The multi-beam data was then used to model the topography around each of the sites in the 3D models. The second phase comprised the collection of photographs and video from each of the sites to illustrate the virtual tours. This was accomplished by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Maritime Archaeology Society (CISMAS). The final phase was the production of web-based virtual site tours for the Tearing Ledge, HMS Association, Bartholomew Ledges and the Wheel Wreck and the enhancement of the existing HMS Colossus virtual dive trail. This work was undertaken by Tom Goskar and Kevin Camidge.

Find out about our approach and philosophy for these 3D site plans.


CISMAS dive team
The CISMAS dive team undertook the photographic survey of the sites:

  • Matthew Andrews
  • Sharon Austin
  • Kevin Camidge
  • Jeff Dicker
  • Andy Grant
  • Brendon Rowe

Tom Goskar
3D processing and interpretation, website build.

Terry Hiron
Very kindly supplied copies of photographs showing objects recovered from the wreck of the Association, and also supplied a copy of his site plan made in 1978.

Alison James
Historic England Case Officer.

Mark James
‘MSDS Marine’, who undertook the multi-beam echo sounder survey.

David McBride
Supplied video footage which he had shot on the Bartholomew Ledges site in 2004, when much of the site had been cleared of kelp.

Ted Mole
Valuable assistance with interpretation of the Wheel Wreck interpretation.