This includes a record-breaking £1 million copper haul 1,250m underwater from a French cargo ship lost off the coast of Spain. However it was cancelled after the deat… After 50 years, Alec remains fascinated by the underwater world of marine salvage. Page 12 has a lengthy list of the passengers. First Class occupied spaces on all four decks, most of which was dedicated to an array of spacious and comfortable single, two-berth and three-berth cabins. Arriving from Asia, the RMS. [2], The ship ran aground on the Shaalds on the morning of 8 September, approximately 2.5 nautical miles (5 km) east of Foula's southern tip. Deep below the waves, thousands of shipwrecks lie hidden on the ocean floor around Scotland, and diver Alec Crawford has made his fortune by hunting – and finding – their lost treasures. Twelve pages, a bit irregular at the spine, good condition. It was there Alec, then 23, and his diving partner Simon Martin discovered “an undiveable wreck”, the RMS Oceanic, one of the largest and most luxurious liners of its time. Whether diving among shallow wartime wrecks submerged off the Western Isles or remotely exploring a lost luxury liner 3,000 metres deep in the Mediterranean, Alec’s profitable hauls include precious gems, personal artefacts, gigantic brass propellers and even a few famous whisky bottles. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Department of Commerce. “The receiver of the wreck, who lived on Barra, used to come out with us on our boat, the Dewy Rose. [2], On 7 August 1901 in a heavy fog, near Tuskar Rock, Ireland, Oceanic was involved in a collision with the small Waterford Steamship Company SS Kincora, sinking the smaller vessel and killing seven. El RMS Oceanic fue un transatlántico británico de la naviera White Star Line, construido por los astilleros Harland & Wolff en Belfast.El 6 de septiembre de 1899 inició su viaje inaugural. In the late 1890s the White Star Line's existing prestige liners Majestic and Teutonic, both launched in 1889, had become outmoded due to rapid advances in marine technology: Their competitors the Cunard Line had introduced the Campania and Lucania in 1893, and from 1897 the German Norddeutscher Lloyd began introducing four new Kaiser-class ocean liners which included the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. Unbeknown to Smith, this put the ship onto a course between the island and the reef just south of it. From here she proceeded north to Shetland travelling continuously on a standard zigzag course as a precaution against being targeted by U-boats. [5][2], Oceanic was launched on 14 January 1899; an event which was watched by over 50,000 people. Luckily, neither cut short his diving career. Triple expansion reciprocating engines; 28,000 horsepower. “At the time, that dive was just a fun day out for us. On 3rd June 1907, while in New York, Oceanic suffered approximately $5,000 to $10,000 worth of damage after a fire broke out in No. Government gives go-ahead for the first research into rollout as clinicians criticise decision to delay the second dose of vaccine, Chiefs refuse to ban use of ‘unapproved’ force to restrain prisoners despite inmate’s violent death, Daughter of comic icon Chic Murray backs Sunday Post campaign for statue of Billy Connolly to sit alongside Big Yin’s lifelong hero, What have they got to hide? She was the first Allied passenger ship to be lost in the war.[2]. She was named after their first successful liner RMS Oceanic of 1870, and was to be the first ship to exceed Brunel's SS Great Eastern in length, although not in tonnage. “It was worth a lot of money,” recalls Alec. Close-up of Titanic's bow. Saved by Geoff Murray. She sailed on her maiden voyage on 6 September 1899 and was the largest ship in the world until 1901. At the very aft end of the deck were the Third Class Smoke Room and General Room, as well as the galley. The depth of the wreck varies, being at average around 50 feet below the surface. “It’s easy to get to know people well on the islands so we made some very good friends. It was extraordinary to see it all, and the most amazing moment came when I was going along the side of the Titanic and the bright lights of the submersible reflected off a portal and came right back, it was like the ship was winking at me. [16], Commander Smith is said to have come ashore at the remote island’s tiny pier, and on looking back out to sea toward his stranded ship two miles away, commented that the ship would stay on the reef as a monument and nothing would move it. In 1905, Oceanic was the first White Star Line ship to suffer a mutiny, which resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of 35 stokers upset with the officers over working conditions. Originally from Lewis, she joined Alec, Simon and John-Andrew, as they continued to sweep the Oceanic debris. Oceanic was to patrol the waters from the North Scottish mainland to the Faroes, in particular the area around Shetland. “We had a lot more freedom. Single men were berthed in five compartments at the forward end of the vessel (two on the Saloon deck, three on the Main deck), each of which were laid out in a rather novel design of open berths. For these duties, she carried Royal Marines and Captain William Slayter RN was appointed in command. 1 However following the death of the company chairman Thomas Ismay in November 1899 the order was postponed and then cancelled. Funnily enough, he said the bottles were not worth the paperwork and gave us verbal permission for the dive. “There was perfect visibility down there. As attempts to dispose of the White Star Line ship at that time, only succeeded in dismantling her to the waterline, another salvage operation had to be carried out in 1979 to clear the remaining wreckage from the site. The ship broke in two pieces, which came to rest 590 metres (approx. It was while working wrecks off the Fair Isle in 1973 that Alec and Simon learned of the White Star liner Oceanic that had sunk in 1914 after striking a reef called the Shaalds of Foula. [2], An inaccurate fix of their position was made on the night of 7 September by navigator Lieutenant David Blair RNR (previously assigned to, then reassigned from, the Titanic). Get a round-up of stories from The Sunday Post every week. ! Alec and Moya’s four children all spent time at sea with their parents and have gone on to work in different underwater engineering, diving and salvaging jobs. The same scaling-down was seen with the Second Class dining room, which could seat 148, and the array of comfortable two-berth and four-berth cabins. The smaller of the two Saloon deck compartments was designated for married couples. She was powered by two four-cylinder triple expansion engines, which were when constructed the largest of their type in the world, and could produce 28,000 ihp[4][5][2], In order to build the ship a new 500 ton overhead gantry crane had to be constructed at the yard in order to lift the material necessary for the ship's construction. In effect therefore Oceanic had two captains, and this would lead to confusion about the chain of command. Chirnside, Mark. “I still work in equipment design part-time but I can’t get a medical certificate to go to sea any more. The ship was named after the company's first successful liner RMS Oceanic(from 1870) which itself was named after the company, and was intended to be its flagship. “For two young lads, it was a very lucrative haul and set us both up for life,” said Alec, who, now 72, can no longer take part in salvage missions at sea but has written about the shipwrecks that defined his early diving career in his first book, Treasure Island: True Tales Of A Shipwreck Hunter. Nearby towns include Lower Prospect and Terence Bay. The RMS Oceanic is the White Star Line ship built exclusively for speed. The marine salvage expert has spent more than 50 years on and under the water as he plundered 74 of an estimated three million shipwrecks around the world for valuable scrap metal and missing cargo. In the remaining three compartments, single women were berthed in 20-berth dormitory-style cabins situated on the outer sides of each compartment. Even then it was not the top of the tide, and the officer in charge reckoned the full tide would be 12 knots, he confessed he would not have believed it had he been told. Oceanic while entering the harbor of San Francisco collided with the steamship SS City of Chester that was en-route to Eureka, California. Alec and Simon recovered 250 tonnes of valuable metal from the wreck over five years and hundreds of dives. The RMS Black Titan, Was a Ocean Liner Finished in 1910 and Sank in 1918 She was the Largest Ship of her time but she's ]real She was build along side her sisters White Titan and Grey Titan, all Titan-Class Ships they are all fictional also The Ship is Originally Created by Adambaroudi12345 Elite Created a Version for Tiny Sailors, and Added her as a buyable ship for 11,000,000R$ it … On the Upper Deck, entrances were located adjacent to the forward and aft well decks, where most of the lavatories were located. 650 yards) separated. These things are lovely to have because they are so unusual. Someone attempted to dive for the wreck in the 1930s but failed because the tides were too strong. El 6 de septiembre de 1899 inició su viaje inaugural. A sister ship for the Oceanic to be named Olympic was planned. “After Moya and I married we had this ambition to do deep-water salvage. 6 hold – which was occupied as a steerage compartment. ... the wreck’s precise location was unknown until it was discovered in 1985, ... a framework is now in place to ensure that the final resting place of the RMS Titanic will remain undisturbed. She was the company’s last express liner prior to Olympic and Titanic, and her lavish first class accommodation became … This put them directly on course for a reef, the notorious Shaalds of Foula, which poses a major threat to shipping, coming within a few feet of the surface, and in calm weather giving no warning sign whatsoever. Fue el transatlántico más grande del mundo hasta 1901. © DC Thomson Co Ltd 2021. RMS Oceanic (II) at Harland&Wolff 1899, her build - YouTube There was a Library on the Promenade Deck and a Smoke Room at the aft end of the Upper Deck, with the most impressive feature being the elegant dome which capped the First Class dining room on the Saloon Deck.[8]. Between 1900 and 1906, she bested her main rivals, Cunard's speed queens Campania and Lucania, as well as her own running mates for westbound crossings. Slayter must have felt the course change, as he reappeared on the bridge to countermand Smith's order and made what turned out to be a hasty and ill-informed judgement, as the ship again changed course directly towards the reef. In order to compete with these ships the White Star Line needed to produce a new flagship which could rival them. Alec has two at home, sitting untouched on his mantelpiece, taken during his dive in the early 1970s. On 25 August 1914, the newly designated HMS Oceanic departed Southampton to patrol the waters from the North Scottish mainland to Faroe. Years indicate year of entry into White Star service. At the outbreak of World War I she was converted to an armed merchant cruiser. The wreck is lying at right angles to the sandstone rock on which wreck is embedded. Such ships were built to particular naval specifications, in the case of Oceanic so that the 4.7 inch guns she was to be given could be quickly mounted. [2] In his autobiography, Titanic and Other Ships,[7] Charles Lightoller gives an account of what it was like to be an officer on this vessel. Su construcción constituyó un importante punto de inflexión en el diseño de los buques de transporte de pasajeros de la época. Oceanic was built to accommodate 1,710 Passengers; 410 First Class, 300 Second Class and 1,000 Third Class, plus 349 crew. 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