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Last night on the TV here in NZ there was a article on parts of the Mikhal Lermontov being offered for sail on Ebay. Its mostly crockery etc that is being brought up.

There is two bodies within the wreck. One the Refrig Engineer who died when the ship sunk and the other a 19yo diver who lost his life during dive.

To me this action of taking parts and offering them for sale equats to grave robbing.

By all accounts the ship is still owned by the shipping company.
 

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look but don't touch!

It makes my blood boil to think that divers can go and disturb the graves of seamen who lost their lives. The improved technology allows divers to go ever deeper, finding new wrecks to be robbed of anything they find. The laws relating to reporting finds to the receiver of wrecks, is a complete farse. Divers just ignore this voluntary reporting and just keep quite about what they have pinched.
All ships that were sunk during the World Wars should be treated as war graves, Royal Navy or Merchant ships. No entry and leave alone.
Divers are going to the site of my grandfathers war grave and stealing any bits of brass that will look good on top of there mantelpiece. Not only that, they pass on this information, so that other mindless idiots can do further damage. They think that they are in some small way are helping to preserve artifacts, rubbish!!! would anybody think it would be reasonable to go into a cemetary and start digging and helping oneself, I think not, so what is the difference.
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So-called robbery of the Michail Lermentov

These posts are very "PC". aren't they? And very "Twee".

As to there being bodies on board, how can you tell? They probably rotted away years ago or were eaten by fishes.Callous brutes!
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Fair do's, if Brian P's grandfather is entombed in some wartime wreck and he knows that divers have been nicking bits and bobs from it he has every right to feel a bit p****d-off. What ship was it Brian and where was it sunk?
 

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Phil,
The name of the ship is the BAY FISHER, formaly Tarnwater, Sunk near the Bell Rock lighthouse, on 7th. Feb. 1941. My grandfather Master John Todd & six crew, including a DEMS gunner went down with this ship.
May they be left in peace.
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Amen to that!!!

Phil,
The name of the ship is the BAY FISHER, formaly Tarnwater, Sunk near the Bell Rock lighthouse, on 7th. Feb. 1941. My grandfather Master John Todd & six crew, including a DEMS gunner went down with this ship.
May they be left in peace.
BrianP
Thanks for the info Brian! Phil
 

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The Mikhalle Lermontof is in the news again as divers discover that the recent Kaikoura earthquake has shaken the ship in its watery grave enough to sheer off the uppermost three decks and cast them alongside.
Certainly a change to the dive adventure.

Bob
 

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One would have to be thankful that one wasn't exploring her insides when she got all shook up........

I have a friend that wants me to join them on a dive at White island... maybe not.....
 

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One would have to be thankful that one wasn't exploring her insides when she got all shook up........

I have a friend that wants me to join them on a dive at White island... maybe not.....
Cisco, DO NOT turn down the White Island dive - it will be the best dive you will ever have. Although it is over forty years since I dived there, I'm sure it will be just as spellbinding, if not more so.(Thumb)



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