Interactive Wreck Tours

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore a sunken wreck? Our interactive 3D wreck tours give everyone – not just divers – the chance to get up close and personal with the diverse and captivating underwater cultural heritage (UCH) that usually lies beyond reach without the help of specialist equipment at the bottom of the world’s seas, estuaries and inland waterways. As well as offering a fun and immersive way of exploring sunken wrecks, our wreck tours are also excellent educational tools, packed full of historical facts and widely accessible learning resources. In their digital format, our wreck tours are a valuable and enduring online record of UCH, guaranteeing that future generations will be able to appreciate and learn from what we are discovering today, in the same level of extraordinary detail. So, what are you waiting for? Don your virtual diving gear and discover a fascinating world of UCH today.


HMD John Mitchell was an 85 foot long steam fishing boat that sunk on 14th November 1917 after a collision with SS Bjerka, which happened approximately 15 miles from Swanage. It now lies at a depth of 40 m.
Our wreck tour of John Mitchel offers a realistic multi-sensory immersive experience of what it’s actually like to dive on the wreck. Once ‘immersed’ you can move freely around the site, exploring it from every angle and interacting with the points of interest that are dotted about the model. We recommend trying it out.
Find out more about our National Lottery Heritage Fund1-funded interactive 3D wreck tour of HMD John Mitchell and download the app.


In 1917, with a crew of ten, HMT Arfon was mined and consequently sunk off the coast of Dorset. As the crew were lost on military service, the wreck is a ‘war grave’.
Arfon’s exceptionally well-preserved remains, with most of its fixtures, fittings and contents intact, means it is a rare and precious underwater cultural heritage asset. Our interactive 3D model offers a descriptive and thorough account of Arfon’s wreck site and the circumstances under which it sank.
Explore our Historic England2-funded wreck tour of HMT Arfon, which can be viewed in both 3D and virtual reality.


The Gresham Ship, named after Sir Thomas Gresham, and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I, is an armed  Elizabethan merchantman that sank 400 years ago in the Thames Estuary.
Our 3D wreck tour of the Gresham Ship allows you to explore five sections of the ship’s hull, including a section of bow and 15m of the port side, as well as an anchor. It’s a great example of how technology can help make UCH accessible to everyone, even if you are not a trained diver.
Find out more about the Gresham Ship, it’s history, and try out our 3D interactive model.


On the banks of the River Hamble lies a 58ft seaplane lighter that was built to support seaborne aircraft operations during the First World War. The seaplane lighter is one of less than 50 that were ever built and one of only three known examples to still exist.
Our interactive 3D model of Hamble Seaplane Lighter offers an up close and personal exploration of a very rare and important piece of maritime and aeronautical cultural heritage. The real-life seaplane lighter’s deterioration over the last few years is a vivid example of the importance of documenting cultural heritage in a digital, permanent format.
Explore our National Lottery Heritage Fund-funded 3D model and discover the fascinating history surrounding the seaplane lighters of the First World War.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our interactive 3d wreck tours: 02380 593290 |

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