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A name that rings a bell ..!

Dive instructor Mark Blyth with the ship's bell

Dive instructor Mark Blyth with the ship's bell

A BELL dating back to 1875 has been found on a shipwreck off the coast of Kirkcaldy.

Scuba diving instructor Mark Blyth uncovered the ship’s bell while out on a training dive in the Forth last week.

And it’s discovery comes after years lying at the bottom of the estuary, where local divers have thought the wreck was a different ship.

Mark, who runs The Dive Bunker in Burntisland, explained: “The bell was found on a wreck on the rocks between Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy.

“For years we’ve used the wreck as a training dive and we assumed from records it was the Adam Smith.

“With the bad weather we’ve had, the whole sea bed has fairly shifted down there and it’s uncovered a lot of wreckage that was hidden before.

“I was on a training dive with a client on Sunday when we saw what looked like a pipe.

“I thought it looked quite interesting.

Excavation

“I went back on the Monday and had a closer look and with a bit of light excavation I was able to bring it out.

“The top of the bell is missing because it’s been exposed to the weather, but the rest of the bell right up to the top edge is there.

“The bell of a wreck is important as it dictates the ship.

“This one has Vulcan 1875 engraved on it.

“I’ve dived it personally about 1400 to 1500 times, and probably had between eight and 10 divers out at a time.

Changing

“There’s been a lot of divers down there over the years, but this bell has gone unnoticed until now. That’s the beauty about the sea bed constantly changing.

“We’ve thought for so long that we were diving the Adam Smith wreck, but it seems we were wrong.”

For Mark, this is not his first find off the Fife coast.

Back in 2007, along with diving student, Emma Smith, Mark discovered the bell of the Royal Archer embedded in the bed of the Forth.

The ship was sunk after being bombed in an air raid on June 3, 1941.

 

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