Image of an ancient gold coin
Photograph of Martin Woodward, smiling

Saturday 4 August 2018.

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.

£6 (includes refreshments).

Finding treasure at the bottom of the sea is the stuff of childhood fantasy. Martin Woodward turned that dream into reality.

Martin first started diving on shipwrecks off the Isle of Wight in the 1960s. In 1968 he turned his passion for diving into his career when he qualified as a professional diver. Almost 50 years later he is still actively diving in the UK and worldwide.

Martin’s diving career includes deep saturation diving in the North Sea, and oilfield diving in the Persian Gulf and further afield. He has worked on multiple shipwreck and salvage projects including the search for Glenn Miller’s aircraft, Goering’s Gold, The Lost City of Atlantis and D.B Cooper. His great love has always been discovering shipwrecks, exploring their history and finding artefacts from under the oceans. He has operated two diving vessels – one in the Isle of Wight and one in the Philippines, where he has indulged his passion for finding shipwrecks and recovering their hidden treasures for us all to enjoy.

He is also a ‘Challenge Addict’ and has done multiple challenges including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and many cycling challenges in South Africa, Vietnam and Cambodia, Western Australia, John O’Groats to Lands End, New Zealand. He has also run several Marathons, long distance runs and other challenges for charity causes.

He was also involved with the RNLI for a total of 38 years, retiring as Coxswain of the Bembridge, Isle of Wight, life boat on reaching the age limit.

In 1978 he established the Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Centre on the Isle of Wight. virtually all the shipwreck material on display was recovered by Martin himself.

Martin’s talk is about his love of diving and the amazing treasures he has recovered from the bottom of the sea.

 

Tickets can be purchased online from the Historical Diving Society website.

(Tickets are also available from the Gosport Tourist Information Centre. Telephone: 023 9252 2944)

Various artefacts laid out in a glass cabinet
Glass cabinets and wall displays of various artefacts
Multiple ancient silver coins laid out in a display case
Old ship artefacts in a display case

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