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Animation: German prisoners stage a daring escape attempt off the Great Orme, Llandudno

This short animated film, now on People’s Collection Wales, was produced by the Conwy Culture Centre and TAPE Community and Film, as part of a project exploring the ‘Forgotten U-Boat war of 1914-18’, tells the exciting tale of three German prisoners, who in August 1915 staged a daring escape attempt off the G...

HMS SAXIFRAGE and the Sinking of ORONSA and DAMÃO

Employed as a Q-ship in the First World War, it was HMS SAXIFRAGE’s duty to hunt U-boats and she would often lead the convoys and look out for enemy submarines. On 26 April 1918 she was given the task of escorting a convoy to Liverpool. HMS SAXIFRAGE in 1918. With permission by SAXIFRAGE Maritime Trust; © Imperial W...

The Legacy Workshop – what a great weekend of collaboration and learning!

Last weekend’s Legacy Workshop, in the spectacular setting of Marine Centre Wales at Menai Bridge, brought together the U-boat project’s partners in a packed two days which explored all aspects of the U-boat project. Parallel sessions covered both the investigations of the First World War wrecks, including the ecol...

A Dog Called Lotte: The Happy Ending to a Pup Rescue at Sea

Last December, we shared the amazing story how a small terrier came to live among the crew of the German submarine U 91 in the spring of 1918. If you remember, U 91 under the command of Alfred von Glasenapp was patrolling the Irish Sea. During the first week of their patrol, U 91 spent most of the time hiding from conv...

Exciting session at Legacy Workshop will feature results of the U-Boat Project’s Marine Life surveys

As part of the U-Boat Project, 1914-18: Commemorating the War at Sea Bangor University have acquired new underwater footage of selected Great War wreck sites to better record and understand their current condition, and the marine life now inhabiting them. Dr Tim Whitton We look forward to sharing video clips and marine...

The U-Boat Project 2-Day Legacy Workshop

Inviting you to the U-Boat Project Legacy Workshop! Come and join the U-Boat Project team at our free two day Legacy Workshop in Menai Bridge on 7-8 September. Designed around your feedback, the weekend will be jam-packed with a range of sessions designed to be of interest and practical use to the both the heritage and...

Go on a Virtual Dive to Wrecks of the First World War

In mid-June, the Nautical Archaeology Society partnered with the U-Boat Project 1914-18 and held a fieldschool in Abercastle, Pembrokeshire. Almost 100 divers from the UK and Netherlands had the chance to explore the wreck of the LEYSIAN which had crashed into the cliffs under dubious circumstances on 20 February 1917....

Cardiff Race Riots: Reparative Histories – by Gaynor Legall

In 1987 I was involved in film called Tiger Bay is my Home. It was one of a 4-part film made by Colin Prescod, commissioned by the Institute of Race Relations. The films were shown as part of a series on Channel 4 in an attempt to chart some of the milestones in Black people’s fight for justice and equality. The seri...

Student Rebecca Carlton writes about her work with the U-Boat Project

My name is Rebecca, I am a second-year heritage student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, and I am currently finishing my placement at the Royal Commission. My time at the Commission has been fun, diverse and fascinating. Whilst at the Royal Commission, I have been working on the U-Boat P...

SS LEYSIAN and American Muleteers

From 7 to 17 June, our project partner, the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is running an underwater field school at Abercastle, Pembrokeshire based around the wreck of the SS LEYSIAN which was wrecked there on 20 February 1917. Historical image of the LEYSIAN and the wreck’s location today. Source: NAS. Brief his...