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Finding E18

The fate of E18 remained a mystery for over 93 years, until the wreck was found by a Swedish survey team.  Using accurate information provided by Darren Brown, great-grandson of crew member Albert Robinson, the team from MMT led by Carl Douglas located the wreck on 19 October 2009.

 

The discovery was well covered by the news media at the time - click on the images below for a selection.

Side-Scan image of the wreck of E18, 19 October 2009

Image: Carl Douglas / MMT

E18 Side-Scan, 19th October 2009

You Tube, 22 October 2009 - MMT / Deep Sea Productions

You Tube 2009-10-22 BBC Radio 2009-10-23

BBC Today, 23 October 2009 - BBC Radio 4

BBC TV 2009-10-24 BBC TV 2009-10-23

BBC News, 23 October 2009

BBC News, 24 October 2009

Survey by Muinsuskaitseamet - The Estonian National Heritage Board

The Estonian National Heritage Board conducted a dive on 17 October 2013 to confirm the position and condition of the wreck, prior to registering it as an underwater monument to be protected by the Estonian National Heritage Act.  The series of pictures below follows the dive team as they swam along the hull from stern to stem.  All these images are kindly provided by and are copyright of Muinsuskaitseamet.

1 - Port propeller seen from above, looking forward.

The port hydroplane can be seen at the top of the picture.

2 - Looking forward to the starboard propeller.

The rudder is visible to the left of the picture.

3 - Above the stern, looking aft - both hydroplanes can be seen at the top of the picture.

The tip of the aft radio mast in its stowage cradle is in the foreground.

4 - Above the stern, looking forward to the aft end of the upper casing.

The aft radio mast in its stowed position is to the left of the picture.

5 - Above the aft casing, looking forward and over the starboard side.

The deck gratings are missing, revealing the stowage space below.

6 - Above the aft casing, looking forward - debris in the foreground.

The wreckage of the conning tower can just be seen in the background.

7 - Looking forward towards the conning tower, which has been wrenched free of its mountings.

The structure is hanging over the port side, with pipework to the hull detached or broken off.

8 - Looking forward from the port side at the aft end of the conning tower platform.

The conning tower is hanging over the port side at 90 degrees to the hull.

9 - Looking into the conning tower deck hatch from the port side - the conning tower deck is vertical in the wreckage.

The engine order telegraph can be seen to the right of the picture.

11 - Looking aft from the forward casing to the wreckage of the conning tower.

The ventilation pipe is bent at 90 degrees, but still keeping the wreckage attached to the hull.

12 - Looking aft from the forward casing.

The 12-pounder gun mounting is in the foreground.

10 - Looking forward from the port side amidships, with the conning tower wreckage to the right.

The 12-pounder gun is detached from its cradle and mounting and is lying centre right of the picture.

13 - Looking forward along the port side of the forward casing.

The forward radio mast is lying along the casing, roughly in its stowed position.

14 - Head-on to the bow.

 

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Dive to the wreck of E18, 17 October 2013 - looking forward above the stern

Photo: Muinsuskaitseamet / The Estonian National Heritage Board

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