Final Report Of The Two Sierra Leone Expeditions
This report is the result of two expeditions to a wreck who sunk off of Banana Islands, Sierra Leone, West Africa. During both of the Explorers Club Flag expeditions to the site, divers were able to locate remaining cannons, anchors, porcelain,and other artifacts. Some of these have been analyzed, which in turn has allowed the team to determine the approximate time frame when the vessel sank – this being the first half of the eighteenth century. It was also determined that this was a vessel of the Dutch East India Company, in short VOC (Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indiche Compagnie). The query in Dutcharchives and collaboration with Dutch researcher, contributed to the identification of the shipwreck as that of the Diemermeer, which sunk in 1747.
I have read your final report on the Diemermeer with much excitement. I am a South African expat who worked in Sierra Leone over the past couple of years. I am also an avid rescue diver with over a 1000 logged dives. I currently work in Liberia.
I had the opportunity to dive on the wreck of the Diemermeer with Greg from Banana Divers on the island. This was honestly one of the highlights of my diving career. I salute and respect the efforts you are making to conserve this site with the help of the Sierra Leonean authorities.
I see in your report that you plan another visit to the wreck to continue exploration.
Would it be possible at all to join you on this expedition as a volunteer and helper and also as a Rescue diver.
I am also interested in joining you on other exploration dives that you might be exploring in future.
I am looking forward to your response.
Dear Clive! Thanks for reaching out to us. We will get back to you on e-mail. I just forwarded this to Peter so he will e-mail you.