Scrannying for Spidge amongst the Shipwrecks; Interviewing the Pirates of Plymouth, England.
Author(s): Mallory R. Haas
Over the past 2 years the SHIPS Project has set out to conduct several dozen oral histories concerning divers’ recollections from the early days of scuba diving in Plymouth, UK. These oral histories were undertaken for several reasons, to better understand the layout of virgin shipwrecks when first located, to record the items recovered, which are affectionately known as ‘spidge’, and to document the human interest and lust for ‘scrannying’. What has been explored and expanded upon within the oral histories is the true appreciation for the cultural heritage of these shipwrecks, from within this diving community. We have also gained trust and access to recording finds information, allowing us to build our knowledge of Plymouth Sound’s cultural heritage. Within the process, we were able to capture interviews that convey the vagabond adventure that lures a person to become a diver, while finding the true definition of a pirate.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Recognizing, Reassessing and Reconstructing European Maritime Cultural Landscapes from the Late Neolithic to the 20th Century •
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2015
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Scrannying for Spidge amongst the Shipwrecks; Interviewing the Pirates of Plymouth, England.. Mallory R. Haas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434087)
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