DIVING INTO HISTORY - SERIES II|
1: The Wreck of The Thistlegorm - Saturday 20th September BBC Radio 4 3.30pm
It's 1941 and the war in North Africa has reached a crucial turning point. The SS Thistlegorm is riding at anchor in the Gulf of Suez, waiting to unload her precious cargo of war supplies, including a couple of steam engines. She thinks sheıs safe from attack, but itıs a bright moonlit night and two German long-range bombers are on the prowl.
2: Trainers Galore - Saturday 27th September BBC Radio 4 3.30pm
On 26th March 1997 the container ship Cita came steaming down the English Channel bound for Belfast. She failed to make the crucial right turn off Lands End and rammed straight into St Maryıs, the largest of the Scilly Isles. What followed was the greatest wrecking saga of modern times as container loads of trainers, tyres, golf bags, and doors were salvaged by the local inhabitants.
3: The Death Of The Duchess - Saturday 4th October BBC Radio 4 3.30pm
The Herzogen Cecilie was a four masted tall ship, one of the fastest, most beautiful ever to sail the seas. In 1936 she set out from Falmouth bound for Ipswich, her holds filled with 52,000 sacks of grain, recently transported from Australia in record-breaking time. How she managed to crash into the South Devon Coast, nine miles off course, fatally damaging her gleaming white hull, remains one of the great mysteries of maritime history.