Search for the Bone Wreck

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Search for the Bone Wreck – In June 1915, the SS Armenian, a large steamship managed by the White Star Line, the owners of the Titanic, heads into the Bristol Channel from the United States. She is carrying over 1400 mules destined for the Western Front. As the unarmed vessel nears the British coast, a German submarine spots the former liner and fires warning shots. To avoid capture, the Armenian makes a run for it. As the U-boat continually pounds her with shells, the captain orders the crew to abandon ship. Once the remaining crew is safely off in lifeboats, the German U-boat fires a torpedo into the stern of the steamship. It only takes minutes for the Armenian to sink to the bottom of the Atlantic with her unfortunate cargo of 1400 mules still on board. Twenty-nine American crewmembers, mainly muleteers, also die causing a major international incident since the United States has not yet officially entered the war.

More than 90 years later, the infamous White Star Line vessel has still not been found. Many have searched the waters off the coast of Cornwall, but the Armenian has proved to be elusive. Now, a new expedition of international divers is hunting for the ship known as the Bone Wreck. Using state of the art dive and survey equipment, the team aims to be the first to find this long-lost vessel.

Underwater surveys have revealed several possibilities, and the divers’ first objective is to go down to two large wrecks near the point the captain of the Armenian noted as the location where he believed the ship went down. But even though one of those wrecks is full of bones, neither proves to be the Armenian. The expedition is forced to follow other lines of enquiry in order to locate the missing ship. Unexpectedly, German archives reveal the actual log from the German U-boat that sank the mule transport. The German commander’s coordinates are at least 30 kilometres from where the ship was reported to have sunk and where the team has been searching. How could they have got it so wrong? And could the new mark be the site of the lost Armenian? At 95 metres this is deep water but there is only one way to find out for sure and that is to dive the wreck.

Produced and Directed by
WAYNE ABBOTT
CRISPIN SADLER

Narrator
RUSSELL BOULTER

Director of Photography
WAYNE ABBOTT

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JOHN RUTHVEN
CRISPIN SADLER

Underwater Photography
DAN STEVENSON

Additional Underwater Photography
STEVE BROWN
RICK AYRTON

Written by
JEREMY EVANS

Editor
JIM BLOKLAND

Original Music Composed by
PETER MUNDINGER

Production Manager
LEA ALDRIDGE

Production Coordinator
HANNAMARI SAASTAMOINEN

Post-Production Assistant
TIM EVANS

Technical Producer
H-H ENGSTRÖM

Co-Producer (Canada)
JOCELYNE ABBOTT

Researchers
LAURA ABBOTT
WILLAM MOULT
LARA BICKERTON

Post Production Facility
MORGANKANE

Sound Design and Mix
BERNT EKLUND
SVANTE BIÖRNSTAD

Visual Effects
THE STUDIO UPSTAIRS

On Line Editor and Colourist
JONAS ERIKSSON

Series Producers
CRISPIN SADLER
WAYNE ABBOTT

Executive Producer for MSP
SIMON MALLINSON

Executive Producers for Deep Sea Productions
CARL DOUGLAS
MALCOLM DIXELIUS

Executive Producers for National Geographic Channel
STEVE BURNS
HOWARD SWARTZ

Executive Producer for ITV
JAMES GARRETT

Executive Producers for Canwest Broadcasting
LYNNE CARTER
STEVE GAMESTER

Executive Producer for History
DELISSA NEEDHAM

Historical Consultants
INNES MCCARTNEY
AXEL NIESTLÉ
PETER STARLING

 

Archive libraries
Imperial War Museum
Chronosmedia
National Archives and Records Administration

With Special Thanks to

MMT AB

The Donkey Sanctuary
Mules 'Mary – Joseph – Merlin'
Andy Smerdon
Mules 'Meg and Sinbad'

Army Medical Services Museum
English Heritage
SS Shieldhall
Phoenix Damage Repair Instructional Unit
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Royal Naval Historical Branch
UK Hydrographic Office
Chris Lowe – Atlantic Diver
Phil Durban
James Yates

PRODUCED BY
MALLINSON SADLER PRODUCTIONS,
NORTHERN SKY ENTERTAINMENT
DEEP SEA PRODUCTIONS

FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

ITV

CANWEST BROADCASTING

HISTORY

NORDIC UNITED

© 2008
Mallinson Sadler Productions
Northern Sky Entertainment Ltd
Deep Sea Productions


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