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Drs Colin and Paula Martin


RCAHMS have published a new 'wreck map' showing the density of 1,200 years of shipwrecks in Scottish waters as part of a drive to enhance the maritime record for Scotland. This map was produced as part of Project Adair, a partnership between RCAHMS and Historic Scotland to collate and promote information on the marine historic environment.

The project has drawn on records from commercial consultants WA Coastal and Marine and ORCA, and thousands of records held digitally in the RCAHMS online database Canmore. These include a huge private collection of photographs and materials recently donated to RCAHMS by the pioneer of nautical archaeology in Scotland, Colin Martin. The Colin and Paula Martin collection comprises 1,200 digital images of never-before published photographs of shipwreck dives off the coast of Scotland.

The national maritime record for Scotland is now greatly increased, with nearly four times more records of shipwrecks and a 40 per cent increase in maritime records overall. Freely available to the public, the records, photographs and data can be accessed via Canmore.