Local divers find "sunken treasure" in the North Sea
By Sandra Walls
Three Hamilton-based divers were the first to find the wreck of a large fishing trawler sunk by a German U-boat in 1942.
Jim McAllister, from Hamilton, and his colleagues Ralph Lennox, Auldhouse, and Livingstone man Bud Campbell discovered the trawler’s bell as they went diving in the North Sea this year.
The trio are members of the Central Scotland Dive Club who meet at Hamilton Water Palace.
The wreck was in deep water in the North Sea about 20 miles off the coast of Eyemouth. But the brave divers managed to secure the bell and bring it up from the depths of the sea.
Ralph Lennox (56), who lives with his wife Linda, has been involved in the club for the last 15 years. He said: “During the Second World War, large fishing boats were prime targets.