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Neyland Yacht Haven Supports The Sunderland Trust

02 April 2012

Blue thunderNeyland Yacht Haven has supported the Sunderland Trust dive boat 'Blue Thunder' by providing a winter berth free of charge.

Blue thunder, a Lochin 33 is a key player in the 'Sunderland Story' which continues to make the headlines - in Pembrokeshire and elsewhere.

The Sunderland in question is one of the iconic flying boats which, for nearly 20 years, graced the Haven waters and Pembrokeshire skies. In a gale on 12th November 1940 Sunderland serial number T9044 sank, without casualties, off the RAF Station at Pembroke Dock, and was not discovered by divers for decades.

Now T9044, lying in 20 metres, is a unique wartime survivor which, more than 70 years on, is giving up its secrets.

The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust, and its dedicated and skilled Dive Group, has come about because of T9044. Many parts from T9044, including two of its massive Pegasus radial engines, have been recovered, along with many smaller items.

Go along to the Flying Boat Centre in Pembroke Dock's historic Dockyard - close to South Pembrokeshire Hospital - to see for yourself many of the Sunderland parts. The quality of British engineering, and the skills and dedication of the workshop team who conserve the parts, is there for all to see. This unique centre has had over 20,000 visitors in 30 months.

Last summer TV historian and presenter Dan Snow dived with the Dive Group's Nick Hammond to get a close look at T9044 - and to experience just some of the challenges faced regularly by Group members on the site. Visibility is nearly always close to nil, currents are strong, the tide range in the Haven is huge and sediment has overtaken much of the remains.

Dan's report on 'The One Show' added to the high profile of the project and the Dive Group is taking a step by step approach to the recovery of further items from T9044.

Dive Group Chairman Will Fenneberg - who with brother John owns 'Blue Thunder' - said: "When spring is finally here we shall be resuming our dives on the Sunderland. It's a unique dive in all respects and we are always excited about what we shall see. It changes all the time."

* For more information on the project look up www.sunderlandtrust.org.uk

Visitors to the Flying Boat Centre are always welcome Tuesdays to Saturdays inclusive, 10 am to 4 pm.