If, and I rrepeat 'if' the instance you are referring to of a diver ‘first entering PoW’ is referring to my friend who entered the port propeller shaft tunnel (in what 2010/2012?) and brought back magnificent and irrefutable photographic evidence re what really happened 'in there', then with all due respect you are wrong by years as to him being the 'first' to enter PoW. ABy a long shot! And if it was him you refer to then he, and ALL other non-English / UK citizen cannot be prosecuted because that law only applies to British/UK nationals, not persons from ANY other nation, and certainly not to good old Ozzies’s. ;-)
Divers have (and still do) been entering her for many years prior to the above, and although my friend and his dive partner at the time were the first to enter that port tunnel, there were plenty of others entering elsewhere. There is even a story on line somewhere of another CCR (closed circuit rebreather) diver being saved (by being on a CCR) when he got lost after entering from the stbd stern torp hole on PoW (not the port tunnel, as as far as I know, no one else has been game enough to go back in there) and then finally navigated his way out taking more than half an hour, where had he not been on a CCR he would have been dead (if diving regular open circuit scuba) as he would have ran out of his breathable gas mixture. Or the Singaporean diver recovering one of PoW’s main bells circa 2000, (and if the grapevine is true, eventually selling it to the Japanese!). And there is the other incidence of a diver not only entering in the 'mid' 2000's, but videoing the remains (i.e. skeletons) and then selling said video on-line (Or was that in Repulse?).
Anyway Mr Stone, my sincere apologies if you are not referring to the survey dive my friend made on my behalf in the port prop shaft tunnel, but with all due respect, I hardly think regular scuba divers (entering ANY wreck) has ANY bearing whatsoever on the ‘recent’ wholesale commercial salvage that has taken place circa 2013 -2016. None whatsoever!
: "... although now the industrial-scale
: illegal salvage has recently resulted in the
: total disappearance of those very same
: wrecks, which in turn has caused the
: destruction of an important page in the
: naval history of the largest global conflict
: mankind has ever seen ..."
: I often wondered, back when Prince of Wales
: was first entered by divers--notably a
: diver who was not subject to criminal
: sanction for having entered a Crown War
: Grave--whether this would open the door to
: even more egregious intrusion. It's merely
: a matter of degree between an intrusion and
: complete salvage in the final analysis
: although illegal salvage has been occurring
: since shortly after ships first went to sea.
: Never would I have thought of the wholesale
: dismantlement of, for example, Exeter but
: that has proven to be the case. In my
: opinion, while salvage would likely have
: occurred inevitably--I now anticipate
: (absent a catastrophe of global climate
: change and the attendant dislocation of
: humanity) that the wrecks in Ironbottom
: Sound (and other sites) may fall to
: wholesale 'plunder', in spite of the depths
: in which they're found.
: If that is so difficult to--if you'll pardon
: the pun--fathom, then consider that when USS
: Quincy twisted to port and plunged by the
: bow to her watery grave on August 10th '42
: who would have anticipated ever seeing her
: again...certainly not her survivors who made
: it into the '90's and saw her once again
: upon Ballard's discovery.
: So I see no reason why salvage--were it
: viable in the future-- not to
: occur...absent, again, a catastrophic wallop
: to human civilization.
: Randy Stone
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