M.V. COMBERBACH 120ft steel hulled cargo freighter with a 260 ton payload intentionally sunk in 1984 off Cape Santa Maria Beach, Bahamas as a diving attraction. She is lying upright, in 100 ft of water having a bus in her forward cargo hold approx. 1 mile off the coast of The Bahamas. Divers can swim through the wreck.
She was ordered in 1947 by ICI (formerly Brunner Mond Co. Ltd). Built in 1948 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd., shipbuilders of Northwich, Cheshire, England.
She was registered in 1948 in the Port of Liverpool her 'Official Number' being 182446.
M.V. represents Motorised Vessel: a 'Part II' registration on The Mercantile Navy List. This picture is reproduced with the kind permission of the Northwich Salt Museum Copyright: Cheshire County Council.
Her name, Comberbach, is a Cheshire place-name.
For ICI she carried 'products for the distribution department, raw materials for the production department and refuse for any department'.
The coveted Cumberbatch Trophy is awarded annually for oustanding contributions to flight safety. Qantas, the Australian Airline, is the only airline ever to have won this prize twice. The trophy was created by Alice Martha Beatrice Cumberbatch and is now awarded by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) and is considered to be one of the Guild's most precious possessions.By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org