Inside the REAL Davy Jones' locker: Retired diver, 77, has spent 40 years scouring for nautical treasures on underwater wrecks off the British coast




A retired diver has opened his very own Davy Jones-style locker of hundreds of nautical treasures he has salvaged from the seabed.
Ray Ives, 77, has spent 40 years amassing a huge trove of historical artifacts that he has found during thousands of deep sea dives off the British coast.
His collection includes canon balls, muskets, swords and even the bell from an ocean liner sunk by a German U-boat in the First World War.


Old man of the sea Ray Ives has opened his very own Davy Jones' locker of hundreds of nautical treasures he has salvaged from the seabed


Eclectic collection: For years Ray had stuffed his collection into a tiny shed in the back garden of his home in Plymouth, Devon


A 19th century mortar bomb is one of the nautical treasures Mr Ives has salvaged


The watery Aladdin's cave includes canon balls, muskets, swords and even the bell from an ocean liner sunk by a German U-boat in the First World War


Treasure trove: Ray Ives retrieved a lump of the infamous Torrey Canyon


A compass Mr Ives from a World War One coal ship sunk by a mine


The fascinating archive has now gone on display to the public in a ramshackle museum made from shipping containers


Mr Ives, from Plymouth, said: 'My collection goes back to about 1970 when I would go diving and keep my eye out for things on the sea bed that looked interesting'


Makeshift: Ray's museum is now homed in two shipping containers in Plymouth


Mr Ives in his old dive gear. He has spent 40 years amassing a huge trove of historical artifacts


Old sea dog: Mr Ives, from Plymouth, in the North Sea in the early 70s


A remote controlled mine sweeper in the watery Aladdin's cave Mr Ives has amassed


Mr Ives (third from left) diving on the wreck of a Canberra bomber in Lyme Bay in 1967



 
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