Inside a WWI shipwreck with 10,000 preserved liquor bottles guarded by a 3ft tall ‘sea monster’

A professional diver ventured to the depths of the frigid Cornish seas, where he encountered a three-foot-long “sea monster” guarding the abandoned 10,000 liquor bottles of a shipwreck

Dominic Robinson, who dives into the depths of the Cornish sea with a team called the Darkstar
Dominic Robinson dives into the depths of the Cornish sea with a team called the Darkstar

Completely destroyed in World War I, a long-forgotten shipwreck has been rediscovered – with a creepy “sea monster” lurking in its depths.

For the first time in a century, the shipwreck containing 10,000 liquor bottles has been uncovered by a diver.

Dominic Robinson, a professional diver, headed to the depths of the Cornish sea with a Team Darkstar, where he discovered an eerie sight where a spooky ‘monster’ is hidden in the deep blue sea.

As he jumped off the boat, Robinson recalled encountering a shipwreck of the SS Libourne, believed to have sunk in 1918.

Team Darkstar has embarked on an unknown journey around the Cornish Sea


Jam Press/Dominic Robinson)

The British cargo ship was attacked by Hellmuth von Rockteschell, a German naval officer, during World War I.

The ship’s captain gave the order to fire and sink the ship off the coast of Cornwall, pickles worth £425 and 10,000 bottles of liquor were also mined.

While Robinson did not spot pickles among the debris and rubble left behind, many other objects were spotted.

“There were a lot of bottles on the wreck, but we also got the feeling there were a lot more underneath the sand and debris,” Dominic told

To Dominic’s sadness, there were no cucumbers to be seen among the debris and rubble left behind


Jam Press/Dominic Robinson)

He continued: “[Sadly] there were no cucumbers.

“The wreck is far offshore so it was dependent on good weather which we were lucky to have.

“Dive [this deep] is always difficult, but the Darkstar team is one of the best in the country.

“For many years they were the first to find and dive many iconic deep wrecks.

“I love being able to photograph wrecks that almost nobody else gets to see – it’s a real privilege and makes all the effort worthwhile.”

The bizarre sight where rust has encapsulated the boat in tiny bubbles – rendering the boat completely unrecognizable


Jam Press/Dominic Robinson)

To his shock, Dominic also came across a “monster” guarding the shipwreck – over a meter long.

The creature actually turned out to be an anglerfish, but was a far cry from the average 7-inch creature typically seen in the sea.

The professional diver managed to snap some snaps from his time below, and in one photo, torn nets appear to be swaying in the ocean, clinging to a single length of thin rope still attached to the ship. And here various species of marine life have taken refuge in the narrow corners.

Another image shows rust covering the boat in tiny blisters, obscuring its structure. But the wreck has certainly left a new story to tell.

The wreck has left a new story to tell


Jam Press/Dominic Robinson)

Now it is believed that a team of marine explorers is seeking permission to recover the many bottles of alcohol uniquely preserved after a century in the unknown sea.

However, the 2001 UNESCO Convention states that underwater heritage is protected – and government officials are unable to grant a permit.

Despite this, it is believed that very little of the cargo will be drinkable as the corks are destroyed, allowing water and air to enter the bottles.

The professional diver headed to the depths of the Cornish sea to discover this eerie sight


Jam Press/Dominic Robinson)

Above all, those who lost their lives in this tragic incident should be remembered for their sacrifice.

Dominic added: “Three sailors died when SS Libourne was torpedoed by U-54.

“Like all the other 15,000 merchantmen who lost their lives [the war]we should remember their sacrifice.”

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