The Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group (HKUHG) is a group of purpose-trained divers who help research Hong Kong's underwater heritage. As long-term residents of Hong Kong who treasure this city’s unique culture and identity, HKUHG divers believe there is great historic value and benefit in the range of underwater sites and associated stories that can be passed on to the Hong Kong community.
Training courses follow United Kingdom Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training from Introduction through Part 4. To date, four groups made up of 50 divers have participated and are now skilled in implementing a host of maritime archaeology activities.
HKUHG received funding in 2009 from the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust to implement Hong Kong’s first maritime archaeology investigation, including the development of a Hong Kong Underwater Heritage database. This investigation also included research and the survey of two different types of underwater cultural heritage sites: a shipwreck, and a scatter of ceramics located on the seabed off one of Hong Kong’s outer islands.
In 2012 HKUHG received another grant from the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust in order to continue the investigative work and along with newly trained divers, conducted a survey and excavation of the seabed ceramic material. This work was conducted under conditions set forth in a Licence to Excavate and Search for Antiquities granted by the Antiquities Authority pursuant to the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.
UCH site discoveries by HKUHG have been significant and include stone lions from a Tin Hau temple dumped into the sea, ‘traditional’ shipwrecks, and natural heritage material located along the coastline. These are but just a few examples that in combination with a growing database of numerous other sites located in Hong Kong provide information about the connections and activities Hong Kong and Chinese people had with the sea.