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10 May - Deeper into the Darkness nears publication

Just finished checking the final laid out proofs for Deeper into the Darkness and the new edition of Into the Abyss - Divign to Adventure in the Liquid World. Its been a long process, but the books are looking great.

 

I've been a bit slow with getting these done for my publishers with being away in Florida for TEKDiveUSA, but my work is now done (yeh!) and its over to them to do the rest. Publication may slip into June as a result.

 
2 May 2018. TEKDiveUSA Orlando

Just back from an awesome time at TEKDIveUSA's 3rd biannual conference. Presented about the wreck of HMS Hampshire and attended a series of lectures on both days, especially liked the wrecks of Guadalcanal and the medical lectures about such diving delights as immersion oedema, inwater recompression. 

 
13 April 2018. Deeper into the Darkness

The proofing of the 1st volume of the DIve Series, Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World is now finished and we are good to go for publication on 30 May to coincide with the release Vol III, Deeper into the Darkness.

 
31 March 2018. Whittles Dive Series

I am Editor for the new Whittles Dive Series of quality books on all aspects of diving, The 1st book in the Series was Underwater Potholer by Duncan Price.

The 2nd book Diving for Treasure by Vic Verlinden and Stefan Panis has just been published, a fascintating revelation from the depths!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diving-Treasure-Discovering-history-depths/dp/1849953252/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522502980&sr=8-1&keywords=Diving+for+Treasure

 

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2 October 2017. Video of unidentified auxiliary sub chaser at Palau released

A mystery shipwreck.

In WWII, the Japanese Navy requisitioned a number of smaller vessels, such as trawlers and whalers, for war use.

These were fitted out with a bow gun and anti submarine warfare equipment such as sonar, depth charges, paravanes. These small vessels were slow, feebly armed and were only suitable for coastal work, patrols, inshore convoy escort.

Operation Desecrate 1 - 30/31 March 1944.
As U.S. Task Force 58 closed on Palau, the 12 carrier strong battle group with its screen of battleships, cruisers, submarines and destroyers was spotted. TF 58 abandoned its clandestine approach and increased speed to head directly for Palau - to give the Japanese defenders as little time to prepare as possible.

In Palau, a large convoy of naval transports was formed up - and on the morning of 30 March it began to move up the west side of the islands of Palau, to try and escape the lagoon through West Pass before the American attacked.
They were too late - as U.S. aircraft swooped from the skies, a few of the van of destroyer escorts had successfully moved through West Pass into open water, but the large transport ships were all caught inside the lagoon and attacked.
All would be sunk.
In about 2014/15 the wreck of a small vessel was found near the entrance to West Pass in 50msw. It had only been dived once before (when it was found) before we were taken to dive it by Sam's Tours whilst I was researching for Dive Palau - the Shipwrecks. It became clear to me that this was an auxiliary sub chaser and my research flagged up a likely ID as Showa Maru No 5 - formerly the whaler Galicia, built in 1924.
When we went to print with Dive Palau, I gave Showa Maru No 5 as my best guess for its ID - but highlighted that there were a number of other Japanese requisitioned whalers sunk at Palau, whose identities are not clear. I gave the cylinder head sizes recorded at Lloyds for her triple expansion engine and suggested in Dive Palau that someone should go measure them, as that can be a way of ruling in or out an ID of a vessel.
When I went back to Palau last year, to launch the book at Sam's Tours, we went back to this wreck. Chris Rowland and I measured the beam - and this coincides with Lloyds' beam measurement.
However ..... when we measured the cylinder heads they did not agree with the Lloyds records. The means either the wreck is not Showa Maru No 5 - or that she was re-engined when she was requisitioned and her old 1924 engine changed out for a more modern engine.
So, the jury is still out on this wreck until some clincher is found for her ID.
Here's a short video I shot of the wreck on our first dive on it in 2015 with Paul Haynes, Gary Petrie, Mike Gerken and Paul Collins - hope you enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEwaE0IZ7Bc