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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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28 September 2017. Aikoku Maru, Truk Lagoon, dive video released

The 10,500 ton, 492-feet long passenger cargo liner Aikoku Maru was built in 1940 and requisitioned for war use as an auxiliary transport by Japan in 1941 shortly before the Pearl Harbor raid.

On the morning of 17 February 1944, she was at anchor in Truk Lagoon, her foredeck holds filled with munitions whilst her aft holds held some 730 Imperial Japanese Army troops in makeshift billets.

U.S. Task Force 58 aircraft attacked her during the 1st day of Operation Hailstone. She took an aerial torpedo hit from a Grumman Avenger in Hold No 1, which caused a massive secondary detonation of the munitions stored there.


The front section of the ship was vapourised all the way aft to the smokestack. The aft section of the ship sank into 65 metres of water.

All but one of the 730 troops and crew were killed.

I've added a 20 minute tour of the wreck that I did whilst researching for Dive Truk Lagoon - the Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks to my YouTube wreck diving channel.

I've purposely not added a dodgy soundtrack that some would like and others cringe at - so if you want to hear something other than my breathing and shouted notes to myself as I swim around, switch on your own sounds!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFdA8Z3nrE