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13 December 2018. New unidentified Japanese WWII tug wreck in Truk Lagoon

Here's the link to my video tour on my YouTube channel of this newly located and as yet unidentified Imperial Japanese Navy WWII tug wreck off Weno.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYfVkiE7IsE&t=7s

 
12 December 2018. NEW JAPANESE WRECK LOCATED IN TRUK LAGOON

Just back from a couple of weeks diving the famous Japanese WWII wreck at Truk Lagoon in the Pacific, the world's greatest collection of Japanese wartime shipwrecks. It has been quite a long time since a new WWII wreck was located in the lagoon, but I was priviledged to be taken out by Truk Stop Dive Centre

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30 October 2018. Des épaves du monde

Just back from a long weekend in Orkney filming with a french TV company about the Scapa Flow wrecks for a documentary series on shipwrecks around the world. These guys were hard core - they did The Big Blue with Jean Reno and have worked on Titanic - much respect! 

 
16 October 2018. Shipwrecks of Scapa Flow chart available again

A few years ago I had a unique A1 size full colour chart of Scapa Flow professionally created by the artist who has created all my shipwreck illustrations for me over the years, not just in Scapa Flow but also in Truk, Palau etc. The Scapa shipwreck illustrations were added to the chart in the correct locations with some text about the indivdual wrecks and the Scapa story as a whole. The resulting chart is stunning - and is currently on public display outside the Ferry Terminal in Stromness.

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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