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27 December. Unkai Maru No 6 - Truk Lagoon. New dive video tour released

The Unkai Maru No 6 is one of the oldest wrecks in Truk Lagoon. She was built in 1905 in Newcastle, England as the SS Venus and had a long sea life before she was bought by Japanese interests and subsequently requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was dive bombed, set on fire and sunk by Task Froce 58 aircraft during OIperation Hailstone on 17/18 February 1944.

See the video here;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4-kz8adalw&t=74s

 
19 December 2018. New wreck video tour released - stern section of destroyer IJN Oite

The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Oite had rescued more than 500 crew from the sinking light cruiser IJN Agano and was entering Truk Lagoon on 17 February 1944 - just as the American Operation Hailstone 2-day fast carrier raid began. Trying to evade the U.S. attack aircraft she was moving at full speed and turning to starboard when she was hit amidships by an aerial torpedo. She split in two and sank quickly with great loss of life. Here's the link to the YouTube video tour - subscribe if you want to be notified of further videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xa48kKe86E&t=279s

 
19 December 2018. New Truk Lagoon video tour released - Momokawa Maru

The Japanese auxiliary transport vessel Momokawa Maru was sunk by a 1,000-lb bomb from an American Curtiss SB2 dive bomber on 18 February 1944 duringthe 2-day fast carrier raid, Operation Hailstone. She was set on fire, settled by the stern and rolled to port. Here's the link to my YouTube channel for it - subscribe if you want to be notified of further wreck tours 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osfjs5g233Y&t=264s

 
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

 

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4 August 2018. Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World is published

Just received my advance author copies of Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World. It has been re-issued as Vol I of my Diving Trilogy. Great fun re-reading it (in a dispassionate 3rd party way!) and re-living all my old adventures. Love the production work by Whittles, the cover looks really great and zippy, and the feel and design of the book is grand.

Vol III, Deeper into the Darkness - the printed books are expected in my publishers warehouse next week. Cant wait to see it a reality.