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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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22 August 2010 SS Cushendall

We pitched up at Stonehaven harbour today expecting to have to call off the planned dive 5 miles out due to marginal sea conditions. Offshore we could see white crests breaking atop a large swell. Trust in the forecast I thought. This is as bad as it will be - it can only get better....

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The glorious Sound of Mull, the Rondo, SS Hispania, SS Thesis & SS Shuna

Awesome weekend's diving just been had in the Sound of Mull - the greatest air diving location in Scotland outside of Scapa Flow. After a long period diving trimix only it was faintly nostalgic to be back diving on air on the fantastic wrecks there.

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1 August 2010 MS Taurus

We flashed out from Gourdon in Stonehaven Diver last night to catch the 2000hrs slack water on the MS Taurus - perhaps one of the most beautiful wrecks on this coast, a sleek, 4000 ton cargo liner sunk in an air attack whilst passing down the east coast of Scotland in convoy during WW II.

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30 June 2010 SS Gowrie

 In beautiful conditions yesterday evening we flashed the 4 miles offshore in our RIB to dive the wreck of our old favourite, the SS Gowrie - which was bombed and sunk by German planes based in Norway in the early years of WW II.

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6 June 2010 Mystery Wreck Remains a Mystery.

After last weekend's diving plans were blown out by strong North Sea winds and heavy seas we were out again today 5 miles off Inverbervie in a Force 4 to try and identify the uncharted wreck of a big Strath Class steam trawler rammed and sunk in WWII whilst minesweeping. 

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23 May 2010 SS Fernside

What a scorcher of a weekend it has been - the diveboats have been out on force from Stonehaven.

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17 May 2010 Baku Standard

In beautiful flat, shimmery calm conditions yesterday we returned to the wreck of the WW I tanker Baku Standard torpedoed 5 miles offshore from Gourdon.

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Dive Season 2010

It has been the hardest Scottish winter in many years - and our exposed north east section of the rugged North Sea coastline has been undiveable offshore since December. 

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26 April 2010 Baku Standard

In fine topside conditions, yesterday we managed to dive the wreck of the tanker Baku Standard which was torpedoed in 1917, 5 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland.

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