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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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26 January 2016. Dive Palau - the Shipwrecks

The final typeset, laid out proof of the new book has now been carfeully checked through - still on track for publication on 28 February. Like Dive Truk Lagoon, it has come in as a big book at 290 pages. Working on back cover an dlocation charts at the moment - loving the back cover!

 
The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club was formed in 1904 and is based in New York. It is the focus for the world's greatest explorers and past members have inluded Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Thor  Heyadahl, John Glenn and many others. Rod was inducted into the Club in 2015. 

 
2 October - Dive Palau - the Shipwrecks

Just receivced the edited manuscript back from Whittles - very impressed with the job they've done. Now I've got to re-check through the whole thing finalise changes before we go to a final proof. Rob Ward's artwork of the wrecks is all done and dusted now - very impressed with his work as ever 

 
June 2016. Dive Palau - the shipwrecks

The manuscript for my latest book is now finalised and I'm working gone the wreck illustrations with my artist Rob Ward of Illusion Illustration. They are looking absolutely great and thanks to a new Go Pro are the best and most intricate wreck illustrations we have done. We're still on track to launch the book in time for the 72nd anniversary in March 2016. The cover is almost finalised an will be posted soon. Pre-orders can now be made to my publishers www.whittlespublishing.com

 
March 2016 - Palau open Expedition

Got back from Palau a couple of weeks ago after an epic expedition diving and surveying 20 wrecks in 10 days. Working hard now on the next book - Dive Palau - the Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks and my artist is getting going on the wreck illustrations.

The book should be squared away by Xmas and my publishers are now considering a book launch with Sams Tours in Palau at the end of next March - poignantly the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. Task Force 58 raid - Operation Desecrate One - that hit Palau just 6 weeks after the Truk raid Operation Hailstone.

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18 January 2015 - Dive Palau - the Japanese WWII shipwrecks

Six weeks after Task Force 58 neutralised Truk Lagoon as a naval and air base the same Task Force launched a massive fast carrier strike on the great Japanese anchorage and staging post of Palau. The attack followed the Truk template -  a 70 Hellcat Intial Fighter Sweep to destroy Japanese air cover and take out their airfields followed by devastating attacks by Grumman Avenger torpedo bombers and Douglass Dauntless dive bombers on the Japanese shipping. Aerial mines were dropped in the channels leading out of the Palau Lagoon to trap the Japanese vessels inside and seal off any escape. Tens of Japanese vessels went to the bottom of the Lagoon.

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28 October 2014 - Truk Lagoon.

Just back from Chuuk after an epic 2 week trip out there that saw us dive 18 wrecks in 10 days. The first 100 DTL books arrived at Truk Stop Hotel & Dive Centre the day I was due to come back so they are all now signed - if you are in Chuuk just now and want a copy, head over to Truk Stop!

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12 September - Dive Truk Lagoon is wrapped!!

Phew - it's been a long hard grind for 18 months, but that is the book, set, proofed twice, tweaked, adjusted and the print files are now off to the presses. The books will be in my publishers warehouse on 2 October - just in time for my little Exped to Truk on 4 October. I am absolutely delighted with the final book - my publishers have down a fantastic job - strange thing to say, but it is absolutely beautiful!

 
6 August 2014 - Fabulous tek weeks out of Stonehaven

After such a poor start to this year's season we have had one of the most intense spells of concentrated tek diving out of Stonehaven on our big RIB Stoney Haar over the last few weeks. Dives on the SS Greenawn, SS Baku Standard, SS Repro, HMT Lowdock, SS Fernside and SS Creemuir have all merged into what feels like one glorious tek dive in great 15-20m vis.

 
5 August 2014 - Dive Truk Lagoon

The 1st proof is done and dusted and away back to my publishers a week or two for the final proof to be prepared. Big changes are OK with the first proof but the final proof only gets changed if absolutely necessary for any clangers. We're getting there but a bit behind schedule. We should still publish this month.

 
9 July 2014 -Dive Truk Lagoon

Dive Truk Lagoon is running a bit behind schedule now - mainly due to the over abundance of words, photos, charts and wreck illustrations I gave the publishers. Although the original book was to be 205 pages the sheer volume of wreck diving in Chuuk meant that when the book was first set it came in at 400 pages - oops! The designers have been having a go at it and I have today received the 1st proof for checking - it's now 288 pages. Guess its lots of quiet and strong coffee for me over the next week or so as I pore over it and check it through.

 
17 May 2014. Dive Truk Lagoon - the latest

My publishers have been in touch to say that they have almost finished editing the manuscript and that it will be back with me for a final check shortly - all 270 pages of it. I guess I'll be quiet for a while then ....... Everything else is in place and we're still on track fro publication on 31 July. Not long now - can't wait to see it in its final form.

 
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