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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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15 Feb 2013. E-book release of Into the Abyss

Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World was my first non wreck manual book - it's a collection of stories of my experiences from early 1980's diving, through deep air and on to Open Circuit Trimix. It's a pre-cursor to The Darkness Below. Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh (Random House group) have now scheduled it for release as an e-book on 15 February. It's got the Corryvreckan dive in it amongst other adventures :-)

 
Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea

Launches of the new book in the Far East set for OZTeK, Sydney on 15/16 MArch 2013 and Asian Diver Exhibition (ADEX) at Singapore from 19-22 April.

 
22 December. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

Lot of interest developing in the new book. It's now No 2 best seller in Shipwrecks with Amazon - behind a book about the Titanic. Sunday Mail probably carrying a 2 page spread tomorrow and other papers and dive magazines picking up on it.

 
12 December. Great British Shipwrecks - now published!

That's it - the books are all printed and being distributed to shops and online retailers. Just in time for Xmas!

 
16 Nov. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

That's the last proof of the new set book now fully checked - any errors and omissions will be mine alone - the ones I missed as the eye sees what it expects to see when you're checking 90,000 words. Book should be on the book shelves in a few weeks time - in time for Xmas!

 
5 November. Scapa Flow

Just back from a few days diving off the Radiant Queen in Scapa Flow. Stunning crystal clear visibility of 20metres. On the bottom beside the light cruiser Dresden when I looked up I could see the faint orange blur of the sun through the surface 35 metres above me. On my final deco stop at 6msw the water was so clear and still that I couldn't see the surface - just blue sky and clouds above. and the downline rising up to a white buoy seemingly floating in space like a balloon. Fine tours around the MArkgraf on scooters, Konig and all 4 15-inch turrets of the Bayern which are no winked by rope..

 
11 Oct. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

The final set proof arrived with the postie today from publishers. It's all typeset now and all the photos and illustrations have been dropped in. Lovely to see it all coming together. Just got a final proof read to do now before the big red PRINT button is pressed, that's the one beside the COFFEE button. Will it be ready for the launch at the SSAC Annual Diving Conference at Eyemouth on 10 November?? Time will tell.

 
22 Sept. SS Cushendall

Fine dive in blustery conditions 4 miles offshore on the WWII loss SS Cushendall, bombed by German planes from Norway in 1940. Pleasant descent down to the wreck sitting on its keel in 58msw. Shotted it right at the bow and had a good exploration from there all the way back to the stern passing the big boiler and exposed engine room in the collapsed stern superstructure. Massive portholes in the forward section of the midship's bridge area - only dwarfed by some of the biggest lobsters I've seen in a while.

 
19 Sept. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

Review of edited manuscript finally finished and off back to publishers. Celebrated by taking a day off and climbing a mountain :-)

 
10 Sept. New Shipwrecks of Scapa Flow chart goes on sale

It's finally ready! My new chart of the Scapa Flow wrecks is finally ready and the first orders are coming off the press. My existing German wreck illustrations have been augmented by new illustrations (not yet seen) of the Bayern gun turrets, Konig and the Icelandic trawler James Barrie in Hoxa Sound. The chart of Scapa Flow has the wreck locations in situ and ringing around the chart are all my wreck illustrations including HMT Strathgarry and HMS Hampshire along with a little explanatory text. I'm really pleased with the final outcome - we've tried to do it on a grand scale and it comes in A1 or A2 size. Looks fantastic framed.

Trade enquiries welcome.

 
25 August. SS Creemuir

0800 RV and ropes off at Stonehaven harbour for a 0930 splash 12 miles out on the SS Creemuir in 70msw. We'd explored the stern and bridge superstructure of this large WWII wreck a fortnight ago and wanted to have a look around the bow area. Shotted it right in the middle of the foredeck holds - and had a grand look around the bridge and bow area. We've now surveyed the whole of this wreck. Stunning 20m ambient vis on the bottom.

 

 
24 Aug. SS Norwood??

Cracking dive 7 miles out on the snag we located and dived in 2000 - and have never been back. At the time we found a 185 ft long wartime steamship (DEMS gun at stern) sitting on her keel in 67msw - and thought the most likely candidate was the SS Norwood from WWI. We shotted it right at the fo'c's'le and were able to have a good exploration of the whole wreck in perfect slack water and dark, moody 10m vis. The DEMS 4-inch gun at stern has been trawled into and now points vertically upright. Shells in cases beside it. Safe to say we now believe it's not the Norwood.

 
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