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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 March. Scottish Diver review of The Darkness Below

Scottish Diver Review

 
26 March. British Diver review of The Darkness Below

British Diver Review

 
26 March. The Darkness Below - Diver Mag review

Diver Magazine Review

 
24 March. SS Gowrie

Now the new boat and the new book are sorted out for the time being it's time to get some diving in. Tomorrow's target is the SS Gowrie, bombed by German planes flying from Norway in 1940 and now sitting on her port side in 60msw. Better get my CCR dusted off......

 
20 March. Great British Shipwrecks

That's it all done at last. The manuscript went off to the publishers a month or so ago and today I've managed to finish collating and captioning all the images, charts, photos and Rob Ward's stunning new illustrations. They've all been packaged up and sent off to my publishers along with ideas for the cover. Time for a brew and to put my feet up, methinks :-)

 
14 March. Jutland in August

5 of the group I dive with are booked on a 10 day exped organised by Kieran Hatton of Diving in Depth www.divingindepth.co.uk to dive the famous Jutland wrecks from 3-12 August. I believe there's one space left free at moment.

 
8 March. The Darkness Below reviews

Delighted to see the fine reviews of The Darkness Below on Amazon.

The Darkness Below

Also fine review in Tech Diving Magazine out today - it's free online to download and has some interesting stuff. Check it out at;

http://www.techdivingmag.com/

 
7 March. Great British Shipwrecks

The completed Manuscript for GBS has now been submitted to Whittles for editing and I have now got all the photos and illustrations ready to go off as well. Delighted with the new illustrations of the Malin Head wrecks Empire Heritage, Audacious and Justicia as well as HMS Pathfinder in the Forth. Thanks to those folk who have assisted with them.

 
10 Feb. The Darkness Below & Into the Abyss

Out of almost 6,000,000 books sold through Amazon, The Darkness Below is just over the 32,000th best seller and Into the Abyss is just over 23,000th best seller. Pretty pleased with that for diving books.

 
9 Feb. Great British Shipwrecks

Great British Shipwrecks - ideas for cover now with publishers. I was very impressed with their cover design for The Darkness Below so it will be interesting to see what they come back with. Once it gets a cover sorted out a book starts to acquire a form of its own. Working on images of Justicia, HMS Audacious, Empire Heritage, HMS Pathfinder just now. Artist has prepared initial line drawings which need to be firmed up before we go to full illustration. Have tweaked the old illustrations of Rondo and Hispania to bring them up to date - they were 20 years old.

 
22/23 Jan - Diving - I don't think so.

After last weekend's shakedown dive it seems we won't be able to get wet this weekend. Winds of 45-55mph expected. Will keep my boat well away from water methinks.

 
15 Jan - return to the sea

Yesterday was an early return to North Sea mixed gas diving for the Stonehaven Snorkellers - thankfully it was my turn to boat handle. Getting my boat ready in my drive at 0745 it was pitch black, -2C and the boat covered in frost and ice. Once the sun was up it got a bit better. Dived the SS Fernside 5 miles out of Stonehaven in 55msw. Water looked clear in the shallows but the boys reported pitch black, silty 3 metre vis on the bottom - and 7C chilly temp. One guy's in water off board pee system failed - came a bit unstuck, if you know what I mean - and he got a bit wet. Topside for me was lovely when the guys were in the water. I got a good chance to look carefully at the SS Gowrie not far away and get its orientation sorted out in my own head - and on my GPS. Fine pint in the Marine Hotel afterwards - thanks to Paul Haynes, Gary Petrie and Simon Carter for a fine day out.

 
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