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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.


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

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.

24 December. Have a Merry Xmas

We'd talked about trying to get a decent dive in between Xmas and Hogmanay - despite topside conditions, the water is still warmish as it takes a while to cool down from the summer. Big winds forecast 50-60mph next week so I guess it will be a non diving break. Have a Marry Xmas and a grand Hogmanay. Rod

16 December. Great British Shipwrecks - the new project

Now that The Darkness Below is selling away it's time to move on to my next project - to be called Great British Shipwrecks. Over the years for my various wreck books I've illustrated more than 30 UK shipwrecks from Scapa Flow to the English Channel. The new book will be a coffee table style book, low on words and high on images and will include lots of wreck images - I've already finalised new images of the Konig, Bayern turrets and James Barrie and am working on new images of the Justicia, HMS Audacious and SS Empire Heritage in the North Channel as well as HMS Pathfinder in the Forth. if anyone has good underwater phot's of the wrecks which they would like to submit for inclusion in the book e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The manuscript has to be in by end Feb and we're looking at publication in the summer.

20 November. Baku Standard

Fine day out from Gourdon today in lovely conditions to dive the 1893 tanker Baku Standard torpedoed 5 miles out in 1917. 2 Fine neap tides meant we could do 2 waves of divers. The water is a balmy 11C and we had vis of 8m+ on the bottom with ambient light filtering down. Huge bowl of Scotch Broth in the Harbour Bar afterwards topped it off.

Beat the Drum - Live interview

If you missed my hour long slot on Mearns FM on Wednesday night, the edited show is now online - it's No 12 on the Beat the Drum - Listen again page. Have a listen - I chose the music!



Deep Blue Scuba

Thanks to Deep Blue Scuba and Edinburgh Dive Centre for hosting last Thursday's launch in Edinburgh. I had a great time and what a fine bunch of folk to spend the evening with. Delighted to see Derek Borthwick there - one of the few divers about older than I am. Derek learned to dive in Orkney a long time ago with my dive buddy for the last 20 years Ewan Rowell. He entertained me with classic Ewan stories - about homemade wetsuits coming apart underwater and relocating dislocated fingers. Happy days indeed!

3 November 2011. The Darkness Below Edinburgh launch

Looking forward to the launch tomorrow night with Deep Blue Scuba at The Mercat Bar in Haymarket. Kick off 6.30pm

30 October. The Darkness Below

Amazon's figures show that The Darkness Below is now the No 7 best selling book (after just a couple of weeks) in the Scuba Diving category. Excellent stuff - we're getting there!

28 October. The Darkness Below is selling!

The Darkness Below is the 27,210 best selling book in the world this week according to Amazon's author figures! Quite pleased with that - there's a lot of books out there!

27 Oct. Aberdeen Watersports - TDB launch

Last night's launch at Aberdeen Watersports was great fun. Good turn out, lots of enthusiastic interest and lots of books sold. Thank you Jason and all at Aberdeen Watersports for hosting it so well. Onwards to Aquatron in Glasgow on Saturday.

8 October. eBooks

Random House have just signed up to sell MAinstream Publishings titles through Apple stores and iPads. This means that Dive Scapa Flow, Into the Abyss etc will all be appearing as eBooks in the not too distant future. Interesting and exciting development.

6 October. The Darkness Below

Well it's here. A hot off the press, advance, advance copy - and I have to say I'm really pleased with the production, the feel and look of it. Whittles have been great throughout the whole process and haven't missed anything. Very impressed - well done guys. When you're writing a book you deal with a Word doc, the manuscript, the photos are dealt with separately as are the captions. You image the book in your mind the way it turns up night after night in front of you on your Mac. Then it goes to the publishers and it starts to acquire a whole new form. Now it hardly seems like the book I wrote - interesting effect - but you'll have to write a book to understand what I mean! Now, I'm off to look for the one typo that I missed in all my proof reads.

26 October - The Darkness Below Aberdeen launch

My publishers are setting up an Aberdeen launch of TDB with my good friends at Aberdeen Watersports, 35 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen for the evening of 26 October. A Death by Powerpoint Presentation will be followed by wine, nibbles and a signing. Looking forward to the craic already :-)


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