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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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General Articles
INTO THE ABYSS

INTRODUCTION

The Pinnacle

Corryvreckan Whirpool,

West Scotland

 

Our group of 6 divers struggled in the swirling currents to rendezvous at the appointed time on top of the Pinnacle, the column of solid rock that rises up from a depth of 200 metres to just 30 metres beneath the boiling surface of the Corryvwrecken Whirlpool. The Pinnacle is both the cause of and the very heart of the Whirlpool, one of the largest whirlpools in the world.

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THE DARKNESS BELOW

INTRODUCTION

 

The wreck of the White Star liner Justicia

25 miles off Northern Ireland

70 metres below the surface of the Irish Sea, 25 miles off the Northern Irish coast, my regular dive buddy Ewan Rowell and myself were speeding over the remains of the White Star liner RMS Justicia on our bright orange Aquazepp underwater scooters. Frantically, we were trying to complete a grand tour from stem to stern before it was time to start the long, slow ascent to the surface. We had already had three dives on this sunken leviathan’s remains in the days before. This was the last dive of a 10-day dive trip.

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THE SS HISPANIA

In the clear waters of the Sound of Mull lies the wreck of the Swedish Steamer Hispania, considered by many to be the greatest wreck in Scotland outside Scapa Flow. Rod Macdonald takes you on a guided tour;

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JUTLAND TO JUNKYARD

Jutland to JunkyardFOREWORD

 

Scapa Flow is a dramatic and windswept expanse of water some 12 miles across and almost completely encircled by the islands of Orkney.  For centuries it has been a safe, sheltered and heavily defended anchorage for the Royal Navy. Great warships have come and gone. Dramatic deeds are an integral part of its past. Countless military man hours have gone into  defensive planning and endeavour to render this great naval anchorage safe and impregnable to our war time enemies. Those enemies in turn have gone to similar lengths in attempting to find a way through those defences to attack valuable Allied shipping.

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THE INCREDIBLE RONDO

Sound of Mull, Scotland

 

It’s hard to believe that in the clear waters of the Sound of Mull a shipwreck stands almost completely on her bows. The stern is only 3 metres down; the bows, 50 metres down, at the limit of safe air diving. Rod Macdonald, author of DIVE SCAPA FLOW and DIVE SCOTLAND’S GREATEST WRECKS shows the way around…..

 

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DEEP IN THE CLYDE AMONGST BURRELL’S BEER

 

Almost 40 years after his death Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) is still a household name in Scotland, forever associated with the Burrell Art Collection which is now housed in a fine gallery at Pollock Park. His roots were firmly in the Clyde and a less well known legacy of his families huge shipping empire, lies silently in the dark depths of the Clyde, a beautiful, graceful steamship, the SS Wallachia.

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