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27 December. Unkai Maru No 6 - Truk Lagoon. New dive video tour released

The Unkai Maru No 6 is one of the oldest wrecks in Truk Lagoon. She was built in 1905 in Newcastle, England as the SS Venus and had a long sea life before she was bought by Japanese interests and subsequently requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was dive bombed, set on fire and sunk by Task Froce 58 aircraft during OIperation Hailstone on 17/18 February 1944.

See the video here;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4-kz8adalw&t=74s

 
19 December 2018. New wreck video tour released - stern section of destroyer IJN Oite

The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Oite had rescued more than 500 crew from the sinking light cruiser IJN Agano and was entering Truk Lagoon on 17 February 1944 - just as the American Operation Hailstone 2-day fast carrier raid began. Trying to evade the U.S. attack aircraft she was moving at full speed and turning to starboard when she was hit amidships by an aerial torpedo. She split in two and sank quickly with great loss of life. Here's the link to the YouTube video tour - subscribe if you want to be notified of further videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xa48kKe86E&t=279s

 
19 December 2018. New Truk Lagoon video tour released - Momokawa Maru

The Japanese auxiliary transport vessel Momokawa Maru was sunk by a 1,000-lb bomb from an American Curtiss SB2 dive bomber on 18 February 1944 duringthe 2-day fast carrier raid, Operation Hailstone. She was set on fire, settled by the stern and rolled to port. Here's the link to my YouTube channel for it - subscribe if you want to be notified of further wreck tours 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osfjs5g233Y&t=264s

 
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

 
Deeper into the Darkness

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Rod Macdonald ready to diveI took up diving in the early 1980's - it seems so long ago now - before even Wham were popular. I went on to develop an interest in shipwrecks after my first dive trip to Scapa Flow in Orkney where the remains of the German High Seas Fleet from Word War I still lie on the seabed - 4 cruisers, 3 gigantic battleships along withn many other shipwrecks.

When I was there I struggled to find any decent information for divers on the German wrecks and this led me to come up with the idea of writing a Dive Guide to the Scapa wrecks. The First Edition of Dive Scapa Flow was published in 1990 and a  totally rewritten and bang up to date centenary 6th edition is now published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet on 21 June 2019.

Dive Scotland's Greatest Wrecks�first published in 1992 covered the histories of the classic Scottish wreck dives and was followed by�a complimentary book about the top 10 wrecks south of the border Dive England's Greatest Wrecks

Each of these 3 wreck manuals covers the history of the wreck, its current condition and is beautifully illlustrated by Rob Ward of Illusion Illustration to reveal the shipwrecks on the seabed.

Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World�published in 2003 is a collection of all the incidents, hilarious and serious, that crammed themselves into my early diving career from novice diver, through the dangers of the 'deep air' days until the arrival of open circuit Trimix diver opened up vast areas of the sea previously out of reach for standard air divers. It covers my panic stricken first sea dives and subsequents forays into increasingly deeper water in search of virgin wrecks - with a dive into the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, one of the largest in the world, thrown in as well.

The Darkness Below, was released in October 2011 and covers my transition from deep air diving to trimix diving - where we use helium gas mixes to make deeper diving safe - and on to trimix rebreather diving - and along the way covers diving in Scapa Flow, the South China Seas, Norway, Truk Lagoon, Palau and other fabulous wreck sites, some lost and forgotten for aeons.

Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure was released in December 2012 and focusses on 37 of the most famous shipwrecks around the UK that I have personally explored. In a coffee table style format, the history of each wreck is looked at in detail and beautifully illustrated with topside and underwater photographs and stunning illustrations of the wreck on the seabed today.

Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea - HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse was released in March 2013 at OZTeK 2013 and covers the careers of these two famous British capital ships and their subsequent demise to a massed attack by 85 Japanese bombers - the sinking of PoW heralding the end of the era of the battleship.

Dive Truk Lagoon - the Japanese WWII Pacific shipwrecks was released in October 2014 and covers the 37 major shipwrecks and aircraft wrecks of the world's greatest wreck diving location; the legacy of the American Operation Hailstone of 17/18 February 1944.

Dive Palau - the Shipwrecks�was published in April 2016. It covers the 20 major shipwrecks of the American Operation Desecrate 1, that followed just 6 weeks after Truk Lagoon was neutralised in Operation Hailstone.

Join with me to dive, see and experience these hidden wonders from history.

Rod Macdonald...Posing.

 
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