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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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The Darkness Below, 20 November

Rod's new book The Darkness Below is well under way - anticipated publication early in the New Year. The first full draft manuscript is nearing completion.

 
SSAC Annual Conference 2010 - Eyemouth

The SSAC are holding their annual conference at Eyemouth again on 13 November 2010. I'm giving a video presentation about a couple of virgin wrecks we have located off the NE coast, SS Greenawn and Lowdock.   I talked at last year's conference and am delighted to be asked again - after having had such a great time at last year's conference I'm looking forward to it already. My dive buddies Paul Haynes and Peter Moir are also talking at it so I suspect there will be a bit of a session at night. I'll be taking along a limited stock of books for sale and can sign them to suit. Get that personalised Xmas pressy squared away early!

 
SMS Brummer, Scapa Flow

The rate of decay of the light cruiser Brummer at Scapa Flow seems to be accelerating. Just got back from a few days there and even since my last trip in October 2009 there have been many changes. She has overtaken Dresden with her rate of decay. The bow decking, compomised when the 5.9 inch bow gun turret fell out a few years ago, has now almost completely come down and obscures the 5.9 inch gun lying on the seabed and the armoured fire control tower. The intricate bridge superstructure has also collapsed and is now a mangled mass on the seabed. Many changes towards the rear of the wreck as well.

 
Big changes in SS Tabarka,

The upside down blockship Tabarka in Burra Sound seems to have deteriorated significantly - even since last year. The bottom of the hull (now above) is collapsing down above the boilers and the fairly large swim through between boiler tops and keel has been reduced to a few feet. The engine and gauge panel (cover phot on Dive Scapa Flow) are now at an angle and getting hard to make out. She is not the gem of Scapa Flow that she used to be and the rate of collapse seems to be accelerating. 

 
Scapa Flow developments

Scapa Scuba now have a new line of their popular Wrecked in Scapa Flow T-shirts. Look good.

 
SS Exmouth

Well known Scottish wreck diver Peter Moir has posted some stunning footage of diving SS Exmouth in the North Sea on youtube.

 

 
WRECK-X Shipwreck Explorers

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April 2010

The dive season has started and up in Scapa Flow the new bound sets of 7 A4 wreck laminates are selling well to both divers and tourists interested in Orkney’s maritime history.Scapa Scuba, The Red Shed, Stromness are the main local distributors.

 
24th April 2010

Rod’s new book The Darkness Below has now been submitted to Mainstream Publishing for consideration. Publication date to be advised.

 
Future Products

Complimentary set of 6 A4 laminates of the famous Sound of Mull & west coast wrecks SS Hispania, SS Shuna, SS Thesis, Rondo, Breda and HMS Port Napier is presently under design. To be launched summer 2010. Anticipated RRP £15 per set

 
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