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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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10 Aug. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

The launch of Great British Shipwrecks will take place at the Scottish Sub Aqua Club Annual Conference at Eyemouth on 10 November. I'll be presenting about some of the new work for the book such as HMS Audacious, the first British battleships lost to enemy action in WWI, the White Star liner Justicia, SS Empire Heritage with its famous cargo of Sherman tanks and HMS Pathfinder in the Forth - the first RN vessel lost to a torpedo in WWI.

 
29 July. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

Expecting the edited manuscript back from my publishers shortly to start the process of proof reading it - usually it's proof read about twice before it is typeset - and then proof read again. Gonna be a busy few months.

 
6 July. Shipwrecks of Scapa Flow chart

Just finalised my new Shipwrecks of Scapa Flow chart which includes new illustrations of the Bayern turrets, Konig & James Barrie, not yet seen. Looks great and comes at A1 & A2 size. First print run for orders will be in 2-3 weeks.

A1 is £45 and A2 is £30.

If anyone wants to order contact me by e-mail. More details will go into the online Shop in due course.

 
17 May. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

The new book has just gone live on amazon etc for pre-orders.

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Publication date finalised at 31 October 2012.

 
14 May. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

The book has now gone live on my publisher's website at http://www.whittlespublishing.com/Great_British_Shipwrecks

Publication has been scheduled for October 2012. Happy days :-)

 
Open Dive Charters from Stonehaven now started

Open Dive Charter weekend 26/27 May - timetable

Saturday 26May

0900. Recreational dive.

1100. Ropes off for 1230 tech/wreck dive on MS Taurus (see Wrecks Section) in 50msw

Sunday 27 May

0900 Recreational dive. 1230 ropes off for 1400 tech/wreck dive on WWI tanker Baku Standard in 58msw

Open Dive Charter weekend 2/3 June

Saturday 2 June

0900. Recreational dive.

1230. Ropes off for 1400 tech wreck dive on WWII loss SS Cushendall in 58msw

Sunday 3 June

0900 Recreational dive. 1400 ropes off for 1515 dive on WWII loss SS Gowrie in 60msw

More details at company website www.haynesmacdonald.com

Contact me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested

 
4 May. Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure

The new book will be up on my publishers's website www.whittlespublishing.com as from about next Wednesday. If you visit their site you can complete a form to register your interest. They will then contact you a few weeks before publication to make sure you get your copy as soon as it comes out. Happy Days Cool

 
19 April. Scapa Flow & linking the Bayern turrets

Just back from a week's diving in Scapa Flow on MV Radiant Queen. The cave reel we laid last summer linking uop the two sets of 2 upside down 15-inch gun turrets had been snapped. We laid a tougher line from the north pair almost all the way to the south pair before the rope ran out and was tied to some debris about 5-10 metres short. It's somebody else's job to lay the last little bit and allow a complete passage from one set to the other - about 80-100 metres.

 
8 March.The Darkness Below reviewed in Tech Diving Magazine

Nice review of The Darkness Below in Tech Diving Magazine which is free to download online and is filled with lots of interesting stuff.

 

http://www.techdivingmag.com/

 
5.5m Humber Destroyer RIB with Yam90 for sale - £8k

The fantastic RIB I've used for North Sea diving is now for sale. Deep V hull, console with VHF, horn, stainless steel 8 cylinder bottle rack, stainless steel A frame with Nav lights and radar reflector, 2 x 25L fuel tanks under console, heavy duty bilge pump, Hallmark braked Rollercoaster trailer just serviced with new brake pads, bearings, cables, hand break. Yam 90 in good condition just serviced.

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