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29 June 2017. Dive Scapa Flow Centenary edition is published

My advance copy of the Centenary 6th edition of Dive Scapa Flow has now arrived - I have it in my hands and it is a beautiful, stunning production by Whittles. I am blown away by it - it is my best book yet!

The book is designed to reflect the many 100th anniversary dates that are popping up at Scapa Flow just now, from the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, to the loss of the Hampshire, the loss of the Vanguard, the arrival of the German High Seas Fleet for internment at Scapa Flow and culminating in the 100th anniversary of the famous scuttle of the High Seas Fleet on 21 June 1919. 

The 1st edition of this book was published in 1990 - and went through 5 editions over the course of the next 20 yeras. This classic book has now been given a full 21st century makeover with new text, new photos from MV Halton skipper Bob Anderson, new wreck scans from Chris Rowland and new labelled wreck illustrations by Rob Ward.I love it and cant stop reading it!

Hopefully this edition in 2017 will be good for the next 10-20 years!

 
TekDive USA 2018

Short video invitation for TekDive USA on 27-29 April 2018 in Florida

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsWjRTibGEc

 
TekDive USA. 27-29 April 2018, Florida

Looking forward to presenting about the loss fo HMS Hampshire to a mine laid by U75 off NW Orkney in June 1916 at TekDive USA at the Wyndham Orlando International Drive Resort in Florida next April. Kilt perhaps??

 
The Jake seaplane wreck - Palau

This week's addition to my YouTube wreck diving channel is the Japanese Aichi E13A long range reconnaisance seaplane - Allied reporting name JAKE - which lies just outside Malakal Harbor, Palau.

Aichi E13A's were used throughout the Pacific War for coastal patrols and strikes against Allied transports - and near war's end for kamikaze missions.

vhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d8pARh8WH0&t=5s

 
Public Appearances

Rod is available to speak at shipwreck, diving, corporate or team building/motivational events. He has presented to major events such as the annual NAS International Shipwreck Conference, BSAC Diver Conferences, Scottish Sub Aqua Club (SSAC) Conferences and many other larger events but also enjoys presenting to smaller local interest groups around his own north east of Scotland. As a lifeboatman himself he gives talks to raise funds for the RNLI as well as his local MRI lifeboat station in Stonehaven. If you would like Rod to come and speak to your group please use the "Contact" section so Rod can get in touch to discuss availability.



3 August 2017. Deep Blue Scuba, Edinburgh. Scapa Flow Shipwrecks

Presentation at the Mercat Bar function room, West Maitland Street, Edinburgh - Thursday 3 August 2017 @ 1830.

 
20 July 2017. Presentation and book signing @ 1830. Core 94, 35 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen

Rod will be presenting about the new edition of Dive Scapa Flow (and including some of the incredible new imagery from Prof Chris Rowland of Dundee University) at his local dive store Core94 (formerly Aberdeen Watersports) at 35 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen. A stock of books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

 

Kick off is 1830. Talk will be about 45 minutes and then Rod will reveal some of the footage and results from the HMS Hampshire 100th anniversary survey expedition last June.

 
27-29 April 2018. TekDive USA, Wyndham Orlando International Drive Resort, Florida.

Presentation about the loss of HMS Hampshire to a German U-boat mine off Orkney in June 1916 and the Explorers CLub expedition to survey the protected wreck on the 100th anniversary of its sinking.

 
19 November 2017. Southport BSAC. 7-10pm.

2 x 45 minute presentations to Southport BSAC and local dive clubs.

 

1. Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon.

2. Scapa Flow shipwrecks.

 

Venue: Southport Salvation Amry Citadel, Shakespeare St, Southport, PR8 5AJ

 
29 October 2017. Scottish Dive Conference 2017

Stirling University

 
July 2017. Dive Scapa Flow - the book launch

The launch of the Centenary edition of Dive Scapa Flow will be held in the lounge of the Royal Hotel, Stromness.

Come and get a signed copy on the eve of the launch! Date to be confirmed nearer publication

http://www.whittlespublishing.com/Dive_Scapa_Flow

 
21 June 2017. Aberdeen Probus Club. Mannofield Cricket Club

Presentation about the sinking of HMS Hampshire by a U-boat mine off Orkney in June 1916 and the results of the Explorers Club expedition to survey the wreck.

 
18 March 2017 OZTek, Darling Harbour, Sydney

On the Edge - an evening event with Jill Heinerth, Paul Toomer & myself hosted by David Strike.

http://www.diveoztek.com.au/On-The-Edge

 
18 March 2017. OZTek, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Presentation to open OZTek at 0900 on Sat 18 March on the Explorers CLub flagged expedition to survey the wreck of HMS Hampshire, off Orkney. First public showing of underwater footage, 3D photogrammetrey and Virtual Reality work.

http://www.diveoztek.com.au/default.aspx

 
22 September 2016. Gourdon Mission Hall talk WWI U-boat losses of the NE Coast.

Presenting about WWI U-boat losses around the north east coast of Scotland as part of the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the capture and scuttle of the Montrose tralwer Bella by U 64 on 25 Septemner 1916. The crew were taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war in Germany only being repatriated at war's end.

 
31 March 2016. Launch of Dive Palau at Sams Tours, Palau

The launch of Rod's latest book Dive Palau - the Shipwrecks at Sams Tours dive centre on Koror, Palau

 
21 November 2015. SSAC Annual Conference

The Shipwrecks of Palau. University of Stirling

 
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