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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.


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

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.

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.

24 September 2014. The New Club, Edinburgh

Delighted to be talking at The New Club in Edinburgh - about shipwrecks of course

16/17 November 2013 - TekDIVE13

Delighted to be presenting about Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea at TekDIVE13 in Antwerp on 16/17 November.

OZTeK, Sydney 16/17 March

Rod will be launching his new book Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea at the OZTek International Dive Conference on 16 March at 0945. Rod is also presenting about the Shipwrecks of Scapa Flow at OZTeK on Sunday 17 March

1 MArch 2013. Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea

Open presentation at the British Legion Hall in Stonehaven about HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse along with Paul Haynes to raise funds for the local lifeboat station, Maritime Rescue Institute, Stonehaven.

31 Jan 2013. National Hyperbaric Conference, Aberdeen

Presentation about the Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea

19-22 April 2013. ADEX SIngapore

Rod will be launching Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea at the Asian Diver Exhibition in Singapore which runs from 19-22 April 2013.

8 Feb 2013. Great British Shipwrecks - Dublin

Presentation about the new book at Dun Laoghairie Motor Yacht Club, County Dubklin

16/17 MArch 2013. OZtek - Sydney

Rod will be presenting about UK shipwrecks at the annual Australian Technical Diving Conference OZtek.

17 Jan 2013. Great British Shipwrecks - Edinburgh event

Presentation about the new book to Deep Blue Scuba at the Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street,Edinburgh, EH12

16 Nov 2013 - Tekdive International Diving Conference

Presenting to Tekdive on the Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea at Ter Elst Hotel Conference Centre in Antwerp, Belgium

10 November 2012. Scottish Dive Conference, Eyemouth

Rod will be talking at the SSAC Annual Conference in Eyemouth on 10 November - something to do with shipwrecks no doubt :-)

8 March. Ellon Sub Aqua Club presentation.

I started out in my diving career with the fledgling ESAC in the early 1980's. I'm delighted to be invited back to talk to the Club about my diving career with a host of cool diving pics on Powerpoint at 8pm on Thursday 8 March at the Linsmohr Hotel in Pitmedden.


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