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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.

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.

29 October . Glasgow launch

Rod will be launching The Darkness Below with Aquatron at 1100 on 29 October. Venue is the Aquatron building at 30 Stanley Street, Glasgow, G41 1JB

3 November 2011. The Darkness Below Edinburgh launch

Rod will be launching The Darkness Below with Deep Blue, Edinburgh on 3 Novmeber at 1900. Venue is The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street, EH12 5DX

26 October 2011- The Darkness Below Aberdeen launch

Rod will be launching The Darkness Below at Abereeen Watersports, 35 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen at 1830.

13th November 2010: SSAC Annual Conference

The tragedy of HMT Lowdock and the Mystery of the SS Greenawn
Location: Eyemouth

BSAC NW Regional Conference 2010

Shipwreck Presentation covering Scapa Flow, Ireland, Norway, England & South China Seas shipwrecks.  
Location: The Park Hall Hotel Conference Centre, Chorley, Lancs, PR7 5LP

Scottish Sub Aqua Club Annual Conference 2009

Shipwreck Presentation, Eyemouth
Presentation at the Scottish Sub Aqua Club annual conference
Location: Eyemouth

Maritime Rescue Institute Harbour Festival

Location: Stonehaven

Stonehaven Northern Oil Wives

Shiprecks of the World
Presentation to Stonehaven Northern Oil Wives Association
Location: Station Hotel function room, Stonehaven

Aberdeen & Stonehaven Yacht Club

Shipwrecks presentation
Presentation on local shipwrecks to local Aberdeen & Stonehaven Yacht Club
Location: ASYC HQ, Stonehaven harbour

Montrose Museum

Shipwrecks Presentation
Location: Montrose Museum


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