Author - Kendall McDonald
and diver Kendall McDonald is one of Britains most prolific 'underwater'
writers. As a journaalist he has written many books - reportedly about
thirty - and articles based on his personal diving experiences. I understand
that he scripted and presented a series of underwater programs on
TV during the 1960s. This was probably the first British TV series
about diving, introducing viewers to the “new sport” of diving.
Kendall McDonald has been an underwater explorer for more than twenty-five years, and has dived to wrecks allover the world. A journalist (personal assistant to the Editor of the London Evening News), he is former Chairman, and has been a member of the National Council, of the British Sub-Aqua Club; he has appeared many times on radio and television to talk about underwater swimming. He is author of more than a dozen books about ships and the sea, and a keen photographer.
In 1974 (or thereabouts), he teamed up with diver/author/illustrator Ley Kenyon to produce a set of Tea Cards for the British tea company called Brooke Bond, a series of fifty colelctable cards called "The Sea Our Other World". McDonald wrote the text, whilst Kenyon did the drawings.
For further details see the
International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame:
|..||DIVE SOUTH DEVON
Underwater World Publications London 1990 . Softcover.
Published by: Underwater World Publications in 1999
(Originally published in 1985, revised in 1889 and 1995).
Printed card covers - 208 printed pages. Dimensions: 21 cms tall by 15 cms wide
The guide is divided into 11 sections and has 2 appendix. Within the 11 sections, there are 8 areas but the book into the following: "How to Use This guide", "About Sussex", "Dive Planning", "Area 1: Chichester Harbour to Bognor Regis", "Area 2: Pagham and Pagham Horbour", "Area 3: Littlehampton", "Area 4: ferring to Hove", "Area 5: Brighton to Burrow Head", "Area 6: Newhaven to Beachy Head", "Area 7: Eastbourne to St Leonards" and "Area 8: Hastings to Broomhill Sands". Appendix covers "Dive Services" while appendix 2 is "The Divers Conduct". Each area is borken down into dive sites, both wrecks and scenic. There are positions and each wrech is well researche with many photographs and diagrals, many of which are in Colour. [pt,pw]
|..||DIVE THE ISLE OF WIGHT
|..||FISH-WATCHING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Kendall McDonald et al
John Murray, London 1972. Hardcover, dustjacket, 8.5" x 5.5", 270 pp. 84 colour photographs, 36 b/w pics, index.
A manual for pleasure divers.
Also have listed: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972, Hardback in dust wrapper. ISBN 0684136562
Volumes 1 to 3.
Kendall McDonald. 1971.
More Than Skin Deep
Published by Pelham Books London in 1971
Hard back with DJ 220 pages
Dimensions: 22 cms tall by 14.5 cms wide
Book comprises of 16 chapters and 25 monochrome photographs, maps and charts.
Contains stories of diving from the UK and around the world, many of the photos are diving related. [pt]
Kendall McDonald and Phil Smith.
Published by Stanley Paul ? Co Ltd, London in 1963
Hardback book with 160 Printed pages with 16 b/w photos and 20 line drawings
Dimensions: 19 cms tall by 12.5 cms wide
This book has 13 chapters deals with spearfishing in the UK in the early 1960’s. Starting from “First Principles”, it moves through to more advanced techniques and other related subjects including “Spearfishing and the Law”, “Competitions” and more menacingly “Accidents Can Happen”. Finally the book concludes with 5 appendices containing various details like shops around the UK where equipment could be purchased, branches of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BS-AC), finally UK and World spearfishing records at the time.
|..||THE TIN OPENERS
Published by the Historic Military Press, UK in 2003.
Soft cover, no dustjacket and 32 printed pages. Dimensions 21cms tall by 15 cms wide
Contains 20 photographs and 2 line drawings
This small book tells the story of a secret world war 1 UK Royal Navy diving team set up to help counter the threat of the German U-Boats, in particular one diver called Ernest Charles (Dusty) Miller. The team were referred to as “The Tin Openers” and were very successful in retrieving items such as plans of newly laid mine fields, builders drawings of new U-Boats, new top secret German equipment fitted to U-Boats, orders for past ? current missions and code books. A fascinating read.. [pt]
Kendall McDonald. Foreword by H. R. H. The Prince of Wales.
Pelham Books, London. 1976.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 246 pages, illustrations, maps and appendices. Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
Stories of some 50 wrecks around Britain's coasts from anceint times to the 1800's, where they went down, the year they went down ,riches found, anecdotes, detailed instructions on how to identify them.
From the fly: The wrecks around Britain's coasts are a constant challenge to underwater explorers. Some of the wrecks contain immense treasure, and you may read here of thousands of gold and silver coins recovered from them. The 'treasure' modern divers seek, however, is often not bullion, but new knowledge about our seafaring past. The challenge is not only in the diving - cold, difficult and dangerous though it is - but also in piecing together the evidence which will identify one of these lost ships, her cargo, and perhaps how she was wrecked. The Treasure Divers is about this painstaking underwater archaeology and the divers who do it - mostly dedicated amateurs working under expert guidance. From his own experience and from hours of discussion with the divers involved, Kendall McDonald tells, for general reader and diving enthusiast alike, fascinating stories of the discovery and examination of some fifty wrecks found in recent years, ranging from Bronze-Age traders to nineteenth-century warships. This is not a technical manual about diving, but The Treasure Divers has much to teach the amateur diver: there are detailed instructions about identifying lost ships by using public records, in an appendix which includes many examples of real-life underwater detective work; other appendices explain how to preserve fragile finds (which might soon deteriorate on their return to the air), and how the Protection of Wrecks Act affects divers. Here too is a comprehensive 'Diver's Guide' to the wrecks around Britain. [ps]
Edited by Kendall McDonald for the Britih Sub-Aqua Club. Forward by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh.
Pelham Books Ltd, London, 1968.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 218 pages, mainly mono plates but some colour,surprisingly no index. This is not a 'how-to-dive' books which the British are so prolific in producing, but more of a 'diver interest' book with contribution chapters by several well-known authors: 'The Amateur Divers of Britain', by Harold Gould; 'Diving with a Purpose', by Alexander McKee; 'Wreck Diver', by Derek Cockbill; 'Diving in an Effluent Society', by Dr David Ballamy; 'The Mulberry that Missed the Invasion', by Kendall McDonald; 'Fortress Under the Sea', by Major Hume Wallace; 'Camera Underwater', by Horace Dobbs', 'Around Britain Underater', by Leo Zanelli; and 'Diving into the Future', by Colin McLeod. An appendix 'Where to find the Divers', lists a number fo clubs and asaociations. It is a most interesting book, moreso in its ay no doubt, to the qualified diver. he chaptes are generally written in the first person and represent the author's actual experiences."Diving underwater is the answer to the explorer's dream, particularly if he has only modest means, and since the invention of the aqualung people have flocked to learn the technique. It has opened up a whole realm of exploration to amateurs and they hve jumped the chance". HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1968. [cd]
THE SECOND UNDERWATER
Ed. Kendal McDonald, with a foreword by the Prince of Wales.
First published 1973 by Pelham Books, UK.
Hardback, dustjacket, ilustrated.
"This is the third in the series of thrilling stories fromthe men who proble into the secrets of the world beneath the sea: divers from the BSAC and the Royal Navy tell stories of wrecks, icy water and sharks.
Roger Jefferis and Kendall McDonald
George G. Harrap and Co. London 1966 First Edition Hardcover, dust jacket , 255 pp, 30 photographic illustrations, 7 line drawings (2 being on the endpapers)
Rediscovering and exploring the sunken ships around Great Britain. Dimensions 22.5cms tall by 14.5cms wide. Contains 31 half tone plates and 7 line drawings.
Written in 12 chapters, it contains both authors research and accounts of diving wrecks around the UK coast. Each chapter covers many wrecks and they include ships like the SS Maine (sunk in 1917), the Spanish Armada wreck San Pedro el Mayor and too many others to mention. Detail of each wreck is told in detail including when, how and why it sank plus what was found. There is an appendix covering further subjects including “Wreck Hunting and the law”, Learning to dive, Underwater Archaeology and even a wreck list! [pt]
Also: The Adventurers Club London 1967 Reprint
US Edition: A.S. Barnes and Co., New York. 1966. Hardcover, dustjacket, 255 pp, with 5 line drawings, and 60 bw illust. Maps of wrecks from the Needles to North Foreland. Accounts of amateur aqualung divers of Great Britain and their search for sunken wrecks around the English coast. Wreck List. (Cover left, lower)
Covers some of the older wrecks along the south-west coast of England facing the English Channel, right up to the Goodwin Sands, and also across the Irish Sea to the coast of Ireland. Ships include Anson, Herzogin Cecile, Empress of India, Falls of Garry, City of Quebec, Lusitania, Mary Rose, Impregnable, Hindostan and many others including un-named Spanish galleons. [ps-nodj]
From the US edition dustjackket:(see image, lower, left)
From the dust jacket:
"The story of each wreck is told in detail, and there are dozens of wrecks discussed: when, how, and why each ship sank. Then we don aqualung, mask, and swimfins and are taken below the surface to see what the wrecks look like today - years and, in some cases, centuries after they were sunk. What the divers found, and what they have recovered from the wrecks are described and illustrated."
by Kendall McDonald
|..||TREASURE BENEATH THE
SEA - The Wreck Detectives in their Search for Sunken Ships
British edition: ?
U.S.Edition:A. S. Barnes, Cranbury, Newe Jersey, 1974. Hardcover, dust jacket, 192pp., b/w pls., maps, plans, appends., bibliog., index.
Illustrated account of the hunt for sunken Ships ? Treasure. Inc.; some interesting technical diving content.
Pelham Books 1973. Hardcover, dustjacket.
In McDonald's book 'More Than Skin Deep' there is a photo of a lady in a bikini referred to as Penny!
There is also photos of a small boat called Penolope. C ould be either or both!!!
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