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Diving on Shipwrecks - World
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SHIPWRECKS - THE SOUTH COAST
Richard Larn and Clive Carter.
Published in 1969 by David & Charles, Devon, UK.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 264 pages, mono prints.
The definitive work for the region. Includes The Lizard, Mount's Bay, Mousehole, The Manacles, Falmouth Bay.
CORNISH SHIPWRECKS THE
Hardcover, 219 pages with illustrations.
Ebay description: This is the divers bible for discovering a wealth of shipwrecks cast away on the coasts of Devon,England.A chronicle of the final hours of over a thousand craft.From Men o' War and clipper ships,battleships and liners,to luggers,smacks and trawlers.
SCOTLAND'S GREATEST WRECKS
Published by: Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, in Scotland1993.
Hard printed cover (no DJ) with 176 printed pages. Dimensions: 24.5 cms tall by 17 cms wide
The author has concentrated on only ten wrecks off the coast of Scotland rather than try to pick on many. He covers six wrecks off the West Coast, two in the Moray Firth and finally two of the scuttled German fleet in Scapa Flow. Each wreck is thoroughly researched both as a vessel before sinking, the circumstances of the loss and what itís like to dive (in 1993). The text
is extremely well illustrated with photographs, illustrations and drawings and the underwater sketches of the wreck are superb I have been lucky enough to dive most of these wrecks and the book came in very useful. The wrecks he covers are: Hispania, Rondo, Breda, HMS Port Napier, Wallachia, Akka, San Tiburcio, Fram, Koln and Kronprinz Wilhelm. [pt]
Keith Morris and Peter Rowlands
Published by: Artist House Books, London, UK in 1993. (Originally Published in 1988)
Hard Cover with dustjacket. 192 printed pages and very well illustrated with many colour photographs. Dimensions: 28.5 cms tall by 22.5 cms wide
The introduction gives a potted history of diving and then moves onto look
at several individual wrecks and areas of wrecks in discreet chapters: 1 The Etruscan Wreck (Giglio, Italy). 2 The Rhone (The British Virgin Islands). 3 Wrecks of the Great Lakes (North America). 4 The Umbria (Egyptian Red Sea). 5 The Royal Oak (Scapa Flow). 6 The Cristobol Colon (Bermuda). 7 Truk Lagoon (Philippines)
Each chapter/wreck is well researched with archive photographs (where possible), a background history as well as accounts of diving the wreck. [pt],[ps]
|LOST ON THE OCEAN FLOOR
Diving the World's Ghost Ships
John Christopher Fine.
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA; 2005.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 253 pages, index; twenty pages of mono photographs.
I havn't read the book and probably wont, more out of envy for the author who has done so much, so best I leave it to someone else to review the book, and simply print out the fly blurb:
Award-winning photojournalist-scuba diver John Christopher Fine has explored and documented the sunken fleets of the world-from Scapa Flow to Truk Lagoon-for most of his adult life, and the best of his discoveries are showcased in this book. With the aid of his own haunting photographs, Fine describes the sunken ships, dating from early Roman colonization to modern times, and the stories behind them, relating the circumstances of their loss and, in some cases, salvage and preservation. This is a book that captures the drama of discovery while presenting the historical, scientific, and archaeological facts. Where possible, eyewitness reports of sinkings are included, as well as the folklore associated with some of the world's great salvage attempts. Readers are also treated to personal accounts of those who have found great treasure on long-lost shipwrecks. The result of years of research underwater exploration and filming, Lost on the Ocean Floor will capture the imagination of everyone with an interest in maritime history and sunken ships. [ps]
AROUND BRITAIN. A Diver's Guide
Kaye & Ward. London. 1970. 1st Ed. 112 pp with 24 location charts, plus 16 pages with 18 b/w illustrations (2 drawings & 16 photos). Hard cover, dustjacket. 22.2 x 14.
Guide to 400 wrecks with brief information on the ship, the shipwreck and the wreck: Dimensions, Tonnage, Cargo, Sinking date, Location - lat, long., Depth, Surveys, Depth, Additional information.
(Cover: aerial photo of ship with back broken.)
FLEET - The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll. James P. Delgardo.
University of Hawaii Prss, Honolulu. 1996.
With the recent opening up of Bikini Atoll after the atomic tests in July 1946, a new destination rivals Truk Lagoon as the wreck divers' Mecca. Some 242 ships were anchored at various locations in the atoll when the US Government detonated another atomic bomb. Immediately after the detonation, scientists and the military combed the radiated wrecks gathering evidence to show how massive the bomb damage could be. Operation Crossroads had been succesful. It was however an inglorious end to the magnificent carrier USS Saratoga, but she can now proudly claim to be the world's largest accessible shipwreck, pushing the SS President Coolidge into second place - although getting to Bikini Atoll is no breeze. The author, a director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, was on the 1989 expedition to Bikini. His excellent text and style, and many historic and underwater photographs, make this an excellent book.
Hardcover, 204 pages, medium square format, colour plates.
- DIVING THE GRAVEYARD OF THE PACIFIC.
Roderick M. Farb.
Menasha Ridge Press. Birmingham, Alabama, 1985. ISBN 0 89732-064-6.
Softcover, 372 pages, mono prints, bibliography, index.
SEA HUNTERS: TRUE ADVENTURES WITH FAMOUS SHIPWRECKS
Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo.
Simon and Shuster, New York, 1996. ISBN 0 684 83027 2.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 364 pages, a few mono prints, index, list of NUMA ships under survey.
From the fly:
In The Sea Hunters, his first nonfiction book, Cussler explores the special world of undersea adventure that inspired and has its fictional parallel in the Dirk Pitt novels. He describes his lifelong love for the sea and ships, and how his involvement with the search for John Paul Jones's famous Revolutionary War ship, the Bonhomme Richard, led to his establishing the NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and preservation of historic shipwrecks. From the more than sixty shipwrecks Cussler and his NUMA volunteers have found, he has chosen the twelve most interesting, whether because of the ship's history, the circumstances of its sinking, or the trouble, frustration, and peril that were encountered while trying to find the sunken wreck.He describes his searches for such ships as the Union 24-gun frigate Cumberland, sunk during the Civil War by the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly the Merrimack); the Confederate Hunley, which became the first submarine in history to sink a warship; the U- 21, a German U-boat, which during World War I became the first sub to sink a warship and escape; and the American troop transport Leopoldville, which was destroyed by a German submarine on Christmas Eve, 1944, with huge loss of life; as well as Engine #51, the lost locomotive of Kiowa Creek, which roared off a storm-weakened high bridge in 1878. The wrecks date as far back as 1840 and span the continental United States, the Atlantic Ocean, and the North Sea. [ps]
THE SEA HUNTERS: TRUE ADVENTURES WITH FAMOUS SHIPWRECKS, Cussler & Dirgo, Pocket Books New York, New York, U.S.A. 1997; 396 pages.
THE SEA HUNTERS II. Cussler and Dirgo. Berkley Publishing Group New York, NY, U.S.A. 2004.
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