It has been quite a journey over the last 33 years since the 1st paperback edition of Dive Scapa Flow was published in 1990. My then publishers, Mainstream Publishing, felt they were taking quite a risk with the publication and did an initial print run of 2000 paperback copies. That sold out very quickly and other similar 2000 copy print runs followed before they decided it was selling well enough to merit going to a hardback cover in 1993. At that time there were about 12 dive boats working the Flow full time throughout the dive season.
The cover got changed in about 1998 for the 3rd, 4th & 5th editions – Derek Miller beside the upturned triple expansion engine of the Tabarka – sadly no longer accessible.
In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the scuttle on 21 June 2019, the book was fully rewritten and updated with new wreck illustrations and the latest digital scans courtesy of Chris Rowland and ADUS Deepocean. Its hard to think back to just how little we knew about the wrecks in the early 1980’s, when I started diving them – compared to the wealth of knowledge now available.