The Manuscript for this new book has now been edited and is away for the next step of being page set. March 2023 for publication at moment.
Delighted to announce that my new book about how 6 of the 8 U.S. battleships sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, were repaired and returned to the fight, will publish on 30 March 2023.
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Just uploaded a new video tour of the wreck of the SS Shuna in the Sound of Mull on the west coast of Scotland. The link is here:
Just back from a week’s expedition to survey the wrecks of the two K-class submarines K4 & K17 lost during the so-called Battle of May Island in the Firth of Forth on 31 January 1918. Amazing dive team – who gathered a vast collection of amazing video and stills – from which we are now processing 3D photogrammetery models of each submarine. More on that to follow!
Just posted a new video tour of the wreck of the Japanese WWII transport Hoki Maru sunk at Truk Lagoon on 18 February 1944 during Operation HAILSTONE by Task Force 58 fast carrier planes.
My author copies of the new book have just arrived – what a lovely production from Pen & Sword
The book is at the printers – and should be reaching my publishers warehouse soon. Can’t wait to see it become a reality!
Here’s a link to a video tour of the magnificent wreck of the Japanese WWII oiler IRO at Palau.
About 20 years ago I dived the Corryvreckan Whirlpool for an Equinox TV documentary called Lethal Seas. The program has just resurfaced – much as we did rather surprisingly after diving the Pinnacle. Here’s a link to the documentary if you want to see the fun we had back in the day ….
My work is done! The final page set proof is done and dusted – and it’s all over to my publishers from here on.
It has been quite a task – it’s a massive story, from the genesis of naval aviation to the creation of the ultimate fast carrier striking force – Task Force 58. It has taken some 450 pages and 185,000 words to recount the brutality of naval air power from the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, through to the creation of Task Force 58 and the famous strikes against Truk, then Palau, the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot off Saipan – on to the complicated and near disastrous Battle of Leyte Gulf, to Iwo Jima, Okinawa and on to strikes against Japan itself.
Publishing this september in the UK with a US version being published by the Naval Institute Press in November.