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HMS Royal Oak – Scapa Flow

It was a privilege to play a tiny part in the recent detailed survey of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak, torpedoed at the start of WWII with great loss in Scapa Flow by Gunter Prien in U-47.

Here is a link to a beautiful film about the survey released today – it is a fitting tribute to those that perished.

Lest we forget

HMS Hampshire 100 Survey Report now available

The report of the Explorers Club flagged expedition I led with Paul Haynes and Ben & Emily Wade to survey the wreck of this famous warship under MOD Licence on the 100th anniversary of its sinking is now publicly available in the downloads section of this site here:

HMS Hampshire Expedition team with MV Huskyan staff in front of HMS Hampshire starboard propeller. From left to right. Ross Dowrie, Paul Toomer, Russ Evans, Gary Petrie, Immi Wallin, Kevin Heath, Emily Turton, Ben Wade, Paul Haynes, Brian Burnett, Rod Macdonald, Marjo Tynkkynen, Greg Booth, Prof. Kari Hyttinen, Prof. Chris Rowland and Mic Watson

The wreck of RFA Prudentia – Scapa Flow

The 2,781grt steam oiler Prudentia sank at Scapa Flow on 12 January 1916. She was lying alongside the oil storage vessel Hermione when, during a severe gale, she dragged her anchor. Her port shell plating was ruptured by Hermione’s anchor – she flooded and went to the bottom of the Flow. This wreck has, for fear of pollution, been off limits to divers since 1977 – however during the survey of HMS Vanguard, the survey team was granted rare access to inspect the wreck. Here’s the link to a short video of diving the wreck.

The wreck of RFA Prudentia – Scapa Flow

Drain the Oceans

Series 2 – Pacific Shockwave. National Geographic Channel

It was a pleasure working with the Drain the Oceans team for their Series 2 episode – Pacific Shockwave, which aired last week. My role was dealing with the sinking of the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecrusier Repulse to a massed attack by 85 Japanese bombers about 200 nm north of Singapore at the beginning of the Pacific war.

Truk Lagoon – Japanese WWII submarine I-169, new video tour posted

One of the Truk wrecks not a casualty of Task Force 58 fast carrier raid Operation Hailstone, in February 1944, is the large Japanese submarine I-169. She was present in Truk Lagoon loading stores on 4 April 1944 when an alarm for an imminent US air raid was issued. I-169 dived before all her deck hatches were closed. Her control room flooded and she sank to the bottom – with crew still alive inside sealed compartments. Despite salvage attempts over the coming days, they would all perish.