and FACTUAL ANTHOLOGIES
31 May 2013
A marvellous journey through
the south-western Pacific islands including Solomons and Gizo. Written
by a naturalist so concentrates on life.
pages. Full colour.
The Deadly Descent Into
the World's Most Treacherous Cave.
William Stone and Barbara
Am Enden, with Monte Paulsen.
The Huautla cave in Mexico
is probably the deepest system in the world. Shafts rach down to enormous
depths, with huge stadium-sized cvrns. The author's 44-member team entered
the sinkhole at Sotano de San Augustin, the first camp being 2328 ft below
ground level. The second camp was established at the jinction of two sunterranean
rivers met. Nobody had gone further and survived, excepot for Bill Stone
and Barabara Am Ende, who forged on for no less than eighteen days. Dr.
William Stone is the engineer who invented the Cis-Lunar rebreather, a
life-support backpack that allows divers to stay underwater for up to 24
hours. Dr Am Ende is a geologist. Paulsen is a Pulitzer Prize winner.
no longer available from us. May be still in print, otherwise try second-hand.
||BLOOD IN THE WATER
From ‘shark hunter to passionate
conservationist', Ben Cropp is well known to Australian divers, particlarly
those of my vintage who had the pleasure of knowing him in the 1970s and
80s, and seeing his films on the dive congress circuit. He is a passionate
diver, rsearcher, author and film-maker. This is his autobiography, a fascinating
and well presented account of his extraordinary life. From the blurb: Ben
Cropp is a one-off, an original - a self-confessed old pirate - whose life
story is inseparable from from giant sharks, gaping jaws and trails of
blood in the water. One of the worlds legendary shark hunters, Cropp is
Australias best known skindiver and underwater explorer. Now, for the first
time, after a career spanning 50 years, Cropp has agreed to tell his complete,
no-holds-barred story. Ben Cropp: Blood in the Water is packed with adventure,
larger-than-life characters, and Cropps own award-winning pictures of deep-blue
danger." He chronicles tales of close encounters with White Pointers; the
largest shark ever captured on film; and adventures with Clint Eastwood,
Peter Allen, Leonard Nimoy, Rupert Murdoch and others. Hey, how come I'm
Softcover, large format
230 x 270 mm, full colour, 240 pages. $38.00 ****
ALL SOLD, SORRY *****
|ALL SOLD, SORRY ****
Pearl Harbour, 1941: A Navy
Diver's Memoir. Commander Edward C. Raymer.
On December 7, 1941, as
the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and several others lie
paralyzed and burning in
the aftermath of the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, a crack team
of U.S. Navy salvage divers is hurriedly flown to the island of Oahu. The
divers have been given a Herculean task: rescue the sailors and Marines
trapped below, and resurrect the pride of the Pacific fleet. Now for the
first time, the chief diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, CmdJ:
EdwardC. Ray- mer, USN (Ret.), tells the whole story of the desperate attempts
to save crewmembers caught inside their sinking ships. Descent Into Darkness
is the only book available that describes the raising and salvage operations
of sunken battleships following the December 7th attack. Once Raymer and
his crew of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks - attempting
untested and potentially deadly diving tech niques - they experienced a
world of total blackness. By memorizing the ships' blueprints and using
their sense of touch, the divers groped their way hundreds of feet inside
the sunken vessels to make repairs and salvage vital war material. The
divers learned how to cope with such unseen dangers as falling ,objects,
sharks, the eerie presence of floating human bodies, and the constant threat
of Japanese attacks from above. Though many of these divers were killed
or seriously injured during the wartime salvage operations, on the whole
they had great success performing what seemed to be impossible jobs. Among
their credits, Raymer's crew raised the sunken battleships West Virginia,
Nevada, and California. After, Pearl Harbor they moved on to other crucial
salvage work off Guadalcanal and the sites of other great sea battles.
Commander Edward C. Raymer, USN, (Ret.] served thirty years in the U.S.
Navy. Hardcover, dustjacket, 214 pages, mono prints. $55.00
of print - check for second-hand copies of this excellent book.
A simple title - Diver.
Thats what most of you who read this are no doubt are. This could be a
book about comfortable recreational diving in warm tropical waters on the
Great Barrier Reef, or a jaunt after bottles under Portsea pier - but it's
not. We recreational divers may share the same word to describe our pastime,
but when it comes to military and commercial diving, there is no further
comparison. If you have ever thought of moving across (up? down?) to the
military/commercial field, then read this book first. It may encourage
you. Or, as in my case, it may lead to the realisation that ‘no son of
mine will ever be a deep sea diver'. Not if he is a wimp like his Dad,
anyway! This is an excellent book. Tony Groom will never win a literary
award, but thats a greater part of the beauty of the book. He writes with
an honesty of style, describing his in- and out-of-the-water experiences
after several decades of military and commercial diving. And those
experiences are worthy of reading: a Royal Navy trained demolition diver
who has experienced war (you should know which one if the time period is
the 1980s), and went into the commercial field in 1985. He tells of what
you are likely to experience in taking up one of the most demanding, and
danegrous, jobs in the world - and why you should avoid a tourist trip
to Nigeria, avoid (some of) the girls in Newcastle (UK), and what to do
when you confront a prick with a stick!! Oh yes, and don't mix it with
Geordie Shorty. Guaranteed you wont put it down once you start. Softcover,
333 pages, mono and colour photos. $32.00
PIONEERS AND INNOVATORS
A Series of In-Depth Interviews.
Bret Gilliam and others.
A remarkeable book, huge
physically and in its content, documenting some of the great divers of
the world, men and womewn who have contributed so magnificnetly to our
humble enjoyment of sport diving. It profiles twenty divers fromwidely
varying backgrounds who have shaped the diving industry through its evolution
that continues to this day. And they are not all American - Ron and Val
Taylor get a guernsey. Others include Stan Waterman, Bev Morgan, Chuck
Nicklin, Peter Benchley, Bob Ballard, Michele Hall, Paul Humann, Bob Hollis,
Howard Hall and the editor himse;f, Brett Gilliam. The conversations
in each chapter provide an insight into the oral history of diving that
is both exciting and revealing. Lavishly , the reader is taken inside the
fascinating careers of diving's most intriguing personalities. It's a unique
488-page ‘ A4 ‘coffee-table' size, with over 400 photographs. If you have
enjoyed your diving over the years, and are interested in the achievements
of men and women who have contributed in some way to your enjoyment, consider
this book. You won't regret it. $120.00
no longer available from us. I believe out of print.
SHARKS and other Adventures Dives.
Include practical advice
for experienced divers. Jack Jackson
and presented, this is an interesting books for those who have ventured
beyond the odd dive at the end of the jetty. Covers the fascinating experieinces
of diving with sharks, whales, dolphons, manta rays, and turtles, potato
cod and sea snakes, with locations throughoput the world, including Australia
of course. There is an informative section on diving in strong currents,
and wreck diving covers twelve sections including the Yongala, Andrea Doria
and Truk Lagoon, and of course the Prsident Coolidge. Finally, the chspter
on closed overhad environmnts includes cavern and sinkhole diving, and
under the Antarctic ice. A very interesting read, informative and beautifully
presented. An appendix provides a brief directory of locations with a star
graded system for experience required.
Softcover, large A4 format,
160 pages, full colour throughout. $28.95
An Autobiography by Robert
Think of a man who has combined
high adventure, exploration and discovery, scientific know-how, documeentary
creation and a bloody good life and you need only mention the name Robert
Ballard. As an oceanographer and mrine scientist, he is best known for
his work on the Titanic. Add to that incredible adventures on exploring
the Lusitania, Bismark, andd the deep wrecks of Iron Bottom Sound in the
Solomons. This book is more on his explorations and discoveries using deep
submersibles, than on the man himself. A remarkable read. Limited stock
Softcover, colour plates,
408 pages. Limited copies available.$34.00
- OUT OF STOCK - PROBABLY OUT OF PRINT
BELLS - WELL DONE - A Diver's Story
This is an excellkent read,
a personaal biography of a British army diver, combat diver and commercial
diver. From the book: "There are three main directions with which a person
can pursue the activity of diving. These are 'Commercial Diving' as a job,
'Military Diving' as a job/ qualification to aid the Armed Forces in their
aims and as a 'Recreational Diver' as a sport or hobby pastime. Tony Liddicoat
is one of the rare individuals who has pursued all of these types of diving
activity and has mastered each of them. In this book he writes down his
progression through all three disciplines, managing to combine and mix
all three during his nearly 50 year diving career. As you will read, his
diving adventures have taken him around the world, to every ocean and to
many different lands. He has experienced the extremes of climate and terrain
and has undertaken many challenges. These vary from diving, the inside
of a Nuclear Reactor, placing and detonating explosive charges, searching
for bodies in sewers or training potential divers on a tropical island.
The book covers Tony's diving life and we re-dive all his old haunts with
him, without exaggeration or embellishment.
Softcover, 370 pages, mono
photographs, glossary, no index.$46.00.
||FULL FORTY FATHOMS.
Selected stories of
Underwater Adventure by Phyllis R. Fenner, illustrated by Michael
William Morrow and Co, New
Hardcover, 192 pages, mono
Swim for Life, by Newton Rhodes; Hate, by Arthur C. Clarke; Depth Charge!,
by C. S. Forester; Flounder, Flounder in the Sea, Paul Annixter; The Dark
Dive, by Robert Edmond Alter, Down to the S-4, by Edward Ellsberg; Young
Man With a Spear, by Joseph Whitehill; The Living Torpedo, by Tom
Yates; It's A Long Way Down, by Georges Carousso; Cave Diving, by Jacques-Yves
Cousteau with Frederic Dumas. From the fly: The ten stories
presented here run the gamut of stark terror, heroic courage, and
grim determination as men face the perils beneath the sea. The
themes concern rescue, exploration, and other encounters of high drama
that frequently occur in this frontier world. Two submariners ride a human
torpedo under freezing waters to blow up a V-boat in a Norwegian fiot;d
during the Second World War. They know- and conquer-desperate fear. When
the kraken, most frightful undersea monster of them all, surfaces
near Bill Newlin's lugger in the Caribbean, he gasps with horror as the
creature sends out two white tentacles, which shoot under the ship's
rail and along the deck. Oddly enough, the experience brings to Newlin
a treasure of Spanish gold. A dis- missed Navy diver, fighting a brave
battle against a lifelong hatred, risks his life "full forty fathoms" down
to save the son of his enemy. Among the authors represented in this
latest collection by a noted anthol- ogist, are such masters as Arthur
C. Clarke, Jacques Cousteau, Edward Ellsberg, and C. S. Forester.
There is little doubt that
the book is directed at the juvenile reader, although the authors presented
are certainly not children's authors. There is no indication that
the 'stories' have been edited or abridged by anyone other than the authors
however it could well be presumed that Phyllis Fenner, whomever she may
be, has had a hand in the precis. Thats fine - its a great read anyway.
Note: Page 71 - illustration is upside down. Thats what happens when you
have book editiors that do not have a clue about the underwater world.
the one copy available. Secondhand, excellent condition. Dust jacket is
computer generated facsimile. $26.00
||MY ADVENTURES UNDER THE
Translated from the French
by James Cleugh.
Copyright 1957. Translated
from the French "L'Aventure Est Sous La Mer", published by Librairie des
Published in Great Britain
by Frederick Muller Ltd. (No specific date).
Hardcover, dust jacket,
162 pages, mono plates throughout. Four colour plates - one of a ‘magnificent
moray' with a spear through its head, which I do not appreciate, nor understand
why, even in these early days, one should wish to do such a moronic thing.
Includes diving the Cape Verde Island, and the Red Sea.
From the fly: M. Foucher-Creteau
is Vice-President of the Underwater Hunters' and Explorers' Club of France.
In this exciting book he vividly relates a series of hair-raising adventures,
particularly encounters with big groupers, rays and sharks. He deliberately
sought out these tougher species of undersea game while diving with camera
and harpoon-gun off the Canaries, the Cape Verde Islands and in the Red
Sea (where he nearly lost a leg) as well as in the Mediterranean. These
breathtaking episodes are illustrated by some of the most thrilling photographs
ever published. The author and his friends are all amateur divers. They
have built up their reputations as expert and daring pioneers of this submerged
world of new beauty and terror, not by devoting all their time to it, but
in the intervals of earning an ordinary living on dry land. This book is
a 'must' for everyone interested in any aspect of this most novel and absorbing
of all sports.
on offer is first edition 1957 in excellent condition, with original dustjacket
also in excellent condition protected with library-quality film. $34.00
Published by the author,
Adelaide, South Australia, 1988.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 254
pages, a few mono photographs.
David Burchell had just
turned sixteen when he lost a leg in a train accident, 'My World' traces
his story from this rather dramatic beginning to the present day. It covers
the initial despair of a young boy who has to face up to a life with one
leg - his convalescence and rehabilitation - the unsuccessful attempt to
join the Navy in World War II and his final acceptance by the Air Force.
After the war the author worked on cattle and sheep stations in the Australian
outback and glimpses into this lifestyle are described. After returning
to the city he took up the sport of high diving and for fifteen years performed
with the South Australian Diving Troupe. As a country representative with
the Shell Co. he was sent to a remote area and this chapter describes insights
into life in an Australian outback town. During this period (1951) he started
skin diving and in 1960 he left Shell and founded the Adelaide Skin Diving
Centre. For the next twenty years he was one of the pioneers of diving
in Australia, and trained hundreds of sport and commercial divers. He was
involved in many stunts and projects - deep dives off the Continental Shelf
- exploring flooded goldmines and the vast flooded underground volcanic
systems of Mount Gambler - Para Scuba, when he parachuted from an aircraft
in full diving gear and after landing in the sea continued on down and
met up with a submarine - World record underwater tow, etc., etc.He has
also dived Truk Lagoon in the East Carolines, where over sixty Japanese
ships are on the bottom - The Great Barrier Reef - Fiji - The Aegean -
and most of the Pacific Islands including the Louisiades, the Solomons
and Tahiti. His most important dive was during the search for HMAS Perth
which was lost during World War II along with the USS Houston in the Battle
of Sunda Strait. The Perth's bell, the object of his search, is now in
the Australian War Museum in Canberra. Burchell has been described by the
New York Times as Australia's James Bond, in Texas he was made an Honorary
Citizen of the City of Houston and in Djakarta they called him 007 Dave.
The Queen awarded him the British Empire Medal and he was the first South
Australian to be featured in the National TV program 'This is Your Life'.
'My World' is a story told with humour about interesting people and situations
with the final chapter devoted to the physically and mentally handicapped
and all those close to them. $20.00 Just the
one copy. Excellent condition.
- Adventures in a Liquid World
It is encouraging to see
that the diving world is attracting excellent writers, and Ecott, who is
with the BBC World Servic, is quite superb. I found it hard to put down
as he covers so many areas of interest. I excepted an autobiography, but
this is not so, although he writes of his mny travels to dive estinations,
including the Pacific. Instead we have a book entwining the history of
diving with the lives and achievements of those still alive who can thier
story. He interviews Hans Hass, Robert Croft, Bob Barth, Umberto Pelizzari
and many othwrs, and speaks of the Haldanes, LePrieur, Louis de Corlieu,
of sponge divers and competitive free divers. Added to these wonderful
vignettes of diving life, he includes much of the development of diving
and diving interest in the various countries he visits, and is never short
of words to describe the local people, particulartly those who dive. Older
exploits, such as sponge diving in Greece, treasure diving, and world war
two frogmen are also included with fascinating relevance. A truly great
book. Softcover paperback, 345 pages, mono prints.
||ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
An autobiography by Dave
First published 1967, Heinemann,
Hardcover, dust jacket,
136 pages, mono photographs throughout.
Burchell would have been
an incredible man even if a childhood prank with a train didn't cause him
to lose a leg. Nothing would have stopped this South Australian venturer
from enjoying life at the fullest, and his biography is an inspiring piece
of literature. Not only a man of remarkable achievements but also a delightful
meet. A valuable book
in the history of Australian diving.
From the fly:
An accident—brought about
by youthful carelessness and related in a graphic first chapter—left Dave
Burchell with, as he so pithily expresses it, One Foot in the Grave.
However, membership of the
one-legged fraternity has not hampered Burchell's activities in any way.
With deft touches of dry
Australian humour he outlines his fortunes as LAC Burchell, RAAF; life
in South Australia's outback as mustering-carnp cook, station-hand and
stud master to 'Burchell's brothel'; exhibitions with the SA Swimming Association
Diving Troupe; and busy days as a 'back of beyond' oil company representative.
Spearfishiug off the West Coast initiated an interest in underwater activities,
an interest which grew until today Dave Burchell is an acknowledged expert
on diving techniques and underwater exploration. Through diving, and mixing
with divers, opportunities for the less mundane always seem to be presenting
themselves. These come in many forms ... a chance remark, a casual meeting
or a magazine article has sent him off on trails to sunken ships, to dives
in subterranean caves and to the edge of the Continental Shelf itself.
There have been dives for the hell of it in flooded gold-mines; perilous
surveys of underground lakes; and light-hearted practice dives. Burchell
has stood by in full diving gear whilst Donald Campbell made his bid for
the world water speed record; he has even created a record or two of his
Diving has taken him to
Perth, to Darwin, and to the beautiful reefs of the Astrolabe Lagoon in
southern Fiji.The more bizarre efforts have included parachuting from an
aircraft into the sea to keep a pre-arranged meeting with a submarine;
and being towed on an underwater sled across the shark-infested waters
of the Backstairs Passage. In all Dave Burchell has spent many hours diving
and the experiences gained in this extremely varied, adventurous and, at
times, hazardous career have paved the way for an immensely enjoyable autobiography.
copies available. $36.00. Second-hand excellent condition, dustjacket excellent.
Signed by author. $26.00. Second-hand excellent condition, dustjacket very
THE DEAD. An Australian Story of Death and Survival.
You may remember the tragedy.
It is January 2005. The scenario was simple. Man dies in deep crater hole
in Africa. His remains are found ten years later.Aussie diver attempts
to recover it. He dies in the valliant attempt. There was much discussion
within the Australian diving community at the time, centered around the
risks involved, but few (of us) would ever be able to imgine the dedication
and skill required for deep penetration - and this was deep, 270 metres.
This was no misplaced bravado by a gung-ho diver. Dave Shaw was a respected
Cathay Pacific pilot, living in Hong Kong, a mature remarkable man of fifty.
So, what went wrong? From the inside cover blurb: "Wearing some of the
most advanced diving equipment ever developed, Shaw descended. Just below
the surface was a narrow fissure in the dolomite bottom of the basin. He
slipped through the opening and disappeared from sight.... Twenty
minutes later (he) was dead." Why do men (and women) stretch themselves
to the edge of physical credibility - to the extremes of their sport. Perhaps
it is because they have the imagination and intelligence to do so. Sometimes
however, the challenge proves fateful. The author is well qualified to
do justice to the tragedy being a professional journalist and author, and
experienced cave diver. A remarkable read. Softcover, 310 pages,
index, colour plates.
- WHALE OF A SHARK.
First published in 1964
as two individual books, they have been in demand ever since. Ben Cropp
is one of the Australian diving legends, and his books, magazine features,
films and TV documentaries have contributed greatly to the enjoy of others
that have followed in his wake. We may no longer hunt sharks and kill for
sport, but we do swim with whale sharks. The book is informative and an
excellent read, and includes many references to the many shipwrecks that
Ben has located. It is an excellent addition to the history of diving in
Paperback, 128 pages, mono
||SHARKS AND SHIPWRECKS.
Contributions by top Aussie
divers including Johnno Johnstone, Jeremy Green, Henri Bource, Rod Fox,
Dave Burchell, Wade Doak. Covers shipwrecks, sharks and shark attacks,
diving experiences. Very interesting and easy reading.
Colour photos. Soft,128
pages. Limited stock.$18.00
||SOUTH FROM THE RED SEA
Haroun Tazieff. Translated
by Naomi Lewis.
The Travel Book Club, London,
no date - probably 1950s.
Hardcover, dust jacket,
212 pages, mono plates in four sections.
The author was with Cousteau
when he explored the Red Sea, on the Calypso.
From the fly: This is a
superbly exciting book. Haroun Tazieff went with Captain Cousteau to explore
the Red Sea bed, and his descriptions of under-sea are among the best ever
written. He climbed the volcano Nyiragongo, and spent a night at the bottom
of its crater, alternately scorched and frozen, observing the lake of molten
lava, bright red under a black skin, bubbling and heaving beside him. He
tested at Lake Tanganyika a theory of his that crocodiles are cowards,
and will not attack a man under water; and he endured a killing journey
across deserts and burning rocks to Lake Rudolf. But almost the greatest
interest of his book lies in incidents by the way: land-crabs encircling
and advancing upon their quarry (which was Tazieff himself, alone on a
Red Sea island one night); the attempt of three of Cousteau's men to penetrate
into Arabia, and how the local Emir, full of charm and. knavery, kept them
tightly under his thumb; and the voyage out in Calypso, with her unhandy
crew of chemist, physicist, biologist, geologist, engineer, diver, doctor,
parachutist and cine-photographer. Tazieff writes wonderfully about the
imaginative side of travel: its hardships, and why they are worth enduring;
its rewards, and their greatness.
the one copy, secondhand. Book offered is in very good condition, very
slight foxing on endpapers, with intact dust jacket in protective library
‘Forty Crazy Years Under
Water' - a collection of interesting and humourrous anecedotes from an
instructor and retailer. "Its been forty years of laughs, adventures, and
interactions with some pretty spectacular people". I particularly
liked the chapter on "Scuba Students to Remember', and ‘Is Scuba For You?'
covering 18 misconceptions of scuba (all of which, by the way, are covered
in Peter Stone's Dive Australia).
A very interesting and funny
book. Softcover, 204 pages, all text.
Hillary Hauser (editor).
The ideal book not only
for the armchair aquanaut but also the serious recreational and commercial
diver who wants to read of the life of several brilliant men and women
whohave achieved something extraordinary, but also have the ability to
string more than two words together in a most readable manner. Here we
have an anthology of remarkable essays from Peter Benchly, David Doubilet,
Hans Hass, Cousteau of course, William Beebe, Jules Verne, Herman Melville,
Joe McInnes, Henry Siebe, Lloyd Bridges. Sylvia Earle, Harry Rieseberg,
Robert Marx, Dick nderson, Rodney Fox, Philippe Diole, Phillipoe Tailliez.
I'm surprised that Guy Gilpatrick is not included - and damn it, they missed
me out, again. Each author's contribution commences with a potted history
of their life. This is truly an excellent book. Hardcover, dust jacket,
508 pages, and not one photo to distract you from the superb writing. $58.00
We have a couple of copies
of this book without dustjacket (hardover) $ $35.00
FIRESIDE DIVER, edited by Bonnie Cardone. $28.00
Anthology of Underwater Adventure. A collection of thirty-three stories
about the sea - mainly below the surface - by sixteen authors, including
the renown photographers Howard Hall, Bob Talbot and Chris Newbert, the
late Jack McKenney, artist extraordinaire Richard Ellis, film-makers Stan
Waterman (sorry, Stanton A. Waterman) and the humorist Dick Anderson -
and a few others of note, more to American divers than to us downunder.
Subject themes cover shipwrecks and salvage, underwater photography and
adventure diving - 'Mugged by a Squid', 'Trapped Underwater by a Great
White Shark" (wow!!!), and 'How to Paint a Whale' (by Ellis of course).
Fireside Diver will not make it into a bibliography of great literature
but the stories are interesting, and some amusing. A very interesting read.
Softcover, 326 pages, a few mono photographs.
no longer available from us. May be out of print. Try second-hand.
The story of Thor Heyerdahl,
one of the greatest adventurers and authors this century. An excellent
book covering the life and achievements of a remarkable man.
Hardcover, dust jacket,
335 pages, colour plates. Limited stock.
||THE LAST DIVE.
A Father and Son's Fatal
Descent into the Ocean's Depths.
This is a sad story, as
it tells the tale of a father and son's last, fatal, descent in a quest
for knowledge and adventure. Motivated by the glory of seeking new information
on a mysterious U-boat located off the North Carolina coast, they pushed
their physical and emotional psyche to the limit, and paid the ultimate
price. But for the grace of God and some good old fashioned luck, many
of us could say, "been there, done that", but have survived. The author,
himself an experienced technical diver and a friend of the men who died
is a gifted writer who has managed to capture the sheer horror of the events
that unfolded, and seeks to delve deeper into the minds of a family affair
that shared a common goal despite constant bickering and soul-searching.
Could young Chris ever fulfil his fathers ideals? A remarkable book
and one that will leave you emotionally concerned.
Diving the world with the
father of recreational scuba diving. Incredible stories of ships and exploration,
marine life and discoveries. Good reading, and educational.
First published in Great
Britain in 1963.
Hardcover, 301p. Limited
was attracted to read these books because of a fascination with the Lusitania,
which, as you probably know, was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland in
1915. But, as the cliche says, dont judge a book by its cover. Although
the two volumes contain an interesting account of the loss of the Cunard
liner, and an even more fascinating description of diving the ship, these
books are an authobiography of one of most experienced and influential
deep wreck divers in the world. I was initially disappointed at the sparcity
of historic Lusitania facts, but Gentile's excellent writing drew me in
to a world of incredible deep diving, pioneering new techniques, and virgin
wrecks at over 300 feet. Of particular fascination, and one in which we
can at times relate, is the petty-mindedness of government officials and
the sheer bitchines of dive boat skippers and fellow divers. There seems
to be a nasty rivalry betwen fellow deep-wreck divers in seeking the rewards
of relics to be raised and taken into personal posession. Well, been there,
done that! But Gentile pulls no punches in his condemnation of divers who
lack the skills and the mental attitude to be ‘real wreck divers'. Here
we have entwined superb diving with tragic episodes on the Andrea Doria,
the Empress of Ireland, the Lusitania, and many other deep shipwrecks and
submarines not so well known. The death toll on some of these ships is
staggering for a recreational activity - thirteen at least so far on the
Andrea Doria. Gentile's writing absorbs you into the scenario like a good
work of fiction - which this is most assuredly not. And to make matters
even more remarkable I that Gentile was shot through the chest whilst on
duty in Vietnam, taking many years to recover, but not fully. This is a
book(s) for the serious wreck, deep and technical diver, or, like myself,
someone fascinated by the pioneering exploits of these adventurers. And
all the action has taken place within the last few decades. A remarkable
volumes, hardcover, dust jacket, 312, 392 pages, mono and colour
(two volume set).
no longer available from us, and may be out of print.
||THE UNDERSEA ADVENTURE
Philippe Diole. Translated
by Alan Ross.
First published under the
title L'Adventure Sous-Marine, by Albin Michel, Paris, 1951. First English
translation 1953. Translated by Alan Ross.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 218
pages, many mono prints, a few colour.
Phillipe Diole is described
as a naturalist, writer and scientific observer that has taken the invention
of “M. Cousteau”. The author deals with treasure hunting, octopus
training and cultivating seaweed crops. Divided into 10 chapters:
“First Beginnings”, “Conquest of the Deep”, “Sea-Meetings”, “Caverns Underwater”,
“Breeding”, “Courtship”, “Virgin Seaweed”, “The Poetry of the Sea”, “Museums
Under the Sea” and “Future Development”. Extremely well illustrated with
4 coloured prints and many monochrome photographs. Lots of
early scuba photographs.
on offer is Sidgwick edition 1953; in excellent condition with original
||THROW ME THE
WRECK JOHNNY - MEMORIES OF KELLY TARLTON
The Man Behind The Legend.
- Steve Locker-Lampson.
The Preface of the book
states that Kelly Tarlton was one of the world's great divers - indeed
he was, but he was, more importantly, one of the world's great men.
His diving exploits are quite incredible, having recovered a fortune in
jewellery from the SS Tasmania and the Elingamite. He estabvlished
a shipwreck museum at Waitangi (New Zealand), and during his final
days, worked himself into an early grave by establishing the superb walk
through Underwater World in Auckland. A fascinating story of a fascinating
Softcover, 192 pages, mono
and colour prints.
Famous expedition down the
Persian Gulf to Djibouti. Excellent reading.
Hard, 333 pages. Limited
OF THE DEEP
The Extraordinary Life
and Times of Captain Mike Hatcher.
The name Hatcher may not
be so well remembered, but mention the Nanking Cargo to a diver and you
will see an immediate interest. But the Nanking Cargo of exquisite porcelain
is only one of Hatcher’s incredible recoveries. This excellent book by
Perth-based award-winning author Hugh Edwards tells of Hatcher’ discoveries,
his battles with governments and bureaucracies, and his life threatening
experiences in Asian waters. “His story is one of guts and determination
in the face of adversity, and of daring, skill and fantastic rewards”.
Soft, 280 pages, colour
Experiences of a famous
underwater explorer and scientist. Seeking tresure, diving to tremendous
depths, and beneath the Arctic.
Soft cover, 143 pages. $12.00