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Dive Scapa Flow [Hardcover]

Rod Macdonald
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17 Mar 2011

Dive Scapa Flow is a comprehensive and practical guide to the spectacular and famous Orkney wrecks - the colossal, intact remains of the scuttled German fleet, U-boats, steamers, tugs and Churchill's extraordinary 'Blockships'.

Since this book was first published, there have been huge advances in diving technique and with the new wave of 'technical diving', wrecks previously beyond the realm of the air diver can now be reached. This updated and revised edition incorporates these, particularly HMS Hampshire, which took Lord Kitchener to his doom in 1916. Rod Macdonald's intimate knowledge of the dives is supplemented by up-to-date information on characters, travel and accommodation in the area.

An essential companion for discovering the underwater secrets and intriguing naval history of Britain's most popular dive site, Dive Scapa Flow comes complete with illustrations, photographs and charts.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845967712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845967710
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rod's diving career started a very long time ago in the early 1980's - before even Wham were popular. Within a few years he had developed a particular interest in shipwrecks which was to take him all over the world from Scapa Flow to Truk Lagoon to the South China Seas.
The paucity of information for divers about the scuttled German WW I High Seas Fleet wrecks lying at the bottom of Scapa Flow led to the publication of his first book, Dive Scapa Flow in 1990. This book has been updated and expanded over the years as the wrecks decay and fall apart and is now in its 4th edition.
Rod has written for most dive magazines and has been involved in several TV productions such as Timewatch:The Death of the Battleship and Equinox: Lethal Seas.
He is a keen sailor and crewman and lives in Stonehaven, a small historic fishing town just to the south of Aberdeen where is a crewman on the local MRI Stonehaven Lifeboat.

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Rod MacDonald is the author of the bestselling Mainstream titles Dive Scotland's Greatest Wrecks, Dive England's Greatest Wrecks and Into the Abyss. He specialises in wreck diving research and has written for most international diving publications and many national newspapers. He lives in Stonehaven with his wife and two daughters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Rod Macdonald has put together a very professional guide book to the dive sites of Scapa Flow. Personally, I have conducted professional assignments to Scapa on a number of occasions and, as a "guide," I have yet to find the book lacking in any way. It also served another very important purpose in that it is a very good read.
"Dive Scapa Flow" measures a little under 10" x 7" with a hard cover and comes from "Mainstream Publishing" of Edinburgh. There are 160 pages of narrative - all well supported by a large number of black and white photographs (most of which are historic), diagrams and maps plus a further eight pages of colour photographs in the middle. The book is well laid out. The first 2 chapters are devoted to historical events - the scuttling of the Imperial German Fleet and the incredible salvage operation that took place in later years, with the remainder of the book being dedicated to diving.
1919 was a time when Europe was coming to terms with the revelation that "millions" had died on all sides during the carnage of WW1. The Imperial German Fleet had been defeated and was interned in Scapa Flow with a skeleton crew on each vessel. The German Navy itself was in complete disarray with lawful orders being ignored and workers co-operatives running most of the ships. This was a time when all sides awaited the outcome of the Armistice from which the final decisions with regard to the disposal of each German ship would come. Basically, the ships would be distributed amongst the victorious allied navies with the Royal Navy getting the lion's share - thus making the British Fleet so large as to be unassailable throughout the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent informative and accurate 20 April 2004
this book really enhanced our enjoyment and appreciation of a recent weeklong trip aboard a liveaboard at Scapa.
We made two dives a day- webriefed ourselves with the book. Highly recommended if you intend to diveScap Flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
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Great book, great product and fast shipping, would buy from this seller again
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This is a fascinating book full of intimate details
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ive read Scapa flow (dived it too!) 16 Feb 2012
This is a great read and a good source of reference if youre interested in going to dive Scapa Flow (or not!). I got a copy imediatley after getting home from Scapa and have taken this book with me on return trips since! Rod has writen some excellent dive books and as an experienced diver knows exactly how to make it interesting without waffling on, like a lot of divers can.
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