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Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea Paperback – 30 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgrove Publishing (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853981532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853981531
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 0.9 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Underwater Publication of the year for 2007!

Finally published in October 2006 after 9 years of painstaking research, the shipwrecks detailed in this work rate amongst the greatest in the world. They includes vessels from the 19th Century such as the "Carnatic" lost in 1869, right up to those which foundered in the late 20th Century - such as the "Million Hope" in 1996. They also include the legendary "Thistlegorm" which has become the world's most visited underwater location.

There are nineteen major featured shipwrecks - including two which are only recently discovered. Each of these is exposed in minute detail in terms of the ship's history, dimensions, machinery and cargo with the inclusion of whatever historic photographs are available. Then we have an account of that all-important final voyage which provides the reason why each vessel is found where she is today - underwater. Finally, I have included a personal description of each wreck - from stem to stern, as part of my own overall survey of each craft. None of these wrecks were deliberately sunk as diving attractions, so each one has its own very unique story to tell.

I have then added much shorter accounts of another eighteen vessels which were too small to be classified as ships - tugboats, barges etc. Whilst not significant ships in their own right, each of these is still able to provide an enjoyable dive. Finally, I have included the briefest possible details of approx. 250 additional ships names which relate to vessels that are either not yet discovered, far too deep, lost elsewhere in the Red Sea or, in some cases, never even existed...

Several important factors set this book apart from other works; Firstly, accuracy of information. Each subject shipwreck has been studied and scrutinised in minute detail to provide the reader with the best possible assessment. Secondly, Rico Oldfield - a marine artist of the highest possible calibre, has illustrated each of the major shipwrecks. So that he could produce artwork of the utmost standard, each of the main shipwrecks was photographed from end to end in order to produce an accurate montage from which he was able work. The result has now moved shipwreck guides for scuba divers onto a new and higher plane.

Altogether, the work contains some 62,000 words, 23 individual works of art, 34 historic photographs, 125 original colour photographs plus 3 charts.

With plenty of new information about some of the world's most popular wrecks and many myths destroyed, this book has already proved to be an excellent read for diver and non-diver alike. Do enjoy.

My very best wishes.

Ned Middleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ned Middleton was a Major in the British Army and is now a well-known diving expert. He has written extensively on the subject of shipwrecks in books and magazines throughout the world. This is his fourth book on the world of diving.


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Format: Hardcover
It's not often a book grabs me by the throat in the way this one has. On one side of the coin I enjoy visiting Egypt's wrecks and have always needed a good book to go along with my trips. Until now there has never been a book worth talking about. Thought I had seen almost all Egypt's wrecks but now I know where to find those I have been missing. On the other side of the coin I have 2 young children and have been reading the tales of shipwrecks from this book to them each night. When the book was finished they wanted me to start all over again especially the story of the Carnatic. Can't think of any other book which might fill 2 such very different requirements for a diving mum.
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Format: Hardcover
Got my copy at the Birmingham Dive Show in October just 2 days before flying off to Egypt. Took it with me and they hadn't seen it yet. Could have sold my copy 20 times over at 10 times the price. Well maybe not quite but you get the picture. Any way but the end of my 7 day safari everyone on board had read it and the dive guide was using it for briefings. I won't meet a group of dive as excitied about a book in my possession ever again. Some guys were talking about photo-copying the artwork and framing it to hang in their houses.

This is one very serious book. Having dived the wrecks and read the book (several times already) I can say it is accurate and well worth the money.

I hope I don't have to wait so long for the next one.
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This book is amazing! Packed with hundreds of beautiful photos and paintings, in-depth discussions of each shipwreck and definatly more than worth the money you pay for it.

The text is full of insight about shipwrecks we, as divers, visit whilst perusing our passion, it really is opening my eyes and making me pay even more attention to the things I am seeing underwater.

Fantastic.
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Format: Hardcover
I have dived Egypt's wrecks every year for the passed 12 years sometimes twice a year. I take photos and I read up all I can find to learn all there is to learn. Some of what I have read has been rubbish because the facts in the maritime museum are different from what is written in some magazines and books. Ned Middleton doesn't make mistakes like that because he checks his facts before writing anything at all. I didn't want to spend as much as £35 on a book when I thought I knew all there was to know about these wrecks but I was wrong because I hadn't even heard of the first wreck and I thought the Zingara was the Kormorant. I learnt something about every wreck I thought I knew and then some. The bit at the back with all those ships names is great reading. Gave me an idea for taking are club out looking for something new. I still didn't pay for it though, I got it as a birthday present. Best book I ever got.

Diver magazine described this book as the definitive work on the subject. I didn't know what that meant so I looked it up. It means authoritative, ultimate, perfect, best, classic, state of the art. This book is all those things and the artwork is something Bob Ballard would have been proud of.
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased a copy of this book just as soon as it went on sale. I was sceptical at first because so much rubbish has been written about Egypt's wrecks but I was soon put at ease. This is an outstanding work with so much information it is easy to see why it has taken over 9 years to finish it. If only all shipwreck guides were so well explained.

Ned Middleton tells us about each wreck in splendid detail. Commencing with all the information one would expect to find in Lloyd's register of shipping (or wherever), he then gives the reader a graphic account of how each ship came to be sunk. Finally he describes them all again but as they are found today as wrecks. On top of all that we are treated to the most accurate paintings of each major shipwreck as well as some historic photographs not seen before. This book leaves all other shipwreck guides in the shade.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book. It is a beautiful book and one I shall read again and again. In my life there have only been a handful of books which stand out from the rest. This is one of those books. How sad it will be listed under scuba diving where fewer people will find it. Other will be missing out on a wonderful experience. I think younger readers, older readers, just about anyone who can read should read this book - and if they cannot read it should be read to them.

It reminded of the tales my father used to tell me of the sea when I was very, very young. Those were happy days. Reading this book made me feel happy. Reading this book gave me a greater understanding of what life on board a ship is really like and the dangers involved.

Thank you Ned Middleton.
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Welcome to the new Egyptian Red Sea wreck bible. A big claim? Sure, but one that Ned Middleton has pulled off quite comprehensively. If you are planning a dive trip to the Red Sea, this book is an absolute must. From the accurate artists impressions created by Rico Oldfield to Ned's complete and painstaking recreation of not only the vessels last voyages but also full details of the history of the ships themselves and of course the all important dive details. Lavished throughout with superb underwater photography and whatever photos and documents Ned has been able to uncover from the archives, the book is a feast of information.

All the misdirection of other titles on the subject are completely laid bare and corrected, offering the reader the most accurate guide you can lay your hands on. The quantity of vessels detailed is second to none. Most books stop at the usual 'biggies'. Not this, you get 19 major players, 18 minor players and a list of other wrecks reputed to have sunk in the area.

Put simply, if you are a diver then this book is a must. It is the *only* guide you will require for diving the Egpytian Red Sea wrecks. If you have any of the other titles on the subject (I do have most of them), then do yourself a favour and buy this, the only accurate version on the market.
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