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Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea Hardcover – 18 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Immel Publishing; 1st edition (18 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898162719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898162711
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 27.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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From the Author

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

About the Author

Ned Middleton is a well known diving expert and has written extensively for magazines all over the world. This is his fourth book. Rico Oldfield is an outstanding marine artist. His work is regularly reproduced in specialist diving magazines both here and abroad.


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Format: Paperback
This is something of a belated review for Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea because I obtained my hardback copy at a dive show in London signed by the great man himself back in 2010. At the time it was rightly voted Book of the Year by Diver Magazine and in my view set a new standard in dive book publication. I was interested in it because I live and work in the Red Sea as a dive professional where shipwrecks are high on the itineraries of visiting safari boat divers.

It was very clear from the first few pages that the research into this book was extensive and obtained over many years from a variety of sources stretching way beyond basic internet browsing. Many of the wrecks featured are British and depending on the type of ship or nature of its demise the records could be scattered all over the UK from Southampton to Kew and up to Glasgow covering Board of Trade enquiries or ship's registration details. Many of these records can only be obtained in person by visiting government archives, climbing twisty old staircases and delving through thick faded journals and dusty copies of 100 year old court hearings where details of collisions, sinkings, disciplinary action and other records are stored for eternity. In other words, Ned has well and truly left no stone unturned and his attention to detail and obvious enthusiasm for research shines through in every chapter.

That said, there is still a very good balance between detail and the human interest story for each ship. Not everyone likes to read pages of technicalities about the ships engines or structural dimensions and pleasingly this book provides just the main items of interest. Each chapter is a short story about the ship and its history, how it met its demise and what it's like to scuba dive on it.
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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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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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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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