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Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea Hardcover – 18 Oct 2006
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's very hard to see what anyone who expects a dive book on Shipwrecks of the Red Sea could want more of a book, so the odd negative review here (in both senses of odd) can safely... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark
Great pictures and photos, excellent descriptions - good to browse and use for research, awesome to look at after the dive!Published on 26 Nov. 2014 by Loz
The book and stories are ok for everbody but diving log book are NOT optional for divers who want to go on that wrecks.Published on 20 Mar. 2014 by Mirko Belosevic
I use this as a guide to individual wrecks when visiting the Red Sea and to read about their history. A well written book with excellent illustrations. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I found Middleton's book fascinating. It's painstakingly researched, succintly written and nicely illustrated. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2013 by Adam Farkas
This book is the product of painstaking research and hours of diving. Indispensable to any diver heading for the wrecks off Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada.Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by CatFlap
A must for the divers library and a must must have the the travelling diver. I bought this book just before my travel to Egypt and I will never regret it. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by Neoklis
I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to diving these wrecks in October I will then know how accurate the descriptions are but from what I remember of the Thistlegorm... Read morePublished on 13 July 2012 by Jon
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