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Wrecks & Reefs of Southeast Scotland: 100 Dives from the Forth Road Bridge to Eyemouth Paperback – 20 Oct 2010
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'The author has dived all the 100 sites and wrecks, and as a professional underwater photographer has provided truly atmospheric images of these wrecks and reefs. ... Clearly, this book is an absolute "must" for divers visiting the area.' The Nautical Magazine 'The book covers a hundered dives and full of historic details, including newly-found important shipwrecks with photographs and maps and GPS co-ordinates.' Tanked Up Click on the following to see some great reviews! Finstrokes, Edinburgh Evening News, YD Scuba Community, Conger Alley Scottish Scuba Forum. '...stunning photographs of wrecks he's uncountered there, in a fascinating book which reveals a seabed in rich colour.' Edinburgh Evening News 'This is a well-written and useful addition to the UK dive-guide canon.' Diver.net '...provide the reader with a potted history of some very interesting wrecks. They also provide a useful and informative tourist guide to the area.' Ausmarine
About the Author
Mike Clark is a British Sub Aqua Club Advanced Diver and Instructor, a professional underwater photographer and journalist with articles in Diver, Dive and Sport Diver, etc. www.underwater-photos.co.uk
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For each wreck or reef therei is given name,location,depth,conditions,access,diver experiance and a description of dive site.
In a seperate chapter therevis a list of dive centres
Excellent pictures and first class text
Being a shipwreck addict, I was immediately drawn to the following from the book's back cover; "These wrecks include an aircraft carrier, a German light cruiser...." Whilst I was already aware of the identity of the carrier (HMS Campania), I knew nothing of the light cruiser and immediately sought the index for further details only to find there is no index at all. The only way to find the details of these - and any other site which may be of specific interest to the reader, is to start at site number one and work your way through the book.
Having found the two wrecks, the author's description of SMS München (Dive site No 14) as a `boat' instead of ship and also as a `pre-Dreadnought light cruiser' leaves a lot to be desired. Pre-dreadnought is a general term used to describe battleships built between the mid-1890s and 1905 and is quite separate from light cruiser.
Having exposed these shortcomings, I would still recommend the work because it really is a useful guide to the area. The very fact that Clark knows these dives very well is also very important. A more descriptive contents page, the addition of an index, increased number of photographs and some much-needed research into all the wrecks included (never use `any' data, description, name, date or nautical term until you have checked your facts and understand what is meant!) would do much to improve a book on which I am quite certain local divers will come to rely.
The book is entertaining and informative and Mike's main love, underwater photography, ensures that the images alone are worth buying the book for. The fact that I seem to be "diver in the background" in a few has not influenced my opinion at all.
The book begins with some good information on getting here, the qualification ratings used in the book to rate the dives and some information on good diver conduct.
Following this, the book then takes you on a journey through some of Mike's favourite dives in an entertaining and informative manner, starting with Burntisland in the shadow of the Forth Bridges and running through North Berwick, The Isle of May, Dunbar, St Abbs and Eyemouth.
All in - Mike has documented 100 dives in this book and these range from shallow shore dives to the deeper wrecks offshore. There is plenty for everyone; reefs and wrecks (from the first aircraft carrier to launch a plane, through K-Class steam submarines, U boats from both world wars, German and British cruisers, wrecks in less than 10 metres and others in the high 60s that have only recently been found. A strict "no take" rule means that steering wheels, binnacles and brass artifacts are there to be enjoyed by divers for years to come. All of these dives are my local haunts but Mike's descriptions bring them to life and I have to admit that he has a better memory than me for the directions and details that will get you the best value out of every cylinder of gas!
If you plan to come to Edinburgh or the South East of Scotland or even if you (like me) have been diving here for many years, this book will tell you everything you need to plan your dive trip, including contact details for boats, accommodation, gas and gadgets.
This book even includes a "dive" to the X-craft midget submarines at 0 metres in Aberlady Bay, these tiny craft attacked the Tirpitz, it is incredible that a crew of 4 lived and worked in these tiny craft.
As a local, I had come to take the diving here for granted. We have everything from shallow, scenic shore dives suitable for beginners and macro photography right up to virgin deep wrecks for learning deep diving and Trimix skills in a fantastic schoolroom within an hour of Edinburgh.
Eyemouth has become one of Britain's top technical diving destinations and more new wrecks are being discovered and named - I think Mike will need to start work on Volume 2!
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