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Front Cover of Scapa Flow Dive Guide 2nd Ed

  Scapa Flow Dive Guide 2nd Ed
L. Wood

Our Price: Ł16.99

Pages : 176 pages
Format : Softback
Publication Date : Jul 2008
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Buy Scapa Flow Dive Guide 2nd Ed

The best selling and most up to date guide to Scapa Flow from this series has now been updated. Lawson has increased this superb 2nd edition with even more wreck details, photographs and a completely new section on aeroplane wrecks. If your ambition is to dive Scapa Flow, either this year or a 90th Anniversary trip, this book is a must have.

A brand new dive guide to scapa flow featuring; 3D wreck scans, highly detailed full colour maps of all locations, full colour world class photography throughout, unseen archive material.

The most comprehensive guide to diving the reefs and wrecks of Scapa Flow. Scapa Flow has international acclaim as one of the top five wreck diving locations in the world and has more diveable wreckage than any other area in Europe. The shipwrecks are a mixture of battleships, cruisers and destroyers from the German High Seas Battle Fleet scuttled towards the end of WWI and the direct actions of the British Admiralty which sank a further 43 ships during both world conflicts to block the entrances to Scapa Flow.

• The definitive guide to diving Scapa Flow covering all wrecks and reef dives.
• Contains a wealth of previously unpublished material.
• Detailed descriptions of every dive including special conditions and unusual features.
• Includes highly detailed full colour maps of all wreck locations.
• Detailed historical accounts of all the wrecks.
• Bottom scans and line drawings of many of the wrecks.
• Suitable for all levels of experience from novice to ‘technical’ diver.

CONTENTS
Foreword ................................................6
Orkney Introduction ................................9
German High Seas Fleet..........................13
Salvaging the German Fleet ....................21
Travelling to & staying in Scapa ..............25
Getting to Orkney .........................................25
Where to stay in Orkney ...............................26
What to see in Orkney ..................................27
The Scapa Map Project ...........................30
Wrecks of the Grand Fleet.......................33
The German Battleships ...............................33
König ............................................................36
Kronprinz Willhelm ......................................38
Markgraf .......................................................40
Battleship Debris Sites
Bayern Gun Turretts......................................42
Seydlitz Debris Site .......................................44
German Light Cruisers ............................47
Bremse (site only) .........................................49
Brummer......................................................50
Cöln II ...........................................................51
Dresden II .....................................................52
Karlsruhe ......................................................53
Motor Torpedo Boats (Destroyers) ............55
German Fleet 1919: Motor Torpedo Boats
B109 ............................................................58
S36 ............................................................59
S54 ............................................................60
V78 ............................................................61
V83 ............................................................62
Other Wrecks in Scapa Flow ....................65
Aorangi .........................................................67
Coal Barge ....................................................68
Concrete Barge .............................................68
HMS Rodean .................................................69
MV James Barrie ...........................................70
MV Mara .......................................................71
Prudentia......................................................72
Rose Valley ...................................................72
Strathgarry....................................................73
UB116...........................................................74
World War II Wrecks ...............................77
F2 + YC21 .....................................................78
Breaking the Flow Defences....................81
HMS Royal Oak .............................................81
Orkney Italian Chapel.............................89
War Graves ............................................93
HMS Hampshire............................................94
HMS Vanguard..............................................96
Churchill Barriers...................................99
The Barrier Blockships................................103
Diving the Blockships .................................104
Churchill Barrier 1- Kirk Sound (Holm Sound)
World War I Blockships
Aorangi .......................................................105
Minieh(Ex Alsatia) .......................................106
Numidian ...................................................107
Thames .......................................................108
World War II Blockships
Busk ..........................................................109
Gambhria....................................................109
Lake Neufchatel..........................................109
Redstone.....................................................109
Sorano ........................................................109
Tabarka.......................................................109
Churchill Barrier 2: Skerry Sound
World War I Blockships
Almeria .......................................................110
Argyll ..........................................................110
Elton ..........................................................111
Reinfeld ......................................................111
Teeswood....................................................111
Rosewood (Ex Blakemore)...........................111
World War II Blockships
AC6 Barge ...................................................112
Lycia ..........................................................112
Cape Ortegal ...............................................113
Emerald Wings............................................114
F/C Pontoon................................................115
Ilsenstein ....................................................116
Churchill Barrier 3: East Weddel Sound
World War I Blockships
Clio II ..........................................................118
Reginald .....................................................118
Gartmore ....................................................119
Lapland.......................................................119
Blockships sunk during World War II
Empire Seaman (Ex Morea) .........................121
Martis (Ex William Bell)...............................122
Churchill Barrier 4: Water Sound
World War I Blockships
Clio I ..........................................................123
Lorne ..........................................................123
Pontos.........................................................124
World War II Blockships
Carolina Thordén........................................125
Garron ........................................................125
Collingdoc...................................................125
Gondolier....................................................126
Juniata ........................................................126
Nadja..........................................................126
Blockship Barrier 5: Burra Sound
World War I Blockships
Budrie.........................................................128
Doyle ..........................................................129
Gobernador Boreis(Ex Wordsworth) ............131
Ronda .........................................................133
Rotherfield..................................................133
Urmstone Grange........................................133
World War II Blockships
Inverlane ....................................................135
Tabarka (Ex Pollux) .....................................137
Scapa Flow Reef Dives
(Much More Than Metal).............................141
Orphir Bay ..................................................142
Barrel of Butter ..........................................143
Gutter Sound (Rummage Dive)....................144
West Weddell Sound ...................................145
Kirk Bay ......................................................146
Stanger Head ..............................................147
Nevi Skerry .................................................148
Hoxa Head ..................................................149
Switha.........................................................150
Appendix ............................................152
Bibliography & Acknowledgements........159
Index ..................................................162

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lawson Wood has written more than 40 related historical and diving guides from all over the world, including the successful Shipwrecks of the Cayman Islands. He is a founding member of the Marine Conservation Society and founder of the St.Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve in Scotland. He made photographic history by becoming a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers solely for underwater photography. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Reviews
The book Scapa Flow has been crying out for.
Mark Evans Sport Diver

This is the 42nd book from this author and he is still going strong. More importantly, within these pages the visiting diver will find all the information he is looking for. Whilst some might argue there are already too many diving guides to this area, this guide stands apart from all others because it has it all.
The book commences with a very interesting and informative view of Orkney. Next we have a fascinating potted history of how the German High Seas Fleet came to be interned and then scuttled followed by the story of the salvaging of many of those vessels. Then there is the information required by all visiting divers "Travelling and Staying in Orkney" with notes on how to get there, where to stay and what else there is to see.
After a one page introduction to the Scapa Map project - which exists to document the wrecks of Scapa Flow by imaging, the book gets down to cases and, chapter by chapter, explains and describes those wrecks which interest divers from all over the world. This is where the book comes into it's own. Each of these chapters commences with a map showing the wrecks under discussion in relation to the remainder. Then we get down to facts, statistics and diving detail interspersed with historic photographs I have never seen before. All are interesting, some are pretty amazing. With only the occasional underwater photograph, each of the major shipwrecks is fully described and incorporates one or more scan images to show exactly what that wreck looks like on the seabed today.
Predominantly, Scapa attracts divers because of the remains of the German High Seas Fleet and whilst these are given full and excellent coverage, the book does not stop there. Next up are chapters headed; Other Wrecks in Scapa Flow, World War II Wrecks, Breaking the Flow Defences (which provides an excellent account of HMS Royal Oak), Orkney Italian Chapel, War Graves (HMS Hampshire and HMS Vanguard), Churchill Barriers (which includes an incredible series of photos of the "Collindoc" from her being mostly underwater to mostly underground!) and finally Scapa Flow Reef Dives - all of which are self explanatory.
With appendices containing contact and other useful information, this single book has it all.
The product itself is well laid out, easy to follow and equally as easy to read. What else could any diver ask for.
Ned Middleton
British professional underwater photo-journalist & author

If you are considering going to Scapa Flow then this book is a must.
Scuba Travel

The UK's top wreck-diving site now has a book to do it justice. Martin Bruce Sport Diver

This guide stands apart from all others because it has it all. Ned Middleton Underwater-Photo Journalist & Author.

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