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Truk. Dive 9 – Kiyozumi Maru

The Kiyozumi Maru was built in 1934 as a freighter with passenger accommodation. In November 1941 the navy converted her into an armed raider by adding six inch guns, torpedo launchers and anti-aircraft guns. In 1943 the navy reversed course … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 7 – Futagami Fleet Tug

The Futagami was a large salvage tug, and was launched in 1939. She carried salvage derricks, as well as pumps and hoses. She was involved in the unsuccessful attempts to raise the I-169 submarine, which we had dived earlier in … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 6 – Kikukawa Maru

On my two previous visits I had not dived this wreck. Opinions on it seem to be polarised. Beforehand I was told that it was so badly damaged that it was practically empty and just a shell, which was largely … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 5 – Heian Maru

The Heian Maru is the largest wreck still in Truk Lagoon. She was built in 1930 as a passenger / cargo liner, but was converted in to a submarine tender. She was sunk on the 2nd day of Operation Hailstone … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 4 – The I-169 Submarine

Day 2 had a submarine theme, with a dive on the I-169 sub, followed by the Heian Maru Submarine tender and the Futagami tug that attempted to raise the I-169. The I-169 was built for the Japanese navy, and was … Continue reading

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WW I passenger ship found off NZ

On 26 June 1918 the Wimmera, an Australian passenger ship, hit a German mine north of New Zealand. She sank with the loss of 26 lives out of 151 passengers and crew. Now Mike Hodson, an Auckland electronics expert, and … Continue reading

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The HMS Poseidon Story

Steven Schwankert is a diver and journalist based in Beijing. He has been along to SCDC’s Thursday night club night on a number of occasions, and gave a hugely entertaining talk on diving Lake Khovsgol in Mongolia. Around that time … Continue reading

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Remains Found on 18th Century Warship

HMS Victory was Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, but it was the 6th ship of that name to serve with the Royal Navy. Its predecessor was also a 100 gun ship of the line and was  launched in 1737. However it … Continue reading

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Video of WWII sunken hospital ship

The BBC website has a video of the wreck of the Centaur, an Australian World War 2 hospital ship. It sank in May 1943 with the loss of 268 lives after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. You can see … Continue reading

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WWII Hospital ship found off Queensland

The AHS Centaur, a hospital ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in May 1943 has been found near Brisbane in 2059m of water. There were 332 people on board when it was hit and only 64 survived. The … Continue reading

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RGS – HK presentation on “The Great Wall”

William Lindesay OBE is presenting a lecture called “Great Wall Revisited” at The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong on Thursday 17 December 2009. Mr. Lindesay is the first person in modern times to walk the whole 2,500km length of … Continue reading

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Hunt for Amundsen’s plane

In 1928, renowned Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, was on a Latham 47 flying boat which disappeared on its way to Spitzbergen. He was attempting an expedition to rescue Umberto Nobile, an Italian, whose airship had crashed on a return journey … Continue reading

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