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Andrew Mitchell. 
A marvellous journey through the south-western Pacific islands including Solomons and Gizo. Written by a naturalist so concentrates on life.
Hardcover,dustjacket; 252 pages. Full colour. 
The Deadly Descent Into the World's Most Treacherous Cave. 
William Stone and Barbara Am Enden, with Monte Paulsen. 
The Huautla cave in Mexico is probably the deepest system in the world. Shafts rach down to enormous depths, with huge stadium-sized cvrns. The author's 44-member team entered the sinkhole at Sotano de San Augustin, the first camp being 2328 ft below ground level. The second camp was established at the jinction of two sunterranean rivers met. Nobody had gone further and survived, excepot for Bill Stone and Barabara Am Ende, who forged on for no less than eighteen days. Dr. William Stone is the engineer who invented the Cis-Lunar rebreather, a life-support backpack that allows divers to stay underwater for up to 24 hours. Dr Am Ende is a geologist. Paulsen is a Pulitzer Prize winner.  Hardcover. $59.95
Sorry, no longer available from us. May be still in print, otherwise try second-hand.
Ben Cropp. 
From ‘shark hunter to passionate conservationist', Ben Cropp is well known to Australian divers, particlarly those of my vintage who had the pleasure of knowing him in the 1970s and 80s, and seeing his films on the dive congress circuit. He is a passionate diver, rsearcher, author and film-maker. This is his autobiography, a fascinating and well presented account of his extraordinary life. From the blurb: Ben Cropp is a one-off, an original - a self-confessed old pirate - whose life story is inseparable from from giant sharks, gaping jaws and trails of blood in the water. One of the worlds legendary shark hunters, Cropp is Australias best known skindiver and underwater explorer. Now, for the first time, after a career spanning 50 years, Cropp has agreed to tell his complete, no-holds-barred story. Ben Cropp: Blood in the Water is packed with adventure, larger-than-life characters, and Cropps own award-winning pictures of deep-blue danger." He chronicles tales of close encounters with White Pointers; the largest shark ever captured on film; and  adventures with Clint Eastwood, Peter Allen, Leonard Nimoy, Rupert Murdoch and others. Hey, how come I'm not included!!!
Softcover, large format 230 x 270 mm, full colour, 240 pages. $38.00 **** ALL SOLD, SORRY *****
Pearl Harbour, 1941: A Navy Diver's Memoir.  Commander Edward C. Raymer. 
On December 7, 1941, as the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and several others lie
paralyzed and burning in the aftermath of the  Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, a crack team of U.S. Navy salvage divers is hurriedly flown to the island of Oahu. The divers have been given a Herculean task: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped below, and resurrect the pride of the Pacific fleet. Now for the first time, the chief diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, CmdJ: EdwardC. Ray- mer, USN (Ret.), tells the whole story of the desperate attempts to save crewmembers caught inside their sinking ships. Descent Into Darkness is the only book available that describes the raising and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December 7th attack. Once Raymer and his crew of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks - attempting untested and potentially deadly diving tech niques - they experienced a world of total blackness. By memorizing the ships' blueprints and using their sense of touch, the divers groped their way hundreds of feet inside the sunken vessels to make repairs and salvage vital war material. The divers learned how to cope with such unseen dangers as falling ,objects, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human bodies, and the constant threat of Japanese attacks from above. Though many of these divers were killed or seriously injured during the wartime salvage operations, on the whole they had great success performing what seemed to be impossible jobs. Among their credits, Raymer's crew raised the sunken battleships West Virginia, Nevada, and California. After, Pearl Harbor they moved on to other crucial salvage work off Guadalcanal and the sites of other great sea battles. Commander Edward C. Raymer, USN, (Ret.] served thirty years in the U.S. Navy. Hardcover, dustjacket, 214 pages, mono prints. $55.00
Out of print - check for second-hand copies of this excellent book. 
Tony Groom.
A simple title - Diver. Thats what most of you who read this are no doubt are. This could be a book about comfortable recreational diving in warm tropical waters on the Great Barrier Reef, or a jaunt after bottles under Portsea pier - but it's not. We recreational divers may share the same word to describe our pastime, but when it comes to military and commercial diving, there is no further comparison. If you have ever thought of moving across (up? down?) to the military/commercial field, then read this book first. It may encourage you. Or, as in my case, it may lead to the realisation that ‘no son of mine will ever be a deep sea diver'. Not if he is a wimp like his Dad, anyway! This is an excellent book. Tony Groom will never win a literary award, but thats a greater part of the beauty of the book. He writes with an honesty of style, describing his in- and out-of-the-water experiences after several decades of military and commercial  diving. And those experiences are worthy of reading: a Royal Navy trained demolition diver who has experienced war (you should know which one if the time period is the 1980s), and went into the commercial field in 1985. He tells of what you are likely to experience in taking up one of the most demanding, and danegrous, jobs in the world - and why you should avoid a tourist trip to Nigeria, avoid (some of) the girls in Newcastle (UK), and what to do when you confront a prick with a stick!! Oh yes, and don't mix it with Geordie Shorty. Guaranteed you wont put it down once you start. Softcover, 333 pages, mono and colour photos.    $32.00
A Series of In-Depth Interviews. 
Bret Gilliam and others.
A remarkeable book, huge physically and in its content, documenting some of the great divers of the world, men and womewn who have contributed so magnificnetly to our humble enjoyment of sport diving. It profiles twenty divers fromwidely varying backgrounds who have shaped the diving industry through its evolution that continues to this day. And they are not all American - Ron and Val Taylor get a guernsey. Others include Stan Waterman, Bev Morgan, Chuck Nicklin, Peter Benchley, Bob Ballard, Michele Hall, Paul Humann, Bob Hollis, Howard Hall and the editor himse;f, Brett Gilliam.   The conversations in each chapter provide an insight into the oral history of diving that is both exciting and revealing. Lavishly , the reader is taken inside the fascinating careers of diving's most intriguing personalities. It's a unique 488-page ‘ A4 ‘coffee-table' size, with over 400 photographs. If you have enjoyed your diving over the years, and are interested in the achievements of men and women who have contributed in some way to your enjoyment, consider this book. You won't regret it. $120.00
Sorry no longer available from us. I believe out of print.
DIVING WITH SHARKS and other Adventures Dives.
Include practical advice for experienced divers. Jack Jackson 
Beautifully photographed and presented, this is an interesting books for those who have ventured beyond the odd dive at the end of the jetty. Covers the fascinating experieinces of diving with sharks, whales, dolphons, manta rays, and turtles, potato cod and sea snakes, with locations throughoput the world, including Australia of course. There is an informative section on diving in strong currents, and wreck diving covers twelve sections including the Yongala, Andrea Doria and Truk Lagoon, and of course the Prsident Coolidge. Finally, the chspter on closed overhad environmnts includes cavern and sinkhole diving, and under the Antarctic ice. A very interesting read, informative and beautifully presented. An appendix provides a brief directory of locations with a star graded system for experience required. 
Softcover, large A4 format, 160 pages, full colour throughout. $28.95
An Autobiography by Robert Ballard. 
Think of a man who has combined high adventure, exploration and discovery, scientific know-how, documeentary creation and a bloody good life and you need only mention the name Robert Ballard. As an oceanographer and mrine scientist, he is best known for his work on the Titanic. Add to that incredible adventures on exploring the Lusitania, Bismark, andd the deep wrecks of Iron Bottom Sound in the Solomons. This book is more on his explorations and discoveries using deep submersibles, than on the man himself. A remarkable read. Limited stock only. 
Softcover, colour plates, 408 pages. Limited copies available.$34.00
FIVE BELLS - WELL DONE - A Diver's Story
Tony Liddicoat.
This is an excellkent read, a personaal biography of a British army diver, combat diver and commercial diver. From the book: "There are three main directions with which a person can pursue the activity of diving. These are 'Commercial Diving' as a job, 'Military Diving' as a job/ qualification to aid the Armed Forces in their aims and as a 'Recreational Diver' as a sport or hobby pastime. Tony Liddicoat is one of the rare individuals who has pursued all of these types of diving activity and has mastered each of them. In this book he writes down his progression through all three disciplines, managing to combine and mix all three during his nearly 50 year diving career. As you will read, his diving adventures have taken him around the world, to every ocean and to many different lands. He has experienced the extremes of climate and terrain and has undertaken many challenges. These vary from diving, the inside of a Nuclear Reactor, placing and detonating explosive charges, searching for bodies in sewers or training potential divers on a tropical island. The book covers Tony's diving life and we re-dive all his old haunts with him, without exaggeration or embellishment.
Softcover, 370 pages, mono photographs, glossary, no index.$46.00.
Selected stories of  Underwater Adventure  by Phyllis R. Fenner, illustrated by Michael Eagle. 
William Morrow and Co, New York, 1975. 
Hardcover, 192 pages, mono line drawings. 
  Chapter contents: Swim for Life, by Newton Rhodes; Hate, by Arthur C. Clarke; Depth Charge!, by C. S. Forester; Flounder, Flounder in the Sea, Paul Annixter; The Dark Dive, by Robert Edmond Alter, Down to the S-4, by Edward Ellsberg; Young Man With a Spear, by Joseph Whitehill; The Living Torpedo, by Tom  Yates; It's A Long Way Down, by Georges Carousso; Cave Diving, by Jacques-Yves Cousteau with Frederic Dumas.   From the fly: The ten stories presented here run the  gamut of stark terror, heroic courage, and grim determination as men face the perils beneath the sea. The   themes concern rescue, exploration, and other encounters of high drama that frequently occur in this frontier world. Two submariners ride a human torpedo under freezing waters to blow up a V-boat in a Norwegian fiot;d during the Second World War. They know- and conquer-desperate fear. When the kraken, most  frightful undersea monster of them all, surfaces near Bill Newlin's lugger in the Caribbean, he gasps with horror as the creature sends out two white tentacles,  which shoot under the ship's rail and along the deck. Oddly enough, the experience brings to Newlin a treasure of Spanish gold. A dis- missed Navy diver, fighting a brave battle against a lifelong hatred, risks his life "full forty fathoms" down to save the son of his enemy. Among the authors represented in this  latest collection by a noted anthol- ogist, are such masters as Arthur C. Clarke, Jacques Cousteau, Edward Ellsberg, and C. S. Forester. 
There is little doubt that the book is directed at the juvenile reader, although the authors presented are certainly not children's authors. There is no indication that  the 'stories' have been edited or abridged by anyone other than the authors however it could well be presumed that Phyllis Fenner, whomever she may be, has  had a hand in the precis. Thats fine - its a great read anyway.    Note: Page 71 - illustration is upside down. Thats what happens when you have book editiors that do not have a clue about the underwater world. 
Just the one copy available. Secondhand, excellent condition. Dust jacket is computer generated facsimile. $26.00
Jean Foucher-Creteau 
Translated from the French by James Cleugh. 
Copyright 1957. Translated from the French "L'Aventure Est Sous La Mer", published by Librairie des Champs-Elyses. 
Published in Great Britain by Frederick Muller Ltd. (No specific date). 
Hardcover, dust jacket, 162 pages, mono plates throughout. Four colour plates - one of a ‘magnificent moray' with a spear through its head, which I do not appreciate, nor understand why, even in these early days, one should wish to do such a moronic thing. Includes diving the Cape Verde Island, and the Red Sea. 
From the fly: M. Foucher-Creteau is Vice-President of the Underwater Hunters' and Explorers' Club of France. In this exciting book he vividly relates a series of hair-raising adventures, particularly encounters with big groupers, rays and sharks. He deliberately sought out these tougher species of undersea game while diving with camera and harpoon-gun off the Canaries, the Cape Verde Islands and in the Red Sea (where he nearly lost a leg) as well as in the Mediterranean. These breathtaking episodes are illustrated by some of the most thrilling photographs ever published. The author and his friends are all amateur divers. They have built up their reputations as expert and daring pioneers of this submerged world of new beauty and terror, not by devoting all their time to it, but in the intervals of earning an ordinary living on dry land. This book is a 'must' for everyone interested in any aspect of this most novel and absorbing of all sports.
Copy on offer is first edition 1957 in excellent condition, with original dustjacket also in excellent condition protected with library-quality film. $34.00
David Burchell
Published by the author, Adelaide, South Australia, 1988.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 254 pages, a few mono photographs. 
David Burchell had just turned sixteen when he lost a leg in a train accident, 'My World' traces his story from this rather dramatic beginning to the present day. It covers the initial despair of a young boy who has to face up to a life with one leg - his convalescence and rehabilitation - the unsuccessful attempt to join the Navy in World War II and his final acceptance by the Air Force. After the war the author worked on cattle and sheep stations in the Australian outback and glimpses into this lifestyle are described. After returning to the city he took up the sport of high diving and for fifteen years performed with the South Australian Diving Troupe. As a country representative with the Shell Co. he was sent to a remote area and this chapter describes insights into life in an Australian outback town. During this period (1951) he started skin diving and in 1960 he left Shell and founded the Adelaide Skin Diving Centre. For the next twenty years he was one of the pioneers of diving in Australia, and trained hundreds of sport and commercial divers. He was involved in many stunts and projects - deep dives off the Continental Shelf - exploring flooded goldmines and the vast flooded underground volcanic systems of Mount Gambler - Para Scuba, when he parachuted from an aircraft in full diving gear and after landing in the sea continued on down and met up with a submarine - World record underwater tow, etc., etc.He has also dived Truk Lagoon in the East Carolines, where over sixty Japanese ships are on the bottom - The Great Barrier Reef - Fiji - The Aegean - and most of the Pacific Islands including the Louisiades, the Solomons and Tahiti. His most important dive was during the search for HMAS Perth which was lost during World War II along with the USS Houston in the Battle of Sunda Strait. The Perth's bell, the object of his search, is now in the Australian War Museum in Canberra. Burchell has been described by the New York Times as Australia's James Bond, in Texas he was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Houston and in Djakarta they called him 007 Dave. The Queen awarded him the British Empire Medal and he was the first South Australian to be featured in the National TV program 'This is Your Life'. 'My World' is a story told with humour about interesting people and situations with the final chapter devoted to the physically and mentally handicapped and all those close to them.  $20.00 Just the one copy. Excellent condition. 
NEUTRAL BUOYANCY - Adventures in a Liquid World
Tim Ecott. 
It is encouraging to see that the diving world is attracting excellent writers, and Ecott, who is with the BBC World Servic, is quite superb. I found it hard to put down as he covers so many areas of interest. I excepted an autobiography, but this is not so, although he writes of his mny travels to dive estinations, including the Pacific. Instead we have a book entwining the history of diving with the lives and achievements of those still alive who can thier story. He interviews Hans Hass, Robert Croft, Bob Barth, Umberto Pelizzari and many othwrs, and speaks of the Haldanes, LePrieur, Louis de Corlieu, of sponge divers and competitive free divers. Added to these wonderful vignettes of diving life, he includes much of the development of diving and diving interest in the various countries he visits, and is never short of words to describe the local people, particulartly those who dive. Older exploits, such as sponge diving in Greece, treasure diving, and world war two frogmen are also included with fascinating relevance. A truly great book. Softcover paperback, 345 pages, mono prints. 
An autobiography by Dave Burchell. 
First published 1967, Heinemann, Melbourne. 
Hardcover, dust jacket, 136 pages, mono photographs throughout. 
Burchell would have been an incredible man even if a childhood prank with a train didn't cause him to lose a leg. Nothing would have stopped this South Australian  venturer from enjoying life at the fullest, and his biography is an inspiring piece of literature. Not only a man of remarkable achievements but also a delightful man to
 meet. A valuable book in the history of Australian diving. 
From the fly:
An accident—brought about by youthful carelessness and related in a graphic first chapter—left Dave Burchell with, as he so pithily expresses it, One Foot in the Grave.
However, membership of the one-legged fraternity has not hampered Burchell's activities in any way.
With deft touches of dry Australian humour he outlines his fortunes as LAC Burchell, RAAF; life in South Australia's outback as mustering-carnp cook, station-hand and stud master to 'Burchell's brothel'; exhibitions with the SA Swimming Association Diving Troupe; and busy days as a 'back of beyond' oil company representative. Spearfishiug off the West Coast initiated an interest in underwater activities, an interest which grew until today Dave Burchell is an acknowledged expert on diving techniques and underwater exploration. Through diving, and mixing with divers, opportunities for the less mundane always seem to be presenting themselves. These come in many forms ... a chance remark, a casual meeting or a magazine article has sent him off on trails to sunken ships, to dives in subterranean caves and to the edge of the Continental Shelf itself. There have been dives for the hell of it in flooded gold-mines; perilous surveys of underground lakes; and light-hearted practice dives. Burchell has stood by in full diving gear whilst Donald Campbell made his bid for the world water speed record; he has even created a record or two of his own.
Diving has taken him to Perth, to Darwin, and to the beautiful reefs of the Astrolabe Lagoon in southern Fiji.The more bizarre efforts have included parachuting from an aircraft into the sea to keep a pre-arranged meeting with a submarine; and being towed on an underwater sled across the shark-infested waters of the Backstairs Passage. In all Dave Burchell has spent many hours diving and the experiences gained in this extremely varied, adventurous and, at times, hazardous career have paved the way for an immensely enjoyable autobiography.
Two copies available. $36.00. Second-hand excellent condition, dustjacket excellent. Signed by author. $26.00. Second-hand excellent condition, dustjacket very good. 
RAISING THE DEAD.  An Australian Story of Death and Survival.
Phillip Finch. 
You may remember the tragedy. It is January 2005. The scenario was simple. Man dies in deep crater hole in Africa. His remains are found ten years later.Aussie diver attempts to recover it. He dies in the valliant attempt. There was much discussion within the Australian diving community at the time, centered around the risks involved, but few (of us) would ever be able to imgine the dedication and skill required for deep penetration - and this was deep, 270 metres. This was no misplaced bravado by a gung-ho diver. Dave Shaw was a respected Cathay Pacific pilot, living in Hong Kong, a mature remarkable man of fifty. So, what went wrong? From the inside cover blurb: "Wearing some of the most advanced diving equipment ever developed, Shaw descended. Just below the surface was a narrow fissure in the dolomite bottom of the basin. He slipped through the opening and disappeared from sight....  Twenty minutes later (he) was dead." Why do men (and women) stretch themselves to the edge of physical credibility - to the extremes of their sport. Perhaps it is because they have the imagination and intelligence to do so. Sometimes however, the challenge proves fateful. The author is well qualified to do justice to the tragedy being a professional journalist and author, and experienced cave diver.  A remarkable read. Softcover, 310 pages, index, colour plates. 
Softcover $38.00. 
Ben Cropp. 
First published in 1964 as two individual books, they have been in demand ever since. Ben Cropp is one of the Australian diving legends, and his books, magazine features, films and TV documentaries have contributed greatly to the enjoy of others that have followed in his wake. We may no longer hunt sharks and kill for sport, but we do swim with whale sharks. The book is informative and an excellent read, and includes many references to the many shipwrecks that Ben has located. It is an excellent addition to the history of diving in Australia. 
Paperback, 128 pages, mono photographs.
Hugh Edwards. 
Contributions by top Aussie divers including Johnno Johnstone, Jeremy Green, Henri Bource, Rod Fox, Dave Burchell, Wade Doak. Covers shipwrecks, sharks and shark attacks, diving experiences. Very interesting and easy reading. 
Colour photos. Soft,128 pages. Limited stock.$18.00 
Harcover $32.00
Haroun Tazieff.  Translated by Naomi Lewis. 
The Travel Book Club, London, no date - probably 1950s. 
Hardcover, dust jacket, 212 pages, mono plates in four sections. 
The author was with Cousteau when he explored the Red Sea, on the Calypso. 
From the fly: This is a superbly exciting book. Haroun Tazieff went with Captain Cousteau to explore the Red Sea bed, and his descriptions of under-sea are among the best ever written. He climbed the volcano Nyiragongo, and spent a night at the bottom of its crater, alternately scorched and frozen, observing the lake of molten lava, bright red under a black skin, bubbling and heaving beside him. He tested at Lake Tanganyika a theory of his that crocodiles are cowards, and will not attack a man under water; and he endured a killing journey across deserts and burning rocks to Lake Rudolf. But almost the greatest interest of his book lies in incidents by the way: land-crabs encircling and advancing upon their quarry (which was Tazieff himself, alone on a Red Sea island one night); the attempt of three of Cousteau's men to penetrate into Arabia, and how the local Emir, full of charm and. knavery, kept them tightly under his thumb; and the voyage out in Calypso, with her unhandy crew of chemist, physicist, biologist, geologist, engineer, diver, doctor, parachutist and cine-photographer. Tazieff writes wonderfully about the imaginative side of travel: its hardships, and why they are worth enduring; its rewards, and their greatness.
Just the one copy, secondhand. Book offered is in very good condition, very slight foxing on endpapers, with intact dust jacket in protective library film. $15.00
Bill McBride.
‘Forty Crazy Years Under Water' - a collection of interesting and humourrous anecedotes from an instructor and retailer. "Its been forty years of laughs, adventures, and interactions with some pretty spectacular people".  I particularly liked the chapter on "Scuba Students to Remember', and ‘Is Scuba For You?' covering 18 misconceptions of scuba (all of which, by the way, are covered in Peter Stone's Dive Australia). 
A very interesting and funny book. Softcover, 204 pages, all text. 
Hillary Hauser (editor). 
The ideal book not only for the armchair aquanaut but also the serious recreational and commercial diver who wants to read of the life of several brilliant men and women whohave achieved something extraordinary, but also have the ability to string more than two words together in a most readable manner. Here we have an anthology of remarkable essays from Peter Benchly, David Doubilet, Hans Hass, Cousteau of course, William Beebe, Jules Verne, Herman Melville, Joe McInnes, Henry Siebe, Lloyd Bridges. Sylvia Earle, Harry Rieseberg, Robert Marx, Dick nderson, Rodney Fox, Philippe Diole, Phillipoe Tailliez. I'm surprised that Guy Gilpatrick is not included - and damn it, they missed me out, again. Each author's contribution commences with a potted history of their life. This is truly an excellent book. Hardcover, dust jacket, 508 pages, and not one photo to distract you from the superb writing. $58.00 
We have a couple of copies of this book without dustjacket (hardover) $ $35.00
THE FIRESIDE DIVER, edited by Bonnie Cardone.  $28.00
An Anthology of Underwater Adventure. A collection of thirty-three stories about the sea - mainly below the surface - by sixteen authors, including the renown photographers Howard Hall, Bob Talbot and Chris Newbert, the late Jack McKenney, artist extraordinaire Richard Ellis, film-makers Stan Waterman (sorry, Stanton A. Waterman) and the humorist Dick Anderson - and a few others of note, more to American divers than to us downunder. Subject themes cover shipwrecks and salvage, underwater photography and adventure diving - 'Mugged by a Squid', 'Trapped Underwater by a Great White Shark" (wow!!!), and 'How to Paint a Whale' (by Ellis of course). Fireside Diver will not make it into a bibliography of great literature but the stories are interesting, and some amusing. A very interesting read. Softcover, 326 pages, a few mono photographs.
Sorry, no longer available from us. May be out of print. Try second-hand.
Christopher Ralling. 
The story of Thor Heyerdahl, one of the greatest adventurers and authors this century. An excellent book covering the life and achievements of a remarkable man. 
Hardcover, dust jacket, 335 pages, colour plates. Limited stock. 
A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths. 
Bernie Chowdhury. 
This is a sad story, as it tells the tale of a father and son's last, fatal, descent in a quest for knowledge and adventure. Motivated by the glory of seeking new information on a mysterious U-boat located off the North Carolina coast, they pushed their physical and emotional psyche to the limit, and paid the ultimate price. But for the grace of God and some good old fashioned luck, many of us could say, "been there, done that", but have survived. The author, himself an experienced technical diver and a friend of the men who died is a gifted writer who has managed to capture the sheer horror of the events that unfolded, and seeks to delve deeper into the minds of a family affair that shared a common goal despite constant bickering and soul-searching. Could young Chris ever fulfil his fathers ideals?  A remarkable book and one that will leave you emotionally concerned. 
Jacques Cousteau. 
Diving the world with the father of recreational scuba diving. Incredible stories of ships and exploration, marine life and discoveries. Good reading, and educational. 
First published in Great Britain in 1963.
Hardcover, 301p. Limited stock.

Two volumes.
Gary Gentile.
I was attracted to read these books because of a fascination with the Lusitania, which, as you probably know, was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland in 1915. But, as the cliche says, dont judge a book by its cover. Although the two volumes contain an interesting account of the loss of the Cunard liner, and an even more fascinating description of diving the ship, these books are an authobiography of one of most experienced and influential deep wreck divers in the world. I was initially disappointed at the sparcity of historic Lusitania facts, but Gentile's excellent writing drew me in to a world of incredible deep diving, pioneering new techniques, and virgin wrecks at over 300 feet. Of particular fascination, and one in which we can at times relate, is the petty-mindedness of government officials and the sheer bitchines of dive boat skippers and fellow divers. There seems to be a nasty rivalry betwen fellow deep-wreck divers in seeking the rewards of relics to be raised and taken into personal posession. Well, been there, done that! But Gentile pulls no punches in his condemnation of divers who lack the skills and the mental attitude to be ‘real wreck divers'. Here we have entwined superb diving with tragic episodes on the Andrea Doria, the Empress of Ireland, the Lusitania, and many other deep shipwrecks and submarines not so well known. The death toll on some of these ships is staggering for a recreational activity - thirteen at least so far on the Andrea Doria. Gentile's writing absorbs you into the scenario like a good work of fiction - which this is most assuredly not. And to make matters even more remarkable I that Gentile was shot through the chest whilst on duty in Vietnam, taking many years to recover, but not fully. This is a book(s) for the serious wreck, deep and technical diver, or, like myself, someone fascinated by the pioneering exploits of these adventurers. And all the action has taken place within the last few decades. A remarkable read. 
Two volumes, hardcover, dust jacket,  312, 392 pages, mono and colour plates. 
$90.00 (two volume set).
Sorry, no longer available from us, and may be out of print.
Philippe Diole. Translated by Alan Ross. 
First published under the title L'Adventure Sous-Marine, by Albin Michel, Paris, 1951. First English translation 1953. Translated by Alan Ross. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 218 pages, many mono prints, a few colour. 
Phillipe Diole is described as a naturalist, writer and scientific observer that has taken the invention of “M. Cousteau”.  The author deals with treasure hunting,  octopus training and cultivating seaweed crops.  Divided into 10 chapters: “First Beginnings”, “Conquest of the Deep”, “Sea-Meetings”, “Caverns Underwater”,  “Breeding”, “Courtship”, “Virgin Seaweed”, “The Poetry of the Sea”, “Museums Under the Sea” and “Future Development”. Extremely well illustrated with 4 coloured  prints and many monochrome photographs.  Lots of early scuba photographs. 
Copy on offer is Sidgwick edition 1953; in excellent condition with original dustjacket. $12.00
The Man Behind The Legend. - Steve Locker-Lampson. 
The Preface of the book states that Kelly Tarlton was one of the  world's great divers - indeed he was, but he was, more importantly, one of the world's great men.  His diving exploits are quite incredible, having recovered a fortune in jewellery from the SS  Tasmania and the Elingamite. He estabvlished a shipwreck museum at Waitangi (New Zealand),  and during his final days, worked himself into an early grave by establishing the superb walk  through Underwater World in Auckland. A fascinating story of a fascinating man. 
Softcover, 192 pages, mono and colour prints. 
Thor Heyerdahl. 
Famous expedition down the Persian Gulf to Djibouti. Excellent reading.
Hard, 333 pages. Limited stock. 
The Extraordinary Life and Times of Captain Mike Hatcher. 
Hugh Edwards. 
The name Hatcher may not be so well remembered, but mention the Nanking Cargo to a diver and you will see an immediate interest. But the Nanking Cargo of exquisite porcelain is only one of Hatcher’s incredible recoveries. This excellent book by Perth-based award-winning author Hugh Edwards tells of Hatcher’ discoveries, his battles with governments and bureaucracies, and his life threatening experiences in Asian waters. “His story is one of guts and determination in the face of adversity, and of daring, skill and fantastic rewards”. 
Soft, 280 pages, colour plates. 
Joe McInnes. 
Experiences of  a famous underwater explorer and scientist. Seeking tresure, diving to tremendous depths, and beneath the Arctic. 
Soft cover, 143 pages. $12.00
31 May 2013
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