The Tottori Maru was ultimately sunk by the USS Hammerhead while attempting a supply mission. But as I swim around the wreckage, her more infamous history attacks my senses, sending shivers through me. I recount in my mind’s eye the horrific events witnessed by the twisted eroding metal. My torchlight briefly touches a ladder reaching deep into the dark holds and encouraging further my imagination. Finally, my buddy flashing a signal brings me back, the dive time turns us. We head for the assent line. A vast unexplored shipwreck deserves days, not minutes of bottom time. Yet, so much is left unexplored.
Pottery Shipwreck Trip report 26 Sept 2020 Few things get a diver’s pulse racing more than the thought of treasure, images of pirates’ chests overflowing with jewel-encrusted goblets flash into divers’ imaginations. But, in reality, richness comes in many forms – the Australia tide or Nanking cargo bear testament to the value of Ming dynasty […]
A great time of year for a wreck expedition Every year two periods guarantee flat, calm conditions. This time is when the wind shifts from Lom Yai (big wind ) to Lom Leck (slight wind) and back. Lom Yai is from Oct/Nov to April /May Lom Leck is from April /May to Oct /Nov. The […]
Covid has affected all of our lives, creating misery and sadly loss for far too many people. Currently, on Koh Tao, we have existed in a bubble thus far, with minimal restrictions and cases on the island. With this in mind, it’s all too easy for us to put a halt to our everyday lives. […]
I’ve had the pleasure of joining Bruces’ wreck diving trips out of Sami San before and was looking forward to getting out to sea for 5 days – without wifi connection! This alone would have tempted me, also on offer was the chance to dive two of my favorite shipwrecks – the Seacrest and the […]
April 2019 a team of technical divers from the South East Asia Explorers club navigated the rickety pier in a small fishing village outside of Songkhla. As we loaded the fishing boat that was to be our home for the next three days, my mind flashed back to the events in January 1942 – had […]
I led a team of technical divers from Davy Jones’ Locker to dive a shipwreck 54 nautical miles north east of Koh Tao called the Pangan. We chartered a boat from another dive centre, which was a converted fishing vessel and decided to tow the DJL rib to use as a safety boat. Travelling out […]
I first became interested in the Burma Maru after my friend & dive buddy Dave brought it to my attention. He had gotten some marks for her after drinking whisky with a Thai captain in Koh Chang. Marks for this wreck are thin on the ground. This is due to the shortage of sounder and […]