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 […]
Early 1942 – After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Isoroku Yamamoto quickly turned his attention to the mineral rich mines of northern Malaysia and the sea lanes around Singapore. Their capture was necessary to secure materials needed to make alloys, fuel for the war machine and freedom to move unhindered around the region. Secretly […]
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 […]
NO 1 TATTORI MARU POSITION 120 NM east of Koh Tao HULL LAID GLASGOW 1913 6057 GRT OVERAL LENGTH 128 MTR, BEAM 16.5 MTR, PASSENGER CARGO MID CENTRE BRIDGE FORWARD/ AFT HOLDS HOW DID IT SINK? Sunk by the submarine USS Hammerhead in 1944. Her mission at time of sinking was to carry war supplies. […]