Best wrecks in the world
A Key West salvor believes an 1856 shipwreck of the merchant ship Isaac Allerton has ties to the Baldwin brothers of Hollywood fame, and his lawyer has sent a letter to movie star and "30 Rock" actor Alec Baldwin stating just that. "I was doing the research and I must have Googled and Googled over and over until I finally traced it back to the Baldwins," said Ray Maloney, who has salvage rights to the shipwreck. The captain of the ship was Roswell Baldwin, who was born in Stonington, Conn., in 1818, Maloney said. Recently, Maloney's Key West High School pal and attorney Robert Cintron wrote a letter to the entertainment company representing Alec Baldwin. "If we have correctly traced the g
68th Memorial dive, of the sinking of the USS Emmons, will be 6 April 2013. The event will be sponsored by North of Nago charters. The USS Emmons Memorial dive was created by Chuck, who has been chartering boats to the area since 2002. His crew include Kurt and Joshua, who are both certified tech divers keep every one safe both above and bellow the water line. In 2009 the first Memorial Dive, and every year since was set up in honor of those sailors who died on this day in 1945.
BOOM! BlackBeard Boarding Ship A pirate ship's cannon fires a warning blast. The explosion rocks a nearby merchant ship. Musket balls fly. Grenades explode. A wounded helmsman staggers. He lets go of the ship's wheel, and the ship swings around crazily. Flames flicker everywhere. Pistols fire. Pirates, screaming threats, board the merchant ship, swinging axes and cutlasses (short, curved swords). Hissing through his teeth, Blackbeard—one of the most dreaded pirates who ever lived—jumps to the deck. He stands tall and lean. Pieces of rope burn like fuses among coils of his black hair. Sashes stuffed with pistols and daggers crisscross his huge chest. Black ribbons flap from the braids in his beard. Terrified sailors flee. Blackbeard and his fierce crew have pirated another ship. IT WAS A REIGN OF FEAR that lasted two long years. Blackbeard and his crew of pirates terrorized sailors on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea from 1716 through 1718. They ambushed ships carrying passengers and cargo in the dim light of dawn and dusk when the pirates' ship was hard to see. The pirates often determined a ship's nationality first. Then they raised that country's flag on the pirate ship so they appeared to be friendly. Now able to draw close to the unsuspecting ship, the pirates hoisted Blackbeard's flag only at the last moment. BlackBeard's Flag Merchant crews often surrendered without a fight the moment they saw Blackbeard's flag. If the ship didn't surrender after warnings, the pirates moved in. Frequently their first target: the sailor at the ship's wheel. Then, as the pilotless ship drifted aimlessly, the pirates snared it with grappling hooks, pulled it closer, and leaped aboard. When the attack ended, the pirates took the passengers and crew hostage and ransacked cabins looking for coins, gold, silver, and jewelry. Blackbeard repeated this scene over and over again.
At 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds, Michael Vivona has never excelled in sports. But that changed last weekend when the 56-year-old engineering supervisor for an Orlando television station earned a championship in an emerging extreme sport: underwater scooter racing. Vivona piloted his $7,000 Dive-X Cuda 1150 to victory in a fleet of 15 in the Wes Skiles Memorial Shootout in Key Largo, the third event of the newly formed Wreck Racing League's Formula H2O circuit. The race was held 45 feet deep on the wreck of the Benwood, a 360-foot merchant freighter.
BP has come under fire yet again after these gruesome images emerged of hundreds of thousands of dead fish in a river in the US. Wildlife officials have launched a major operation to find the cause of the "fish kill" after oil was spotted in the grisly photos. The dead fish were found near the mouth of the Mississippi River an area heavily affected by the BP oil spill. Scientists had previously cleared the oil company of any blame saying the horror was caused by depleted oxygen levels.
A Siberian divers' club has marked the end of their diving season with an unusual competition: a cycling and skiing competition on the bottom of Russia's pristine Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the world's deepest fresh-water lake, sometimes reaching a depth of over 4,000 metres. But the diving competition took place closer to the shore where the water was just three metres deep.
AN exploding scuba diving tank killed two Polish tourists and seriously injured two others overnight on a Croatian island, officials said. The first victim on the southern island of Vis was a 48-year-old Polish woman who died on the spot, a police spokeswoman said."
THE Queensland government will hand over physical evidence to assist the prosecution of American Gabe Watson. Watson's wife, Tina, died while scuba-diving off the Great Barrier Reef. Alabama authorities have agreed to Queensland demands not to seek the death penalty for the former bubble-wrap salesman, who is serving a 12-month custodial sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter. The Watsons were on their honeymoon in 2003 when Tina died.
Author: Karol, 03-09-2010
Ivan Zhelezarov, a 27-year-old diving instructor, has broken the world record for the longest scuba dive underwater by spending 50 hours submerged, a media statement said on August 29 2010. The record holder is the UK’s Will Goodman, who spent 48 hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds.Zhelezarov started his attempt on August 27 at 1.45pm, diving eight metres into the sea near Kiten on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, and stayed underwater – even though conditions were at times "severe", the media statement said – before emerging at 4pm on August 29.During his time underwater, he took food in liquid form, the statement said....
A new adventure just ended. The 7th team world championship was organised for the first time in Asia, in Okinawa-Japan, from the 30th to the 11th july, day of my 28th birthday ! Woman French team was composed of Julie Gautier, Alice Modolo and Aurore Asso. Men’s french team was composed of Christian Maldame, Morgan Bourc’His, Fred Sessa and me. We all arrived 5 days to 1 week before the beginning of the competition to have time to adapt to jetlag and also have several training sessions in the ocean.
Diving in ancient times
Article written by Tim Neville Sport Diver Magazine page 78 June 2009 "8 Wild Pacific Outposts" Yonaguni, Japan.
During the first half of 1942, war raged off the shores of North Carolina. Explosions were seen and heard from the shore, oil washed up on the beaches, and dozens of valuable ships were sent to the bottom. The residents of the Outer Banks lived in constant and realistic fear of Axis forces landing soldiers on their beaches. Today, remnants of 'the war that came home' can be seen strewn all along the North Carolina coast. Four German U-boats, along with several Allied war ships and scores of merchant vessels dot these beautiful waters and offer a tiny glimpse into that portion of our nation's history.
Scuba diving Head to Tiputa Pass, recognised as one of the world’s greatest shark dive locations. Watch a breathtaking array of eagle rays, tuna, various species of sharks including grey- and black-tipped sharks, and schools of dolphins that gather around the reef entrance to the lagoon. Watch sharks cruise by harmlessly – but close enough to make your heart beat just a little faster. Tiputa is also a good place to spot whales, between July and August. Probably the best time here is between December and March, when huge hammerhead sharks gather for the mating season.
Interesting places in the world
These astonishing images show an extraordinary new artificial reef off the east coast of Mexico made entirely from human statues. The underwater installation has been created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor who used real people to create the 'life casts' made from materials which encourage coral to grow. It is hoped the new sculptures will produce a coral reef system and attract a variety of aquatic creatures to the Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park. The project, entitled The Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA), is
These hotel guests don't mind spartan rooms. They're here for the underwater sights A onetime oil-drilling rig stands in crystal-clear waters dotted with tiny islands and their lush green hills. But most impressive is what's underwater—an amazing array of coral reefs swarming with hundreds of species of multicolored tropical fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life. The rig has been converted to a hotel for snorkelers and especially for scuba divers.
A worcester historian has published his first book on maritime history. Dilip Sarkar, already well known for his books on the Battle of Britain and Spitfires, has written a book about the HMS Royal Oak, a British Royal Navy battleship that was infamously torpedoed at anchor just six weeks into the Second World War. The ship sank in 10 minutes and 832 men – many of whom were boy sailors aged between 15 and 17 – died.
The underwater works
Author: news.bbc.co.uk, 13-08-2010
University of Ulster divers have been passing on their expertise to maritime archaeologists in the historic Egyptian port of Alexandria. Staff from the UU's maritime archaeology centre conducted a 10-day training workshop for 15 archaeologists from north and east Africa who wanted an insight into the challenges of working underwater. During their stay the UU divers were granted a rare opportunity to explore the underwater remains of the famous Pharos lighthouse - one of the wonders of the ancient world...
Author: Tom Stolarski, 17-07-2010
A rebreather is a self-contained breathing set that supplies the diver with the breathing gas and partially or completely reuses the exhaled air (absorbs the carbon dioxide and adds the oxygen or gas mixture from the cylinder). It enables a more efficient use of gas. Another advantage of using rebreathers is their silent operation due to reduced volume of exhaled bubbles (semi-closed rebreathers) no bubbles at all (closed-circuit rebreathers). Rebreathers typically consists of a breathing loop with a mouthpiece, tubes that transport the inhaled and the exhaled air, and a breathing bag.
Author: Karol, 13-07-2010
Diving Signals are a form of sign system used by scuba divers to communicate when underwater.Some diving equipment such as full face diving masks and diving helmets include voice communication equipment but most divers in recreational diving do not possess such expensive equipment and must use diving signals. Signals may be made by the use of hand signals when visibility allows, by use of an underwater torch at night, or by rope signals if the diver is connected to another diver or tender by a rope.
Author: Tom Stolarski, 07-07-2010
Sharks (superorder Selachimorpha) are a type of fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton and a highly streamlined body. The earliest known sharks date from more than 420 million years ago, before the time of the dinosaurs. Since that time, sharks have diversified into 440 species, ranging in size from the small dwarf lanternshark, Etmopterus perryi, a deep sea species of only 17 centimetres (6.7 in) in length, to the whale shark, Rhincodon typus, the largest fish, which reaches approximately 12 metres (39 ft 4 in) and which feeds only on plankton, squid, and small fish by filter feeding. Sharks are found in all seas and are common down to depths of 2,000 metres (6,562 ft). They generally do not live in freshwater, with a few exceptions such as the bull shark and the river shark which can live both in seawater and freshwater. They breathe through five to seven gill slits. Sharks have a covering of dermal denticles that protect their skin from damage and also have parasites that improve their fluid dynamics so the shark can move faster. They have several sets of replaceable teeth.
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Author: one2dive, 13-02-2010
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