Colour Me Blue

Suffering for one’s art is a cross that all of us underwater photographers learn to bear.  I say “us”, because while my talents in this field have never been properly recognised, I’ve more than paid my dues in terms of… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • An Audience With Ho Chi Minh

    In the late ‘Eighties – before tourism to that country had taken off – Sylvia and I were granted visas to visit Vietnam, spending just over two weeks visiting Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An and Saigon (re-named Ho Chi… Read More ›

  • The Search for X5

    Developed by the Royal Navy during WWII, the X-craft were midget submarines manned by a crew of four – one of whom was the designated diver.  Because of their limited range, the smaller X-Craft would be towed by a ‘mother’… Read More ›

  • Bruco And The Door-Stop

    Designed by Australian, Ted Eldred, the ‘Porpoise’ became the world’s first single-hose, open-circuit regulator. A major disadvantage of the early models was the lack of a mechanism to purge water from the second-stage chamber should it become dislodged from the… Read More ›

  • The ‘K-Force’

      A comparative latecomer to the idea of using combat divers and swimmers in an offensive role, the nucleus of what was to become Germany’s KampfSchwimmerKompanie, (the ‘K-force’) were sent to Italy in 1943 to learn from, and train in,… Read More ›

  • “The Silent Enemy”

    Lionel “Buster” Crabb achieved fame for his wartime exploits in Gibraltar as a member of the Royal Navy’s, ‘Underwater Working Party’ – a team of volunteer divers that could be speedily deployed to search ships hulls for explosive devices. (Named… Read More ›