The Shipwreck Hunter

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The Shipwreck Hunter
David Mearns

David Mearns has found some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks, from the deep-water searches that led to him solving the 66-year mystery of HMAS Sydney, and the final resting place of the mighty battlecruiser HMS Hood, to the shallow reefs of a remote island that revealed the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco de Gama's 16th century fleet.

The Shipwreck Hunter is the compelling story of some of David's most intriguing discoveries.

It details the extraordinary techniques used, the painstaking research and the mid-ocean stamina and courage needed to find a wreck kilometres beneath the sea, as well as the moving human stories that lie behind each of these oceanic tragedies.

Part detective story, part history and part deep ocean adventure, The Shipwreck Hunter is a unique insight into a hidden, underwater world.

'My dad lost his three brothers when AHS Centaur was torpedoed. As a family we waited 67 years to find her resting place. When David Mearns discovered the wreck of the Centaur he helped us, and everyone else affected by this tragedy, in ways that are inexpressible. ' - TED LEASK

'With the sinking of the Centaur many Australian families could not properly mourn their loved ones lost into the vastness of the sea. When David Mearns (and his team) located the wreck site in 2010 he gave those who perished a resting place that has brought a sense of healing and closure to many old family wounds.' - DR CHRISTOPHER MILLIGAN




US-born marine scientist, researcher and deep-sea shipwreck hunter David Mearns OAM has found and filmed some of the world's most famous and controversial shipwrecks; notoriously difficult wrecks that others predicted would never be found or their mysteries solved. Over his 25-year career he has led the research and discovery of 24 major shipwrecks achieving an overall success rate of 89%, and his company Blue Water Recoveries has been awarded three Guinness World Records, including one for the deepest shipwreck ever found at 5,762 metres. David is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club.


PUBLISHED: 26 July 2017 (August release)

IMPRINT: Allen & Unwin RRP: $32.99

CATEGORY: Memoir EXTENT: 400 pp EBOOK: Yes

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