Journal

PYRAMID: excerpt from the novel (the wreck of the Beatrice)

In my novel Pyramid, Jack and Costas revisit the wreck of the Beatrice - discovered in my previous novel, Pharaoh - in order to examine the ancient Egyptian sarcophagus of Menkaure for further clues to Akhenaten's lost 'City of Light'. To find out more about the real-life wreck and the sarcophagus, click here. After a horrifying accident with Costas' submersible, Jack has to make a snap decision ...

 

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Diving on the wreck of the Charles P. Minch (1898), Tobermory, Canada

These pictures show my daughter in August 2014 on the wreck of the Charles P. Minch, a wooden schooner that went down in 1898 in Tecumseh Cove off Cove Island in Lake Huron, Ontario. Most of the wreckage lies in 7 to 15 m depth, and in common with the other wrecks here is exceptionally well-preserved in the cold fresh water. Many thanks to the crew from Diver's Den in Tobermory for making this such a great outing for us!

 

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NATIONAL POST: The deep

My final post as guest-editor of 'The Afterword' on Canada's National Post newspaper:

This unusual author portrait was taken by my brother Alan near Tobermory in Lake Huron, one day in spring as the ice was breaking up. I’ve been passionate about diving since boyhood, and in my career as an underwater archaeologist I’ve dived all over the world. But I’ve always loved returning to Tobermory, the place where I did my first open-water dive in 1978. It isn’t just the extraordinarily well-preserved shipwrecks that draws me back ...

 

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Diving under ice

This film of me underwater was taken by my brother Alan one day in April as the ice was breaking up on Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. We’d driven the four hours from our farm up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory and Fathom Five Provincial Park, a favourite dive spot of ours because of the number of well-preserved shipwrecks there of the 19th century. We’d had a great experience the previous spring diving under the lip of ice remaining on the shoreline ...

 

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