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The Shipwreck Hunter : A lifetime of extraordinary discovery and adventure in the deep seas - David L Mearns

The Shipwreck Hunter

A lifetime of extraordinary discovery and adventure in the deep seas


Published: 26th July 2017
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David Mearns, the man who discovered the wreck of HMAS Sydney, takes us on an extraordinary voyage through his amazing career as one of the world's most successful shipwreck hunters.

David Mearns has found some of the world's most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. His deep-water searches have solved the 66-year mystery of HMAS Sydney, discovered the final resting place of the mighty battlecruiser HMS Hood and revealed the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur in the narrow underwater canyon that served as its grave. His painstaking historical detective work has led to the shallow reefs of a remote island that hid the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco de Gama's sixteenth century fleet.

The Shipwreck Hunter is the compelling story of David's life and work on the seas, focusing on some of his most intriguing discoveries. It details the extraordinary techniques used, the 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.

About the Author

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.


Great book


Brought this for my husband was a great gift


Excellent for Maritime Historians.


If you have a love for shipwreck history from WW2 or even just generally than this is an excellent read .David Mearns now leads the way in deep sea searches for shipwrecks and he doesn't let anyone down with this book. He gives you a lead in about the pros & cons of trying to find famous wrecks and finishes off by explaining fascinating details about the wreck & its history when found.


Fabulous Book


Found it difficult to put this book down. It is so well written.


A great read revealing forensic mysteries about sunken ships


This book solves a lot of mysteries surrounding many famous ship wrecks. For the person that enjoys real life non fiction mysteries, it's a great read.


The Ship Wreck Hunter


The excellent photos in the book add to the context of the book

Port Stephens NSW



I purchased this book for my Husband. Delivery was within 2 days of ordering. Brilliant service Booktopia, thank you. He is glued to the book.

Stawell, Victoria, Australia

One of the best books I have ever read.


Very interesting read.


Great gift idea


I bought this book as a gift and it was very much appreciated.

Tasmania, Australia


5.0 8


ISBN: 9781760295219
ISBN-10: 1760295213
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 26th July 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3