Looking for a new diving challenge? This book might provide it.


Hidden Warships
Finding World War II’s abandoned, sunk, and preserved warships
By Nicholas A Veronico

Published by Zenith Press; Dist. by Allen & Unwin
RRP $ 45.00 in hardcover
ISBN 9780760347560

When I was looking for some information on this book, which is distributed by local publishing heavyweight Allen & Unwin, I was amazed to look at the US publisher’s website and discover it contained 104 imprints, including Zenith Press. Many of the imprints publish military history and related titles. It’s worth a look if you are curious about what gets published in the US market. Link here.

In Hidden Warships, naval historian Nicholas A. Veronico details the history, recovery, and preservation of these sunken combat ships, including accounts from the divers and restorers who have worked with them. Beginning with the Japanese midget submarines that attacked Pearl Harbour and continuing through into the modern era, including the 2006 sinking of the postwar aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, Veronico provides rich detail on each noteworthy vessel, including over 150 photographs, ship specifications, geographic coordinates, and more. For the enthusiast who wants an even more complete experience, the book concludes with a list of preserved ships, an Internet resource guide, and a suggested reading list to continue the exploration.

Author Nicholas Veronico has written extensively on US naval operations in World War II on the sea and in the air. He is the author of Hidden Warbirds (Zenith, 2013), Hidden Warbirds II (Zenith, 2013), Battlestations: American Warships in WWII (Motorbooks, 2001), and World War II Shipyards of the Bay Area (Arcadia Publishing, 2007).

I was intrigued to see that Wreck Diving Magazine was very enthusiastic about this title:

Hidden Warships: Finding World War II’s Abandoned, Sunk, and Preserved Warships is well written and fun to read and will appeal to wreck divers and anyone that is interested in naval history. You do not need to get wet to enjoy this book, just love history. It is the perfect book to read this fall while planning that big trip for next year to go do some serious wreck diving!”

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