Monday, September 8, 2014

David Mearms of Blue Water Recoveries

For 24 years David Mearms, OAM, has led Blue Water Recoveries and has researched and discovered 22 major shipwrecks.

On October 10, 2010, he was awarded the Maritime Fellowship Award and in November of that year, an honorary Medal of the Order of Australia, the OAM, for locating the HMAS Sydney II and the AHS Centaur.

I have written much about the discoveries of these two famous Australian ships in this and in my Cooter's History Thing Blog.

Some of the ships Mearms has found:

AHS CENTAUR--  Australian hospital ship illegally sunk by a Japanese submarine.
HMAS SYDNEY II--  Greatest Australian maritime tragedy.
KORMORAN--  The German raider which sank the Sydney II.
HMS HOOD--  flagship of the British Navy and sunk by the Bismarck.
EXMERALDA--  a Portuguese ship from the fleet of Vasco da Gama.
RIO GRANDE--  Deepest shipwreck ever found, 5,762 meters deep.
DERBYSHIRE--  Largest shipping loss in British maritime history.
LUCONA--  Cargo ship sunk by time bomb that murdered its crew.

--GreGen

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