The ancient county of Argyll has for centuries played a central role in the history of Scotland, but scattered along the hundreds of miles of rugged coastline of the region is another aspect of its fascinating past. Argyll Shipwrecks relates in varying degrees of detail, the stories of nearly four hundred shipwrecks and describes the location and condition of many of the wrecks today.
While written primarily for the sub-aqua diver, the book will also be of interest to sea anglers, steamer enthusiasts, shipping historians and anyone interested in the history of the former county of Argyll. The many stories of courage and rescue by lifeboatmen, coastguards and local inhabitants provide a vivid insight into seafaring life in the region over the last two hundred years.
The book is packed full with old photographs of ships both afloat and ashore, as well as details of where and how to dive many of the wrecks in the area. Charts detailing the location and diving conditions are provided for many of the wrecks, and this information is supported by detailed GPS positions.
The book covers the area from the Mull of Kintyre in the south to Ardnamurchan Point and takes in the islands of Gigha, Islay, Jura, Mull, Coll and Tiree.
Argyll has some of the most dramatic land and seascapes anywhere in the United Kingdom, and the diversity of wildlife and remote locations make this a fascinating area to holiday and dive.
The authors are both experienced sub-aqua divers and have visited every wreck site detailed in the book to ensure accuracy of location and description. Their years of research have produced a unique catalogue of shipping history for the area and its tragic but intriguing legacy of shipwrecks.
Book Reviews – Argyll Shipwrecks
“In addition to the superb photographs, the location of each wreck is detailed on easily read charts and altogether this is really a very interesting and easy to read book”. Greenock Telegraph
“the book will particularly appeal to sub-aqua divers, sea anglers, shipping enthusiasts and local historians and is packed with many pages of photographs and useful illustration”. Largs & Millport Weekly News
“How many vessels have been wrecked around the Argyll coast? You can try guessing, but chances are your estimate will be lower than the 400 listed in this remarkable book by authors Peter Moir and Ian Crawford”. Scots Magazine
“I regard these two books as the definitive wreck guides to the south and west of Scotland”. Diver Magazine
“What sets these books apart is the detailed information of the wrecks as they are today. This information is backed up with GPS positions and often with small charts to help locate the wreck”. Scottish Diver