While in Micronesia and Palau I bought some woodcarvings. The most important among them is a Palauan storyboard. These are high quality works of art made by local artists on hard wood, and their subjects are local legends.
The storyboard I bought tells the legend of Osile Ra Ulong, which I report below as taken from the National Palau Museum website.
21 June 1994
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Immersione con Johnny, guida locale. Sono da solo, gli altri hanno preferito tornare sul Betty. Johnny conosce il relitto come le sue tasche, mi porta in giro nel buio con grande sicurezza. Andiamo in sala macchine, poi in sala trasmissioni, dove l'enorme apparato radio è ancora tutto intero. Molte suppellettili, coppette di ceramica, vasellame.
Buy this book on Operation Hailstone, the attack by American navy on Chuuk in February 1944.
20 June 1994
19 June 1994
|Drawing by the yacht Thorfinn|
Interesting dive on the Rio de Janeiro Maru where I can photograph the hugh props and tons of bottles of sake.
Stay tuned for more pics as I scan them...
18 June 1994
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|Drawing by the Thorfinn|
In this wreck of transport ship Sankisan I could see and photograph tons of truck tires, mountains of bullets and lots of airplane engines.
My pictures are being scanned... to be included soon!
15 June 1994
|Drawing by Thorfinn|
The Shinkoku Maru is a fascinating dive. I found most interesting my visit to the galley. Also of significance is the operating room, with the bed still almost intact.
You can watch two interesting videos on the Shinkoku here on Vimeo (see especially those by Pete Peterson) and here on Youtube .
Dives 188, 189, 190, 191 took place on 15 June. Dives 192, 193 and 194 were on 16 June. Dive 208 on June 20.
13 June 1994
Oggi 13 giugno, domani 14 Giugno ed il 17 1994 ho fatto 8 immersioni sul relitto del Fujikawa Maru, forse il più interessante dei relitti di Chuuk. La nave fu affondata durante l'Operazione Hailstone il 17-18 Febbraio 1944. Stay tuned for pictures as I get my slides scanned.
12 June 1994
Today I arrive in Chuuk (formerly known as Truk) Lagoon for ted days of diving aboard the Truk Aggressor yacht. In the map above you can see the location of the wrecks I will be visiting. I am adding photos and commentary as I complete my research and scan my slides (in 2013)... stay tuned!