Shipwreck hunter to launch latest book in Geraldton

Posted on: Monday, 17 July 2017 at 3:04:42 PM

American marine scientist, researcher and shipwreck hunter David Mearns will voyage to Geraldton in August for the launch of his new book The Shipwreck Hunter.

Mr Mearns has found some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks including the final resting place of the battlecruiser HMS Hood and the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s 16th century fleet.

And most close to Geraldton’s heart, the HMAS Sydney II.

The US author will unveil his new book to delegates in Geraldton at an exclusive event.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was excited to have one of the world’s most experienced and successful deep-sea shipwreck hunters in Geraldton.

“David Mearns has led the research and discovery of 24 major shipwrecks and has proved that anything lost at sea – no matter how old or how deep – can be found,” he said.

“His most notable discoveries include the HMAS Sydney II, Kormoran, HMS Hood, Esmeralda, Rio Grande, Derbyshire and Lucona.

“The HMAS Sydney II holds huge significance to our City and we are very humbled that he will be travelling to Geraldton for the launch.

“Our coastline holds a lot of history and plays a huge part in the identity of our region,” he added.

“It’s going to be a really exciting event and I’m glad the City has been able to team up with the Geraldton Museum to host it.”

Mr Mearns will be answering questions from attendees at the conclusion of the event as well as signing books. 

The Shipwreck Hunter, published by Allen & Unwin, will be launched on Wednesday 2 August at 1pm at the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

To secure your free ticket email by Monday 24 July. Light refreshments and catering will also be available.

The City of Greater Geraldton and Geraldton Regional Library is proud to deliver this event in conjunction with the Geraldton Museum.

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