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Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
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Noel Hitchins 1951-2005
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My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Details about Catlypso
  • Cleaning/Repairing Catlypso
  • My Yachting Adventures.
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    Michael's 4WD Trips
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    SS President Coolidge - Main Index
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - SS President Coolidge - Index The following index is of the pages in my Web Site that are about the SS President Coolidge. They are in a logical order from the history of the shipping lines that owned the ship, the shipbuilder who built it, the ship itself and its history, the sinking, the aftermath of the sinking and the dives on her now. I would encourage you to work through the pages in this order.

    PageDescription of Page
    History PageThe History of the Dollar Steamship Line, the American Steamship Lines, the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co
    The ShipDetails of the ship (size, engines, layout etc)
    The History of the ShipDetails of the history of the ship till its fatal journey
    Crossing the PacificDetails of the last crossing of the Pacific from San Francisco to Noumea
    The SinkingDetails of the trip from Noumea to Vanuatu and the sinking
    Some Photographs of the SinkingIncludes some rarer phtographs
    Minute by Minute Account of SinkingLog Book written by Lt Craig Hosmer - specifically 26 October 1942
    First Hand Memories of SinkingMemories of the sinking by people who were there
    Coolidge HeroesDetails of awards given to some people involved in rescues and attempted rescues during sinking
    The Salvage WorkDetails of the various salvage attempts carried out from 1942 to the mid-1970s
    Investigation into the SinkingThe investigation of the sinking and the three inquiries (courts or commissions) held after the sinking. This page leads to other related pages
    Diagram of the WreckAn Interactive diagram of the ship as it is now
    Dives on the WreckDescriptions of many dives on the Coolidge
    The Fall of The LadyThe Lady has now fallen from the wall of the Smoking Lounge and is in the process of being salvaged.
    My Best Ever DivesA description of three dives I did to the stern of the Coolidge
    ReferencesAll the books and other information that I have consulted in preparing these pages on the the Coolidge
    General Santo InformationAll about the accommodation, restaurants, dive operators etc on Espiritu Santo.

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