Today, our American readers will be celebrating Memorial Day—likely with some brews, hot dogs, and fireworks. For many, these holidays are the closest you get to honoring the men and women who died while serving in their country’s armed forces.
As underwater photographers, though, we are often reminded of the tolls of war when diving historic plane and shipwrecks. The images we take of these wrecks can serve a tremendous purpose, whether it’s documenting the sinking of a retired Navy vessel or rediscovering Air Force planes lost for 70 years.
In honor of Memorial Day, here are some of our favorite articles where DPG contributors share their images and experiences diving on historic wrecks.
- Cold Water Shipwreck Photography: Larry Cohen shares his tips and techniques for photographing wrecks of historical significance in the chilly waters of North America.
- Destination: Marshall Islands: Dive into a group of islands rich with military history, from nuclear testing to Japanese shipwrecks.
- Photographing the Liberty Wreck: Often referred to as the top wreck dive on the planet, the USAT Liberty in Bali, Indonesia offers up spectacular coral growth, crazy critters and schooling bumphead parrotfish at dawn.
- Secret Palau: Palau may be known for the famed Blue Corner and Jellyfish Lake dives, but it's also home to one of the largest collections of WWII wrecks, from massive supply ships to sea planes.
- Photographing the Wrecks of Truk Lagoon: Without a doubt the mecca of wreck photography, Truk Lagoon features hundreds of sunken Japanese WWII boats. It's a startling reminder of the cost of war, for both sides.
- Capturing the Kittiwake: Not all Navy ships must meet a doomed fate. In 2011, the decommissioned USS Kittiwake was sunk as an artificial reef off of Grand Cayman. DPG was able to dive on it just a day later.
- Guide to Underwater Wreck Photography: Loving all of the articles above? Here, famed National Geographic photographer David Doubilet gives you the crash course to underwater wreck photography.
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