Books & other interests of Tom Bennett
Tom with his yacht in 2006. The picture is taken in Greece just after sailing from the Philippines. If you fancy some quality time sailing this 44 foot ketch now namedMonty B you can now do so in Montenegro, book with montegro4sail.com
About the Author
Tom, once a man of the sea with a salty beard he is now an expired explorer, with plenty of memories and long white hair. Tom has spent a lifetime, researching, locating and identifying shipwrecks. In the 1970’s he designed and managed the first purpose built dive charter boat in Wales and has written over a dozen books about shipwrecks. A professional dive boat skipper in Myanmar, a yacht race skipper in Thailand, and an RYA Sailing Instructor in UK, he once spent five years continually afloat. Tom has dived in ten different countries and sailed cruising yachts through icebergs in the Arctic, sand cays in the Great Barrier Reef, Panama Canal both ways and the Suez Canal. His SEA GUIDE TO PEMBROKESHIRE is regarded as the best pilot book on West Wales and his Cruising Guide to Philippines, one of the most comprehensive ever printed. Today Tom is a landlubber but he still researches shipwreck mysteries. If you want to know why there are silver dollars under the sand at Rhossili Beach; you will have to buy the book SILVER DOLLARS OF RHOSSILI, GOWER, available direct from Amazon.
During 2018 another two books have been added on Maritime History around the coast of Wales MARITIME HISTORY OF NEWPORT PEMBROKESHIRE and TY GWYN AND THE BRONZE BELL WRECK, also available through Amazon.
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Please donate generously to the RNLI. The author was once ignominiously towed into harbour by a Lifeboat when the fishing boat he was on mid Irish Sea broke a propeller shaft. Following that incident he wrote a book THE STORY OF THE FISHGUARD LIFEBOATS. All profits from the book go to the RNLI. You can think of ways to help and if you are short of ideas , then when you write your Will, bequeth money directly to the organisation.
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