Jim Limbrick is the author of North Sea Divers - A Requiem: a tribute to the 58 professional divers who lost their lives in the North Sea between 1971 and 2000. His book is currently available in "e-format" and soon to be published in paperback.
We asked him about his hopes for his book and his diving experiences.
What prompted you to write the book?
The reason I wrote the book was because of a genuine
belief that those men who died deserve some kind of recognition for what
they did. Their part was absolutely essential, and they could fade away into
history without anyone knowing of them. Once the book is published it will
always be there for reference, and I hope that with the help of their
families, friends and colleagues I can ultimately re-write the definitive
version. Another reason is that I knew and worked with some of them.
Your book is obviously male-dominated? Are there any offshore female divers?
Though a lot of women work offshore, and there are certainly female
professional divers, I have never known or heard of any of the latter
offshore, though it would certainly have made life a lot more bearable.
Which would you say were your most interesting dives?
I have had absolutely hundreds of interesting dives in my 23 years of
diving, and I am not ashamed to say that these were mostly work related. My
greatest feelings of achievement were being personally involved in the
completion of three of the then world's largest oil field installations. I
cannot say that I had any really bad experiences, but the recovery of bodies
was probably something that you would rather not be doing. All this was a
long time ago and I have been away from the business for many years, hence
the wish for feedback so that I can get more up to date perhaps.
Why did you choose to publish in e-format to begin with?
Publishing in e-format with my chosen publisher Authorsonline was compulsory
before you could go on to publish in book form. Because a person has to
download using his/her own paper and ink, I personally believe that the
method will not reach a large public, even though it's cheap. It is,
however, a way forward at relatively low cost to go this route because the
system is PRINT ON DEMAND. You may be familiar with the technology, but
using the system, one book at a time can be produced as ordered so you do
not therefore have to have hundreds or thousands lying about waiting to be
sold. You do, however, have to work harder to get sales as they are not
sitting in the shops for people to see. I have put mine on my own web-sites
www.northseadivers.co.uk (and .com) and will utilise other methods to sell
copies, especially using the advice of the publisher in how to achieve
I am confident the system will work if the subject matter is
interesting enough, though I realise that in my case the interest will be
limited mainly to those with an interest in diving, though there are over a
million SCUBA divers worldwide for a start, some of whom may have an
interest in going professional, or just interested in the subject overall.
Though it may seem a little naive, I have never considered it as a way to
Born in Kent, Jim Limbrick joined the Royal Navy as a boy seaman. By 19 he was a qualified navy diver. On completing his service time he left the Navy to take up various civilian positions as a diver, and as a diver/navigator on exploration projects around the world. After working in the North Sea in its early years, he moved to a diving company in the Middle East. He later managed divers on oil-field installation, inspection and maintenance diving operations. Jim retired at Christmas 2000 and now spends his time travelling, gardening, bicycling and walking. He is interested to hear from anyone who knew the divers he has written about so he can expand the book in future editions.
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