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For twenty-three years, Clive Cussler's NUMA®-the National Underwater & Marine Agency-has scoured the rivers and seas in search of lost ships of historic significance. His teams have been inundated by tidal waves, and beset by the vagaries of man and nature, but the results-and the stories behind them-have often been dramatic: The 2000 raising of the Confederate submarine Hunley made national headlines.

Here, then, are more true tales of sea- and land-going adventures, as Cussler and his crews set out to track down history. The famous ghost ship Mary Celeste, found floating off the Azores in 1872 with no one on board; the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the Titanic survivors and was itself lost to U-boats six years later; L'Oiseau Blanc, the airplane that almost beat The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic before disappearing in the Maine woods-all these, plus steamboats, ironclads, a seventeenth-century flagship, a certain famous PT boat, and even a dirigible, prove tantalizing targets as Cussler demonstrates again that truth can be "at least as fun, and sometimes stranger, than fiction" (Men's Journal).

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of twenty-one previous books, most recently the Dirk Pitt(r) adventures Valhalla Rising and Atlantis Found, and the Kurt Austin novel Fire Ice.

Craig Dirgo has been special projects director on many NUMA® expeditions since 1987 and now serves as a trustee. He also cowrote The Sea Hunters.

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Gold Gato, July 5, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
The sea is there to defeat us.

Plain and simple and that's what Clive Cussler delivers with this book...simplicity. Each wreck or incident is explained and then Cussler relates his results when he went looking for the missing ships. As the reader, I kept getting involved with the real-life people, folks who stepped on to a boat and never reached their destination. Fast forward to Cussler and his team diving to find the answers and the relics of humans now in the locker of Davy Jones.

Take the S.S. WARATAH, known as Australia's Titanic. This ship was on its way to England from Down Under, when she vanished before reaching Capetown. Was it a humongous rogue wave? The kind that took out the ship in "The Poseidon Adventure"? Referred to as an 'ugly spud', the disappearance of this ship was the greatest mystery of the early 20th Century. Scientists will tell you there are no rogue waves. Right. Tell that to the Indian Ocean.

The MARY CELESTE. This was the Ghost Ship that was found near Gibraltar, but with no crew or passengers. What happened to them? Did they freak out and take the rowboat because they thought the ship was in trouble? In Portugal, a raft was found on a beach, with a flag and a human skeleton. Was this the last survivor of this ghostly tale?

Perhaps THE FLYING DUTCHMAN isn't a fairytale after all.

Book Season = Summer (boat rocking, sun beating, water lapping)
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Dirgo, Craig
Dirgo, Craig
Cussler, Clive
Putnam Adult
New York
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Underwater archaeology
General Transportation
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from 12
9.37x6.38x1.62 in. 1.75 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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