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Three Miles Down: A Hunt for Sunken Treasure


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Somewhere on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean lie two casualties of the Second World War: a Japanese submarine, the I-52, and the liner SS Aurelia. Separated by almost a thousand miles and sunk more than a year apart, these two vessels have one thing in common - they were both carrying several tons of gold when they went down.In 1994, aboard the Russian research ship Akademik Keldysh, the treasure-seeking team Project Orca began a harrowing search for the sunken vessels and their riches. It was a mission that would take them nearly three-quarters of a mile deeper than the resting place of the Titanic, testing the human limits of deep-water exploration.In Three Miles Down, James Hamilton-Paterson, the ship's literary stowaway, captures the journey in intimate detail. He provides a rousing tale of deception, greed, human arrogance, and courage as the international crew combs the ocean's depths, seeking an untold fortune resting at the bottom of the earth.Yet with his own oceanographic knowledge and a poet's gift for language, Hamilton-Paterson turns this into more than a tale about a hunt for "filthy lucre." He vividly describes the fascinating panoply of life that exists in the deep ocean. Ultimately, his story finds its greatest power as the MIR submersible make a three-hour descent to the floor of the Atlantic and explores the lightless depths three miles below the surface, a place seen by fewer people than have been in space. Here we get the privileged view of a primordial world full of unexpected beauty and resonance: an eerie but awe-inspiring world of shadows, at once the grave of ships and the cradle of creation. (53/4 X 81/2, 308 pages)

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Hamilton-Paterson, author of several novels, tells of his adventure with an international crew of researchers, investors, and salvage experts searching for two WWII vessels in deep water off the west coast of Africa. Hamilton-Paterson was along for the ride as chronicler of the expedition, but soon became embroiled in personality conflicts, technical problems, and many unforeseen complications. Woven throughout his narrative is a look at marine and science technology, human accomplishments and limitations, and the wonders of the deep ocean. Lacks an index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

A Hunt for Sunken Treasure
Hamilton-Paterson, James
Hamilton-Paterson, James
The Lyons Press
New York, N.Y. :
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Essays & Travelogues
Hamilton-Paterson, James
Shipwrecks -- South Atlantic Ocean.
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
Lyons Press
Publication Date:
8.51x5.75x1.27 in. 1.01 lbs.

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