Shipwrecks: Disasters of the Deep Seas

Shipwrecks: Disasters of the Deep Seas

by Nigel Cawthorne

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Ships have been overwhelmed by huge waves, consumed by fires, broken apart, sunk by storms and driven onto uncharted rocks. They have collided with icebergs or other ships, been sunk by enemy torpedoes or gunfire, or run aground on unlit coastlines at night. Boilers have exploded. Magazines have ignited. Cargoes have shifted with catastrophic consequences and submarines have submerged never to come up again.

Shipwrecks selects the sinkings with the greatest loss of life, the most famous vessels, the richest treasure troves, the most archaeologically significant wreck sites and the most daring rescues. It tells the tales of the fate of the victims, the disastrous mistakes made by ships' captains and navigators, the impossible conditions faced at sea, the courage of those who survived and the audacious attempts to raise what now lies at the bottom of the sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848586093
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited
Publication date: 07/27/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 461,038
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne studied at University College, London, where he gained an Honours degree in Physics, before turning to writing as a career. He has been a writer and editor for over 25 years, the last 21 freelance. He has written, contributed to and edited more than sixty books, including Fighting Them On The Beaches: D-Day, 6 June 1944, The Battle of Britain, Vietnam: A War Lost and Won, Stalin, and The Story of the SS. His work has also appeared in over a hundred and fifty newspapers, magazines and partworks on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and includes contributions to Nam, Eyewitness Nam and The Falklands War. Nigel also visited Vietnam with the legendary Tim Page, where he researched the material for Nam, Eyewitness Nam, and The Bamboo Cage. He is also the creator of websites on the Battle of Hastings, and Pearl Harbor.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 Wooden Warships 5

2 Iron Sinks 19

3 Treasure Ships 40

4 Lost Liners 48

5 Supertankers 66

6 Sunken Submarines 76

7 Perils of the Sea 89

8 Ferry Disasters 108

9 Mysteries of the Deep 119

10 Famous Wrecks 126

11 Survivors 140

Index 144

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