Lost Subs: From the Hunley to the Kursk, the Greatest Submarines Ever Lost -- and Found

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From the ghostly wreck of the Civil War submersible Hunley to the grave of the Kursk beheath the Barents Sea, here is a riveting saga of life and death that has been played out below the surface of the earth's oceans for more than a hundred years.  Now, for the first time, the gripping stories of the world's most famous lost subs are matched with amazing underwater images in this unforgettable illustrated history.
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From the ghostly wreck of the Civil War submersible Hunley to the grave of the Kursk beheath the Barents Sea, here is a riveting saga of life and death that has been played out below the surface of the earth's oceans for more than a hundred years.  Now, for the first time, the gripping stories of the world's most famous lost subs are matched with amazing underwater images in this unforgettable illustrated history.
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Submarines are sexy. Books such as Blind Man's Bluff and The Hunt for Red October and films such as Harrison Ford's K-19: The Widow-Maker have snagged our imaginations with their vivid portrayals of sub crews in peril. In Lost Subs, Spencer Dunmore takes that sense of peril one step further as he explores the stories of submarines that never came back. Chronicling the tragic history of submersibles from the Confederate Hunley to the Russian nuclear sub Kursk, Dunmore shows how advancing technologies have both protected and endangered underwater sailors. He tracks the afterlife of these vessels into the deepest blue, offering us disarming photographs of their algae-covered hulks. Contemporary and archival photographs, and illustrations by Titanic artist Ken Marschall give this coffee-table-size book the impressiveness and dignity that the subject deserves.
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Every few years, perhaps thanks to movies like The Hunt for Red October or Titanic, there's a groundswell of interest in bottom-of-the-ocean booty. But year in and year out, there are those who find the subject compelling regardless, those for whom ploughing through stories of the ocean's ferocity and man's folly is treasure enough. This illustrated history is for them. "From poor, primitive Hunley [a Confederate sub that was "essentially an overgrown boiler"] to the atomic submarine Kursk," Dunmore (In Great Waters) shares tales of disasters, recoveries and subsequent investigations. Full of archival photos, illustrations, diagrams and lushly colored paintings, all packed around nautical stories of warfare and bad luck, this volume traces a brief history of submarining and some of its more memorable losses. Written in simple yet propulsive prose, the volume paints vivid characters caught in treacherous, suffocating circumstances, and never skimps on the details of the technology. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Beginning with a history of the first attempts at submarine invention, this book provides a chronological look at some of the best-known submarines and the men responsible for the major innovations. The first one discussed, the CSS (Confederate States Ship) H. L. Hunley, is revealed as a marvel of engineering for its time. Dunmore pieces together information from salvage work and historical documentation to present a solution to the mystery of why it sank. In this same manner, each chapter describes the submarines of a specific time period and technological level, as well as their fate. Few are resurrected from the icy depths, but those that are bear witness to the efforts and marvels of technology, engineering, and creative thinking. Paralleling the tragic accidents are the advances that made submarines safer, easier to escape from, and engineered to allow for more sailors to survive until surface help arrives. While these vessels are far safer now than ever before, accidents still cause massive loss of life, as exemplified by the last submarine discussed in the book, the mighty Russian Kursk. Dunmore's compelling work is straightforward and easy to read. Abundant illustrations, including photographs, reproductions, and other visuals, keep the interest high and the pages turning.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785822264
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Silent Service 8
Prologue: August 12, 2000: The final moments aboard the Russian Navy's nuclear submarine Kursk 10
Chapter 1 The Birth of the Submarine: A brief history of early subs--including the Turtle and the Nautilus 12
Chapter 2 The First Underwater Weapon of War: The American Confederate sub H.L. Hunley 18
Chapter 3 The Submarine Comes of Age: The influence of John Holland on submarine design 38
Chapter 4 Battle under the Sea: The submarine has now become a formidable weapon--as Germany's U-boats prove during the First World War 46
Chapter 5 Lost in Peace: Two submarine tragedies, the US Navy's Squalus and the Royal Navy's Thetis, dominate peacetime headlines 72
Chapter 6 The U-boat War: Germany revolutionizes the way submarines are used in combat 96
Chapter 7 A Casualty of the Cold War: A tiny piece of aluminum foil spells disaster for the US Navy's nuclear submarine Scorpion 134
Chapter 8 Disaster under the Barents Sea: The tragic story of the Kursk 154
Epilogue: For Those in Peril 170
Index and Credits 172
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