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"James Delgado has produced another excellent book, a well-researched and clear account of a virtually unknown underwater craft, the Marine Explorer, a key link between the diving bell and the submarine. Based on evidence drawn from traditional archival and nautical archeological source, the study places the Marine Explorer in the context of mid-nineteenth-century technological innovation showing it to have been as important at the better-known H.L. Hunley and the Intelligent Whale in advancing the development of submersible vessels.
Delgado also supplies an excellent analysis of an attempt to apply new technology to capitalizing on a natural resource—in this case the harvesting of pearls—that invites comparison to the mining industry of the same era."--James Bradford, professor at Texas A&M University