Submerged : Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team

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Experience a kaleidoscope of real-life underwater missions, ranging from ancient ruins covered by reservoirs in the desert Southwest to a World War II submarine off the Alaskan coast; from the Isle Royale shipwrecks in the frigid Lake Superior to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor; from the HL Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship, in Charleston Harbor to the ships sunk by atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll, and much more.

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Overview

Experience a kaleidoscope of real-life underwater missions, ranging from ancient ruins covered by reservoirs in the desert Southwest to a World War II submarine off the Alaskan coast; from the Isle Royale shipwrecks in the frigid Lake Superior to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor; from the HL Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship, in Charleston Harbor to the ships sunk by atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll, and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A gripping saga of archeological exploration of famous shipwrecks. An engaging read of true adventure in the depths." —Clive Cussler

"A sharp, engaging writer, Lenihan describes the terrifying aspects of his work with a good dose of black humor." —Publishers Weekly

"An edge-of-your-seat story that succinctly illustrates the danger of wreck exploration." —The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

"Every water-oriented reader will be enthralled by Lenihan's underwater world." —Maine Harbor

Publishers Weekly
Recounting his 25 years as founder and director of the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit the underwater archeological team of the National Park Service Lenihan (Wake of the Perdido Star, with Gene Hackman) offers an entertaining mix of maritime history, memoir and adventure tale. Started in 1975 to keep fortune hunters from looting national water parks for sunken treasure and damaging vital historical material, Lenihan's unit has explored the wondrous (and deadly) sinkholes in Florida and Mexico; studied shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Micronesia and places in between; and investigated the remains of the USS Arizona and the ships sunk by nuclear bombs near Bikini atoll. While the author is an authority on sea archeology and naval history, he and his divers are also underwater cowboys and cowgirls, thrilling in the dangers of their extreme sport. A sharp, engaging writer, Lenihan describes the terrifying aspects of his work the bone-chilling cold, impenetrable clouds of silt and the notorious bends with a good dose of black humor. (A surreal trip through an old impoundment house submerged in the reservoir of Amistad Dam in Texas is especially haunting.) Fast paced, full of amiable characters, the book will appeal to divers, maritime enthusiasts and anyone fond of nautical hijinks and swaggering seafarers. Photos and maps not seen by PW. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Lenihan has been diving as a park ranger and archeologist for the National Park Service for some 30 years. He presents the first book on the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (SCRU) team of the U.S. National Park Service, a group of archeologists, historians, and photographers whose job is to survey, map, investigate, and protect the shipwrecks and sites that make up America's sunken heritage. Lenihan describes the diving experiences of the SCRU team from 1972 to the present, throughout the U.S. and in Micronesia. Illustrated with 16 pages of color photographs, this insightful, fast-paced text will appeal to readers interested in diving, archeology, American history, adventure, and rescue missions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557045898
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 450,741
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL LENIHAN, winner of the George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence in Submerged Resources Research, has been diving as a park ranger and archeologist for the National Park Service since 1972, and founded the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (SCRU) in 1976 before being appointed the first chief in 1980.

Over the last 25 years, Lenihan and the SCRU team have been the subject of national media stories and many TV documentaries on CBS, ABC, BBC, CNN, PBS, The Discovery and History Channels, and National Geographic. He has written frequently for Natural History and American History, and co-authored, with Gene Hackman, the well-received sea adventure novel Wake of the Perdido Star. A native New Yorker and former schoolteacher, he lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    This book is well-written and interesting, and takes you places

    This book is well-written and interesting,
    and takes you places that you wouldn't
    otherwise ever see because of the specialized nature of the work
    and the advanced skills involved. Whether one is a diver, has historical interests, or likes a well-written book with memorable characters, Submerged is a book to be read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Real-life adventure told with humor and honesty.

    Bought this on a whim and for once it paid off. The author made an unusual career choice and now, as he looks back, you can see why he made it. The people and places he's seen are different, to say the least, and he is a strong writer who vividly describes dangerous situations and colorful colleagues. Not always pretty, but always engaging.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Very Infromational

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    This book is not under three dollars

    To err is human but not in this list

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