Deep-Sea Detectives

Deep-Sea Detectives

by Peter R Limburg

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Deep-Sea Detectives by Peter R Limburg

An aging American coal carrier goes down in a winter storm off the Virginia coast. Only three of the crew of 34 survive; the rest perish in the ice-cold water. Was the dead captain at fault? Did the mate neglect safety precautions? Or did a penny-pinching management skimp on necessary maintenance?

The giant car-and-passenger ferry Estonia sinks in a gale in the Baltic Sea, carrying over 800 passengers to their deaths and causing national scandals in three countries. Was she sunk by a terrorist bomb? By the CIA or the Russian secret police? Was the Russian mob involved? Was she carrying military secrets, or smuggled narcotics? A massive government cover-up is suspected. What was the truth?

Answers to these and other fascinating cases can be found in Deep-Sea Detectives: Maritime Mysteries and Forensic Science. Author Peter R. Limburg explores the advances that make it possible to bring back evidence from as deep as 20,000 feet below the sea.

'It's Sherlock Holmes with bubbles! Actually, Holmes had it easy; his mysteries weren't submerged beneath miles of water. These fascinating tales of scoundrels and submersibles make for terrific adventures in the little-known world of undersea forensics."

-Dennis Meredith, Director of Research Communications, Duke University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595376049
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2005
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword11
Prologue13
1Sleuthing the Depths: The Science of Underwater Forensics17
2No Match for the Forces of Nature: The Derbyshire, the Gaul, and the Flare33
3The Ship that Toppled a Government: The Strange Case of the Lucona69
4Not-So-Benign Neglect: The Marine Electric and the Rema89
5Unsolved Mysteries: The Estonia and the Edmund Fitzgerald133
6Human Error or Just Bad Luck? The Arctic Rose and the Margaretha Maria171
7Intrepid, Independent Investigators: The Man Who Owns the Lusitania and His Peers189
8Tragedy in the Sky: Air and Space Disasters203
9Peril in the Silent Service: The Kursk and Other Submarine Tragedies227
10Developments in Detection: Outlook for the Future251
Glossary259
Sources263
Acknowledgments277

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