Into the Labyrinth: The Making of a Modern-Day Theseus provides an insider’s account of Project Spinnaker, a joint Canada–US defence project conceived in the waning days of the Cold War. Spinnaker’s secret purpose was to reassert Canada’s Arctic sovereignty by providing the capability to monitor submarine traffic in Canadian Arctic waters. The star of Project Spinnaker was Theseus, a massive, Canadian-made autonomous underwater vehicle designed with a single purpose: laying fibre-optic cable in ice-covered waters.
More than 2,500 years after the mythical Greek hero Theseus ventured into the labyrinth on the island of Crete to slay the Minotaur, the submarine Theseus was launched into an undersea labyrinth with a strikingly similar goal: lay nearly 200 kilometres of fibre-optic cable on the seafloor of Canada’s Arctic, then turn around and follow it back out.
With a foreword written by Dr. James R. McFarlane, OC, CD, P.Eng., FCAE and endorsements by several well-known experts in the subsea industry, Into the Labyrinth provides a fascinating glimpse into the subsea industry of the 1980s and ‘90s set against the backdrop of Canada’s stunning yet hostile High Arctic.
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About the Author
BRUCE BUTLER is a semi-retired professional engineer who writes about his passions: engineering, cycling, and science fiction. He has worked in the high-technology field for thirty-five years in marine navigation, autonomous vehicles (land, underwater), vessel surveillance, telecommunications, mining automation, and remote control of construction equipment. He is a bona fide nerd/trekkie who also enjoys trail running, cycling, swimming and doing Ironman triathlons. When not writing or exercising he likes to do home renovations. He lives in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia and is currently working on his third book, a hard science fiction novel.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Hide and Seek
Chapter 2 - Laying Cable
Chapter 3 - A Flying Submarine
Chapter 4 - Iceshelf 92: The Frozen Chosen
Chapter 5 - A Green Light
Chapter 6 - Iceshelf 93: Testing the Waters
Chapter 7 - Engineering a System
Chapter 8 - A Critical Design
Chapter 9 - Iceshelf 94: New Guys Learn to Drill
Chapter 10 - A Modern-Day Theseus
Chapter 11 - Sea Trials
Chapter 12 - Iceshelf 95: The Dress Rehearsal
Chapter 13 - Where the Torpedoes Roam
Chapter 14 - Iceshelf 96
Chapter 15 - Into the Labyrinth
Chapter 16 - Slaying the Minotaur
Chapter 17 - Cable Repairmen
Appendix 1 - Project Spinnaker Personnel
Appendix 2 - Notes on Underwater Acoustic Arrays
About the Author