This book selects the sinkings with the greatest loss of life, the most famous vessels, the richest treasure troves, the most archaeologically significant wreck sites, and the most daring rescues. It tells the tales of the fate of the victims, the disastrous mistakes made by ships' captains, the impossible conditions at sea, the courage of those who survived, and the audacious attempts to raise what now lies at the bottom of the sea.
Nigel Cawthorne studied at University College, London, where he gained an honours degree in physics, before turning to writing as a career. He has been a writer and editor for more than twenty-five years, the last twenty-one freelance. He has written, contributed to, and edited more than eighty books including Pirates: An Illustrated History, Turning the Tide: Decisive Battles of the Second World War, Stalin: The Murderous Career of the Red Tsar, and Mafia: History of the Mob. His work has appeared on both sides of the Atlantic in a variety of publications, including the New York Times and Financial Times, and he has even appeared on the Joan Rivers Show. Nigel lives in Bloomsbury in the heart of literary London.