The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor

The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor

by David L Mearns


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This gripping memoir by the world’s foremost marine geologist is an enthralling blend of maritime history, popular science, and Clive Cussler–style adventure.

David L. Mearns has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. From the mighty battleship HMS Hood (sunk in a pyrrhic duel with the Bismarck) to solving the mystery of HMAS Sydney, to the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s sixteenth century fleet, Mearns has searched for and found dozens of sunken vessels in every ocean of the world.

The Shipwreck Hunter chronicles his most intriguing finds. It describes the extraordinary techniques used, the detailed research and mid-ocean stamina (and courage) required to find a wreck thousands of feet beneath the sea, as well as the moving human stories that lie behind each of these oceanic tragedies. Combining the adventuring derring-do of Indiana Jones with the precision of a scientist, The Shipwreck Hunter opens an illuminating porthole into the shadowy depths of the ocean.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777603
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

David L. Mearns, a Britain-based scientist and deep-sea shipwreck hunter, has found some of the world’s most notorious shipwrecks, many of which had once been deemed unable to be found. Over his twenty-five-year career, he has led the research and discovery of twenty-two major shipwrecks, and his company Blue Water Recoveries has been awarded three Guinness World Records, including one for the deepest shipwreck ever found. He has been the subject of Discovery Channel documentaries and was recently featured in National Geographic’s “Best Job Ever” series. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society. This is his first book to be published in America.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Introduction 1

1 MV Lucona: Murder and fraud on the high seas 19

2 MV Derbyshire: Lost without trace 51

3 HMS Hood and KTB Bismarck: search for an epic battle 109

4 TSS Athenia: The first casualty of World War II 167

5 HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran: Solving Australia's Greatest Maritime Mystery 199

6 AHS Centaur: Sunk on a mission of mercy 269

7 Esmeralda: Vasco da Gama's second armada to India 327

8 USS Indianapolis and Endurance: Waiting to be found 365

Afterword 381

Bibliography 387

Acknowledgments 393

Index 395

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