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Thetis Down: The Slow Death of a Submarine [Hardcover]

Len Deighton , Tony Booth
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19 Nov 2008
On 1 June 1939 His Majesty's Submarine Thetis sank in Liverpool Bay while on her diving trials. Her loss is still the worst peacetime submarine disaster the Royal Navy has yet faced when ninety-nine men drowned or slowly suffocated during their last fifty hours of life.The disaster became an international media event, mainly because the trapped souls aboard were so near to being saved after they managed to raise her stern about 18ft above sea level. Still the Royal Navy-led rescue operation failed to find the submarine for many hours, only to rescue four of all those trapped. Very little is known about what actually happened, as the only comprehensive book written on the subject was published in 1958.Many years have now passed since the Thetis and her men died, for which no one was held to be ultimately accountable. However, a great deal of unpublished information has come to light in archives throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. After four years of painstaking research Thetis; The Slow Death of a Submarine explores in minute detail a more rounded picture of what really happened before, during and after her tragic loss. In doing so Tony Booth's book also takes a fresh look at culpability and explores some of the alleged conspiracy theories that surrounded her demise.The result is the first definitive account what happened to HMS Thetis - and her men - a fitting tribute, as the seventieth anniversary of her loss will be on 1 June 2009.Len Deighton -'Some said that Thetis was an unlucky ship. Just how unlucky, Tony Booth's painstaking research will tell you.'

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime (19 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844158594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844158591
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thetis Down 15 Dec 2008
When I bought this I was expecting a rehash of The Admiralty Regrets but how wrong could be. This book deals with many of the unanswered questioins I had plus some I had never thought about. It was a good "read" too. Some repetition with the earlier books is inevitable but this by no means detracts.
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A really good read, but one that fills you with horror with what the 99 men must have endured, and what the families must have endured for years afterwards. This books brings you up to date with what really happened and tells us what rumours were going around afterwards. Even today, the full storey is not revealed and probably will never be but Tony Booth has done a first rate job of telling us the facts. I certainly recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thetis Down:The slow death of a submarine 22 Dec 2008
Thetis Down is an excellent read. The subject matter is political dynamite and surely cries out for a MAJOR feature film to be made of the story. The author relates the events of the time in an original fashion and brings a whole new dimension to an event that the British Government would rather see dead and buried. The writer of the foreword, Len Deighton, compliments the author for his 'painstaking level of research' and ability to transpose the 'nail-biting narrative' into a 'first rate suspense story'. High praise indeed. I wholly concur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thetis Down 1 Aug 2009
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A first class read for anyone interested in maritime disasters. The memorial to those who were lost in the disaster is in my home town of Holyhead. The book is highly detailed and has many pictures that have not been published before. Ranks highly against the original book on the subject "The Admiralty Regrets"
An excellent book.
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