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Without Trace: The Last Voyages of Eight Ships Hardcover – Sep 1981


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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; REPRINT edition (Sept. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041346170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413461704
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,804,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Wells on 30 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
John Harris reviews some eight sea mysteries where ships have disappeared apparently without a trace. In his reconstructions he quotes details which few other maritime books seem to. His reasons for the loss of these various vessels are both plausible and highly likely.

As far as I am aware no other author mentions that it was some two weeks after the "Waratah" became overdue before any body began to even look for the ship or any wreckage. In the swift wind and currents off the Cape, any such wreckage would have been rapidly swept away from the site of the sinking.

Perhaps the only point not covered is a mention elsewhere that the "Waratah" was distinguishable from the other company ships by a high promenade deck. Perhaps it was the late addition of this deck that was ultimately responsible for the ship being top heavy. A design fault rather than workmanship.

This book also deails that the USS collier "Cyclops" was one of several such ships which had all suffered from severe corrosion caused by the high sulphur content coal cargo. With the outer plates badly corroded and one engine broken down the ship clearly foundered in bad weather.

For anyone interested in sea mysteries this is probably the definitive volume and seems to close the casebook on these particular so called mysteries.
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Format: Hardcover
Written about ships that never got home
Uss Cyclops and ss waratah both get a mention
Waratah vanished near south Africa and no
Wreckage has been ever been found. Uss Cyclops
Is controversial with tales of suspect crew
And sick captain and spys.I believe Franklin's
Voyage also gets a mention hms terror.
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Fascinating review of lost ship mysteries 13 Sept. 2012
By James J. Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read Alan Villiers' "Posted Missing", which is a highly recommended survey and analysis of hundreds of ships reported as missing on the rolls of the famous world shipping insurer Llloyds of London, I was pleased to find this in-depth run-down of the eight most famous of the lot. I do question the inclusion of the sinking of the USS Maine in 1898 as the ship was never actually lost or missing, and most of the crew survived to document the circumstances. However the author's discussion of the other seven is judicious and well-presented. If you have any interest in sea legends and lore this is a nice addition to your reference shelf.
Great book/Easy style 6 Jan. 2015
By R. J Westafer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book to curl up with. So good, I bought my Mom a copy! It is also a great value, versus buying separate books about each ship. Harris's research is incredible, and he sticks to the facts.
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