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Goldfinder Hardcover – 1 Feb 2001
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"Entertaining as armchair adventure, and a useful primer for anyone seeking to find a fortune beneath the waves." -- Kirkus Reviews
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"[An] energetic rags to riches saga. . . . enjoyable."
Born a penniless Yorkshire lad seemingly destined for the mills, Keith Jessop instead became a salvage diver, becoming the worlds most successful treasure finder through unyielding determination, extraordinary physical prowess, and keen intelligence. Now, with Neil Hanson, the critically acclaimed author of The Custom of the Sea, Jessop tells his marvelous rags–to–riches story and the tremendous saga at its center: his lifelong quest for the warship HMS Edinburgh, sunk in the Arctic Sea with ten tons of Russian gold.
FOLLOW THE JOURNEY: "The gold on that wreck is further away than the surface of the moon. It took the American astronauts two and a quarter days to travel back from the moon; itll take seven days in decompression to bring you back just eight hundred feet from the floor of the ocean."
SHARE THE DANGER: "We wont even be able to go back for the gold if you dont take maximum care as you work. Its stored in the bomb room, the most secure part of the ship. . . . If the gold is still there, itll be surrounded by unexploded shells, bombs, and ammunition."
DISCOVER THE STAKES: "Like everyone else on the ship, they were working on standard terms of business for treasure divers: No Cure, No Pay. They stood to gain tens of thousands of pounds each if we found the gold; if we didnt, they wouldnt get a penny." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Because Keith is a diver he makes none of the basic technical errors some writers make, which tend to spoil an otherwise good book.
He explains the physics of what happens to the human body when diving, without turning it to a school lesson, and how saturation divers can descend to 250 metres. The chapters on salvaging the gold were fascinating.
His Yorkshiremans sense of humour comes through well.
I hope he writes another book.
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