- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: David & Charles (28 Feb. 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0715377558
- ISBN-13: 978-0715377550
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 936,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Other Titanic Hardcover – 28 Feb 1980
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The story of a most unlikely diving expedition in one of the most bleakest spots in the British Isles. A short trip for a special fun dive became a major project over a six year period.
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For fourteen years she quietly plied the North Atlantic, until on the outbreak of the Great War, the Admiralty, exercising a long standing agreement, took her over and converted her into an armed merchant cruiser. Sadly, her Naval career lasted barely a fortnight. Sailing North, she ran aground on the Shaalds of Foula, and sticking fast she was abandoned. Within a few days a gale blew up and when it had passed the Oceanic had vanished from view. Most thought that she had been pulled off the rocks into deep water. The truth was quite different.
The wreck lay undisturbed for decades, protected by the vicious and supposedly undiveable waters of the Shaalds until Simon Martin and his colleague Alec Crawford read of the Oceanic on a trip to the Shetlands, and decided to investigate her. What followed is the subject of this excellent book, with Simon Martin giving a lively history of the ship and her wrecking, and then the atmospheric story of how they set about recovering the tons of valuable metals lying on the sea bed in some of the most difficult wreck-diving conditions that can be encountered.
This is a superb book, and if you have any interest in diving, wrecks, Scottish island life, or Maritime history, then buy it!
PS Alec Crawford met and married his wife Moya on Foula, and she has now written a book about that marriage and the salvage company that they jointly manage. It is called "Deep Water" and I can thoroughly recommend it too.
If you like real life situations before health and safety made too many rules that certainly would have prevented this risky venture. I can understand why nobody had bothered with salvaging this wreck before as it was situated in a particularly dangerous area on the east side of Foula.
Foula can be seen to be looming of the coast from 'The Dales of Walls' on Shetland Mainland Westcoast, it is always a breathtaking surprise when you can see it for it is more often shrouded in mists and mostly looks like a distant shadow until the mist lifts to reveal itself as being so much closer than you thought.......... it is quite surreal.
Reading the day to day stuggles of time amd tide with the basics of equipment and is to me totally fascinating. I also enjoyed the details of the how where and where about the salvage collected. I suppose you might say that its a real nuts and bolts book.
If you are a romantic fiction reader this is not likely to be a good read for you.......as it is a detailed account of a highly risky salvage by two young chaps that went where other feared to tread (water).
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book fine this is my second one ??
i had read it years ago and lent it to a friend
never got it back ??? Read more