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Shipwrecks of the Cunard Line Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Sam Warwick's grandfather was first master of "QE2," and his father was a master of" QE2" and first master of" QM2." Sam has spent his life aboard Cunard vessels and developed a passion for the sea, which he has translated into wreck diving, loggingmore than1,000 dives. Mike Roussel is a teacher and has written two books on Southampton's maritime history. John Chatterton is one of the world's best known wreck divers. He was a cohost of the History Channel's" Deep Sea Detectives" andis oneof the subjects of the book" Shadow Divers."He lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. "
Top customer reviews
Like most people I was fascinated by the wreck of Titanic. Because that ship sank in exceptionally deep water there is little aeration and decay has been slow, so there was much to see. Here, however, all we get are bits of nondescript debris strewn on the sea floor- even in the case of Caronia, which only sank in 1974. It is remarkable how quickly nature reclaims the work of man. To me one well decayed debris field looks much like another. I am not completely against recovery of artefacts- but only if they are kept together as a historic record of the ships and with due respect for those who went down with them. Here there is not a great deal of concern about such things and the wrecks are largely regarded as fair game (although at least a little respect is shown for Lancastria, on which 4,000 people died).
This is a pretty book to look at and there are many colour photographs, but I cannot get much pleasure from reading it. There are many other books on shipwrecks that approach the subject from a different perspective and amongst those are accounts that are more to my taste. Of course not everyone will see this sort of thing my way, but I report on books from my own viewpoint.
Overall an inspiring book that is very difficult to put down!
An absolute must for wreck divers, plus all those with any interest in Ocean Liners and Cunard.
It is obvious much research and passion went into writing this book. It certainly appeals as a diver, and yet it offers much to the shipping enthusiast who may never have put his head underwater as a diver, but now he can. The authors have produced something very unique in the history of some great ships of the Cunard Line.