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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; 1 edition (Dec 2 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399149252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399149252
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #783,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well known for his series of action adventure novels starring Dirk Pitt, Cussler is also the founder of the nonprofit National Underwater and Marine Agency, a group that searches for shipwrecks of historical significance. The group does not salvage any artifacts; they simply note the wreckage location and turn their information over to appropriate agencies for further study and planning. In this fast-paced narrative that doesn't tinker with the earlier Sea Hunters' successful formula, Cussler and his teams search for 300 years' worth of wrecks as varied as La Salle's 17th-century flagship, a dirigible lost in a storm off the New Jersey coast in 1933 and the famous PT-109. Cussler traveled along the coast of Texas, up the Mississippi River and to the jungles of the South Pacific in search of historically important wrecks of all sorts. Cussler first provides the historical background for each tragedy (sometimes inventing dialogue when there are no survivors to interview), then dives into his own adventures. One of Cussler's unsuccessful searches took his team to the Maine wilderness, where they tried to locate the wreckage of a French airplane that crashed in 1927 on its way to Washington, having crossed the Atlantic nonstop, before Charles Lindbergh. On the other hand, his crew found the RMS Carpathia (the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic), which had been sunk by a German U-boat off the Irish coast in 1918. Cussler's artful writing style and varied experiences while searching for historical treasures make this a first-rate adventure book sure to please any student of history and the odd Pitt fan who takes the plunge.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is nonfiction, but it's still pretty thrilling: Cussler recounts the efforts of his organization, NUMAR the National Underwater and Marine Agency to dredge up lost ships with historical value.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
Clive Cussler in between authoring a plethora of novels, book tours and signings finds the time explore shipwrecks and other items of historical significance. Cussler and his NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency) scour the world to try to unearth clues to unravel some of the mysteries of history. In each chapter he concocts a vignette explaining the history surrounding what he is searching for. He then describes the efforts of his team to uncover the ship or whatever they're going after. They aren't always successful.
As opposed to his first Sea Hunters novel his team has searched for many things other than sunken ships. He spent time in Maine searching for L'Oiseau Blanc, thought to be the first plane to fly non stop across the Atlantic prior to Lindbergh. The NUMA team also tried to uncover the remains of the U.S.S. Akron, the first enormously sized Goodyear blimp which crashed of of the Jersey shore in the 30's.
Of particular interest was learning the fate of the R.M.S. Carpathia, which was responsible for rescuing the survivors of the Titanic, and was subsequently torpedoed by a German U boat 6 years later. A very interesting chapter was devoted to the fate of the Mary Celeste, an extremely famous "ghost" ship of the 1870's. The most revealing discovery for me, surrounded the story of the steamship General Slocum which was involved in the greatest tragedy concerning loss of life in New York history. In excess of 1000 people died as the ship was ravaged by fire on a weekend excursion in New York Harbor. The event actually altered the dynamics of the German American community which inhabited lower Manhattan and suffered huge losses in the fire. They moved away to divorce themselves from the devastation on the General Slocum.
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Clive Cussler in between authoring a plethora of novels, book tours and signings finds the time explore shipwrecks and other items of historical significance. Cussler and his NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency) scour the world to try to unearth clues to unravel some of the mysteries of history. In each chapter he concocts a vignette explaining the history surrounding what he is searching for. He then describes the efforts of his team to uncover the ship or whatever they're going after. They aren't always successful.
As opposed to his first Sea Hunters novel his team has searched for many things other than sunken ships. He spent time in Maine searching for L'Oiseau Blanc, thought to be the first plane to fly non stop across the Atlantic prior to Lindbergh. The NUMA team also tried to uncover the remains of the U.S.S. Akron, the first enormously sized Goodyear blimp which crashed of of the Jersey shore in the 30's.
Of particular interest was learning the fate of the R.M.S. Carpathia, which was responsible for rescuing the survivors of the Titanic, and was subsequently torpedoed by a German U boat 6 years later. A very interesting chapter was devoted to the fate of the Mary Celeste, an extremely famous "ghost" ship of the 1870's. The most revealing discovery for me, surrounded the story of the steamship General Slocum which was involved in the greatest tragedy concerning loss of life in New York history. In excess of 1000 people died as the ship was ravaged by fire on a weekend excursion in New York Harbor. The event actually altered the dynamics of the German American community which inhabited lower Manhattan and suffered huge losses in the fire. They moved away to divorce themselves from the devastation on the General Slocum.
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For those who have read the novels of Clive Cussler the NUMA is a part of every fictional story the writer has written, and I have read them all. What I did not know is that The NUMA is very real, and over decades has discovered, and in some instances recovered lost wrecks including those that sailed beneath the sea, upon it, or even sailed in the air above it.
The National Underwater Marine Agency is not a treasure hunting organization; rather they seek to solve mysteries that are in some cases many centuries old. They take nothing from the wrecks they locate, and when they do find historical vessels and their associated debris fields, it is States and Colleges and Universities that are given the locations to raise, preserve and restore pieces of History from a variety of Nations.
The NUMA is comprised almost exclusively of volunteers and outside funding again is almost exclusively from the proceeds from the sales of Mr. Cussler's novels, and his non-fiction work, "The Sea Hunters I", and now "The Sea Hunters II". I, for a reason I cannot justify, passed on reading the first of these two books, and now that I have read the second I will be getting number one forthwith. The history this book contained that was either new, or clarified what I thought I knew was worth every penny the book costs, and the hours spent enjoying the tales.
Some of the material for his novels originates on these trips that have taken him and his son and friends around the globe. Some of the quaint restaurants and hotels you may have read about in many instances are real. His son is named Dirk just like the primary character in his books, and Mr.
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