The Magazine for Underwater Professionals

Nov/Dec 2017

BOOK REVIEWS

A gripping memoir from the world's foremost deep-sea shipwreck hunter

The Shipwreck Hunter. A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor


Clive Cussler himself wrote of this new book: “The underwater worlds of past and present collide in the depths of the ocean in this gripping and suspenseful narrative by David Mearns, a true expert on mysteries of the deep sea.”


It’s not surprising that someone like Clive Cussler takes an interest in this book. The true stories it relates read like thrillers. There’s murder, fraud, sea battles and needless to say a tragically high body count.

 

Having personally worked with the author, David Mearns, for two years, searching for and salvaging the remains of a mysteriously downed DC9 aircraft from 3500 metres in the Mediterranean Sea, I can personally testify to his remarkable tenacity and skills.


David Mearns has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. From the mighty battlecruiser HMS Hood to the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s 16th century fleet, David has searched for and found dozens of sunken vessels in every ocean of the world.


The Shipwreck Hunter is a cherry-picking account of his most intriguing discoveries. It details both the meticulous research and the mid-ocean stamina and courage required to find a wreck miles beneath the sea, as well as the moving human stories that lie behind each of these oceanic tragedies.


The ending leaves us hanging. Will he find Shackleton’s Endurance or not? This is an ongoing adventure. I know where I’m placing my money!


The Shipwreck Hunter. A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor; David Mearns; Allen & Unwin; 2017; Hardback; Dust Jacket; Colour photographs; Index; ISBN 978 1 76029 525 7; £20.00.

 

John Bevan

 

 

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