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Titanic's last secrets the further adventures of shadow divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler

by Matsen, Bradford.

Format: Book on CD 2008
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Northern Tier Regional Library Adult Audiobooks CD/BK 910.9163 MATSE
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Adult Audiobooks
 
Call Number  CD/BK 910.9163 MATSE
 
 
Summary

After rewriting history with their discovery of a Nazi U-boat off the coast of New Jersey, legendary divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler decided to investigate the great enduring mystery of history's most notorious shipwreck: Why did Titanic sink as quickly as it did?
To answer the question, Chatterton and Kohler assemble a team of experts to explore Titanic, study its engineering, and dive to the wreck of its sister ship, Brittanic, where Titanic's last secrets may be revealed.

Titanic's Last Secrets is a rollercoaster ride through the shipbuilding history, the transatlantic luxury liner business, and shipwreck forensics. If Titanic had remained afloat for just two hours longer than she did, more than two thousand people would have lived instead of died, and the myth of the great ship would be one of rescue instead of tragedy. Titanic's Last Secrets is the never-before-told story of the Ship of Dreams, a contemporary adventure that solves a historical mystery.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "An experienced writer on maritime subjects chronicles the further adventures of John Chatterton and Richie Kohler (see Robert Kurson's Shadow Divers, 2004). Now distinguished underwater archaeologists, they investigate a novel theory about why the Titanic sank so rapidly. With the help of dives on the wreck and several experts on the ship and her fate, they bolster suspicions that it and its sibling liners were structurally weak, too large for the standard shipbuilding techniques of the day. Whether they wholly convince the reader, their research is impressively thorough and their prose clear. Furthermore, they offer vivid accounts of the golden age of shipbuilding, of relations among the three men (Lord Pirrie, Bruce Ismay, and Thomas Andrews) who created the Titanic and sealed her doom, and of the pleasures and perils of underwater archaeology. Those who pick this up in anticipation of the centennial of the sinking should be enthralled.--Green, Roland Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this expertly written account, Matsen (Descent) does what would seem impossible: he tells us something new about the Titanic disaster. In August of 2005, a team using Mir submersibles found previously undiscovered wreckage from the ship on the ocean floor. The wreckage suggested that the Titanic had not sunk with the stern rising into the air. Instead the ship had broken in half while almost horizontal and gone down before most of the passengers knew what was happening. The discovery directs Matsen's retelling of the Titanic story, beginning with events that led to the creation of the giant ocean liner. Matsen is an engaging writer and has smoothly incorporated massive amounts of research. After opening in the 21st century, Matsen spends 150 pages recounting the entire Titanic saga, including biographies of the builders, the ins-and-outs of shipyard politics and ocean travel. It's all very well done but leads at times to a loss of overall focus. A dive to Britannic, Titanic's sister ship, is handled rather hastily and the personalities of the team that made the Titanic discovery are never fully developed. These are minor issues, however, and it testifies to the quality of the book that the reader is left wanting more. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Chatterton, John.
Kohler, Richie.
Titanic (Steamship)
Shipwrecks -- North Atlantic Ocean.
Underwater archaeology -- North Atlantic Ocean.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York, NY :Hachette Audio,2008
Edition Abridged.
Contributors Leyva, Henry.
Participants/Performers Read by Henry Leyva.
Other Contributors Directed by Graeme Malcolm ; produced by Michele McGonigle.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Abridged.
Compact discs.
Duration: 6:00:00.
Description 5 audio discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781600241857
1600241859
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