|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
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Stories of Underwater Adventure.
Selected by Phyllis R. Fenner, illustrated by Michael Eagle.
William Morrow and Co, New York, 1975.
Hardcover, presume dustjacket, 192 pages, mono line drawings.
Chapter contents: Swim for Life, by Newton Rhodes; Hate, by Arthur C. Clarke; Depth Charge!, by C. S. Forester; Flounder, Flounder in the Sea, Paul Annixter; The Dark Dive, by Robert Edmond Alter, Down to the S-4, by Edward Ellsberg; Young Man With a Spear, by Joseph Whitehill; The Living Torpedo, by Tom Yates; It's A Long Way Down, by Georges Carousso; Cave Diving, by Jacques-Yves Cousteau with Frederic Dumas.
From the fly: The ten stories presented here run the gamut of stark terror, heroic courage, and grim determination as men face the perils beneath the sea. The themes concern rescue, exploration, and other encounters of high drama that frequently occur in this frontier world. Two submariners ride a human tor- pedo under freezing waters to blow up a V-boat in a Norwegian fiot;d during the Second World War. They know- and conquer-desperate fear. When the kraken, most frightful undersea monster of them all, surfaces near Bill Newlin's lugger in the Caribbean, he gasps with horror as the creature sends out two white tentacles, which shoot under the ship's rail and along the deck. Oddly enough, the experience brings to Newlin a treasure of Spanish gold. A dis- missed Navy diver, fighting a brave battle against a lifelong hatred, risks his life "full forty fathoms" down to save the son of his enemy. Among the authors represented in this latest collection by a noted anthol- ogist, are such masters as Arthur C. Clarke, Jacques Cousteau, Edward Ellsberg, and C. S. Forester.
There is little doubt that the book is directed at the juvenile reader, although the authors presented are certainly not children's authors. There is no indication that the 'stories' have been edited or abridged by anyone other than the authors however it could well be presumed that Phyllis Fenner, whomever she may be, has had a hand in the precis. Thats fine - its a great read anyway.
Note: Page 71 - illustration is upside down. Thats what happens when you have book editiors that do not have a clue about the underwater world. [ps]
AGAINST THE SEA
Ross R. Olney
Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1969.
Hardcover (illustraated boards same as dust jacket). medium format, 147 pages, well illusrated with mono photographs throughout.
This is basically a compendium of thirteen men who have achieved some distintinction with relation to the sea. Not all are divers - those of specific interest to us are: Hans Keller, Simon Lake, Jacques Ciusteau, August and Jacques PiccardAndreas Rechnitzer (I bet you have not heard of him), Chales 'Swede' Momsen, Edward Ellsberg and Robert Dill. Thats eight out of the thirteen chapters thius making this quite a rfelevant book for diver interest.
From the fly: The struggle between man and the sea is as old as man himself. As man mastered his own environment, so too did he start on his conquest of the oceans - though much more slowly, for the sea is a cunning and dangerous adversary to a creature whose natural habitat is the land. Now, however, modern man is armed with new knowledge and technology and has found new ways to conquer the sea. From the many great sea fighters of the twentieth century, Ross Olney has chosen thirteen men whose stories of adventure, heroism, and outstanding achievement make dra- matic and astonishing reading. Here are the famous scientists, inventors and adven- turers who have pitted their knowledge, their skills, and their courage against this age-old foe. Scientists like the Piccards, and Jacques Cousteau, and Hannes Keller, who found new ways to probe for secrets beneath the sea. Inventors like Simon Lake, a star- crossed dreamer who developed the s1:lb- marine and fought a lonelÑ crusade to win its acceptance. Adventurers like Sir Francis Chichester, who sailed his Gipsy Moth around the world, and Robert Manry, who piloted his 13-foot Tinkerbelle across the Atlantic. Scholars like Thor HeyerdahI and the brave men of the Kon-Tiki, whose fabulous sea journey on a, raft retraced the route of an ancient historic migration. Divers like Commander Edward Ellsberg, who also wrote best-selling books about his fascinating adventures on the sea floor. Ross Olney, an amateur diver himself, knows his subject and writes eloquently of these and other celebrated figures and their accomplishments. Over sixty-five photo graphs illustrate the stories. [ps]
ME UNDER THE SEA
Thomas N Burgess
Subtitle: The Dream Merchants of the Deep
Published by: The Ocean Archives, Oregon, USA in 1994.
Card back with illustrated covers; 259 printed pages. Dimensions: 23 cms tall by 15 cms wide
This book is essentially divided into three sections, each being devoted to pioneers in diving, manely the men who wrote an undersea novel, the man who painted under the sea and the brothers who made undersea films. Section 1 is essentially about Jules Verne but it does look at the rise of science fiction and other contemporary authors. The second section looks at the life and work of the underwater painter Zarh Pritchard. In the third part, the author looks at the life and work of the Williamsons and their underwater filming of things like the 1916 version of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”.
The book is illustrated with many monochrome photographs but has no chapters or index, only the three sections. [pt]
MAMMOTH BOOK OF THE DEEP
Jon E. Lewis
Death is only a breath away, just when you thought it was safe. "The Mammoth Book of The Deep" presents thirty true-life stories of danger, endurance and adventure from this final frontier. Encounter great white sharks, the stricken Kursk submarine, gold salvagers, sponge divers, giant squid, the wreck of the Titanic, Navy frogmen, and bathyscopes in record-breaking descents. These riveting accounts range from the Red Sea to the South Pacific, from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean - and include contributions by names such as Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hasse, Peter Benchley, and, Tim 'Neutral Buoyancy' Ecott. This book includes: "Goldfinder": Keith Jessop - salvaging the gold cargo from HMS Edinburgh; "Black Water": Don Camsell - an SBS training operation aboard a mini-sub goes tragically wrong off the coast of Scotland; "A Time to Die": Robert Moore - the operation to rescue the trapped submariners of the Kursk; "Discovering the Titanic": Robert Ballard - the world's foremost wreck-hunter on the world's greatest wreck; "Descent": William Beebe - the record breaking descent in a bathysphere off Bermuda, 1934; and, "World Without Sun": Jacques Cousteau - the famous experiment in living for a month on the sea bed. [ps]
Contributing authors: Robert D Ballard, Linda McCarter Bridge, Sylvia A Earle, Lee Loftin, Joseph B MacInnis, Tom Melham and H Robert Morrison.
Published by: The National Geographic Society in 1978
Hardback illustrated cover - 199 printed pages. The blue cloth hard cover has a nice imprint of a lion fish with what appears to be silver-blue foil. Dimensions: 26 cms tall by 18 cms wide
As with all National Geographic publications, the book is extremely well illustrated with over 210 colour photos.
Divided into 7 sections:
1 - The Call of the Sea by Sylvia A Earle. 2 - The Shallow Shores by H Robert Morrison. 3 - The Rocky Coast by Linda McCarter Bridge. 4 - The Coral Reefs by Tom Melham. 5 - The Open Ocean by Tee Loftin. 6 - The Ocean Depths by Robert D Ballard. 7 - The Polar Seas by Joseph B McInnis. [ps],[pt]
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