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|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS - Author Robert Stenuit.|
|I met Robert Stenuit in 1977 at the First Southern Hemisphere Conference on Maritime Archaeology, held in Fremantle, Western Australia. Not an easy man to get to know, he assumed a quiet, authoritive stance, a man who obviously knew his work, and passionatly addicted to maritime archaeology and the history of ships under the sea. After the formality of the conference, we dived together on the Dutch East Indiaman, Batavia, in the Abrolhos Islands. I can recall him leaping over the site of the boat wearing what appeared to be a loincloth, and nothing else, and brandishing a crowbar. What he expected to do with the crowbar I have no idea, as the wreck was of course protected, and we were quests of Jeremy Green of the Maritime Museum based in Fremantle. Perhaps it was his equivalent of a weight belt.|
|THE DEEPEST DAYS
Robert Stenuit. Introduction by Edwin A. Link
A remarkable odyssey of undersea adventure and of the longest, deepest dive ever made - by the chief diver for the Man-In-Sea project
Published by Coward-McCann, New York, 1966. Lib. of Congress 66-10428. (Top image) [ps]
Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London., 1966 (Bottom iamage). [ps]
Hardcover, 222 pages, mono photographs.
From the dustjacket, "In this book Stenuit tells the exciting, adventure-filled story of a spectacular leap in that science--from dangerous and ineffective 'hard-hat' deep diving to the beginnings of systematic, productive undersea research. A story that was climaxed by a record breaking dive in which the author Stenuit and Jon Lindbergh lived and worked in an undersea house at 432 feet for 49 hours--a feat that helped pioneer the way for the recent exploits of Sealab."
Contents include: The Challenge of the Depths; Edwin Link: Pilot, Inventor, Explorer of the Deep; Sea Diver II Archaeology Under the Sea; Syracuse; Villefranche-Sur-Mer, First Big Dive; Planning for the Deepest Days; A Tent on the Bottom of the Sea; Dry Runs in Florida; The Deepest Days; Record Breaking Deep Dives; Who's Who on the Ocean Floor; and more.
|TREASURES OF THE ARMADA.
Robert Stenuit. Translated by Francine Barker.
Published by David and Charles (Publisher) Ltd, Devon, England, 1972. (cover left)
USA edition by E.P.Dutton & Co, Inc, in 1973. (cover right)
Hardcover, dust jacket, 282 pages, mono and colour plates.
What a remarkable find - the Spanish galleon Girona, one o Spanish Armada fleet that went astry in October 1588. The author located the vessel off the Irish coast ans subsequent salvage brought up remarkable treasures - gold and silver plate, 1300 coins and rare navigational instruments. Thi was one fo the most important archaeological fins of the 20th century. The book is in two parts - first section is on the Armada, and how it came about, Phillip II of Spain's crusade against Queen Elizabeth; part two covers the research, finding and excvation of the wreck. Very interesting and important work.
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