|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Oceanography and deep ocean exploration.
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Georges Houot and Pierre Willm
Translated from the French by Michael Bulock.
Foreword by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Introduction by Philippe Tailliez.
Published 1955, Hamish Hamilton Ltd and Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd, Great Britain.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 256 pages, drawings and mono photographs.
The story of Professor Piccard's Bathyscaphe, and its record breaking dive in - well, I can;t find the year. I hate it when authors don't bother to write the year when used in a date for the first time of each chapter. Lazyness. I may read it one day. But the book is of some historic value.(The historic dive was made in 1959). [PS]
2000 FATHOMS DOWN
YEARS BENEATH THE SEA.
The Story of the Glomar Challenger - the ship thats unlocked the secrets of the oceans and their continents.
Published Great Britain 1972 by Cassell & Co, Ltd, London.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 228 pages, mono prints.
"This book is really about what wonderful things men can do when they act intelligently and peacefully together". I like that.
The voyage of the oceanographic research ship Glomar Challenger commenced in August 1968, and has been likened to the Beagle on which Charles Darwin sailed, and to Captain Cook's epic voyages. For two ytears th vssel roamed the sea, manned by scientists from the USA, Britain, Russia and France.
I think it was also involved in bringing up part of a Russian sub but I see no mention of that in the book.
OF AN EXPEDITION
Henry W. Menard.
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1969.
Possibly hardcover, 8vo., 255 pages, illust.
I have no information on this book except that it covers the subjects of ‘oceans' and ‘diving'.
Philippe Tailliez. Translated from the French by Dennis George.
Copyright 1961, Editions France-Empire. First published in 1964 by George Harrap & Co. Ltd, London.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 224 pages, mono photographs throughout.
This is the story of a quite remarkable achievement. Tailliez, who is well known for his pioneer diving achievements, teamed up with Heinz Sellner to build a submarine from scrap metal, to use for research andd as a rescue submarine. They went on to build Aquarius III (after this book was published). Of curiosity interest more than anything else.
See also authors site Phillipe Tailiez.
PICCARD - Captain of Space, Admiral of the Abyss.
Houghton Mifflin & Co., Boston, 1969.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 145 pages, glossary, mono prints and drawings.
On May 27, 1931 two men climbed into the cabin of a large hydrogen balloon and embarked on a terrifying, accident-plagued trip into the sky. On that day, Auguste Piccard and his companion became the first men to fly ten miles up into the stratosphere by means of a pressurized cabin and a balloon - and return to earth alive. The balloon had its own interesting history, but the pressurized cabin which had made it all possible was entirely Auguste Piccard's invention. When he accomplished all that he had set out to do in the sky, he tackled with equal dedication the opposite direction, straight to the deepest ocean bottom, seven miles down, in a machine he called the bathyscaphe. Today we have thousands of trained men to handle each phase of such an operation. Auguste Piccard went the whole way by himself. He created, perfected, nianufactured, and eventually tested both of his inventions. He was nearly seventy when his son Jacques finally took over the actual underwater dives, but confident in the success of the bathyscaphe, Auguste Piccard took off on a new plan, the creation of the iiiesoscaphe to explore the middle depths of the ocean. He died at the age of 78 before the completion of his third project, but this manuscript was read and approved by his son, Jacques Piccard, 2000 feet beneath the sea. He was in the mesoscaphe that made the now-famous Gulf Stream drift. [ps]
OF THE SEA.
Harper & Row, Publishers, USA. Library of Congress 61-10219.
Originally published in German under the title of Der Griff Nach Dem Meer, 1960, Econ Verlag GmbH, Dusseldorf.
From the front of the book:
The full and up-to-the-minute story of the latest developments under the water in all its aspects-economic, military, scientific. Here, for the first time, are facts about: * fantastic efforts to map every mile of ocean floor * plans to mine vast mineral resources and harvest new foods on the ocean bottom * giant dams to push back the frontiers of the oceans * huge devices to change salt water into fresh projects to control the weather by redirecting ocean currents and melting ice caps * new methods of increasing, diversifying and assuring the haul of fish.
THE HEROIC DISCOVERY OF THE ABYSS.
Published by: Pantheon Books, New York USA in 2005.
Blue had back covers with dustjacket; 286 pages. Dimensions: 24.5 cms tall by 16.5 cms wide.
This book is totally written about Otis Barton and William Beebe and their descent in the sphere a “half mile down”. The book starts in 1926 and follows the vision by Beebe, obsessed with oceanography and the partnership with Barton who had the engineering skills to design the craft. It is divided into 3 parts and in turn, each part is divided into chapters: Part 1 – Survival: “Barton”, “Beebe”, “A Day at the Zoo”, “Sphere”, “Bermuda”, “Bathysphere”, “The Abyss”, “Infinitestimal Atoms” and “Interlude 1931”. Part 2 – Beyond Sunlight: “Renaissance”, “Disaster”, “On the Air From Bermuda”, “Voices From the Deep”, “Animals Faintly Seen” and “Interlude 1933”. Part 3 – Marvellous Nether Regions: “Grosvenor and the Geographic”< “New Eyes”, “Blotches of Light on a Black Field”, “World Records”, “Half Mile Down” and “Epilogue: Titans of the Deep”. Very well researched and illustrated with 21 relevant monochrome photographs and diagrams. [pt]
Edward H. Shenton
Publisher, W. W. Norton & Co.1972
Hardcover, size 5.5" x 8.25", 267 pages, mono photos.
From the dust jacket: "The story of the evolution of an efficient machine capable of taking men to nearly any depth in the world's oceans is as exciting as man's probes into space. Man has long been interested in undersea exploration but has usually ventured with only partial success beneath the surface of the sea. Since 1960, however, enormous progress has been made in the design, construction, and use of the research submersible, a diving vehicle that requires surface support as opposed to the submarine, which is totally independent of the surface. This book presents for the first time a historical background of submersibles, detailing their origins, together with an up-to-date description of the most modem design techniques and present scientific uses. Mr. Shenton explains the basic systems and components of a submersible, showing how it is designed to survive the deep-sea environment. He describes the jobs and missions in which the submersible has been successfully used. In subsequent chapters, for example, he relates the adventures of Alvin in its search for the missing H-bomb off Palomares, Spain, the dives for science by Deepstar, and the amazing feat of the rescue of Alvin by Aluminaut in 1969, after it had been stranded for months at a depth of five thousand feet. The final chapter presents the most recent technological developments in the area of submersibles. This includes a review of new vehicles being outfitted for the seventies and a hard look at the future of this field. The book includes drawings by Karyl Shenton, photographs, and a complete listing of specifications of over seventy submersibles from major countries."
TO THE SEA
Subtitle: A Century of Oceanography
J. R. Dean. Introduction By: Dr Jacques Piccard.
Published by: Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd, Glasgow, UK in 1966.
Dark blue hard cover with 128 printed pages. Dimensions: 22.5 cms tall by 15 cms wide.
The book covers the history of Oceanography from early times to HMS Challenger and onto the deep submersibles like Trieste. It is divided into ten chapters: “The Beginnings of Marine Science”, “Prince Albert I of Monaco”, “Prince Albert’s Scientific Experiments”, “Marine Institutions”, “The Azores Archipelago”, “World Maps and Charts”, “Ocean Station Vessels”, “The Use of Aircraft in Oceanography”, “Deep Submersibles” and “Some Resources of the Sea”. The book is well illustrated with some 20 monochrome photographs and diagrams. [pt]
Andrei Aksyonov and Alexander Chernov
Published by: Collins Publishers, London in 1979.
Printed hard covers with 128 printed pages. Dimensions: 26 cms tall by 19 cms wide.
This book considers some of the problems which are central to the then “present day” study of the worlds oceans. Both the authors have considerable experience in Oceanology. Professor Aksyonov as deputy director of the Shirshov Oceanographic Institute in the USSR while Alexander Chernov is a writer, journalist and historian of undersea exploration. The book is divided into 8 chapters: “Why We Study The Oceans”, “Diving To The Sea Floor”, “Living On The Sea Bed”, “Second Generation”, “At Home In The Sea”, “Exploring The Depths”, “Bathyscapes – Ships Of The Ocean Depths” and “Conservation Of The Oceans”. Extremely well illustrated throughout with very many photographs and diagrams – the majority in colour. Even Jacques Cousteau appears in “Living on the Sea Bed”. [pt]
Subtitle: The Quest to Conquer Earth’s Last Frontier
Published by: Patrick Stephens Ltd, Yeovil Somerset in 1994.
Hard back with blue boards with dust jacket. 203 printed pages. Dimensions: 28 cms tall by 22 cms wide.
The author at the time of writing this book had been involved with diving for over 25 years both as a military diver and commercial operations. The book progresses through its 12 chapters starting with the history, various aspects of diving at the time of publication and the perceived future.
Chapters: The Early Days, Atmospheric Diving Suits, Commercial Diving, Saturation Diving, Testing the Tables, Underwater Habitats, Deep Water Research
Vehicles, Manned Submarines, Remote Operated Vehicles, Underwater Robots, Seabed Vehicles, Deep Ocean Research, Marine Mammals, Exploiting Undersea Minerals, Dynamic Positioning and The Future.
Throughout the book it is extremely well illustrated with line drawings plus both monochrome and colour photographs. Note that the colour pictures are
confined to a whole section subtitled “Underwater Exploration” within Chapter 7. [pt].[ps]
Published by: Readers Digest Association Ltd, London in1994
Consultant Editor: Donald Payne.
Hard back printed boards with 192 printed pages. Dimensions: 28.5 cms tall by 21 cms wide.
This book by Readers Digest is effectively two books in one, as it is sub-divided into two parts. Part one is called "The Ocean World" and consists of 40 pages while part 2 is called "Diving with Jacques Cousteau" and this constiutes the remainder of the book. Part 1 is further sub-divided into 14 "special features": "Map of the Ocean Floor", "The Dramatic Scenery of the Ocean Depths", "Wind Waves and Weather", "Monsters of the Deep", "The Oceans' Spectacular Inhabitants", "The First Oceanographers", "Man the Aquanaut", "The Ocean Zones", "The Enchantment of the Reef", "Treasures of the Spanish Galleons", "Exploring Inner Space", "Warships of the Deep", "The Oceans Under Threat" and "Enjoying and Protecting the Sea.
Part 2 consists of a condensed translation of the book called "Captaine de la Calypso" by Albert Falco with Yves Paccalet, published by Editions Robert Laffont, Paris in 1990. It is divided into 12 chapters: "Sunrise in Tahiti", "One of the Team", "Triumph at Cannes", "A Home Beneath the Sea", "Around the World, "The White Continent" and "Lost Worlds". The book is extremely well illustrated with photographs and diagrams, mainly in colour. There must have been millions of these books printed as I see them in charity shops here in the UK for as low as 20 pence. [pt]
THE DEEP PACIFIC
Staples Press Limited, London. 1957
Copyright 1956, W.W.Norton & Co, Inc.
Hardcover, dustjackt, 253 pages, mono prints.
The voyage of the Spencer F.Baird, covering course of 20,000 miles across the Pacific. The vessel was on an orceaongraphic survey. Includes the mrine animals, and the people of the islans visited: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Marquesas, French PolynesiaMarshall islands, Hawaii.
THE OCEAN WORLD
A History of Oceanography
J.G.Ferguson Publishing, Chicargo, 1969. Library of Congress 78-78268.
Hardcover, large A4 size, 280 pages, mono and colour plates.
Chapters: The Science of the Sea, The Underwater Landscape, BViology of the Sea, Physics of the Sea, Chemistry of the Sea, Food from the Sea, Farmin th Sea, Mineral Resources an Power, Underwater Archaeology, Man Beneath the Sea.
OF THE SEA
The Story of Oceanographic Exploration.
Introduction by Dr Roger R.Revelle.
Victor Gallancz Ltd, London, 1969. Hardcover, dust jacket, 307 pages, some mono prints. Chapters include Exploring the Hinterland, Beginnings, The Unseen Landscape, Probing the Deep-Sea Floor, Patterns of Waters, The Great Heat Engine, Waters of Life, The Range of Ocean Life, The Promise of Plenty, The New Oceanography.
Carr Laughton and V.Heddon. Illustrated by Cecil King.
Philip Allan & Co. Ltd, London. 1927.
Hardcover, no dustjacket on my copy, 251 pages, twelve mono plates.
Storms and shipwrecks are synonomous. Chapters: Of Stirms in General; Storms in History; the Armada Gales; the Great Storm of 1703; West Indian Hurricans; the Last Voyage of the Elizabeth, 1764; After Trafalgar; Windy Corners; The Tay Bridge Disaster (now thats fascinating); Storms of Fire; China Sea Typhooons, The Winds and Superastitions. [ps]
Published in May 1935 by John Lane The Bodley Head. (First reprint July 1935).
The author was director of the Department of Tropical Research at the New York Zoological Society.
Hardcover, 344 pages, eight illustrations in colour and 123 mono photographs.
Covers the famous decents into the depths in several bathysphere's up to 1934. A most important work.
(Photo left, of William Beebe in primitive diving helmet.)
See author's site William Beebe for other titles.
FRONTIER BENEATH THE SEA
Published by Dodd Mead & Company, New York, USA in 1966.
Hard Cover with illustrated boards and DJ with same illustration; 96 Printed pages and illustrated by the author himself.
Dimensions 25 cms tall by 18.5 cms wide.
This book seems to cover a lot of varied information in such a small publication. Split into 13 chapters as follows: 1 The Challenge of the Deep, 2 The World of Water”, 3 Explorers of the Deep, 4 Men into the Sea, 5 The Fish Men, 6 Engineers With Fins, 6 Pieces of Eight, 7 Under the Bounding Main, 8 Torpedoes Away, 9 Turbines of the Tides, 10 Drinking The Seas, 11 Food From the Sea, 12 Hole in the Ocean.
The book does not contain photographs, only the authors own what can be described as naive drawings. [pt]
BALLOON & BATHYSCAPHE
Professor Auguste Piccard.
First published in France under the title Au Fond des Mers en Bathyscaphe, copyright 1854. First published in Great Britain in 1956.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 192 pages, many mono plates throughout.
What an incredible man was August Piccard, and indeed also his son Jacques who worked with his father on the Trieste. This is a remarkable book as it tells, in the professor's own words, the projects with high altitude balloons, and deep sea submersibles. It is also extremely interesting from a technical perspective, even for the layman - especially for the layman!! Of high historic interest.
IN THE DEEP
Maurice Burton, D.Sc
Published in “The Progress of Science Series” in 1958.
Blue hard back covers with 64 printed pages.
Dimensions: 22 cms tall by 14 cms wide
“The Progress of Science” series of books is said to explain as simply as possible the latest exciting developments that are likely to affect our lives. This condensed book deals with deep sea exploration starting with Captain Cook’s Endeavour, HMS Beagle and HMS Challenger up to William Beebe modern times (1958). It is divided into 4 chapters: “The Unknown Oceans”, “Tools for Exploring the Sea”, “The Pastures of the Sea” and “Into the Depths”.
This small book is extremely well illustrated with 32 monochrome photographs and 13 line drawings. [pt]
BENEATH THE SEA - A Review of Underwater Ocean Engineering.
Walter Penzias and M.W. Goodman.
Foreword by The Honorable Claiborne Pell, United States Senate.
Wiley-Interscience, division of John Wiley & Sons, New York etc. 1973. ISBN 0-471-68018-4
Hardcover, dustjacket, 831 pages, mono prints, drawings, bibliography, index.
From the fly:
Man Beneath the Sea is a comprehensive treatment of the problems encountered when man extends his domain to the undersea world. Exploring all as- pects of hardware, human engineering bioscience, life support, and future trends in ocean technology, it provides the technical information required to place man beneath the sea as a scientist or worker. The book is divided into nineteen chapters and includes discussions of div- ing systems, life support systems, pres- sure vessels and hatches, umbilicals, tools, the physiology of diving, and the ocean environment. A chapter on the technical history of diving treats the diving bell, surface-based diving, diving since Haldane in the United States and the United Kingdom, and self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, and is the most complete examination of the subject available. Also found in this book are detailed tab ulated specifications of the world's deep submersibles, including many il lustrations. Each chapter contains im- portant bibliographical references. Man Beneath the Sea is an authoritative volume that will be indispensable for ocean engineers, salvagers, and those involved with diving vehicles, underwater physiology, and apparatus. In addition, students of ocean engineering, oceanography, marine biology, naval architecture, and diving will find it a valuable resource. [ps]
OF THE DEEP
Edited by Joseph J.Thorndike.
Published by American Heritage Publishing Co., New York, 1980.
Large format, hardcover, dustjacket, 352 pages, mono and colour plates, index.
A great read, even today. Covers a number of fscinating subjects typical of what one wood expect in a 'popular' book of this type: Sunken Treasure; Under
Ancient Seas, Undersea Adventure; Mysterious Voyages; Mysterious Disappaerances; On Distant Seas; Myterious Creatures; Exploring the Ocean
Floor. Several authors, including Walter Karp, Peter Throckmorton, Francis Russell, Ormonde de Kay, William MacLeish, William Wertenbaker.
Subtitle: An Atlas-History of Mans Exploration of the Deep
General Editor: G. E. R. Deacon
Published by: Paul Hamlyn, London in 1962.
Hard back with dust jacket and 297 printed pages. Dimensions: 28.5 cms tall by 22 cms wide.
Well illustrated with drawings and photographs.
The book is described as a comprehensive survey of the oceans of the world and man’s changing relationship to them since the earliest recorded explotsof trade and discovery. The book is a collection of items submitted by such noted people as T. F. Gaskell and N. C. Flemming to name but a couple. The book is divided into 6 chapters and in turn, each section is sub-divided. Section titles are: The Earth and Its Ocean, Men Against the Sea, Sunken Cities and Forgotten
Wrecks, New Attack on the Sea and finally, Future of the Sea.
At the back of the book there are two further small sections containing facts about the sea and the second contains some suggested books for reading about the sea. [pt] [ps]
OF THE SEA
Published by: Readers Digest Association, London in 1971. (This edition re-printed with amendments in 1979).
Published as one volume in the "Discovery and Exploration" set of books.
Illustrated hard covers - 191 printed pages.
Dimensions: 26.5 cms tall by 19.5 cms wide.
This book is one of a series called "Discovery and Exploration", this one concentrates on underwater exploration. It starts with underwater exploration from early times up to Trieste. Methods of underwater exploration including some history about diving as it was seen at the time. It is divided into 10 chapters: "The Last Great Frontier", "The Search Begins", "Challenger Faces the Unknown", "A River in the Sea", "Man Lives in the Sea", "A New History of Earth", "Life - Large and Small" and "The Conquest of Inner Space". As with all Readers Digest books, it is extremely well illustrated with countless photographs, drawings and diagrams, the majority printed in colour. [pt]
The Story of the Bathyscaph Trieste.
Jacques Piccard and Robert S. Dietz.
An Account of the New York Zoological Society's First Oceanographic Expedition.
Published by G.P.Putnam's Sons, New York and London, 1926. (Five printings within 1926).
Hardcover, 432 pages, colour plates, mono photographs.
The chapter, 'With Helmet and Hose' is particularly interesting to the diver, giving an excellent description of the equipment used. On the helmet purchased by the author just before departure, 'the paraphernalia accompanying it were so simple that I doubted its efficiency...'.
See author's site William Beebe for further publications.
A remarkable odyssey of underwater adventure and of the longest, deepest dive ever made - by th chief diver for Man-in-The-Sea project.
US edition could have been first, published by Coward-McCann, Inc. New York.
First published in the UK in 1966 by Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 222 pages, mono photographs.
The blurb tells it all. The author, a well known maritime archaeologist, treasure diver, and author, was the chief diver for Edwin Link, 'father' of the Man-In-The-Sea project where he and Jon Lindberg lived and worked in an undersea habitat at 432 feet for 49 hours. This 'experiment' paved the way for future Sealab habitats.
George S. Fichter
Published by: Stirling Publishing Ltd, New York, USA in 1978.
Printed hard back covers with 168 printed pages. Dimensions: 23.5 cms tall by 15.5 cms wide.
The author is a professional biologist and nature writer and in this book seems to try to cover every aspect of everything under the sea. It says that the oceans are out last vital resource, our only chance for survival in an energy poor world. It also looks at what he believes the future holds. It is divided into 16 chapters: “Living Under The Sea!, “Ships That go Down in the Sea”, “Diving Deep”, “Mining the Sea”, “Treasures Sunk in the Sea”, “Natural Treasures of the Seas”, “Medicines From the Sea”, “Fresh Water from the Salty Sea”, “Salt From the Sea”, “Power From the Sea”, “ Fish Harvest”, “Farming the Sea”, “Doing Something About the weather”, “Exploring the Seas”, “Earths Last Frontier” and “Preserving the Sea”.
Extremely well illustrated with 70 colour photographs and diagrams. [pt]
Subtitle: Probing the Seas to 20,000 Feet Below
Published by: Macrae Smith Company, Philadelphia, USA in 1970.
Blue hard back with dustjacket; 194 printed pages.
Dimensions: 24 cms tall by 16 cms wide.
The book contains the account of scientific investigation to the mysterious reaches known as the “Hadal Zone” at depths up to 35,800 feet or more. Divided into 16 chapters: “Into the Ocean’s Depths”, “Beneath the Deep-Sea Floor”, “To the Atlantic’s Deepest Point”, “From Out of the Depths”, “Finding the Greatest Depth”, “Charting Deep Waters”, “First Eyewitness in the Depths”, “Fishing the Greatest Depths”, “All the Way to the Bottom”, “To the Bottom of the Mediterranean”, “reaching the Greatest Depth”, “The Starfish Moved”, “From An Ocean Trench, 53 New Species”, “Beneath the Gulf Stream”, “I Visit Aboard the Discoverer” and “In the Future, We’ll Remain at the Depths”. Very well illustrated with many monochrome diagrams and photographs. [pt]
Being the Story of a Great Fight Between Man and the Sea.
Published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, London etc. No date. Possibly 1920s.
Hardcover, printed boards, 443 pages, one watercolour plate.
Is this fact or fiction? It is hard to determineWritten in the style of a novel, it is probably both, a fanciful story based on a number of 'incidents', possibly embellished, but with a general thread of fact in the way of life of those living in a lighthouse.
SCIENCE OF THE SEA
Subtitle: A History of Oceanography
Edited by C. P. Idyll
Published by: Thomas Nelson & Sons, London in 1970.
Hard cover with blue boards; 280 printed pages. Dimensions: 29 cms tall by 22 cms wide
In the preface of the book, the editor says that “the history of oceanography began on 3rd January 1873”, mainly due to the work of HMS Challenger in the seas off Lisbon. The book is divided into 10 sections, each being written by different authors:
1 The Science of the Sea – C. P. Idyll. 2 The Underwater Landscape – Robert S. Dietz. 3. Biology of the Sea – Charles E. Lane. 4 Physics of the Sea – James B. Rucker. 5 Chemistry of the Sea – Neil R. Anderson. 6 Food From The Sea – C. P. Idyll. 7 Farming the Sea – C. F. Hickling. 8 Mineral Resources and Power – Robert S. Dietz. 9 Underwater Archaeology – Mendel Peterson. 10 Man Beneath The Sea – Capt. Edward L. Beach. Well illustrated with diagrams and photographs, some in colour. [pt]
Drawings in the text by: William Langstaff
Introduction by: Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald
Published by: MacGibbon & Kee, London in 1964.
Hardback with distjacket; 611 printed pages.
Dimensions: 22.5 cms tall by 15 cms wide.
This large book combines three of the books by Rachel Carson: The Sea Around Us, Under the Sea Wind and The Edge of the Sea.
From the dustjacket written by Sir Julian Huxley: For the first time three world famous books by the author of "Silent Springs" are available in one volume. Mrs Carson first made an international reputation with "The Sea Around Us", which was followed by "Under the Sea Wind" and then, in conclusion, "The Edge of the Sea". Taken together, they provide a vividly written, yet strictly scientific account of marine life and mankind's dependence on it. Mrs. Carson was a trained scientist yet such was her power of expression that she could write more enthrallingly and more tellingly than most so-called writers. "Our mother, the sea", as the Greeks called it, is explored in all aspects and beautifully suggested in this trilogy, the best and most abiding memorial to a woman who was as gifted as she was concerned. [pt]
SEA AROUND US.
Rachel L. Carson.
SUN BENEATH THE SEA
A thirty-day drift of 1500 miles in the depths of the Gulf Stream.
Translated from the French by Denver Lindley. Forward by Wernher von Braun.
First published in GreatBritain in 1972, Robet Hale & Company.
Released as hardcover, although my copy is an uncorrected proof copy from Bristol Typesetting, with the publication dust jacket; 264 pages, no photographs.
This is the official account of the research led by the author in the submarine Ben Franklin as they drifted in the Gulf Stream off Mexico.
Copyright 1972 by the author.
Published by David & Charles, UK. (No date but presume 1972).
Volume 1 in The Many Worlds of Wildlife series.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 288 pages, mono drawings throughout.
A very good read on the natural histpry of the ocean, covering such topics as symbiosis, camouflage, life in the depths, plankton, the hunting technique of sharks....
WATERS OF THE SEA.
Dr. P. Groen.
Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, London. 1969. Library of Congress 66-19954.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 328 pages, mono prints, charts, index.
From the fly:
The Waters of the Sea is a timely contribution to our knowledge of the world's oceans, and appears during an epoch when the tremendous expansion of man's underwater achievements has vested in the seas a new strategic and commercial importance. The sea and its physical phenomena have great appeal, and besides providing an authoritative introduction for students bf geography, marine geology and marine biology, for seafarers and students in nautical schools, and all who earn their livelihood from the sea, this book will prove a valuable source of information for the non-specialist. One of the most comprehensive of its kind, it is translated from De Wateren van der Wereldzee and specially revised to include in this first English version new material from later oceanographic activities: Dr. Groen is an oceanographer of international repute, and in this balanced account he lucidly conveys a mass of scientific information throughout a most expert and detailed coverage. After a glimpse at the historical background ranging from Homer to the present day, he discusses numerous devices to further man's knowledge, and cites the findings of many expeditions. His chapter on sea- water deals with its variations in depth, salinity and temperature in different parts of the world. A chapter is devoted to sea- ice and the origins, movements and life- cycles of icebergs. Sea waves and ocean currents are dealt with in separate chapters, and tides, storm surges, submarine cur- rents and radioactivity of sea-water all receive attention. The concl~ding chapter on deep-sea circulation gives facts about the relative ages of ocean waters. Illustra- tions, figures, charts, tables, bibliography and index clarify, establish and develop the author's arguments and conclusions. [ps]
WONDERFUL STORY OF THE SEA
General Editor: Harold Wheeler.
Odhams Press Ltd., London, no date - c 1936. (Note: The maiden voyage of the Queen Mary is covered, May 1936. There is no mention of the loss of the Normandie in 1942).
Hardcover, probably no dust jacket - front board in red cloth is embossed with a sailing ship, with no text; spine title is in gold stamp. Of medium format (10 x 7.2 inches), 510 pages, many mono photographs. Dimensions: 25.5 cms tall by 18 cms wideAlthough not indicated as such, I'd say that this is of a ‘boy's own' genre.
This single volume contains a wealth of information - on luxury liners, navigation, the building of the Queen Mary, the Blue Riband, Famous Port and Docks, Trampting the Seven Seas, Perils, and Pirates, Disasters and Mysteries superstitions, the Royal Navy - the list goes on. It is the sort of book than can lie on a coffee table for weeks on end, ready to be delved into at leisure - or used as a reference with a useful index. There is even a ‘Modern Underseas Photography' photo ‘taken from a specially constructed studio lowered into the sea'. [ps]
This is more like a one volune encyclopaedia about all things on the sea, possibly inspired by the launch of the Queen Mary. Subject matter does include a large 16 page section on diving called "Searching for Sunken Treasure" which is broken down into several named sections including : "Submarine Passenger Lift", "Working in a Diving Bell", "With a Cargo of Bullion", "Raising the Sunken German Fleet" and "Locating the Lusitania". 15 illustrations, three of which are full page - several of helmet divers. The rest of the book is all about shipping and the sea with 30 varied chapters titles include the following examples: "From Log to Luxury Liner", "On the Bridge With The Captain", "Smuggling and Wrecking", "Pirates and their Kind", "Romance of the Royal Navy", "Disasters and Mysteries", "At Sea With the Fishing Fleets" plus much, much more. Each section is very well illustrated with countless photographs, prints and diagrams. [pt],'ps]
THE WONDERFUL STORY OF THE
WORLD BENEATH THE SEA
First published in America. Date? Publisher?
WORLD OF THE OCEAN DEPTHS.
Published 1968 by World's Work, London.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 152 pages. Mono photograph. Life in the sea at depth, and the explorations of the depths. "How deep is the ocean, and to what depths has man explored it? Are there sea monsters, as sailors throughout history have reported ?_What kind of weird, colorful, impossible-looking creatures have been found in ,the ocean abysses? How do scientists believe the great water masses were formed? The nature of life in the ocean depth and the story of the research that has been conducted and is currently being conducted there is the subject of this fascinating book. Less than a century and a half ago it was believed that the depths were totally without life. The sea and its mysteries, however, have always held the lure of the unknown ".
A Hunt for Sunken Treasure
Jonathan Cape, Random House, London, 1998.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 295 pages, a few mono plates, no index.
This is about Project Orca and the Russian research ship Akademik Keldysh, with its crew of oceanographers and MIR submersibles. Under charter to a British consortium, the ship[ searches for a Japanese submarine, the I-52, and the linewr SS Aurelia, both, apparently, carrying a significant quanitity of gold. Were they successful - I am no0t so sure: read the book!
YEARS UNDER THE OCEAN
Henry J. Bruce
Stanley Paul, 1939. Hardcover.
THE DEEP OCEANS
Subtitle: Twentieth Century Voyages of Discovery
T. F. Gaskell
Published by: Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, UK in 1960
Green hard cover with dustjacket - 240 printed pages. Dimensions: 22.5 cms by 14.5 cms.
The book covers deep sea exploration in the 20th century. Broken down into 12 chapters: “Geographical Exploration – Modern Style”, “The Earth and the Oceans”, “Seismic Prospecting”, “”The Moho”, “Deep Sounding”, “Coral Atolls”, “Layer 2”, “Sea-Bed Sediments”, “Natural History”, “The Mediterranean”, “Wandering Continents” and “Deep Drilling”. Illustrated with 10 line diagrams – a bit “dry” reading! [pt,ps]
Ken Roscoe. Illustrated by John Beswick
Published by: Hamlyn, London, UK in 1971
(Also mentions Sun Books in Melbourne, Australia)
Paperback with 159 pages. Dimensions: 18 cms tall by 11 cms wide.
I’m not sure if this is a juvenile publication but it is an excellent book never the less. It is only a small book but covers a lot of ground from early underwater exploration to modern diving at the time. It is not divided into discreet chapters, just subjects. Just to give some examples, there are sections entitled “William Beebe and Otis Barton”, “Aguste Piccard”, “Jacques Cousteau”, “ Hans Hass”, Frogmen”, “Salvage Methods”, “The Sealab Experiments”, “Skin Divers” and much, much more. Extremely well illustrated with many extremely good colour drawings, all are of the standard of the one shown on the cover. [pt]
Ron Goodfellow. Petroleum Publishing, 1977
Hardcover, 155 pages, size 6" x 9"
From the dust jacket: "To work on or under the seas or on the seabed has been and will continue to be a challenge to the engineering ability of man, who, more than ever, is turning to this vast domain for the vital resources of food and energy that he so badly needs. Underwater engineering is international and multi-disciplinary and the triangle involving technical, economic and political aspects is always there. Underwater engineering is a team effort combining the skills of engineers of various disciplines in the subsea environment. This book displays the wide variety of activities, skills, and knowledge that is presently being used and takes a look at the next decade. Advances in diving technology can place a diver safely and effectively in depths of 600 ft and this will progress to depths of 1,000 ft and more. In the range 600-1,000 ft the engineer requires the diver as backup for his techniques and as insurance against failure of those techniques. Divers play a vital role in that most difficult task of establishing a physical link between surface and seabed. However, the needs of man will push him into depths beyond 1,000 ft, and here the role of underwater vehicles, robots, and remote-controlled devices will take the lead. The section on underwater vehicles covers the range of manned and unmanned systems and the tasks for which they are suited. To operate vehicles and systems subsea, power is required and the power sources range from the manual efforts of a diver to pressure-balanced batteries, and even offshore nuclear power stations are now being proposed. If man is to harness and resist the forces of the seas he must inspect and maintain his structures and pipelines. As he progresses into deeper water and operates on more exposed locations having wind speeds of 100 mph and significant wave heights of 95 ft or in areas with arctic conditions, effective means of carrying out inspection and maintenance underwater must be developed. The author's personal involvement in the first ever complete subsea production scheme in the Arabian Gulf is set out in the chapter on Subsea Production. Also in this chapter are details of the activities of Exxon, Lockheed, and SEAL. Two philosophies prevail in this area. One is to enclose systems with pressure vessels and transfer man to a working enclosure and the other is to develop remote-control systems and to modularize components. These philosophies are in parallel but are aimed at closing the gap between offshore production in depths of 600 ft and offshore exploration drilling which is taking place for depths of 1,000-2,000 ft (and anticipated in the future to reach depths of 6,000 ft). The final chapter deals with Communication and Navigation and stresses the need for effective methods of reporting and transmitting information from the seabed and accurately locating structures and features on the seabed.
FOR UNDERWATER EXPLORATION
Peter R. Limburg & James B. Sweeney
Hardcover, dustjacket, 1973, 100 mono prints.
A Pictoral History, outlines the accomplishments and failures in underwater exploration.
BABY - The Story of Alvin.
Victoria A. Kaharl.
Oxford University Press. 1990.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 356 pages, mono photographs, index.
'The world's first deep-diving submarine: its close calls, maverick crew, and 25 years of remarkable discoveries'.
From the fly blurb: Water Baby offers a riveting history of Alvin's deep-sea explorations, deftly combining the excitement of an adventure story with a fascinating warts-and-all portrait of how science is actually done. Kaharl excels at conveying the feel of diving miles beneath the surface—the awe, the fear, and the excitement of scientists as they explore a totally unknown world. ("We all started jumping up and down, we were dancing off the walls," MIT scientist John Edmond remembers. "It was so completely new and unexpected that everyone was fighting to dive"). She provides absorbing, on-the-spot accounts of Alvin's major achievements, from finding an H-bomb off the coast of Spain to its visit to the most famous shipwreck of all time, the R.M.S. Titanic, more than two miles beneath the surface.
I havn't read this yet, but a brief scan gives a very good impression. Considering that movie director James Cameron has just reached the deepest depths of the ocean in a Syndey-built submersible, to great acclaim, perhaps there will be greater interest in the achievements of pioneering submersibles such as Alvin and Triest. [pjs]
The Dynamics of the Ocean Surface
Hardcover, dustjacket, 267 pages, index, mono photographs, charts.
Published in the Science Study Series by Anchor Books, an imprint of Doubleday & Co., Inc., Garden City, New York, 1964.
The title says it all; this is a student study book of oceanography written by tone of the foremost oceanographersw of his day, President of Ocean Science and Engineering, Inc., and has worked as an oceanographic engineer since 1945. He was Director of the Mohole Project for the Nationai Academy of Science and has also been Executive Secretary of the Maritime Research Advisory Committee of the Notiooal Academy of Science. He also author of ‘A Hole In the 'Bottom of the Sea', the story of the Mohole Project. From the fly: "The sea attacks relentlessly, marshaling the jorce of its powerful waves against the land's strongest points. It collects the energy of distant winds and transports it across thousands of miles of open ocean as quietly rolling swell. On nearing shore this calm disguise is suddenly cast off, and the waves rise up in angry breakers, hurling themselves against the land in final furious assault. Turbulent water, green and white, is flung against the sea cliffs and forced in the cracks between the rocks to dislodge them. When the pieces fall, the churning water grinds them against each other to form sand; the sand already on the beach melts away before the onslaught .... The two combatants----waves and beaches-are the heroes of this book." [ps]
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BENEATH THE OCEANS
T. F. Gaskell
Published by Aldus Books, London, UK in 1964.
Dimensions 27 cms tall by 19 cms wide; 154 printed ages with many illustrations and photographs. Includes Paintings by Barry Evans.
Divided into 10 chapters, the book covers subjects like the history of diving, exploration, the sea bed, waves, tides, minerals and possible futures. Chapters are:
1 Explorers of the Deep. 2 Journey to the Bottom. 3 The Carpet of Sediments. 4 Under the Sea Floor. 5 Waves of the Sea. 6 Currents of the sea. 7 Movements of the Tides. 8 Minerals of the Sea. 9 The Great Chain of life. 10 The Future. Very well illustrated with a combination of monochrome photographs, illustrations and naïve drawings. [pt]
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