|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
|CASUALTIES OF WAR
Memories of a Risdon Beazley engineer and diver
Self published author, 2008
Hardcover, 6" x 9", 131 pages
A divers account of multiple salvages in both wartime and peacetime. A relatively short book as there are not many words per page and there is a note on the summary that says it was not completed before the author passed away. It is written in a very matter of fact style, sometimes as if it were merely notes. Some of the salvages merit only a few sentences, and others there are a few pages. I suspect that it is the only documentation on some of the lesser known wrecks. Of note is an attempt to salvage a beached submarine and mention of work on the Mulberries of D-Day. All in all a worthwhile read written by a diver with firsthand experience.
DEEP SEA SALVAGE
A. Gowans Whyte and Robert L. Hadfield
Published by Sampson Low, Marsden & Co. Ltd, London in 1930.
Hard back brown boards with DJ, 244 printed pages. Dimensions 23 cms tall by 14.5 cms wide.
Illustrations 27 black & white photographs.
In the introduction to the book, the authors acknowledge the help of several people and organisation which I guess gave them a lot of insight into the world of salvage. They include the Admiralty (British), C. E. Heinke, Siebe Gorman, Tokyo Salvage Co, The US Navy Dept and several more.
Extremely well illustrated throughout, the book is divided into 19 chapters. The first three focuses on “Rubber suit diving” but moves onto the “Shell” suit in chapter 4 (atmospheric suits and observations chambers). Noted salvages reported in other chapters include HMS Vindictive, the gold from the Egypt, the American battleship Maine, the early attempts on the Grosvenor’s treasure by tunneling under the sea, various American submarines and even the attempts to find the Spanish treasure in Toberbory in Scotland. There is a lot more information in the book and well worth reading. [pt]
"That's it Moya... we've tripled the world depth record for commercial cargo recovery". Behind those few words lies the remarkable story of a husband and wife salvage team who took on the world's top marine companies and beat them at their own game. "
No idea what this is all about.
|JUTLAND TO JUNKYARD
The Raising of the Scuttled German High Seas Fleet from Scapa Flow- the Greatest Salvage Operation of all time.
Under-sea Salvage from Sailing Ships to the Normandie.
Published in 1943 by Dutton, New York.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 319 p, photographs.
See Author page, Meier
Joseph N. Gores
Captain George H. Reid.
Sheridan House, 1996. Hardcover: ISBN: 0-924486-99-6. Softcover: ISBN-13: 9780924486999. ISBN: 0924486996
Hardcover, laminated board covers, and paperback; 176pp. Line drawings throughout.
"While the word salvage conjures for some the visions of the recovery of a treasure from the wreck of a long lost Spanish galleon and for others rescue tugs driving through mountainous seas to aid a stricken vessel, in reality plenty of small salvage operations occur all the time and they have now become a very busy industry. Patching and refloating a sunken skiff or towing in a disabled yacht are as much an act of salvage as refloating a standard supertanker." The book is meant for small boat owners and the divers who salvage same. [ps]
Also:"Most sucessful salvages, whether large or small, are the result of good seamanship, knowledge and preparation. Encourages boaters or divers to undertake some salvage wor k for commercial gain. All aspects of refloating stranded vessels, salvaging sinking or sunken vessels, rescue towing, recovering submerged objects are covered."
|MARINE SALVAGE OPERATIONS
Edward M. Brady. (Surveyor, United States Salvage Association Inc.)
Cornell Maritime Press, Centreville, Maryland. (Also noted in later editions as Cambridge, Maryland). 1960.
Hardcover, dustjacket (plain white with text), 256 paages, many drawings, a few mono photographs, inclides fold-out 'Curves of Form' chart.
From the fly: "Marine Salvage Operations is concerned with actual ship salvage operations as distinct from the preservation and saving of material. It is a practical "basic" handbook covering the techniques, equipment, and problems of general ship salvage. In most cases, large ship salvage is described throughout; however, for small salvage operations, it is only necessary to scale down the size and scope of the required operations and apply the principles described. Primarily written for ship salvage men, commercial and naval divers, merchant marine and naval officers, Marine Salvage Operations is full of information that will appeal to SCUBA divers professionally interested in salvage.
In marine salvage, there are three general types of salvage operations: Strandings-Sinkings-Rescue Towing. The principles and practice of each type of operation are fully covered along with preliminary background material. The preliminary material covers the methods of salvage diving, and discusses the pros and cons of each type of dress for a particular salvage dive.Deep Sea Dress - Diving Mask with Air Hose and Life Line and SCUBA. In addition, full coverage is given to equipment and gear, diving boats, and safety precautions for all divers. The background material referred to is a section on The Fundamental Hull Structure of a Vessel and Naval Architecture as related to buoyancy and stability, paying particular attention to the effects of changing and shifting weights aboard a vessel, and their effect on buoyancy and stability. "
For the salvage engineer, this is a most valuable book. Its content however should be of interest to anyone seriously interested in shipwrecks, considering the structure of ships and salvaage techniques. [ps]
|MUD, MUSCLES AND MIRACLES
Marine Salvage in the United States Navy.
Captain C.A.Bartholomew., William I Milwee, Bernan
Government Printing Office, 2010. [New edition]
Hardcover, blue cloth boards embossed in gold with title and emblem of US Navy; dustkacket; 504 pages, vewry well illustrated in mono photographys throughout, index, bibliography, appendicies.
Synopsis: By the start of the 20th century, the U.S. Navy had developed a fledgling salvage capability. Today, under the aegis of the Supervisor of Salvage, the Navy routinely handles assignments around the world, guarding U.S. naval and maritime interests and responding to requests for assistance from our allies. "Mud, Muscle, and Miracles "takes its reader on a journey through the evolution of salvage--from the construction of a cofferdam to reveal battleship "Maine"at the bottom of Havana harbor in 1911 to the use of side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles to recover aircraft debris and complete vessels from the depths. The story is one of masterful seamanship, incomparable engineering, and absolute ingenuity and courage. It is also the history of one of our nation's longest-lasting public-private partnerships--that of the commercial salvage industry and the U.S. Navy. The second edition updates U.S. Navy salvage history through the beginning of the 21st century and chronicles 18 additional, precedent-setting marine salvage and deep-ocean recovery operations. [ps]
|NO CURE - NO PAY
The Story of Salvage at Sea.
Hutchinson Benham, London. 1978. ISBN 0 09 129650 1.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 230 pages, index.
From the fly:
This is the story of salvage at sea, that controversial aspect of shipping history which centres round Smit International, the world's leading towing and salvage company. Salvage has always evoked strong emotions. In earlier, more piratical days- when abandoned vessels were boarded and the hearty cry 'I claim thee salvage' resulted in the seizure of ship and cargo- sea lore grew up with the erroneous idea that a wreck was fair game for all comers. In the seventeenth, eighteenth and nine- teenth centuries a series of bloody and financially crippling episodes made the 'scavenging trade' the bane of the mari- time nations. It was not until 1908 that salvage practise was regularized, and the interests of both shipowner and salvor were protected, with the drafting of the famous Lloyds Open Form-'No Cure- No Pay.' Although their history spans three centuries of nautical development, Smit's first began towing in the age of steam, when they developed a 140 hp wooden paddle tug to ply the inland waterways of the Dutch coast. Today, in response to the technological challenge, their giant tugs handle supertankers and North Sea oil equipment. For Smit's no two jobs are alike. Few are without risks. In No Cure-No Pay Mark' Williams intersperses the historical narrative with riveting accounts of actual operations of salvage and rescue at sea, .illustrating the procedural niceties of salvage contracts, or the technical compli- cations of getting close to a wreck where, for instance, the detached bow section is dangerously adrift. Equally compelling are descriptions of Smits role in clearing the Suez Canal, and of the problems involved in North Sea installation. A real-life tale as fascinating as any old; salts yarn, No Cure-No pay will appeal to all who respond to the call of the sea. [ps]
First published 1971.
Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd. London.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 191 pages, maps and 33 photographs.
Starts off with a fifteen page hsitry of diving, 12 pages of searching techniques, and then covers eleven major world salvage operations including the Laurentic, Egypt, Scapa Flow, Nuestra Senora, Niagara, Thresher, Scorpion. Of lottle historic value but an interesting summary of the major salvage operations.
|RICHES FROM WRECKS: RECOVERY OF
Brown, Son and Ferguson, Ltd, 1995.
Printed hard cover, no dustjacket - 134 printed pages. Dimensions: 30.5 cms tall by 21.5 cms wide
The book is written by a former naval hydrographic officer who joined the company of Risdon Beazley in 1970. Later in the company, he managed their cargo recovery activities before shifting his attention "out east". The book is divided into 20 chapters: "The Empire Manor's Gold", "The Longest Search", "To the Empire Manor Again, "Historical Resumé", "First Look at the Glenartney", "The Documents", "The Previous Searches", "Finding Glenartney", "The Tin Comes In", "H.M.S. Edinburgh", "Fo'c'sles in the Air", "Sirens of Eastern Seas", "The Far East", "The Rat Boat", "The Chinese Way", "Beazley's Best", "The Millions Come and Go", "Arrest", "What's Left", "The Deeps". In addition at the back of the book there is an index of sunken ships, and an index of ships. The book is extremely well illustrated with many maps, drawings, charts and photographs, many of which are in colour. [pt]
|RISDON BEAZLEY MARINE SALVOR
Roy Martin and Lyle Craigie-Halkett
Published by the authors in 2006.
Printed card covers; 150 printed pages, 51 b&w photographs. Dimensions: 28 cms tall by 20.5 cms wide.
Both of the authors worked for Risdon Beazley from the 1960’s and after the company closed, they went to work for Smit International, based in Singapore. During World War II, the company of Risdon Beazley salvaged over 3,500 ships and 3.5 million tons of cargo which was a vital contribution to the war effort. Another noted salvage was the remaining gold from the Niagra in the 1950’s when they went back to the wreck with Johnno Johnstone. This book tells the history of the company from two men who worked for it and knew it well included the ships salvaged for cargo or completely raised. It has 12 chapters: “The Early Years 1926 to 1940”, “Admiralty Salvor 1940 to 1946”, “Down Under – Cumberland and Niagra”, “Recovery 1964 to 1965, Droxford”, “The Empire manor’s Gold 1952 to 1973”, “The Salvage and the Transport of the SS Great Britain 1970”, “The Varve Wrecks 1971 to 1973”, “South China Sea Recoveries 1978 to 1980” and “The Final Decade 1969 to 1979”.
Well illustrated with 44 monochrome photographs taken by people who were there at the salvages. Inside the back cover is a list of some of the salvage statistics which included: 25,000 tons of copper; 90,000 tons of lead; 4,000 tons of steel; 2,500 tons of tin; 4,000 tons of brass; 2,000 tons of zinc; 2,000 tons of aluminium; 1,000 tons of nickel; 1,000 tons of non-ferrous scrap and 1 ton of gold. In addition, they salvaged 77 ships from various nationalities including 57 from the UK. [pt]
This from Mainmast Books, UK, website: The company's highpoint was, perhaps, the salvaging of Brunel's SS Great Britain in the Falkland Islands and bringing her back with great ceremony to Bristol for restoration. This story begins many years earlier, however, for Risdon Beazley founded his company in Southampton in 1926 when he was just twenty-two years of age. In 1940 his fleet was requisitioned by the Admiralty and he was given thirty vessels to manage. By the end of the war thirty new vessels had been added. The company operated all but three of the British salvage vessels at Normandy and for the war effort it salvaged over 3,500 ships and 3.5 million tons of cargo. Risdon Beazley was clearly someone to be trusted; a safe pair of hands and a man whose word was his bond. The Deputy Director of Admiralty Salvage said that Beazley's contribution to the war effort was "... beyond the reach of any of the other managers. He got no official recognition for it".
Subtitle: Rescued From The Deep
David L Williams
Published by: Ian Allen Ltd, Shepperton, UK in 1991.
Printed card covers; 160 printed pages. Dimensions: 22.5 cms tall by 15 cms wide
First hand accounts of various ship salvages from HMS Edinburgh to the American CIA’s attempts to raise the Golf Class Russian Submarine using Howard Hughes’s ocean recovery vessel Glomar Explorer. Also included is the search and recovery of a USAF nuclear bomb lost from a B52 Stratofortress off Spain in 1966. The book is divided into 11 very well illustrated chapters: “Treasures From The Deep”, “Phoenix from the Ashes”, “Ferry in Peril”, “Artifacts and Archives”, “From the Ocean’s Depths”, “Ship Surgery”, “Oil in Troubled Waters”, “Needle in a Haystack” and “Disasters Offshore”. Very many interesting monochrome photographs and drawing accompany each chapter. [pt]
|SALVAGE FROM THE SEA
Commander Gerald Forsberg.
First British edition, 1977. Published by Routlege and Kegan, London.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 179 pages, 12 pages of b/w photos.
A very extensive bibliography of salvage, recovery and associated literature on marine salvage and salvage history. After introducing the reader to the wide and varied field of marine salvage, the author covers many aspects of the salvage scene in greater detail.salvage personnel, vessels, craft
and equipment, grounded and sunken vessels, ocean towage, wreck dispersal and harbour clearence,submarine recovery, aircraft salvage, medium and deep-water recoveries, and underwater techinques of divers and submersibles. The book also is enlivened by many humerous anecdotes and fascinating accounts of salvage and out of the ordinary recoveries. [ps]
Stanford Maritime Limited, London. 1979.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 155 pages, mono prints.
From the fly:
Sea disasters have received a great deal of coverage in recent years and much public interest has been generated. Books and articles have been written on collisions and strand- ings, the circumstances leading up to them, the ecological after effects and the legal proceedings that follow. Against this background of high invest ment. Salvage Operations offers accounts of recent salvage jobs - including Torrey Canyon and the rig Orion - based upon Lloyds Open form 'No Cure, No Pay'. With both the professional and the 'informed layman' in mind, the author has made his selection carefully to highlight the many unique facets of the subject, at the same time striking a useful balance between descriptive text and technical data.
|SALVAGING ADVENTURES IN TURKEY
Publisher: Vantage Press, New York, 1979. ISBN 053304085X
The author traveled to Turkey on a 58ft ketch; when war started in 1914; Turkey was in an alliance with Germany. He had a multi-faceted job career; latterly in command of a salvage ship operation, most of this book.
Captain G.J.Wheeler, O.B.E.
George Philip & Son Limited., London. 1958.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 154 pages, glossary, no index, a few mono photographs.
From the fly blurb:
The salvaging of ships is a subject about which the layman knows very little and one with which few officers of the Royal Navy or the Merchant Marine are fully conversant; yet the salvaging of stricken vessels is of the greatest importance to a nation dependent on its overseas trade. Avoiding technical terms as far as possible, the author explains in a breezy manner how wrecks are raised, temporarily repaired and brought into harbour. To the natural hazards of wind and water, fire and fog, are added in wartime the gun, the bomb and the torpedo; yet wrecks are raised and again made seaworthy by salvage teams often at great risk to themselves and nearly always in wet and filthy conditions. Captain Wheeler has spent the best part of his life salvaging ships. He draws most of the examples he describes from his experiences during the two world wars. In the second he was the Chief Salvage Officer of the South Coast of England and later Fleet Salvage Officer in the Mediterranean Sea during the North African campaign. Rear-Admiral A. R.Dewar,R.N., formerly Director of Salvage at the Admiralty, has written a Foreword to the book. [pjs]
|SHIPWRECKS & SALVAGE
IN SOUTH AFRICA: 1505 TO THE PRESENT.
Struik Publishers, 1999
ISBN-13: 9780869773871. ISBN:0869773879
No further details - can you help?
|SO ENDS THIS DAY - An Autobiography.
Captain Sir John Williams.
Globe Press, Victoria. 1981.
From the fly: In this autobiography Sir John I Williams recounts the story of his long and eventful life. Born in Wales in 1896 he went to I ,ea on sailing ships when he was fourteen, and his years before the mast tell of a past era of romance, danger, harshness and hard work. After meeting his future wife on a voyage to Australia he migrated and worked in the port of Townsville. Moving to Melbourne as Wharf Manager he developed a stevedoring business which later diversified into freight, salvage and engineering. The energetic, young John Williams also maintained interests in gold-mining, cool stores, paint manufacture and farming. But from the gold ship Niagara through service with the war time Salvage Board to the present day, marine salvage has been the main interest of this multi-faceted man. Appointed as Chairman of the Australian Coastal Shipping . Commission in 1956 he presided over its first years of development until his retirement in 1971. This book is not simply the outline of an outstanding career. With amazing recall and endearing frankness it shares the the life of a remarkable man. Hardcover, dustjacket, 230 pages, index, mono prints. [ps]
|THE JENNIFER PROJECT
Clyde W. Burleson
Prentice-Hall Inc., New Jersey, USA. 1977.
Hardcover, dustjacket, mono photographs. 179 pages, index. Also paperback.
From booksellers blurb:
In 1974 a Soviet G-class submarine mysteriously exploded and sank to the bottom of the Pacific. With Cold War secrecy and speed, U.S. military intelligence raced to find a way to raise the sub, which had lodged in primordial muck three miles below the ocean's surface. Code named "Jennifer," the retrieval project brought together top military brass, the CIA, and Howard Hughes in one of the most remarkable episodes of high-tech intelligence gathering during the Cold War.Popularly and critically acclaimed when first published in 1977, Clyde W. Burleson' remarkable tale of high-tech espionage, money, power, and politics is now available for the first time in paperback. The author's new preface - which reveals how Burleson gathered and sorted much of the information that led to the writing of this book - and a swords-to-plowshares postscript guide the reader in revisiting a fascinating period of high intrigue and invention that has remained unknown to many Americans.
The Jeniffer Project tells, documentary-style, of the most difficult deep-sea salvage mission of all time, the CIA's effort to raise a Russian missile submarine that sank 750 miles northwest of Hawaii in 1968. Political infighting between the White House, the Pentagon, and a few select members of Congress changed a mission that was to be accompolished by small remote submarines to one which spent in excess of $200 million dollars to research, design, and built the Glomar Explorer, a one-of-a-kind salvage ship under the cover story that it was to be used by Howard Hughes to mine the world's oceans. Other books since the origional 1977 publication have shed more light on the story (Spy Sub and Blind Man's Bluff for example) of how involved the salvage mission really was. Most reports say the mission was a failure, and only part of the submarine was recovered. But one question has yet to be answered: If the submarine was to be brought up in one piece, as nearly every story written about it has stated, how then does one pull a 300+ foot-long sub up through an opening of 199 feet, which was the length of the "moon pool" in the bottom of the Glomar Explorer. A very good docu-story.
My comment: The idea was to raise the sub in one piece but there was no necessity to pull it through the moon-pool - good grief!! This would not have been required. The sub would have been tethered under the Glomar Explorer and brought in to shallow water where it would have been raised with the highest security. By chance, I was on the Glomar III in Bass Strait when this was happenening - the general scuttlebut was that the voyage of the Glomar Explorer was intriguing and somewhat mysterious. Claimed to be on an exploratory oceanographic scientific expedition, the word was that the ship had some very special heavy equipment on board that had nothing to do with oceanography - but of course we had no idea what the project was really about. [pjs no dj]
|.||THE MAN WHO BOUGHT A NAVY
The Story of the World's Greatest Salvage Achievement at Scapa Flow.
Published in 1964 by George G. Harrap & Co, London.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 237 pages, mono photographs. (Top image, left)
There are quite a few books on the scuttling of the German Flleeet at Scapa Flow during the final stages of World War 1, but few as intersting as this one which centres on the work of a most remarkable man, Ernest Frank Cox, who did indeed own a navy - even if it was at the bottom of the sea. Provides excelent descriptions of the raising of several vessels, some under the most difficult of situations. A most valuable book in all respects. [ps]
|THE OCEAN ON A PLANK
Captain W.A.Doust CBE.
Seeley, Service & Co.Ltd, London. 1976. ISBN 0 85422 0887.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 161 pages, mono prints.
From the fly:
Very few men of eighty can look back over their lives and honestly say that they have spent their time doing just what they wanted to do and have achieved all that they set out to do. Yet all who read Captain Doust's remarkable autobiography will agree that here is just such a man. In his youth he realized that it was futile to resist the call of the sea and nearly all the rest of his working life has been spent in, on or under it. In the field of marine salvage Doust's talents found their ideal outlet - his love of the sea, his engineering skill atid his amazing ability to imprpvise with whatever equipment was available under the most difficult circumstances soon made him a master of his profession. His account of his work for the Marine Salvage Department of the Admiralty during the war throws much new light on a sadly neglected but vital aspect of our struggle to maintain naval supremacy in the hour of our direst peril. His subseqijent career in the Far East is as persuasive an argument for the virtues of free enterprise and . individual initiative as one is likely to read. In this highly readable and entertaining book Captain Doust looks back with humour and gratitude upon a life in which high risks and hard work won their just rewards. [ps]
|THE OTHER TITANIC
David & Charles, 1980. ISBN-13: 9780715377550 ISBN: 0715377558
Hardback, dust jacket.
Also published in paperback by: Shetland Times Ltd, 2004.
In 1914, just after the outbreak of World War I, the greatest liner of its day, the White Star Liner Oceanic, struck a remote reef off Shetland and sank. This 'Queen of the Seas' was even more magnificently luxurious than the Titanic and unlike her, a remarkable salvage operation was achieved some sixty years later by two young and relatively inexperienced divers. In this book one of these divers tells the story of the disaster and the remarkable salvage work that he and his partner Alec Crawford undertook. After the war salvage attempts were abortive and written off as impossible until Simon Martin and Alec Crawford took a lucky trip to Foula in 1973. They were soon making plans to locate the "undivable wreck" and salve its extremely valuable non-ferrous metal. The story is a combination of treasure hunting and remarkable diving operations, the excitement of pin-pointing the wreck, diving and discovering the massive wreckage. In all they salvaged nearly 250 tons of valuable metal. The story was first told in 1980 and is reproduced now just as it was originally written, although an introduction and postscript have been added. For Simon Martin the dive was the greatest achievement of his life, but for Alec Crawford it was a stepping stone to greatness. Today he stands at the peak of his profession having successfully carried out a salvage operation which no-one else in the world could even have attempted - working with his own patented systems he located the wreck Persia in almost 2 miles depth of water and lifted millions of gold, silver, diamonds and jewels.
The Life of Captain Tom Reid of the Great Lakes.
Mary Francis Doner.
|UP SHE RISES
The Story of Naval Salvage.
Commander Frank W. Lipscomb, OBE RN., in collaboration with John Davies, ex-Lieutenant RNVR.
Forward by Admiral of the Fleet, Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
Hutchinson & Co Ltd, London. 1966.
From the fly: "Up She Rises tells the story of the Admiralty Salvage Service from its beginnings to its work in the two world wars and gives examples of salvage of all kinds, including a remarkable pre- 'D' Day story (the rising of the Mulberry Harbour Phoenix units told here for the first time), the Suez Campaign, a Floating Dock in Singapore and two truly remarkable operations of special importance to this country. The first is the salvage of the crashed Comet airliner ‘Yoke Peter' off Elba, which led to the discovery of the fault in construction, and put British aircraft once again in the forefront of the jet age of commercial flying; and secondly, the salvage of parts of the crashed Victor bomber, again leading to the establishment of a vital fault in construction, from which it was possible to keep our V-Bomber force in the air. "
I clear;y remember the Comet airliner crashes in 1950s, as one of my father's dearest friends was a Comet pilot. I can recall seeing on television in 1954 (in England), the pressure tessting of a fuselarge in a huge water tank which led to conformation that the fuselarge was cracking at the corner of the rounded-oblong windows. The book starts off with a bit of history that extended into the modern day - the the loss of the Mary Rose in 1545. The excellent drawings in the book give a good impression of how various salvage operations are achieved. And if you like jig-saw puzzles, as I do, have a look at the photograph of no less than 500,000 pieces of a Comet jet that were recovered from the seabed - and reassembled on land. A great book, a true classic of marine salvage. [ps]
|WEALTH FROM THE SEA
Allan C Crothall
Published by: Starr Line, Orpington, Kent, UK in 1993.
Blue hard back covers with dustjacket; 136 printed pages. Dimensions: 28 cms tall by 22 cms wide
The book describes the salvage work done around the world by the company called Risdon Beazley Ltd. It covers the history of the company and its work from 1930 to 1980. It is divided into 7 chapters: “Beginnings”, “Risdon Beazley Ltd”, “SORIMA and Risdon Beazley Ltd”, “Risdon Beazley Ltd – Second Phase”, “Risdon Beazley Ltd – Third Phase”, “Risdon Beazley Ulrich Harms Ltd” and “Risdon Beazley Marine Ltd”. Extremely well illustrated throughout with very many photographs (both monochrome and colour) and line drawings. [pt]
|WITHOUT PREJUDICE (A History of
the) United States Salvage Association Inc. 1921-1971.
C. Bradford Mitchell.
Published by the United States Salvage Association Inc; 1971.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 201 pages, index, mono photographs. (Cloth board gold-stamped with embl;em of the associaation).
This is a formal history of the association, as much about the executive and people as about raising ships.
From the fly blurb: Born an offshoot of marine underwriters' "audacious planning for a self-sufficient American hull insurance market," the United States Salvage Association has become since 1921 an internationally recognized and, in many ways, unique center for marine surveying, ship damage investigations, tech- nical research, and maritime safety studies. Initially fostered by Congress and the U.S. Shipping Board to perform surveys on the huge Emergency Fleet of 1917-1921, it sur- vived the withdrawal of government support in 1931, growing in ensuing years to such stature that the Government turned to it for specialized assistance in-among others- the logistics of the Normandy invasion, assessment of nuclear ship-propulsion haz- ards, and delivery of the rocket boosters used to send astronauts to the moon. Responsive to underwriter, shipowner, and public needs, the Association and its men have rendered emergency service on many famous ships and in many of history's great sea disasters. Of late they have become centrally involved in establishing criteria and arrangements for the Arctic tug-and-barge supply line to Alaska's North Slope and the exacting waterborne move- ment of ponderous nuclear reactors. Early in this century, American hull surveying, like the merchant marine itself, was at extreme low ebb. Today, with 19 offices in the United States, three in key foreign shipping centers, and almost 90 representatives in seaports around the world, the Association is an acknowledged world leader not only in the ancient disciplines of survey and salvage but in a broad new spectrum of marine and paramarine technology. How these things came about is the theme of this fiftieth-anniversary volume. [ps]
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