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Sinkable, obsession, the deep sea, and the shipwreck of the Titanic, Daniel Stone

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Sinkable, obsession, the deep sea, and the shipwreck of the Titanic, Daniel Stone
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-308) and index
Illustrations
illustrationsmaps
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Sinkable
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
1334009026
Responsibility statement
Daniel Stone
Sub title
obsession, the deep sea, and the shipwreck of the Titanic
Summary
"On a frigid April night in 1912, the world's largest--and soon most famous--ocean liner struck an iceberg and slipped beneath the waves. She had scarcely disappeared before her new journey began, a seemingly limitless odyssey through the world's fixation with her every tragic detail. Plans to find and raise the Titanic began almost immediately. Yet seven decades passed before it was found. Why? And of some three million shipwrecks that litter the ocean floor, why is the world still so fascinated with this one? In Sinkable, Daniel Stone spins a fascinating tale of history, science, and obsession, uncovering the untold story of the Titanic not as a ship but as a shipwreck. He explores generations of eccentrics, like American Charles Smith, whose 1914 recovery plan using a synchronized armada of ships bearing electromagnets was complex, convincing, and utterly impossible; Jack Grimm, a Texas oil magnate who fruitlessly dropped a fortune to find the wreck after failing to find Noah's Ark; and the British Doug Woolley, a former pantyhose factory worker who has claimed, since the 1960s, to be the true owner of the Titanic wreckage. Along the way, Sinkable takes readers through the two miles of ocean water in which the Titanic sank, showing how the ship broke apart and why, and delves into the odd history of our understanding of such depths. Author Daniel Stone studies the landscape of the seabed, which in the Titanic's day was thought to be as smooth and featureless as a bathtub. He interviews scientists to understand the decades of rust and decomposition that are slowly but surely consuming the ship. (She's expected to disappear entirely within a few decades!) He even journeys over the Atlantic, during a global pandemic, to track down the elusive Doug Woolley. And Stone turns inward, looking at his own dark obsession with both the Titanic and shipwrecks in general, and why he spends hours watching ships sink on YouTube. Brimming with humor, curiosity and wit, Sinkable follows in the tradition of Susan Orlean and Bill Bryson, offering up a page-turning work of personal journalism and an immensely entertaining romp through the deep sea and the nature of obsession"--, Provided by publisherApril, 1912. The Titanic has scarcely disappeared before plans to find and raise her began. Yet seven decades passed before it was found. Why? And of some three million shipwrecks that litter the ocean floor, why is the world still so fascinated with this one? Stone spins a fascinating tale of history, science, and obsession, uncovering the untold story of the Titanic not as a ship but as a shipwreck. He takes readers through the two miles of ocean water in which the Titanic sank, showing how the ship broke apart and why, and delves into the odd history of our understanding of such depths. He interviews scientists to understand the decades of rust and decomposition that are slowly but surely consuming the ship. And Stone turns inward, looking at his own dark obsession with both the Titanic and shipwrecks in general. - adapted from publisher info
Table Of Contents
Shipfall -- The death and birth of great ships -- The movement from order to chaos -- Merely a matter of magnets -- Lungs the size of acorns -- I regard the Titanic as mine -- Bathtub experiments -- Take all the bodies and treat them with respect -- People think sinking ships is easy -- A heifer corralled in a box canyon -- All these moths drawn to the same flame -- Man is never lost at sea -- A reddish stain in the mud
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adult
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