The Shipwreck Hunter – US Release (5 June)
David Mearns has found some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks, from the deep-water searches that led to him solving the 60-year mystery of HMAS Sydney, and the final resting place of the mighty battlecruiser HMS Hood and the British bulk carrier MV Derbyshire, to the shallow reefs of a remote island that revealed the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s 16th century fleet.
The Shipwreck Hunter is the compelling story of some of David’s most intriguing discoveries. It details the extraordinary techniques used, the painstaking research and the mid-ocean stamina and courage needed to find a wreck kilometres beneath the sea, as well as the moving human stories that lie behind each of these oceanic tragedies.
Part detective story, part history and part deep ocean adventure, The Shipwreck Hunter is a unique insight into a hidden, underwater world.
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Reviews & Endorsements:
“Famed shipwreck hunter Mearns provides an engrossing collection of his most exciting undersea finds. Highly entertaining. Required reading for any maritime enthusiast.” Kirkus Reviews
“Mearns’s unique perspective on the art and science of locating shipwrecks makes for fascinating reading.” Publishers Weekly
“For Mearns, setting world records and recovering centuries-old treasures is just another day at the office—or ocean, rather.” National Geographic
“The underwater worlds of past and present collide in the depths of the ocean in this gripping and suspenseful narrative by David Mearns, a true expert on mysteries of the deep sea.” Clive Cussler
“In 1916 Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance sank into the icy depths of the Weddell Sea. David Mearns has long wanted to pay tribute to Shackleton by finding his ship. Given David’s amazing track record and outstanding abilities, I am quite sure that one day I will be able to see images of my grandfather’s Endurance, no longer lost.” Alexandra Shackleton
“Quite simply, this is an excellent book, which will appeal to a general readership not necessarily interested in the sea.” Royal United Service Institute
“But the most satisfying aspect of the book, and what gives it its compelling drive, is the author’s commitment to each project, embodied in the relationships he develops with the people who have nurtured each ship’s memory.” The Times Literary Supplement