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Dark Descent: Diving and the Deadly Allure of the Empress of Ireland

ISBN: 9780071416344

Product: Book, Hardcover

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On May 29th, 1914, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Empress of Ireland sank in just 14 minutes taking with her all but 465 of her 1,477 passengers and crew, many of them women and children. The sinking of the Empress and the consequent huge loss of life made headlines around the world. The Titanic disaster, just two years prior, was still fresh in people's minds. Aboard the Empress, 1,012 lost their lives, including 840 passengers, eight more than had perished on the Titanic. In some respects the tragedy of the Empress was more poignant than that of the White Star liner. The tragic sinking, however, was soon forgotten with the outbreak of World War I and the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-Boat a year later. The horrors of trench warfare and the cataclysmic loss of life made the public quickly forget the story of one of the 20th century's biggest sea disasters. Today the Empress decays quietly under 140 feet of water - a tomb to more than 600 victims. But her story is anything but quiet. Dark Descent will not only explore the fatal accident and its place in history, it will also be an inside look into the failed salvage attempts, from the first hard-hat diver sent down to recover bodies to the most recent adrenaline junkies. McMurray will also delve into the stormy debates and politics surrounding eminent domain and artifact recovery from the ship. Finally, he'll explain how the greatest wreck you never heard of has become the destination du jour for thrill-seekers. is still claiming the lives of envelope-pushing divers wanting to bag a pinnacle descent. The spectacle of seeing this massive hull first-hand is a lure that is hard to resist, but there has been a price to pay. This book will tell those stories.
ISBN/UPC:

9780071416344

Product:

Book, Hardcover

Title:

Dark Descent: Diving and the Deadly Allure of the Empress of Ireland

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Pages:

270

Languages:

English

Specification:

9.4 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches, 2 pounds

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