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Submerged : adventures of America's most elite underwater archeology team
Lenihan, Daniel.
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New York : Newmarket Press, 2002.
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287 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
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E159.5 .L46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Adventure nonfiction at its best by the co-author, with Gene Hackman, of Wake of the Perdido Star.

Submerged is Daniel Lenihan's remarkable story of 25 years as founder and head of the Submerged Cultural Resource Unit (SCRU)--ranging from ancient ruins covered by reservoirs in the desert Southwest to a World War II submarine off the Alaskan coast; from the Isle Royale shipwrecks in the frigid Lake Superior to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor; from the HL Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship, in Charleston Harbor to the ships sunk by atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll, and much more.

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Daniel Lenihan is one of the world's leading underwater archaeologists. He has spent 24 years as founder & head of the elite, award-winning Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (SCRU) team of the U.S. National Park Service.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Recounting his 25 years as founder and director of the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit the underwater archeological team of the National Park Service Lenihan (Wake of the Perdido Star, with Gene Hackman) offers an entertaining mix of maritime history, memoir and adventure tale. Started in 1975 to keep fortune hunters from looting national water parks for sunken treasure and damaging vital historical material, Lenihan's unit has explored the wondrous (and deadly) sinkholes in Florida and Mexico; studied shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Micronesia and places in between; and investigated the remains of the USS Arizona and the ships sunk by nuclear bombs near Bikini atoll. While the author is an authority on sea archeology and naval history, he and his divers are also underwater cowboys and cowgirls, thrilling in the dangers of their extreme sport. A sharp, engaging writer, Lenihan describes the terrifying aspects of his work the bone-chilling cold, impenetrable clouds of silt and the notorious bends with a good dose of black humor. (A surreal trip through an old impoundment house submerged in the reservoir of Amistad Dam in Texas is especially haunting.) Fast paced, full of amiable characters, the book will appeal to divers, maritime enthusiasts and anyone fond of nautical hijinks and swaggering seafarers. Photos and maps not seen by PW. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Part I Caves, Dams, Shipwrecks, and Dreams
Chapter 1 For Whom the Horn Wailsp. 3
Chapter 2 SCRUp. 10
Chapter 3 The Florida Cavesp. 17
Chapter 4 Time for a Changep. 35
Chapter 5 Dry Tortugasp. 44
Chapter 6 Damming the Pastp. 54
Chapter 7 Return to Xanadup. 69
Part II The SCRU Team
Chapter 8 Biscayne: Baptism of Firep. 91
Chapter 9 Bully Hayes and Other Sharksp. 105
Chapter 10 In Our Gloryp. 116
Chapter 11 Isle Royale: Mission Impossiblep. 127
Chapter 12 Pearl Harbor: USS Arizonap. 145
Chapter 13 Contemplation Vs. Actionp. 158
Chapter 14 Isle Royale: The Final Challengep. 166
Chapter 15 Isabellap. 176
Part III Reaching Out
Chapter 16 Project Seamarkp. 185
Chapter 17 Bikini: Operation Crossroadsp. 199
Chapter 18 The Aleutian Affairp. 219
Chapter 19 The Micronesian Sweepp. 230
Chapter 20 Sunken Legacy of the Confederacyp. 247
Chapter 21 Return to the Tortugasp. 264
Chapter 22 Pearl 2001: The Adventure Continuesp. 269