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Mystery of the Last Olympian: Titanic's Tragic Sister Britannic Paperback – February 11, 2016
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In Richie Kohler's new book, the same drive for adventure that captivated my father comes alive as Kohler rediscovers the mysteries surrounding the ship's fateful demise. Their journey spans across past and present, honoring the legacy of an unsinkable ship and the determination of those who risked, or even lost, their lives in the search to uncover its secrets. --Jean-Michel Cousteau, explorer, environmentalist, educator, and producer
A magnificent, fascinating, entertaining, and must-read true story of the sinking of the ship that has been ignored by history, the larger sister of the legendary Titanic given the name Britannic, a ship that was even faster and more luxurious. Almost as if given a curse, her hulk also rests beneath the sea. Richie Kohler tells her tale in vivid detail, a wonderful, readable tapestry of the last voyage of the Britannic. --Clive Cussler, best-selling author, shipwreck expert, and grand master of adventure
Every aspect of shipwreck history, discovery, exploration, and forensics is expertly blended with compelling people stories that make this an essential read for anyone with a love of the sea and lost ships. --James P. Delgado, host of National Geographic International Television s The Sea Hunters and author of Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea
About the Author
Richie Kohler is one of only four men in the world who has been to the RMS Titanic and physically diving inside her equally tragic sister ship, HMHS Britannic. His passion for technical scuba diving and maritime history began in 1980, and he is internationally known for exploring some of the most challenging and dangerous shipwrecks in the world. His explorations have helped to locate and name numerous lost vessels, including the minelaying submarine U-215 on the Georges Banks off Nova Scotia and the WWII destroyer USS Murphy that was crushed and forgotten in the New York approaches. Charlie Hudson a retired army officer and veteran of Desert Storm, is an avid recreational scuba diver who has authored several scuba-themed novels and women s fiction as well as nonfiction books. She contributes to two online scuba forums and spent two years writing for a local community newspaper. Her twenty-two year Army career included assignments involving extensive technical writing, and she was published in different military journals. She later had a corporate career as a defense services contractor and technical writer before she retired.
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The reading was not so captivating. It did not make me go through the pages with voracity as some other diving books did, like Shadow Divers.
A very little mention to John Chatterton, though he was part of the dives. I expected to be part of the book, but only seldom mentions.
I just finished reading this book and am so proud of Richie's (and Charlie's) efforts. "Mystery of the Last Olympian" is a deep dive into the historical context and significance of the Olympic-class ocean liners (Olympic, Titanic, Britannic), the shockingly-unusual circumstances of Ms. Violet Jessop, and the tragic death of explorer and expedition leader Carl Spencer. It is also an homage to the victims of war and, most specifically, to Carl. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Carl Spencer, but I certainly recall speaking to Richie a day or so after the incident. This is where "Mystery of the Last Olympian" shines brightest -- that authors have clearly sought to present the reader with a contextual richness that invites you to be a part of the expedition team and to participate in the quest to unravel Britannic's mysteries.
Divers, historians, explorers, wreck aficionados -- really anyone with a passion for going into the dangerous, hidden corners of our planet -- will appreciate the tremendous effort the authors have put into this work and enjoy the fruits of their labor. There's even a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document in the Appendix - a real gem for expedition-minded folks who want to study risk assessments and protocols from some of the industry's best.
Richie and Charlie - thanks for taking the time to write this book. Violet and Carl would be very proud.