John Kean’s exceptionally well researched book unites the history of SS Thistlegorm’s World War Two exploits with the present day, bringing together a rich tapestry of personal and often dramatic accounts from a variety of close to the action witnesses.
These include surviving crew, who were traced and interviewed by the award-winning BBC television producer, Caroline Hawkins, in 1993.
Slowly but surely the survivors of SS Thistlegorm, bombed in 1941, came forward with their incredible accounts of action, adventure, disaster and survival against the most appalling odds of the War.
Evading sharks, exploding shells, enemy gunfire and the open sea they made their escape and were rescued by the British Royal Navy.
Half a century later SS Thistlegorm was to enjoy a second life as a world class scuba diving attraction, but not before the legendary undersea explorer, Jacques Cousteau, paid it a mysterious visit in 1955. Over the next 40 years only a very small handful of maverick adventurers claimed to have ever seen the hidden shipwreck, until a chance discovery in the early 1990s opened the floodgates of dive tourism.
A scarce book in excellent condition.