Poseidon: Chinaís Secret Salvage of Britainís Lost Submarine (Google eBook)

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Hong Kong University Press, Oct 1, 2013 - History - 240 pages
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Royal Navy submarine HMS Poseidon sank in collision with a freighter during routine exercises in 1931 off the Chinese coast. Thirty of its fifty-six-man crew scrambled out of the hatches as it went down. Of the twenty-six who remained inside, eight attempted to surface using an early form of diving equipment: five of them made it safely to the surface in the first escape of this kind in submarine history and became heroes. The incident was then forgotten, eclipsed by the greater drama that followed in World War II, until news emerged that, for obscure reasons, the Chinese government had salvaged the wrecked submarine in 1972. This lively account of the Poseidon incident tells the story of the accident and its aftermath, and of the authorís own quest to discover the shipwreck and its hidden history.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Hallowed Be Thy Name
3
2 The Men and the Boat
7
3 This Most Absolutely Forgotten of Imperial Outposts
27
4 Bad Judgment in Good Visibility
37
5 Escape
45
6 Hews and Ho
57
7 A Damned Lie
63
12 More Than Just the World Cup
121
Plates
124
13 London Again
125
14 The Rosetta Stone
137
15 The Salvage
143
16 Finding the Graves
155
17 On Eternal Patrol
169
Appendix
189

8 The Court of Enquiry and CourtMartial
69
9 Aftermath and Legacy
83
10 A Search Begins
105
11 London and Portsmouth
111
Notes
193
References
209
Index
215
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About the author (2013)

Steven R. Schwankert is an editor and award-winning reporter with seventeen years of experience in Greater China. He is the Asia chapter chair of The Explorers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and founder of SinoScuba, Beijingís first professional scuba-diving operator. In 2007, he led the first ever scientific expedition to dive Mongoliaís Lake Khovsgol. He regularly guides divers to the Underwater Great Wall and a Ming-dynasty city that lies beneath a lake in Chinaís Zhejiang Province.

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