Titanic's Last Secrets by Brad Matsen
The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler

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After rewriting history with their discovery of a Nazi U-boat off the coast of New Jersey, legendary divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler decided to investigate the great enduring mystery of history's most notorious shipwreck: Why did Titanic sink as quickly as it did?

To answer the question, Chatterton and Kohler assemble a team of experts to explore Titanic, study its engineering, and dive to the wreck of its sister ship, Brittanic, where Titanic's last secrets may be revealed.

Titanic's Last Secrets is a rollercoaster ride through the shipbuilding history, the transatlantic luxury liner business, and shipwreck forensics. Chatterton and Kohler weave their way through a labyrinth of clues to discover that Titanic was not the strong, heroic ship the world thought she was and that the men who built her covered up her flaws when disaster struck. If Titanic had remained afloat for just two hours longer than she did, more than two thousand people would have lived instead of died, and the myth of the great ship would be one of rescue instead of tragedy.

Titanic's Last Secrets is the never-before-told story of the Ship of Dreams, a contemporary adventure that solves a historical mystery.
 

About Brad Matsen

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BRAD MATSEN is the author of Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King, Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, and many other books about the sea and its inhabitants. He was a creative producer for the television series The Shape of Life, and his articles on marine science and the environment have appeared in Mother Jones, Audubon, and Natural History, among other publications. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
 
Published October 1, 2008 by Twelve. 336 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The divers ultimately concluded that Titanic’s designer, builder and owner “had sent a ship to sea not knowing if it was strong enough to survive.” Wholly engrossing narrative of a crowning example of catastrophic hubris.

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In this expertly written account, Matsen (Descent ) does what would seem impossible: he tells us something new about the Titanic disaster.

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Neither man was a drinker — a bit of champagne now and then — but that night, Pirrie produced a crystal decanter of cognac, which caught and scattered the gas light across his beaming, white-bearded face as he poured two glasses.

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Book Reporter

We learn fascinating details about the cargo carried on the voyage, the process of construction at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and the layout of the great ship itself (it had four funnels, but one of them was a dummy, installed solely to match the four-funneled liners of the rival C...

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BookPage

White Star Lines built the Titanic to make money, but it's doubtful they ever imagined that the ship would continue to generate profits almost a century after it sank.

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Tampa Bay Times

It was a dive to Britannic, which was torpedoed off Greece during World War I, that clinched it for the investigators: They found that, although Britannic and Titanic were supposedly built from the same plans, in fact Britannic had radically different expansion joints — proof that the builders kn...

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While their quest to the bottom of the ocean - and what they find there - is the reason for this book, the real heart of the story is Matsen's detailed and fascinating look at the men who dreamed, schemed, designed and built the Titanic.

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Suffice it say that this is a book that is a must read (listen to) for anyone with an interest in the Titanic, Disasters at Sea, Maritime history, or who are simply looking for a thrilling, true-life adventure story about the search for the ultimate truth about the Titanic and her last remaining ...

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