Three Miles Down

Three Miles Down

by JamesHamilton-Paterson (Author)


Somewhere on the seabed of the Atlantic ocean lie two casualties of the Second World War: a Japanese submarine, the I-52 and the liner SS Aurelia. Separated by almost a thousand miles of ocean and sunk more than fifteen months apart, these two vessels have one thing in common - they were both carrying several tons of gold. In October 1994, James Hamilton-Patterson was invited to join Project Orca, a team of people who set out to try and find the wrecks and the gold. This book is so much more than a tale of a hunt for 'filthy lucre'. James Hamilton-Patterson gives one of the rare eye-witness accounts by a non-scientist of what it is like to free-fall to the seabed for three hours in a tiny sphere two metres in diameter, and spend the next fourteen hours drifting about in a lightless world of dunes and outcrops. It is thus a priviledged view of a primordial world full of unexpected beauty and resonance: an eerie but awe-inspiring world of shadows.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 04 Feb 1999

ISBN 10: 0099586916
ISBN 13: 9780099586913

Author Bio
James Hamilton-Paterson's most recent novel, Ghosts of Manila (published in paperback by Vinatge) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Ficitoon Prize. His work has been published in many languages.