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The Sunken Gold

By Joseph A. Williams

9780750988933

ISBN: 9780750988933

Published: 29-10-2018


The Sunken Gold

By Joseph A. Williams

ISBN: 9780750988933

Published: 29-10-2018

About This Book

On 25 January 1917, HMS Laurentic struck two German mines off the coast of Ireland and sank. The ship was carrying 44 tons of gold bullion to the still-neutral United States in order to finance the war effort for Britain and its allies. Britain desperately needed that sunken treasure, but any salvage had to be secret since the British government dared not alert the Germans to the presence of the gold. Lieutenant Commander Guybon Damant was the most qualified officer to head the risky mission. Wild gales turned the operation into a multiyear struggle of man versus nature. As the war raged on, Damant was called off the salvage to lead a team of covert divers to investigate and search through the contents of recently sunk U-boats for ciphers, minefield schematics, and other secrets. The information they obtained proved critical towards Allied efforts to defeat the U-boats and win the war. But Damant had become obsessed with completing his long-deferred mission. The Sunken Gold is a story of human persistence, bravery, and patriotism.

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