Silent Killers

Silent Killers

Submarines and Underwater Warfare

General Military
  • Author: James P. Delgado, Clive Cussler
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Jun 2011
  • Number of Pages: 264
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James P. Delgado, President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, presents a detailed and visually stunning examination of the history and development of the modern nuclear submarine. Calling on his training as a nautical archaeologist who was among the first explorers to dive the Titanic, Delgado recreates the story of the submarine from the bottom up - that is through eerie photographs of subs at the bottom of the sea. In addition, he explores submarine technology, from wooden to iron to steel hulls, from hand-cranked to nuclear-powered propulsion, from candlelight to electricity, from gunpowder 'torpedoes' to nuclear missiles. An esteemed underwater archaeologist and marine historian, Jim Delgado has compiled an extraordinary history of the dragons of the deep. Silent Killers is a triumph that is educational as well as highly entertaining. Clive Cussler

Biographical Note

James P. Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His undersea explorations around the world include RMS Titanic, the recent discovery of Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic's survivors, the notorious 'ghost ship' Mary Celeste, USS Arizona, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, and the 1846 wreck of the US naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville's Billy Budd. Dr Delgado is the Executive Director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the world's leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of the human past through shipwrecks and seafaring. He previously served as executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia for the 15 years. Dr Delgado also hosts the National Geographic International Television series The Sea Hunters along with best-selling author Clive Cussler. Dr Delgado is a member of the International Commission on Monuments and Site (ICOMOS) committee on underwater cultural heritage, where his responsibilities include monitoring developments regarding the wreck of RMS Titanic.


Introduction: Into the Deep
1 Beginnings
2 Sub Marine Explorers and Would-be Warriors 1833-59
3 Uncivil Warriors
4 Missing Links
5 Later 19th Century Submarines
6 Transition to a New Century
7 Early 20th Century Subs
8 World War I
9 Subs Between the Wars
10 World War II: The Success of the Submarine
11 Postwar Innovation and the Rise of Atomic Power
12 Memorializing the Submarine

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