Blow All Ballast! : The Story of the Squalus by Nat A. Barrows

Blow All Ballast! : The Story of the Squalus by Nat A. Barrows

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New York : Dodd, Mead & Company, 1942. Ninth printing. Hardcover. 298 pages ; Photographic illustrations ; 21 cm. $3.00 dust jacket. Dampstain to the lower portion of the cover cloths. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.


BLOW ALL BALLAST! The Story of the Squalus By NAT A. BARROWS
With a Foreword by REAR ADMIRAL C. W. COLE
Illustrated from Photographs

This dramatic story of the Squalus rescue and salvage fully reveals for the first time what actually happened from the moment when the hapless submarine started on her training dive that May morning until the last survivor reached the surface in the large rescue bell and the huge steel "dogfish" herself returned in a sling of pontoons to the Portsmouth Navy Yard.

Vividly and accurately the book pictures the Navy divers and their history-making struggles on the blue mud bottom of the New Hampshire coast. It is a living drama, told by an eye-witness, in which the men of the Navy emerge as heroic personalities and their operations become a symbol of fortitude and courage. Each day of this exciting struggle of men against the sea had its tale of danger, its saga of bitterly-won achievement.

The author is a well-known newspaperman who covered the entire episode from beginning to end. His account is based not only on his own observations and experiences but on the personal reports of the officers and men involved and on the officials records of the Navy. The book is a stirring tale of adventure, set down with suspense and feeling.

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