Three Miles Down.

By James Hamilton-Paterson

Printed: 1998

Publisher: Jonathan Cape. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 15 × 23 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 23 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Black cloth binding with silver title on the spine.

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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.

Review: Although a bit dated now it is a great story and very interesting and I recommend it to anyone who likes adventure and learning about the real difficulties involved in hunting for sunken treasure Three Miles Down ! Buy it , for cracking yarn .


James Hamilton-Paterson FRSL (born 6 November 1941) is a poet and novelist. He is one of the most reclusive of British literary exiles, dividing his time between Austria, Italy and the Philippines.

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