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Mud, Muscle, and Miracles 

Marine Salvage in the United States Navy 

by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.), 2d ed., 2009. ISBN 978-0-945274-60-5 (hardcover).

Cover of Mud, Muscle, and Miracles

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Mud, Muscle, and Miracles takes its reader on a gripping journey through the evolution of salvage — from the construction of a cofferdam to reveal the battleship Maine at the bottom of Havana harbor to the use of side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles to recover aircraft debris and complete vessels from the depths. The story is one of masterful seamanship, incomparable engineering, and absolute ingenuity and courage. It is also the history of one of our nation's longest lasting public-private partnerships — that of the commercial salvage industry and the U.S. Navy. This new edition chronicles another 8 precedent-setting marine salvage and deep-ocean recovery operations.

Published: Wed Jan 10 08:33:17 EST 2018