By Tony Booth
On 1 June 1939 His Majesty's Submarine Thetis sank in Liverpool Bay whereas on her diving trials. Her loss remains to be the worst peacetime submarine catastrophe the Royal army has but confronted whilst ninety-nine males drowned or slowly suffocated in the course of their final fifty hours of lifestyles.
The catastrophe grew to become a global media occasion, ordinarily as the trapped souls aboard have been so almost about being kept when they controlled to elevate her stern approximately 18 feet above sea point. nonetheless the Royal Navy-led rescue operation didn't locate the submarine for lots of hours, simply to rescue 4 of all these trapped. little or no is understood approximately what truly occurred, because the purely accomplished ebook written at the topic used to be released in 1958.
Many years have now handed because the Thetis and her males died, for which nobody was once held to be finally in charge. notwithstanding, loads of unpublished details has come to mild in information during the uk and past. After 4 years of painstaking study Thetis; The sluggish dying of a Submarine explores in minute aspect a extra rounded photo of what quite occurred prior to, in the course of and after her tragic loss. In doing so Tony Booth's ebook additionally takes a clean examine culpability and explores the various alleged conspiracy theories that surrounded her demise.
The result's the 1st definitive account what occurred to HMS Thetis – and her males – a becoming tribute, because the 70th anniversary of her loss could be on 1 June 2009.
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