Stalin's Silver: The Sinking of the USS John Barry

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St. Martin's Press, 1995 - History - 216 pages
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"In the Arabian Sea: three torpedoes fired by German submariners aboard U-859 ram an American merchant ship, the USS John Barry. The 7200-ton surface vessel carries Saudi silver riyals worth $80 million, and another $300 million in silver bullion. When the torpedoes strike, they tear the John Barry into two pieces, delivering the ship and her treasure to a watery grave 8500 feet below sea level." "For forty-five years the wreck lay inaccessible on the ocean floor. But in 1989, Sheikh Ahmed Farid al Aulaqi acquired salvage rights and enlisted the help of the French International Maritime Institute and Jean Roux. Roux and his team would develop the technology and the technique to permit an operation of deep-sea recovery never before deemed possible." "In Stalin's Silver, John Beasant recreates the USS John Barry's fateful voyage and death-defying salvage. With help from the mission's survivors, Beasant resolves, a fifty-year old mystery: Where was the merchant ship taking its precious cargo?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The SS John Barry was carrying a cargo of silver riyals for Saudi Arabia and silver bars for Russia when she was torpedoed off Oman in the Indian Ocean on August 28, 1944. Beasant has written a ... Read full review

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John Beasant was born in England and has traveled the world as a press secretary, living several years in the South Sea Islands.

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