On the Bottom

  • by Edward Ellsberg
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On September 25, 1925, the S-51 tragically sank to the ocean floor, and Edward Ellsberg was the man whose courage and determination brought it back
The sinking of the submarine S-51 was one of the greatest tragedies in American naval history. Due to a miscommunication and subsequent collision between the sub and a passing steamship on a September night, the S-51, including 33 of its crew of 36, sank to the ocean depths. The tragedy of the S-51 captivated the nation, and was a fixture in the pages of American newspapers. The story took on a whole new dimension when the navy decided to take over the salvage of the 1,000-ton behemoth from a civilian company.
Heading the crew tasked with this impossible feat was Edward Ellsberg, at the time a lieutenant commander. On the Bottom is Ellsberg's account of the successes and failures he and his men experienced as they attempted an astonishing feat of engineering and bravery: the first salvage of a submarine from the open ocean.


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An brilliantly written and narrated tale of men improvising and overcoming seemingly impossible conditions and odds.
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- Howard Houchen

an on the edge of your seat struggle at sea

I really enjoyed this story, being ex Navy and an ex Diver, I found the story riveting and exciting. A very tense story about a sub that is accidentally sunk and the men of iron will that struggled against all odds to raise her. I wish Audible had a greater selection of nautical stories like this.
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- S. W. Strickland

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios