Just picked up my SIGNED COPY of Richie Kohler and Charlie Hudson’s fantastic new book MYSTERY OF THE LAST OLYMPIAN! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to read this one, Kohler’s knowledge and experience in this realm are second to none.
The HMHS Britannic was the third and final vessel of the White Star Line’s tragic Olympic class, following the famed RMS Titanic and RMS Olympic. She was pressed into service as a World War 1 hospital ship, only to hit a submarine mine and sink in the Aegean Sea.
Author Richie Kohler’s new book first follows in the footsteps of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau as he rediscovered the legendary liner in 1975, and through the subsequent underwater expeditions and their contributions to solving the mystery of her loss. Kohler visited the site himself in 2009 and 2015, gathering the last of the evidence to answer a century-old question: given all that marine engineers had learned, why did the Britannic suffer the same fate as her sister Titanic?
I’m expecting a great read. Environmentalist and explorer Jean Michel Cousteau called Kohler’s journey “the same drive for adventure that captivated my father (Jacques Cousteau)”, while legendary author and master of adventure Clive Cussler says “A magnificent, fascinating, entertaining, and must-read true story… Richie Kohler tells her tale in vivid detail, a wonderful, readable tapestry of the last voyage of the Britannic.”
Look for a review in this space soon – and maybe even an interview with the author if I can dig out time from his busy schedule!