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By Loren C. Steffy

ISBN-10: 1603446648

ISBN-13: 9781603446648

J. Richard “Dick” Steffy stood contained in the limestone corridor of the Crusader fort in Cyprus and checked out the wooden fragments arrayed ahead of him. They have been previous past trust. For greater than millennia they'd remained at the sea ground, eaten by way of worms and absorbing seawater till they'd the consistency of rainy cardboard. there have been a few 6,000 items in all, and Steffy’s activity was once to place all of them again jointly of their unique form like a few huge, historical jigsaw puzzle.

He had volunteered for the task although he had no skills for it. For twenty-five years he’d been an electrician in a small, land-locked city in Pennsylvania. He held no complicated degrees—his knowing of ships used to be completely self-taught. but he may locate himself part an international clear of his domestic city, making plans to reassemble a boat that final sailed through the reign of Alexander the good, and he deliberate to do it utilizing mathematical formulation and modeling innovations that he’d constructed in his basement as a hobby.

The first individual ever to reconstruct an old send from its sunken fragments, Steffy stated ships spoke to him. Steffy joined a group, together with pal and fellow student George Bass, that laid a starting place for the sector of nautical archaeology. finally relocating to Texas A&M college, his loss of the standard educational credentials triggered him to be before everything seen with skepticism through the university’s management. although, his striking list of guides and his expert educating finally resulted in his being named a whole professor. throughout the subsequent thirty years of research, reconstruction, and modeling of submerged wrecks, Steffy could win a prestigious MacArthur starting place “genius” provide and might teach lots of the preeminent students within the rising box of nautical archaeology.

Richard Steffy’s son Loren, an finished journalist, has mined family members stories, information at Texas A&M and in other places, his father’s papers, and interviews with former colleagues to craft not just a qualified biography and event tale of the top quality, but additionally the 1st background of a box that keeps to reap very important new discoveries from the depths of the world’s oceans.

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