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Escape

Steven R. Schwankert

in Poseidon

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9789888208180
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9789888268429 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888208180.003.0006
Escape

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The men in Poseidon’s forward torpedo compartment were lucky, and not just because they were still alive. When the submarine came to rest on the Gulf of Pechihli’s muddy bottom, the watertight door began to leak. It took all six of the navy men to shut it, and even then water still flowed in. Reginald Clarke in particular strained to close the door, and took a few minutes to recover. A gauge said they had sunk in 126 feet (38 meters) of water. The men had only trained on the Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus (DSEA) prior to deployment in a fifteen-foot (five meter) tank at Fort Blockhouse. Still, they were within the device’s rescue parameters.

Keywords: Submarine; China; Ascent; Escape; Poseidon; Robert Davis; DSE; Submerged; Hatch; Navy

Chapter.  4793 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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