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1916 Wreck of USS Memphis off Santo Domingo  
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Captain Edward L. Beach, U.S.N.

First published 1966
First published in UK 1967
by Jarolds Publishers (London) Ltd.

Bound book black cloth with silver lettering to spine - top corner of front freeendpaper neatl removed - condition VERY GOOD. In unclipped dust wrapper - chipped -repaired in GOOD PLUS condition.

£4.50 + P & P

Jacket blurb

The Wreck of the Memphis

One of the largest battle cruisers ever built by the United States Navy, the Memphis, was utterly wrecked in one of the worst catastrophes ever recorded in naval history. Now, in the swift, vivid prose which distinguished his best-selling book RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP, Captain Beach tells the full story of the Memphis, of the man (his father) who commanded her, and of the court- martial which shattered a brilliant naval career.

On 29 August 1916 the Memphis was anchored off the shoals of Santo Domingo harbour in roughly 50 feet of water. Soon after 3.00 p.m. the ship began to roll, and a short time later a huge wave appeared to the southeast - a wave which raced towards the harbour at 40 miles an hour and which grew until its tops were 80 to 100 feet above the normal level.

What happened then - the desperate attempts to raise steam, the violent destruction of the cruiser, the 200 men injured, the 43 killed - is told in objective, minute-by-minute detail by an author who has lived with the tragedy all his life. Captain Beach writes: The survivors - their numbers now greatly depleted - meet once a year on the anniversary of the disaster, and it is from them, as well as from Father's old papers and official Navy documents, that I have been able to reconstruct the story of that day.'

The author

Edward L. Beach was born in New York in 1918 and entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis at the age of 17. During the Second World War he served in submarines in the Central Pacific, commanding the U.S.S. Piper in 1945. From 1953-57 he was Naval Aide to the President of the United States, after which he was given command of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Triton which he took on the first submerged circumnavigation of the world in 1960. Until his retirement from active service at the end of 1966 he was working at the Pentagon.

Captain Beach is the author of the best-selling Submarine! and Run Silent, Run Deep, which was made into a Hollywood film, and of Around the World Submerged, the story of Triton's voyage. He is married with three children and lives in Washington D.C.


Author's Foreword

  1. Whence Came USS Memphis
  2. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1916, at Santo Domingo - Until Midafternoon
  3. Engine Rooms and Firerooms, from 3:30 to 4:35
  4. Castine—to 4:06 P.M. 29 Aug., 1916
  5. Memphis, Topside During the Critical Hour 3:35 to 4:35 P.M.
  6. The Marines at Fort Ozama 3:30 P.M. to 4:30
  7. The Recreation Party
  8. Castine-4:06 P.M. and Afterward
  9. The Starboard Engine Room of Memphis After 4:35
  10. The Firerooms After 4:35
  11. The Port Engine Room from 4:30
  12. Topside-4 :35 and After
  13. As Seen from the Shore
  14. Abandon Ship
  15. The Boats
  16. The End of the Memphis
  17. A Board of Inquest, Two Courts of Inquiry, and a General Court-Martial
  18. Vindication


List of illustrations

  • Captain Beach, a few months before the wreck
  • Removing the crew after Memphis struck the rocks
  • The launching of the USS Tennessee (later Memphis)
  • Memphis in Cut Gaillard
  • USS Castine
  • Memphis the morning after she went aground
  • The Admiral's flag still flies a week after the grounding
  • Memphis with salvage in progress
These images are intended to show the general condition and appearence of this book and augment my description of its condition !
These images are intended to show the general condition and appearence of this book and augment my description of its condition !
These images are intended to show the general condition and appearence of this book and augment my description of its condition ! The 'striping' effect is a scanner malfunction in this image!
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Diagram of USS Memphis taken from the book!