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10 thoughts on “The Terrible Hours The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History

  1. Melki Melki says:

    Sir The engine rooms They're floodingIn May of 1939 a submarine named the Sualus sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Maas's book recounts the thrilling story of the crew's rescue using an ancient technology updated to serve a modern purpose Aristotle's diving bell 4th century BC Charles Momsen's diving bellI saw this one mentioned in Mary Roach's Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War It's undoubtedly one of the HOLY CRAPpiest books I've ever read The story is tense and action packed as everything that can go wrong does during the rescue effortsThe book finishes with the repeated attempts to raise the Sualus not uite as thrill a minute but still fraught with danger and potential disasterRecommended to anyone looking for a good real life thriller that leaves you gasping Undisputed hero Momsen demonstrates his Momsen Lung device

  2. Manny Manny says:

    The hero of this book Charles Swede Momsen is one of the most inspiring figures I have read about in ages Momsen's distinguished career started in the late 20s He was a US Navy submariner and diver; unlike nearly all his colleagues he felt that when accidents occurred on submarines there should be some way to rescue the trapped sailors The prevailing wisdom was that there was nothing to be done in these cases and one just had to accept it as an inevitable risk Momsen had been present at two disasters where submarines had sunk in relatively shallow water and everyone had drowned He was distressed by what he had seen and became increasingly sure that there must be a solutionOperating mostly on his own Momsen first pioneered a novel breathing device the Momsen lung which allowed a crew member to leave a downed submarine and make his way to the surface There were many technical problems; you could run out of air be attacked by the bends if you came up too uickly or be killed by the internal pressure if you held your breath and ended up with a chestful of expanding gas Momsen tested many different designs all of them on himself and risked his life dozens of times as he worked out the kinks in the idea He finally produced a version which allowed a safe ascent from a depth of 200 feet and gave a public demonstration in the Potomac river When it was reported in the papers some senior Naval officials had not previously heard about his work Far from being pleased they were outraged by what they saw as his insubordination in not going through appropriate channels The Momsen lung was just the first of Momsen's many brilliant ideas He was doubtful that it would be sufficient when the water was too deep or too cold and in parallel developed a diving bell which could be lowered down to a stranded submarine and pick up crew members though an escape hatch Momsen's superiors grudgingly admitted that it was a breakthrough but thought they had a score to settle after the supposed insubordination in the earlier project; they spitefully insisted on naming the rescue bell after another member of the project and giving him the greater part of the credit It says a lot about Momsen's dedication that he only admitted many years later how hurt he was by this petty piece of interdepartmental politicsAlthough several examples of Momsen's rescue bells were built they had never been tested in a real situation Then in May 1939 a new sub the Sualus suddenly sank during initial testing 33 men were trapped on board at a depth of over 240 feet Momsen immediately flew to the scene mobilizing a bell and some of his best divers He coordinated every aspect of the rescue mission which was extremely difficult and hazardous and got everyone up without loss of a single life; it was rather like an underwater version of Apollo 13 The Navy was not content and wanted to know why the Sualus had sunk Momsen then also led the salvage operation where his men had to make over 600 dives He successfully brought the boat up to the surface and got it towed to a dry dock Once again there were innumerable problems but not one of Momsen's divers even suffered serious injuryAs the title suggests the book focuses on the Sualus rescue but some of Momsen's later exploits are if anything even impressive During World War II a new type of torpedo had been issued to Pacific Fleet submarines and it rapidly became clear to everyone who used them that there was a serious design flaw When the torpedo was fired at a target broadside on it would often not explode; the submariners were forced to unlearn their training and attack at an angle where the target presented a smaller cross section and was correspondingly harder to hit Senior Naval officers refused to admit that the issue existed but Momsen acuired a batch of torpedoes and carried out tests where he fired them directly at a cliff face Sure enough a torpedo refused to explode just as the submariners had said Momsen salvaged the unexploded torpedo which contained 600 pounds of TNT and personally cut it open to see what had gone wrong He was able to pinpoint the mechanical problem and localize it to a firing pin which was a millimeter or so too long Within a few weeks all the remaining torpedoes had been modified by having their firing pins trimmed and they functioned perfectly for the rest of the war Well And I sometimes get annoyed because third party software doesn't work as advertised or my superiors are insufficiently appreciative of my efforts Puts things in perspective doesn't it? As I said a truly inspiring story

  3. Steve Steve says:

    Ever hear of Charles “Swede” Momsen? Chances are you haven’t and that’s a crying shame but Peter Mass’s superb book “The Terrible Hours” might change that “Hours” is a painstakingly researched chronicle of the first successful submarine rescue in naval history with Lt Commander Swede Momsen as its architect and guide Momsen the head of an experimental diving team was summoned into action on May 23 1939 after the Sualus a new submarine on a training exercise went down in the North Atlantic Ocean As the inventor a of a special rescue chamber that had yet to be tested in the field Momsen was the first man the Navy called Before Momsen men who went down with subs were considered a lost cause because of the immense complications that would be involved in a rescue Momsen changed all that with his chamber which docked with the Sualus and gradually brought the ship’s 33 surviving crew members back to the surface Momsen’s story is made all the absorbing because Maas freuently injects flashbacks in time where Momsen during his research and development of rescue devices experiences delay after delay endless red tape and most unforgivably outright hostility from many officers up the chain of command His persistence finally paid off with the saving of the Sualus’s men and the ship’s salvage The salvage operation involved meticulous attention and much risk taking by Momsen’s all volunteer diving team but it happens after the breathtaking rescue effort and lives are no longer immediately in jeopardy Conseuently the book tends to drag a bit in the pre final stretch but picks up later in Maas’s account of the Sualus’s service in World War II I happened upon this book while shopping and it jumped out at me The tragedy of the Russian submarine Kursk as well as Russian president Putin’s appalling lack of response to it was still fresh in my mind Thank the good Lord that in 1939 our men at sea had a determined compassionate man like Swede Momsen looking after them The term “hero” is routinely thrown around lightly in our age used to describe rock stars and pro athletes Most of the real heroes perform inspiring acts of courage and pass on without the world at large knowing their names Swede Momsen was one of those people and that’s why “The Terrible Hours” is not only an entertaining book but an important one

  4. Shelli Shelli says:

    This was an interesting and at times very exciting and harrowing story It was also uite dry at times The beginning was so filled with names and titles that it was hard to keep track of Once the accident happens it gets much better but was still written in a matter of fact and unemotional way While I felt terrible for all involved I never really got attached to them I like non fiction better when it reads like fiction Still I'm glad I read thisI learned a lot about submarines and deep sea diving and a lot of the changes that came about due to this historic incident

  5. Shaun Shaun says:

    An inspirational story of the wonders of human ingenuity and perseverance that lead to an impossible rescue The Terrible Hours packed a double punchOn the surface this is the recounting of the greatest submarine rescue in history but really this is the story of Swede Momsen a dedicated scientist and determined visionary whose ideas revolutionized rescue at sea among other thingsA nice short and uplifting readSome photosillustrations could have made this so much better Luckily an internet search had lots to offer

  6. Desert Hurricane Desert Hurricane says:

    Swede Momsen is a hero A real true understated largely unknown American hero Not for the flashy exploits of his Navy career By all accounts he wasn't a flashy guy Swede Momsen is a hero because he spent his entire life fixing problems that a bureaucratic system didn't want to be bothered with And because he was the spark that changed the way the Navy approached deep sea exploration rescue Before GPS cellular communication and Sonar what would you do if a Submarine lost control and sank to the ocean floor? What if you went through training were assigned to a submarine and when you asked about what the procedure was if the submarine sank or lost control everyone looked at you like you just violated some sort of taboo? Unfortunately that was the reality for submariners before Swede Momsen The most heroic thing about what Momsen did was that he not only dreamed up the solutions researched and practiced and toiled and worked out the kinks of undersea rescues on his own time but HE DID IT IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO NAVY Momsen tried and failed to get funding and permission to develop a rescue plan but was sidestepped and rejected Momsen did it on his own under the table using volunteer divers and his own body as test subjects His research was built on the backs of tragedies time again with sunken submarines One of the chilling and gut wrenching occurrences was a sub that sank in shallow waters something like 100 feet below the surface yet rescue teams could only watch helplessly from the surface as the men below died over the course of the following days For Momsen that was the last straw If the Navy refused to approve the research Momsen would do it on his own sneaking into closed facilities after hours using his own ingenuity and limited resources to fix the problem of deep water rescues In time he developed a reputation as a guy who had a particular set of expertise but it was assumed by many that he wouldn't ever be able to apply those skills in a real world situation Enter the sinking of the USS Sualus on May 12 1939 Momsen is called because no one else anywhere has ever bothered to come up with a plan The ensuing account is one of the most thrilling true life accounts I've ever read All of Momsen's hard work and theoretical rescue methods are finally put into play as he attempts to locate and rescue the remaining survivors of the half flooded submarine sunk in 240 deep water 9 miles off the coast No sub had ever been rescued in anything deeper than 20 feet so Momsen's longtime practice usually off the record and on his own initiative of beating the numerous pressure and communication problems involved in finding raising men from the ocean floor are on the only hope for saving the men who still live sit freezing inside the Sualus The men involved in the rescue and the volunteers who worked with Momsen during his deepwater dives throughout his research put themselves at nearly an eual risk as the men inside the Sualus It's fascinating that a problem like this wasn't solved by some research development team funded by the military or the government No this problem was basically solved by one man who doggedly pressed onward against the wishes of the Navy Money talks after all I LOVED this book One of the most fascinating nonfiction accounts of real heroism I've ever read I need books like this Books that illuminate the unsung heroes that truly made a difference in people's lives without seeking fame or even a pat on the back Momsen didn't need those things He just wanted to save the lives of sailors and knew he could solve a problem that was being ignored because of the perceived monetary cost Excellent read

  7. Brian Brian says:

    Peter Maas is an old style reporter He is from the school that demands creating stories from the facts at hand This book is a history but it does not read like one This story moves along at a 30 knot clip and demands your attention to the details of this incredible and almost unbelievable rescue storyMaas actually developed this story from an article about Charles Swede Momsen he previously published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1968 At that time as he explains it the story was or less overshadowed by many of the historical events of '68 Not to mention that a story about World War II hero was not exactly great reading during the tumultuous war protester years of the 1960's The last thing that people wanted to read about was a war hero from the previous generationThe author only recently returned to his old story because he felt that people are much responsive to the Saving Private Ryan and Greatest Generation heroism He is correct though I hope to God it is not a passing fad There is so much that this generation and those to come could learn and benefit from reading about Swede Momsen and people like him It is a great story of perserverence and never giving up on your ideas and dreams Many of the deep sea rescue techniues and submarine safety issues can be directly tied to Charles Momsen's efforts nearly 70 years ago It seems very strange to be reading about this story and the rescue of the survivors of the Sualus during its 1939 disaster and then reflecting on the Russian submarine Kursk that just sunk in the Barents sea last month With all the bureaucracy that Swede Momsen had to fight through just to get his diving bell built or create a team of expert rescue divers that could be used save the lives of sailors trapped in a steel coffin; it's understandable how the Russians and the entire Soviet bureacracy was never able to develop the forsight towards rescuing their own downed subs Instead they relied on someone else's technology which no doubt may have cost them valuable time One may never know However this story is a great depiction that during rescue efforts when time is essential it is necessary to have a forward thinking individual like Swede Momsen on your side Someone who is not afraid to try new ideas and with a lot of hard work and pushing the right people in the right places he can make sure his ideas will become reality His efforts and his diligence was what saved the thirty plus survivors of the Sualus It was also these same efforts that would make it so future submarine accidents simply did not happen Who knows how many future lives were saved? This is that type of story You will be inspired and it is a great story to tell all your friends about That sometimes one man can make all the difference

  8. Coralie Coralie says:

    In 1939 off the coast of Portsmouth NH a submarine and its crew submerge to do some routine testing when a malfunction causes the sub to sink to the bottom of the ocean This book is the story of the first successful rescue out of a submarine It tells the story of the captain and crew members and also of Swede Momsen who invented a rescue capsule for submarines a diving bell that could lock on to a submarine over the escape hatch and form a seal allowing the people inside to enter the rescue capsule from the escape hatch all underwater The book told of Momsen's attempts to get the Navy to take his ideas seriously People in those days weren't afraid to risk their lives in experiments Time and time again Momsen and his buddies narrowly escaped death trying to improve on the rescue capsule and also trying to fix different parts of it that didn't work well The book also told about early decompression chambers and various attempts to experiment with the right mixtures of various gasses to allow divers to spend time underwater Divers routinely took risks in experimenting with these new technologies Sailors went underwater in submarines knowing that if anything went wrong they would surely die

  9. Jef Sneider Jef Sneider says:

    This book is an actual historical account of real Navy action on and under the sea in 1939 I always wondered about the Navy Dive Tables that we used when I was SCUBA diving In this book you can get an idea of the sacrifice that went into creating those tablesThe rescuers of the trapped submariners aboard the Sualus were mostly healthy young men They dove in heavy canvas suits with helmets on tight using compressed air until the advent of a heliumoxygen mix At 250 feet these young men suffered nitrogen narcosis and struggled to do simple tasks in the few minutes they were allowed to stay at depth There were some close calls but in over 600 dives no deaths IncredibleThe development of the technology to save submarine crews came just in time for WWII Charles Swede Momsen leader and architect of the rescue system went on to distinguish himself in several different areas of naval activity He was a man with a driving curiosity to understand how things worked and how to make them better from dive tables to torpedoes that refused to explode he couldn't leave a problem unsolved no matter the risk in the solution Peter Maas has written some engaging books including Serpico and King of the Gypsies In this one he turns the dry and crusty pages of Navy records and a personal diary into a gripping tale My father used to watch episodes of Victory at Sea over and over Peter Maas takes us back to the sea and under it and makes us feel every wave Hold your breath

  10. Meg Meg says:

    I really enjoyed this short historical book I had never previously heard of Momsen or the Sualus and I live right outside of Portsmouth so I was stunned at how much history is right here in my own backyard The story was engaging without becoming overdramatic My version of the book had and afterword by the author which really shed light on the emotional state of Momsen and delightfully some actions that the Navy took to make it up to him I'm very glad I had the opportunity to read about this piece of history

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