Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson is a true story of a few ordinary men risking everything to solve a World War II mystery, which even governments had not been able to budge. One is introduced to Bill Nagle at the start of the book. He is given a location of the mystery object from a fisherman. Nagle is the caption to the Seeker and had a feeling that this dive will be a life changer. So he meets with John Chatterton, the only man that he can trust on a dive like this one. Chatterton has been diving for almost his whole life and is known as one of the best divers in the world in 1991.
Nagle and Chatterton proposed a plan to take six top divers to the site and see what was down there. On the first dive Chatterton finds out that the object is a submarine and in a later dive finds that the submarine is a German U-boat. They know this because of a peace of china Chatterton found with an eagle and the swastika, the symbol of Hitler’s Third Reich on it. Chatterton also found a knife with the name Horenburg hand carved into the handle. The problem is that they do not know what U-boat they just found. All records show that no German U-boat was sunk in that area.
To solve the mystery Chatterton has to bring Richie Kohler on board because Nagle is dying from liver poisoning. Kohler is also one of the best divers, yet Chatterton and Kohler do not get along very well. Kohler tried to steal one of Chatterton’s dive sites a long time ago, when the two first met. Over time Chatterton and Kohler become best friends and spend six years of their lives trying to solve the mystery of the German U-boat. Within the six years they found tons of artifacts that do not get them any closer to finding the name of the U-boat.
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The only major clue was the name Horenburg, yet there was only one Horenburg and he died in a U-boat 2,000 miles away on another U-boat. After, Chatterton and Kohler had leaped over many hurdles and had lost almost everything they had in their lives, Chatterton came up with a plan to resolve their mystery, yet it could kill him in the process. He would go into the submarine and take off his oxygen tank to fit through a tiny hole. On the other side he would look for an old oxygen tank that will have the name of the U-boat on it.
Then, push it through the small hole to Kohler and Chatterton while doing all of that with only five minutes of air. Risking his life he goes through with his plan and after it all he and Kohler get their name, U-boat 869. Word: Hurdle /noun /? h? rdl - Difficulty, something that impedes progress or achievement Word: resolved /adjective /ri? zalvd – Settled, find an answer Explanation: The words are important because Chatterton and Kohler feel that it is up to them to resolve the mystery of the submarine for the fallen soldiers and had to go through many hurdles to get there.
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