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Voyage to Oblivion: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor

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On Dec. 7, 1941, even as Japanese carrier-launched aircraft were winging their way toward Pearl Harbor, a small American cargo ship chartered by the U.S. Army reported it was being attacked by a submarine about halfway between Seattle and Honolulu. After that one cryptic message the humble lumber carrier Cynthia Olson and her crew vanished without a trace, their ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Amberley Publishing (first published November 18th 2010)
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george burns
Jun 01, 2014 george burns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery Solved?

Mystery Solved?

Numerous weighty (and often unneeded) tomes are published about the great events of history. Books about less well known and smaller scale events are frequently more interesting. This book is a fine example of the latter category. The Cynthia Olson was a small freighter enroute from the west coast to Honolulu when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine on the morning of December 7, 1941. But was she attacked before the attack on Pearl Harbor? What happened to the crew
Dec 23, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books that I have read recently, it describes the little-known sinking of the SS Cynthia Olson on the morning of December 7, 1941 by a Japanese submarine and investigates whether it was the actual first attack of the Pacific war. It also tries to determine what became of the ship's crew, no trace of which have ever been located.
Robert Morganbesser
Decent story...

An interesting story about the first US naval casualty of world war 2 in the Pacific, but a bit too much conjecture to make it really interesting.
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As a defense journalist Stephen Harding covered the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and, most recently, Iraq. The author of seven books and some 300 magazine articles, he specializes in military, aviation and maritime topics."
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