Most of this is excerpted out of Clive Cussler’s “Dirk Pitt Revealed”. Craig Dirgo with the help of Clive Cussler talks about all of his novels. With a brief description about each novel and a concordance of all the Dirk Pitt Novels. Since we’re only talking about one particular novel the rest of it is left out. Which means you’ll have to go buy it yourself. Where some of the descriptions weren’t to descriptive or something that wasn’t originally in the book, I added a few things myself. If you think something should be added, subtracted or revised, you can always send an email.
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Amanda. The hurricane that hits the Titanic after she is raised. Registers force fifteen on the Beaufort scale. Known as the “Great Blow of 1988,” the hurricane cut a swath across three thousand miles of ocean in three and a half thousand miles of ocean in three and a half days before slamming into the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. Estimates of damage ran as high as two hundred fifty million dollars. The death toll from the storm ran from 300 to 325 people.
Antonov, Georgi. Soviet general secretary. Smokes a pipe.
Archangel, Soviet Union. Location where the ship containing Joshua Hays Brewster was bound when he wrecks on Novaya Zemlya. Awaiting rescue, he explores the island and finds byzanium. Saving one sample, he turns the rest to hi employer, Société de Lorraine.
Bailey, Dr. Cornelius. Doctor who performs the autopsy on Henry Munk. Described as an elephant of a man, broad-shouldered, with a thrusting square-jawed face. Sandy-colored hair falls down to his collar. His beard is cut in a Van Dyke.
Balboa Bay Club. Club in Newport Beach where Pitt first meets Gene Seagram.
Banque de Lausanne. Bank in Switzerland where Marganin claims Prevlov is stashing money. The account number is AZF 7609. The name on the account is V. Volper, an anagram of Prevlov.
Barshov, Peter. Professor from the Leningrad Institute of Geology who briefs Prevlov about the mine on Novaya Zemlya. Described as having leathery hands and graying hair and smoking a meerschaum pipe.
Bascom, Chief. U.S. Navy chief on the Samuel R. Morse. Described as having the face of a canvas-weary prizefighter and the body of a beer keg. Nicknamed “Bad Bascom” , a name that’s followed him ever since he tore up a bar in San Diego.
Beaufort Sea Expedition. Prior NUMA expedition that Sandecker refers to when explaining how he selected the crew for the Lorelei Current Drift Expedition.
Bednaya Mountain, U.S.S.R. Mountain with the byzanium mine on Novaya Island.
Beecher’s Island. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier dispatched to the Titanic site.
Beesley, Alexander. The scientist who discovered byzanium in 1902.
Bigalow, John L. Commodore, K.B.E., R.D., R.N.R. Was a young junior deck officer on the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic. Last surviving crew member of the Titanic. Described as having deep blue eyes. “The few strands of hair on his head were pure white, as was his beard, and his face showed the ruddy, weathered look of a seafaring man.” Presents Pitt with the flag from the Titanic he has snatched as she was sinking. Pitt later hoists the pennant when the ship is raised. Dies after Titanic is raised and is buried at sea where his fellow Titanic crew members perished seventy-six years before.
Bloeser, Ernest. Former owner of the Little Angel Mine.
Boleslavski, Issak. Great Russian chess master mentioned by Prevlov to Marganin as they try to determine what the Sicilian Project is. Boleslavski favored a chess strategy named the Sicilian Defense.
Bomberger. A new vessel constructed especially for deep-water salvage.
Boosey-Hawkes. The company that manufactured the cornet found on the ocean floor by the Sappho I and later identified as coming from the Titanic. The company is described as a very reputable and very fine British firm. The cornet was made in either October or November 1911. The cornet is a presentation model and is engraved. “Presented to Graham Farley in sincere appreciation for distinguished performance in the entertainment of our passengers by the grateful management of the White Star Line.”
Borodino Restaurant. The restaurant in Moscow where Marganin is to meet the Fat Man to find out more about the Sicilian Project. He receives an envelope with information in the men’s room of the restaurant.
Brewster, Joshua Hays. Respected five-foot-two-inch-tall mining engineer who led the Coloradans. Born to William Buck Brewster and Hettie Masters in Sidney, Nebraska, on April 4 or 5, 1878. Uncle of Harry Young. Graduated School of Mines, Golden, Colorado. Mined in the Klondike and Russia before returning to Leadville, Colorado, to manage the Sour Rock and Buffalo mines which were owned by French financiers. Went mad and sealed himself in the cargo hold of the Titanic.
The Broker. A restaurant in Denver, Colorado that used to be a bank vault and where Mel Donner and Harry Young has lunch together. Described as walnut-paneled walls and booths with a five ton door as the entrance.
Brown, “The Unsinkable Molly.” Famous passenger on the Titanic. Wife of a Colorado silver baron. Was rescued and lived in Colorado until her death.
Burdick, John. Majority leader of the U.S. Senate. Described as a tall, thin man with a bush of black hair that seldom saw a comb. Tries to blackmail the President about Meta Section and the money spent on raising the Titanic, if he didn’t support his underprivileged children’s medical bill.
Buski. Russian marine guard aboard the Titanic during Hurricane Amanda. Described as a short man with a coarse toughness. The finest marksman in his regiment. He speaks a smattering of English. Shot by U.S. Navy SEALs during Hurricane Amanda.
Butera, Lieutenant Commander Scotty. U.S. Navy lieutenant commander in command of the tugboat Samuel R. Wallace. Described as nearly six feet six inches tall, his chin buried in a magnificent black beard.
Byzanium. The mineral that is believed hidden in the hold of the Titanic. The radioactivity of byzanium is so extreme that it has disappeared in all but trace amounts. The Meta Section needs about eighty ounces to fuel the Sicilian Project.
Caldwell, John. From Central City, Colorado. One of the Coloradans who helped mined the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. Killed somewhere between Aberdeen and Southby England by Société des Mines de Lorraine. His grave marker was discovered by Pitt while trying to find Southby by reading Brewster’s journal.
Capricorn. The support tender used on the Titanic project that pumps compressed air into the hull.
Carpathia. Rescue ship that picks up the Titanic survivors.
Cargo Hold No. 1, G Deck. Area of the Titanic where Joshua Hays Brewster has the gravel conceived by everyone to think it was byzanium and seals himself in the vault right before she sinks.
Chavez, Tom. Engineer on the Deep Fathom.
Central Intelligence Agency. U.S. intelligence agency located in Langley, Virginia, on a 219-acre site. The headquarters building is a sprawling gray marble and concrete structure. A statue of Nathan Hale stands outside the entrance.
Collins, Marshall. Chief Kremlin security advisor to the director of the CIA.
Coloradans. Used by Koplin to describe the hard-rock miners who removed the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. The Coloradans were said to be Cornishmen, Irishmen, Germans and Swedes. Their names were Joshua Hays Brewster, Denver; Alvin Coulter, Fairplay; Thomas Price, Leadsville; Charles P. Widney, Cripple Creek; Vernon S. Hall, Denver; John Caldwell, Central City; Walter Schmidt, Aspen; Warner E. O’Deming, Denver; Jason C. Hobart, Boulder.
Colt revolver. Serial number 204 783. The weapon Gene Seagram plans to use for his suicide on a park bench in East Potomac Park.
Coulter, Alvin. From Fairplay, Colorado. One of the Coloradans who helped mined the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. Killed somewhere between Aberdeen and Southby England by Société des Mines de Lorraine. His grave marker is unknown and remains a mystery.
Curly. Bald-headed radio operator on the Capricorn.
Current sensor. The instrument aboard the Sappho I that measures the speed and direction of the Lorelei current.
Deck A Stateroom 33. Stateroom where Joshua Hays Brewster tossed and turned just before the Titanic sank.
Deck C Stateroom 95. Stateroom where Andre Prevlov is held prisoner after his capture by the U.S. Navy SEALs.
Deep Fathom. A submersible that belongs to the Uranus Oil Company. It is used on the Titanic project to install pressure-release valves. It’s the submersible that was trapped on the Titanic while installing a pressure bleed valve on the starboard side on the foredeck castle deck bulkheads when their stern brushed against a forward cargo crane. The corroded mounts broke loose and the derrick section fell across the sub’s buoyancy tanks, rupturing them. More then two tons of water poured through the opening and pinned the hull of the Deep Fathom to the wreck. The impact from the falling crane cracked a welded seem on the Deep Fathom‘s hull. Only a tiny pinhole, but the tremendous pressure at that depth forced the sea into the cabin at the rate of four gallons a minute. And with the section of the hull’s seam that contains the leak is jammed against the Titanic‘s forecastle bulkhead , there’s only six hours to save the crew on the sub. That’s when explosives are used to bring the Titanic up.
Director of Defense Archives. Head of the division in the Department of Defense that locates the files pertaining to Secret Army Plan 371-990-R85, which pertains to the mining of byzanium.
Donner, Mel. One of the chief evaluators for the Meta Section. Described as short and almost as broad as he is tall. He has wheat-colored hair and melancholy eyes, and his face always seems to be sweating. Doctorate in physics from the University of Southern California.
Donovan, Jack. A structural engineer from Ocean Tech. He is described as a young blond fellow. He is aboard the Sappho I when Munk is murdered.
Doppleman Crane. Type of crane used to pull the door from the vault where the byzanium is supposedly stored.
Dragonfish, U.S.S. U.S. Navy submarine that threatens to retaliate against the Mikhail Kurkov if she fires a Stoski missile at Titanic.
Drummer, Ben. NUMA marine engineer on the Sappho I expedition. Described as a lanky Southerner with a deep Alabama drawl. Aboard the Sappho II when Munk is murdered. Was actually born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is the Russian agent code-named Gold. His twin brother, Sam Merker, is the Russian agent code-named Silver. He is also the one who killed Munk on the Sappho II.
Dugan, Owen. Assistant to Dr. Murray Silverstein.
Farley, Graham. Musician on the Titanic who owned the cornet that was found by the Sappho I and later restored by John Vogel. Farley was solo cornetist prior to the Titanic for a period of three years on the Oceanic.
Farquar, Joel. The weatherman on the Capricorn. Farquar is on loan from the Federal Meteorological Services Administration. Described as a studious little red-faced man with utterly no sense of humor and no trace of friendly warmth.
Fat Man. Marganin’s contact in Moscow.
Fergus, Lieutenant. Leader of the U.S. Navy SEALs who recapture Titanic. The SEALs under Fergus’s command board the Titanic from a nuclear submarine fifty feet below the surface by exiting the vessel’s torpedo tubes.
First Attempt. NUMA research vessel that picked up Koplin. The ship bypassed Oslo, ordered by Pitt, and docked at the Navy submarine base in the Firth of Clyde where there is a military airfield. Pitt and Koplin flies back to the States because of Koplin’s condition.
Firth of Clyde. Navy submarine base in the British Isles where First Attempt docks after the mission.
Fleming, Ashley. Described as Washington, D.C.’s, most elegant and sophisticated divorcee. The president’s companion at the party in the East Room of the White Room in Chapter Six. Wearing same exact dress as Dana Seagram.
Giordino, Albert Cassius. Attended elementary school with Dirk Pitt and has known him since kindergarten. He and Pitt used to build and raced hot rods together down the lonely farm roads behind Newport Beach California. He knows Pitt better then any ma alive; any woman, for that matter Attended high school with Pitt and played tack on the high school football team. Attended the United States Air Force Academy. Attended flight school with Dirk Pitt. Served two tours in Vietnam. Still holds the rank of captain in the Air Force. Joined NUMA along with Pitt at the request of Admiral James Sandecker. Lives in a recently purchased condominium in Alexandria, Virginia, where none of the furniture or decor matches. Five feet four inches in height, weight one hundred seventy-five pounds. Of Italian ancestry, he has dark curly hair, a nose that hints at his Roman heritage and dark, swarthy skin on a round face. Has a barrel chest and muscular build. Usually has a Faganlike grin on his face. His eyes are a twinkling walnut color. He is missing the little finger on his right hand after he jammed it in the barrel of a gun that was fired by Delphi Moran. He has been shot more times then an Arizona highway signs. His body shows the effects of numerous abrasions, contusions and broken bones. Assistant special projects director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency. His hobby is stealing Admiral Sandecker’s custom-made cigars. He is the pilot of the Sappho I during the Lorelei Current Drift Expedition and was on the Sea Slug with Pitt and Gunn when the Titanic was discovered. He constantly brags to his colleagues that his girlfriend’s father supplies him with “quality” boos which his colleagues know better.
Godhawn. Norwegian fishing trawler that tows the First Attempt and Koplin to within two hundred miles of Novaya Zemlya so he can test for traces of byzanium.
Gunn, Rudi. Childhood nickname: “Beaver Eyes.” A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, first in his class. Formerly held the rank of commander in the United States Navy. Joined NUMA at the same time as Pitt and Giordino. Former titles include director of logistics for the National Underwater and Marine Agency and overseer of NUMA’s oceanographic projects. Captain of the Sappho I during the Lorelei Current Drift Expedition and was on the Sea Slug with Pitt and Giordino when the Titanic was discovered. Current title is deputy director of the National Underwater and Marine agency. Described as having a thinning hairline and wears thick horn-rimmed glasses. Has a Roman nose. Short and think with narrow shoulders and matching hips. Wears a Times watch. Second in command of NUMA under Sandecker.
Guthrie and Sons Foundry. Foundry in Pueblo, Colorado, that manufactures the ore cars used by the Coloradans on Novaya Zemlya.
Gold. Code name of one of the two Russian operatives at the Titanic recovery site. Pitt discloses during Hurricane Amanda that Gold is actually Ben Drummer.
Gravimeter. The instrument aboard the Sappho I that records gravity readings.
Guggenheim, Benjamin. Millionaire passenger on Titanic. Stood calmly with his secretary, dressed in his finest evening clothes, as the ship sank so he could meet death as a gentleman.
Hall, Vernon S. From Denver, Colorado. One of the Coloradans who helped mined the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. Killed, April 8, 1912, in Southby England by Société des Mines de Lorraine. His grave marker was discovered by Pitt while trying to find Southby by reading Brewster’s journal. His burial vault is filled with the byzanium by Brewster before he heads to Southampton, England. He then fills the crates with common gravel.
Hobart, Adeline. Widow of Jake Hobart. Resides at 261-B Calle Aragon, Laguna Hills, California. Described as stout, white-haired with blue eyes and a warm, gentle look. Married Jake Hobart at age sixteen. After Seagram calls the president of the United States, who speaks to her, she discloses she saw her former husband after the Little Angel Mine disaster. She also shows Seagram postcards Jake sent from France.
Hobart, Jake. Coloradan discovered by Sid Koplin in a bunk inside the mine on Novaya Zemlya. Preserved by the cold, his corpse has red hair and a red beard. The inscription above his bed reads: “Here rests Jake Hobart. Born 1874. A Damn good man who froze in a storm February 10, 1912.” The Army Records Bureau discloses his full name as Jason Cleveland Hobart, born January 23, 1874, in Vinton, Iowa. Enlisted in the U.S. Army May 1898 and served with the First Colorado Volunteer Regiment in the Philippines. Promoted to sergeant and suffered serious wounds fighting the Philippine insurrectionists. Twice decorated for meritorious conduct under fire. Hobart left the Army in October 1901. His widow, Adeline, stills draws an army pension of fifty dollars and forty cents a month. His cause of death in the pension records is listed as service-related, and the form awarding his widow his pension is signed by Henry L. Stimson, secretary of war under President Taft. Described by his widow, Adeline, as large, over six feet tall and barrel-chested. A blaster or explosives expert, he was considered one of the best in his field.
Hull, Peter. Reporter with the New York Times.
Jensen, Carl Jr. Runs Jensen and Thor Metal Fabricators. Described as young, no more then twenty-eight, and wears his hair long. His grandfather bought the outstanding stock of Thor Forge and Ironworks in 1942 and changed the name to Jensen and Thor Metal Fabricators. Microfilm records he shows Mel Donner disclose the drilling equipment used on Novaya Zemlya was paid for by the United States government.
Jones, Peter. Black police officer who saves Gene Seagram from suicide by telling him the Titanic has been raised. Described as having six children and a ninety-year-old frame house with a thirty-year mortgage.
Juneau. U.S. Navy nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser that is patrolling the Titanic recovery effort.
Keil, Joe. Engineer on the Deep Fathom.
Keith, Commander. Hands message to Admiral Kemper from Sandecker.
Kelly, Ensign. Ensign in the cable house of the tugboat Wallace who alerts Butera to a problem with the tow cable.
Kemper, Joseph. Admiral who is the U.S. Navy chief of staff. Large, with a well-fed stomach and lazy blue eyes set in a round, jovial face.
KGB. Soviet intelligence agency also known as the Committee for State Security.
Komondor. The type of dog used by the Russian guards on Novaya Island. Stands thirty inches at the shoulders and is covered by a heavy coat of matted white hair. Dog is shot by Pitt when he rescues Koplin.
Koplin, Sid. Mineralogist rescued by Pitt on Novaya Island. Shot by Russians in left side, also suffers a hairline crack in his skull. Taken to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment. He is later seen again at the end of the novel with Donner, Sandecker & Pitt where they discover the byzanium in Vernon Hall’s burial vault in Southby, England.
Laguna Star. The name of a tramp freighter of rather dubious registry that the Russian submarine uses to issue a call of distress from one hundred miles to the north of the Titanic to divert the Juneau.
Little Angel Mine. Mine near Central City, Colorado, where a fake cave-in was instituted. After the ploy the Coloradans were assumed to be dead and could continue on to Novaya Zemlya to mine the byzanium.
Lorelei Current Drift Expedition. NUMA expedition with a deep-sea submersible Sappho I. The Lorelei current is born off the western tip of Africa, follows the mid-Atlantic ridge north, then curves easterly between Baffin Island and Greenland, then dies in the Labrador Sea. The original plan called for the Sappho I to descend in the water five hundred miles northwest of the coast of Dakar, then cruise in the current until ascending in the sea of Labrador fifty days later.
Lukas, Leon. U.S. Navy lieutenant. Salvage technician aboard the Sappho II when Munk is murdered.
Lusky, Herb. Mineralogist with the Meta Section. After finding that the vault in the Titanic is devoid of byzanium, he is bashed on the head by an insane Gene Seagram. He receives twenty stitches and a nasty concussion.
Magmatic Paragenesis. Term used by Koplin to describe to Mel Donner how Novaya Zemlya is now devoid of minerals.
Magnetometer. The instrument aboard the Sappho I that measures the ocean bottom’s field including any deviations caused by localized mineral deposits.
Mahoney, Bull. Foreman of the Satan Mine in Central City, Colorado, who tries to rescue the miners allegedly trapped in the Little Angel Mine.
Marganin, Lieutenant Pavel. Underling to Andre Prevlov. Described as tall and authoritative. U.S. deep-cover intelligence agent. His real name is Harry Koskoski, and he was born in Newark, New Jersey. The real Marganin was the son of tailors from Komsomolsk-na-Amure. One of the few survivors when a Russian Kashin-class missile destroyer sank in the Indian Ocean, he was rescued but later died. Koskoski’s face is surgically altered to resemble Marganin, and he assumes his identity. Raised in rank to commander and promoted to chief of the Foreign Intelligence Analysis Division after Prevlov defects.
Mary. No last name given. Dr. John Vogel’s secretary. She is known to have a very scratchy voice, like fingernails over a blackboard.
McPatrick, Major. Major in the Army Records Bureau. Telephones Gene Seagram with the information about Jake Hobart.
Merker, Sam. NUMA systems expert on Sappho I expedition. Described as cosmopolitan and as citified as a Wall Street broker. Later serves as engineer on the Deep Fathom. Was actually born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Twin brother of Ben Drummer. Russian agent code-named Silver. He is one that stabs and kills Woodson.
Meta Section. A government-funded think tank that operates in total secrecy. The goal of the Meta Section is to leapfrog current technology by twenty or thirty years. The program is housed in a nondescript old cinderblock building beside the Washington Navy Yard. The building is disguised with a sign that reads “Smith Van & Storage Company.” The organization is not listed in any journal of federal offices. Not even the CIA, FBI or even the NSA has any records they exist.
Mikhail Kurkov. Soviet oceanographic research vessel.
Mile-Hi Chewing Tobacco. Koplin discovers about fifty empty wrappers of this product inside the mine at Novaya Zemlya.
Modoc. Described as the finest deep-water salvage vessel the United States Navy possesses. Admiral Kemper agrees to loan the vessel to Sandecker while they are fishing on the Rappahannock River.
Moe’s Pawnshop. Pawnshop where Dr. Silverstein purchases two cornets to drop in twelve thousand feet of water off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to simulate them being dropped from the Titanic.
Monterey Park. U.S. Navy ship at the Titanic recovery site.
Mooney, Arthur. Captain of one of the New York Harbor fireboats. Described as “A big, mischief-eyed Irishman born in the city, and a seagoing fire-eater for nineteen years.” Mooney orders his crew to hit the sirens and water hoses to welcome the Titanic in style. All the other ships follow Mooney’s lead.
Mount Temple. One of the Titanic rescue ships.
Munk, Henry. NUMA instrument-component specialist on the Sappho I expedition. Described as a quiet and droopy-eyed wit who clearly wishes he were anywhere but on the Sappho I. At the start of the Titanicrecovery effort, he is murdered while aboard the Sappho II.
Myers-Lentz Company. Producers of the electrolyte chemical that will be pumped into the sediment sealing the Titanic‘s hull to the ocean floor.
Novaya Island, U.S.S.R. Island due north of Zemlya Island. Novaya contains the old mine where the byzanium was originally extracted.
NUMA Headquarters. A thirty-story tubular structure sheeted in green reflective glass that sits on an East Washington hill above the Potomac River. Admiral Sandecker’s office is on the top floor and features an immense desk made from the refinished hatch cover salvaged from a Confederate blockade runner that was sunk in Albemarle Sound. This is where Dr. Vogel met Sandecker, Pitt and Gunn to explain his restoration process of Graham Farley’s presentation cornet. On his desk is a humidor from which Giordino allegedly steals cigars. The office is equipped with a holographic television camera so Sandecker can view the people he is talking to in 3-D splendor. The twelfth floor is an immense equipment-laden area covering fifteen thousand square feet manned by forty-five engineers and technicians who monitor the six NUMA satellites circling the globe. The tenth floor has the glass-enclosed computer center run by Hiram Yeager. The fourth floor has the NUMA boardroom featuring a three-meter-long conference table built from a section of a wooden hull salvaged from a schooner that sank to the bottom of Lake Erie, along with thick turquoise carpeting and a fireplace with a Victorian mantelpiece. The walls are paneled in satiny teak, and there are paintings of U.S. naval actions in ornate frames. The fourth floor also has Pitt’s and Giordino’s offices. The lobby is an atrium surrounded by waterfalls and aquariums filled with exotic sea life. A huge globe rises from the center of the sea-green marble floor, contoured with the geological furrows and ridges of every sea, large lake and river on the earth. The building has an underground parking garage.
O’Deming, Warner E. From Denver, Colorado. One of the Coloradans who helped mined the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. Killed somewhere between Aberdeen and Southby England by Société des Mines de Lorraine. His grave marker was discovered by Pitt while trying to find Southby by reading Brewster’s journal.
Parotkin, Ivan. Captain of the Mikhail Kurkov. Described as a slender man of medium height with a distinguished face who almost never smiles. In his late fifties; his receding hairline shows no trace of gray.
Patman or Patmore, Colonel. Army officer who arrives at Adeline Hobart’s house in Boulder, Colorado, after Jake Hobart dies and swears her to secrecy. In return for her silence, he presents her with a check for ten thousand dollars. Adeline, when telling Seagram about him, couldn’t remember his exact name.
Pelholme Aircraft Company. The company that runs the preliminary tests of the Sappho I prior to the Lorelei Expedition.
Phillips, John G. Radio operator on the Titanic. Phillips sent the first SOS in history.
Pierre Hotel. The most luxurious and the most expensive hotel in New York City. And where Pitt heads to after the Titanic makes port.
Pitt, Dirk Eric. Born at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, California, to Senator George Pitt and Barbara (Nash) Pitt. According to his family tree, his paternal ancestors were Gypsies who migrated from Spain to England in the seventeenth century. Great-grandfather was a steam locomotive engineer on the Santa Fe Railroad. Has an uncle who is one of San Francisco’s leading bon vivants. Another uncle on his mother’s side is Percy Nash, one of the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. Pitt’s grandfather acquired a small fortune developing Southern California real estate. On his death, he left his grandson a considerable inheritance. After paying the estate tax, Pitt chose to invest the money in classic cars and aircraft rather then stocks and bonds. Lives at 266 Airport Place, Washington D.C. 20001, on the grounds of Washington International Airport. Best friend is Al Giordino, whom Pitt met when the two got into a fistfight in elementary school. Was quarterback on his high school football team. He and Al built and raced hot rods together down the lonely farm roads behind Newport Beach, California. Graduated thirty-fifth in his class at the U.S. Air Force Academy. While at the Air Force Academy, he was on the football team and fence squad. Attended flight school with Al Giordino. Served ten years’ active duty in the Air Force, attaining the rank of major. Served two years in the last years of the Vietnam War. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross with two clusters, a Silver Heart and a Purple Heart. Received a commendation for shooting down U.S. Navy Admiral James Sandecker’s plane over the Sea of China to prevent him from landing at an enemy-occupied airfield. Formerly surface security officer for the National Underwater and Marine Agency, he is currently the special projects director. Height six feet three inches, weight one hundred eighty-five pounds. Has black hair tending to be a bit wavy, with no indication of gray. Eyebrows dark and bushy. Straight, narrow nose, lips firm with the corners turned up in a slight but fixed grin. Skin darkened by year-round exposure to the sun. Has opaline green eyes that are set wide with a clear glimpse of the white around the iris. Far from movie-star handsome, he has a craggy face that the opposite sex finds strangely attractive. Body covered with various scars and injuries. Walks with a loose grace that is impossible for most men. Wore an Omega watch early on but now is known for wearing an orange-face Doxa dive watch. Quit smoking years ago. Changed from Cutty Sark to Bombay Gin to Sauza Commemorativo tequila over the years but also enjoys a glass of fine wine and an occasional beer. Main exercise is scuba diving. His favorite pastime is restoring and showing antique and classic cars.
Was in charge of the expedition to pick up Koplin. When he didn’t show on schedule, he borrows the ship’s helicopter and made a reconnaissance flight toward Novaya Zemlya. To avoid radar detection by the Russians, he flies within ten feet of the water and keep his air speed down to fifteen knots. He cruises the shoreline until he found Koplin’s sloop moored in a cove. He sets the copter down on the beach nearby and began searching for him. It was then he heard shots through a wall of swirling snow that had been kicked up by a gust of wind. He follows the sound of a dog on the hunt. He then kills the guard between the eyes and the komondor dog with a silencer. Once he put Koplin in the helicopter, he bashes a hole in the hull, raised the sail, and sent the sloop on her way. The sloop sinks about three miles from the shore. Once back on the First Attempt, he gives two pints of his own blood during Koplin’s operation. He then ordered the ship to bypass Oslo and lay a course for the nearest U.S. military airfield. He then talked the base commander out of his private transport plane for Koplin’s flight back to the States. He is then put in charge of the Titanic Project. Helps the SEALs recapture the Titanic during Hurricane Amanda and of the capture of Silver and Gold and Captain Andre Prevlov. Has an affair with Dana Seagram and discovers the real location of the byzanium in Southby, England.
Plimsoll mark. The load-line mark on a ship’s hull.
Polevoi, Vladimir. Chief of the Foreign Secrets Department of the KGB.
Pratt, Lieutenant. U.S. Navy lieutenant who picked up the Coloradans from Novaya Zemlya after they double-crossed the French and stole the byzanium. His vessel is attacked by a ship flying no flag of nationality. Pratt fights off the aggressor, then steers his ship to Aberdeen, Scotland.
Prescott, Dr. Ryan. Chief of the NUMA Hurricane Center in Tampa, Florida. He warns the Titanic recovery crew of the approaching hurricane.
President Of The United States. His name is unknown in this novel (but he does resemble a ex-president in nature…figure that one out.). He hates his job with a passion that he hadn’t thought possible. He had known the exact moment the excitement had gone out of it. He had known it the morning he had found it hard to rise from bed. That was always the first sip. A dread of beginning the day. He wonders since taking office why he had struggled so hard and so long for the thankless job anyway. The price had been painfully high. His political trail was littered with the bones of lost friends and a broken marriage. And, he’d no sooner taken the oath of office when he had found his infant administration staggered by a Treasury Department scandal, a war in South America, a nationwide airlines strike, and a hostile Congress that had come to mistrust whoever resided in the White House. He throws in an extra curse for Congress. Its members had overridden his last two vetoes and the news didn’t sit well with him. He’s glad he would escape another election. How he’d managed to win two terms still mystified him. He had broken all the political taboos ever laid down for a successful candidate. Not only was he a divorced man but he was not a churchgoer, smoked cigars in public, and sported a large mustache besides. He had campaigned by ignoring his opponents and by hitting the voters solidly between the eyes with tough talk. And they had loved it. Opportunely, he had come along at a time when the average American was fed up with goody-goody candidates who smiled big and made love to the TV cameras, and who spoke trite, nothing sentences that the press couldn’t twist or find hidden meanings to invents between the nouns. At the beginning of the novel, his term ends in eighteen months. His plans after his presidency calls for self-exile to the South Pacific on a forty-foot ketch. There he would ignore every crisis that stirred the world. While sipping rum and eyeing any pug-nosed, balloon-chested native girls who wandered within view. He had conceives Meta Section during his first year in office, connived and manipulated the unlimited secret funding, and personally recruited the small group of brilliant and dedicated men who comprised its core. Meta Section is the President’s own brainchild. He took great unadvertised pride in it. Even the CIA and the National Security Agency knew nothing of it existence. It had always been his dream to back a team of men who could devote their skills and talents to impossible schemes, fantasy schemes wit one chance in a million for success. The fact that Meta Section was still batting zero five years after its inception bothers his conscience not at all. At the end of the novel, the Sicilian Project had proven itself an unqualified success on its first try and five months and ten days before he leaves his office.
Prevlov, Captain Andre. Russian intelligence officer employed by the Soviet Navy’s Department of Foreign Intelligence. Described as a well-proportioned, handsome man sporting a layered hairstyle and a modishly trimmed moustache and intense gray eyes. Drives an orange Lancia and lives in an apartment above the Moscow River decorated like Peter the Great’s summer home. His father is the number twelve man in the Communist Party. Drinks Bombay gin. Smokes Winston cigarettes. Wears Omega watch. In charge of the Titanic raid during Hurricane Amanda. Captured by the U.S. Navy SEALs and later convinced to defect to the U.S. by CIA Chief Director, Warren Nicholson. He is offered to be in charge of a new task force, a line of work that is right up his alley. His facial appearance is altered. And he is trained in a cram course of English and American idioms along with American history, sports, music and entertainment. His salary is forty thousand a year, plus expenses and a car.
Price, Thomas. From Leadville, Colorado. One of the Coloradans who helped mined the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. Killed somewhere between Aberdeen and Southby England by Société des Mines de Lorraine. His grave marker was discovered by Pitt while trying to find Southby by reading Brewster’s journal.
Project, Sicilian. The code name of the project that will use byzanium to create a missile defense shield over the United States. The project purchased forty-six pieces of land to house the missile defense system under the guise of the Department of Energy Studies. The majority of the sites are along the U.S.-Canadian border followed by the Atlantic seaboard. Eight sites are along the Pacific Coast, and four are along the Mexico border and the Gulf of Mexico. The sites are designed to resemble small relay power stations. Named after a chess strategy. One of many variations conceived by the great chess master Isaak Bolesslavski. At the end of the novel, the Sicilian Project had proven itself an unqualified success on its first try.
Rappahannock River. This is where Sandecker tells Admiral Kemper that they’re going after the Titanic and asks him for military protection and for the Modoc. And Seagram explains to both Sandecker and Kemper what Meta Section is all about plus what the Sicilian Project is and why the Titanic needs to be raised: The byzanium.
Renault Town Car. A giant brass-trimmed town car that was noticed by Bigalow blocked to the deck of the Titanic. Pitt later ends up with the car.
Roanoke. Ship whose keel was laid in 1728. She went onto the rocks off Nova Scotia in 1743. Model of the vessel is in one of the third-floor bedrooms in the White House and was built by the president’s father. Under the ruse of identifying the model, the president secretly meets with Dana Seagram to ask her to try to mend things with her husband, Gene.
Rocky Mountain News. Denver newspaper dated November 17, 1911, discovered inside the mine on Novaya Zemlya by Koplin. The Newspaper is still in print today.
Rogovski, Dr. Chief Russian scientist aboard the Mikhail Kurkov.
Ross, Sandra. Great-granddaughter of Commodore Bigalow. A flight attendant with Bristol Airlines, she is described as having absorbing violet eyes framed by neatly brushed red hair. At the end of the book, Pitt tells Sandecker he will be visiting Ross if Sandecker needs to find him.
Sandecker, Admiral James. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1939. Made flag rank in the Navy before age fifty. Once served on the U.S.S. Iowa. Last command was the Navy guided-missile cruiser Tucson. Lives in a condominium at the Watergate in Washington D.C., six miles from the NUMA headquarters. Height is a few inches over five feet. Has a thick head of red hair that shows little indication of white. Has a precisely trimmed red Van Dyke beard. Has cold, authoritative blue eyes. Sleeps only four hours night. Long divorced, he has a daughter and three grandchildren who live in Hong Kong. A vegetarian and health nut, he jogs and lifts weights. Takes numerous vitamins including garlic pills every day. Smokes ten custom-made cigars a day. Likes to dine at the Army and Navy Club. Also a member of the John Paul Jones Club. Has an old Navy Double-ender whale boat he cruises on Sundays on the Potomac River for relaxation. After retiring from the Navy, he was made the chief director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency by then-President Ford. When he began at NUMA, it was an insignificant eighty-person agency. He built NUMA into a massive organization of five thousand scientists and employees with an annual budget that exceeds four hundred million dollars.
Samuel R. Wallace. One of the U.S. Navy tugboats assigned to tow the Titanic to New York City. A deep-sea rescue tugboat two hundred fifty feet in length with 5,000-horsepower diesel powerplants. The vessels are capable of hauling twenty thousand tons of dead weight for two thousand miles without refueling.
Sappho I. NUMA’s newest and largest deep-sea research submersible. Described as appearing to look like a giant cigar on an ice skate. Built to house a seven-man crew and two tons of research equipment and instruments. The hull is made of titanium painted red, and the vessel can descend to 24,000 feet below the surface. It is the one that discovers the cornet. One the Titanic project, it is responsible for patching the damage caused by the iceberg along the starboard side of the hull and also the bows, where they were shattered by the Titanic‘s boilers.
Sappho II. Newer and more advanced version of the Sappho I. It is used on the Titanic project to seal the small openings such as the air vents and portholes.
Schmidt, Walter. From Aspen, Colorado. One of the Coloradans who helped mined the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. Killed somewhere between Aberdeen and Southby England by Société des Mines de Lorraine. His grave marker was discovered by Pitt while trying to find Southby by reading Brewster’s journal.
Sea Slug. U.S. Navy deep-sea submersible that discovers the Titanic. Designed and constructed for deep-water salvage, she is operated from the deck of the Modoc. Described as twenty feet long and tubular in shape with rounded ends. Painted bright yellow, it features four large portholes on its bow. mounted along its top, like small radar domes, are two high-intensity lights. On the Titanic project, it has the job of cutting away unnecessary debris, including the masts, rigging, and the aft funnel which fell across the After Boat Deck.
Seagram, Dana. Wife of Gene Seagram and NUMA marine archaeologist. Works for Admiral Sandecker. Described as having blond hair and coffee-brown eyes. Ph.D. in Marine archaeology. Ph.D. in archaeology. Thirty-one years old. Has an affair with Pitt in one of the parlour suites onboard the Titanic.
Seagram, Gene. One of the chief evaluators for the Meta Section. Described as tall, lanky man, with a quiet voice and a courteous manner. Except for a large flattened nose, he could almost have passed as an unbearded Abe Lincoln. Ph.D. in physics. Home is in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Decides after discovering where the byzanium turns up from Novaya Zemlya after an extensive investigation with Mel Donner from interviewing Koplin, to Raise the Titanic. Nearly commits suicide on park bench but is stopped by police officer who explains that the Titanic has been raised. When the vault aboard the Titanic turns out to be devoid of byzanium, his mind snaps, and he bashes Lusky in the head with a rock, then begins smashing the remains of Joshua Hays Brewster against the wall of the vault. Diagnosed as suffering from manic-depressive psychosis.
SEALs. U.S. Navy Special Forces group. The acronym stands for Sea, Air and Land. Helped recapture the Titanic from the Russians during Hurricane Amanda.
Section R. Soviet Naval Intelligence Photograph analysis department. Used by Marganin on Satellite recognizance photos off the coast of Novaya Zemlya showing the First Attempt and what looks like to be a helicopter.
Sheldon, Marie. NUMA marine geologist. When Dana leaves Gene, she moves into Sheldon’s Georgetown house. Described as a small, thin, vital woman with vivid blue eyes, a pert bobbed nose and a mass of bleached blond hair shaped in a shag style. Has a square-cut chin. Falls in love with Mel Donner.
Sicilian Project. Code name of the U.S. project to build a missile defense system using byzanium. Designed around a variant of the maser principle. Pushing a sound wave of a certain frequency through a medium containing excited atoms stimulates the sound to an extremely high state of emission. Described as similar to a laser beam. While a laser beam emits a narrow beam of light energy, the beam from the Sicilian Project would emit a broad fanlike field of sound energy. Any enemy missile launched against the United States would come into contact with this invisible barrier and be smashed to bits long before it entered the target area. Named after a chess strategy. One of many variations conceived by the great chess master Isaak Bolesslavski. At the end of the novel, the Sicilian Project had proven itself an unqualified success on its first try.
Silver. Code name of one of the two Russian operatives at the Titanic recovery site, who turns out to be Merker.
Silverstein, Dr. Murray. Professor at the Alexandria College of Oceanography who builds a small-scale model of the Titanic and simulates the sinking.
Sloyuk, Boris. Admiral and director of Soviet Naval Intelligence. Prevlov is Sloyuk’s aide.
Smith, Edward J. Captain of the Titanic on her ill-fated voyage.
Smyth, Malcolm R. Fictitious author and archaeologist. Pitt uses the identity to check into the Pierre Hotel which doesn’t work.
Société des Mines de Lorraine. The group of French financiers who hired the Coloradan to fake the Little Angel Mine disaster and mine the byzanium on Novaya Zemlya.
Southby, England. A town in England with the grave containing the byzanium. The village is so small it isn’t even a dot in the Michelin Tour Guide. Pitt happens to notice an old, forgotten hand-painted sign some farmer had set along the mains road years ago advertising a milk cow for sale. The directions gave the farm’s location as three kilometers east on the next country lane to Southby.
Spencer, Rick. NUMA equipment engineer on the Sappho I expedition. Described as a short blond-haired Californian who whistles constantly though clenched teeth.
Stannford, Dr. Amos. Inventor of the substance Wetsteel , which is used to seal the Titanic‘s hull so she can be raised.
Stoner weapon. Type of weapon used by one of the Navy SEALs that recapture Titanic. Described as a wicked-looking affair with two barrels. Shoots a cloud of tiny needlelike flachettes. Pitt has one in his coat-pocket but conceals it before being searched by a Russian commando by putting the soaking wet coat on the then naked Dana Seagram.
Stoski. Twenty-six-foot-long Russian surface-to-surface missile that Captain Parotkin of the Mikhail Kurkov intends to fire at the Titanic.
S-T-SV-D sensor. The sensor aboard the Sappho I that measures outside salinity, temperature, sound velocity and depth pressure on a magnetic tape.
Sturgis, Lieutenant. Helicopter pilot that lands on Titanic. Described as a short, thin man with sad drooping eyes, the kind women considered bedroom eyes. Uses a cigarette holder when smoking and when gripped between his teeth and jutting his chin forward, he shows a reminiscent of Franklin Roosevelt.
Sub-bottom profiler. Instrument aboard the Sappho I that acoustically determines the depth of the top sediments and provides indications of the underlying structure of the sea floor.
Teignmouth, Devonshire, England. Described as a small, picturesque resort town on the southeast coast of England with a population of 12,260. It is where Pitt goes to interview the dying Commodore John Bigalow.
Thomas J. Morse. One of the U.S. Navy tugboats assigned to tow the Titanic to New York City. A deep-sea rescue tugboat two hundred fifty feet in length with 5,000-horsepower diesel powerplants. The vessels are capable of hauling twenty thousand tons of deadweight for two thousand miles without refueling.
Thor Forge and Ironworks. Denver, Colorado, manufacturer of the drilling equipment used by the Coloradans on Novaya Zemlya.
Tilevitch, Vasily. Marshal of the Soviet Union and chief director of Soviet security.
Tin Goose. Antique Ford Trimotor airplane that Pitt buys in Kelavic, Iceland and pilots back to his hanger at Washington’s National Airport. This is where Seagram convinces Pitt to help salvage the Titanic.
Titanic, R.M.S. Infamous White Star line vessel that departed Southampton, England, April 10, 1912, and sank April 15, 1912, with a loss of over fifteen hundred lives. Struck iceberg and sank in North Atlantic. Last reported position 41.46’N-50.14’W. The vessel was 882 feet in length with a black hull encircled with a gold band and was built at Belfast, Ireland, shipyard of Harland and Wolff. The yard was later leveled by German bombers during World War II. Built from 46,328 tons of steel. The vessel held 2,200 passengers and had lifeboats for only 1,180. When it was found, the Titanic lay cloaked by the eerie stillness of the black deep and bore the grim scars of her tragedy. The jagged wound from her collision with the iceberg stretched from the starboard forepeak to the No. 5 boiler room nearly three hundred feet down her hull, while the gaping holes in her bow below the waterline betrayed the shattering impact made by her boilers when they tore from her bowels and smashed their way through bulkhead after bulkhead until they plunged free into the sea. She sat heavily in the ooze with a slight list to port, her forecastle set on a southerly course, as if she were still pathetically struggling to reach out and touch the waters of a port she had never known. Her portholes, some open, some closed, marched in orderly rows along the broad expanse of her sides. She presented an almost modern, streamlined appearance now that her funnels were gone; the forward three were nonexistent, two probably having been carried away by her dive to the bottom, while number four lay fallen across the After Boat Deck. And except for the scattered strands of rusty, disconnected funnel rigging that snaked over the railing, her Boat Deck showed only a few bulking air vents standing silent guard above the vacant Welin davits that had once held the great liner’s lifeboats. And there was a morbid beauty about her. Once raised and the turmoil with Hurricane Amanda, the Titanic finally makes her first-port in New York City after seventy six years. The last time she is mentioned in the novel she is propped high and dry in the huge canyon of a dry dock.
Troy, H.M.S. British cruiser that carries the remains of Commodore Bigalow for his burial at sea and the closing out of the last chapter of a tragic drams that had stunned the world. A world the likes of which would never be seen again.
Vampire squid. Squid Pitt and Giordino view through the porthole of the Sea Slug when they first reach the bottom near the Titanic. Described as a strange blue-black animal that looks like a cross between a squid and an octopus. Has eight tentacles linked together like the webbed foot of a duck. Two globular eyes form nearly a third of his body.
Vogel, John. Chief curator of the Washington Museum’s Hall of Music. He restores the cornet found on the ocean floor by the Sappho I. Vogel discovers the cornet is a presentation model and was aboard the Titanicwhen she sank. Described as six feet five inches tall with a kindly face and puffs of unbrushed white hair edging a bald head. Brown Santa Claus eyes and a warm smile. Smoke a pipe and really likes eating a medium pizza with Canadian bacon with a half gallon of Gallo burgundy when he restores an instrument. Or as he secretary would put it “Lock yourself in that musty old workshop.”
Washington National Airport. Location of Pitt’s aircraft hangar/home. And where Pitt lands the Tin Goose where Seagram waits to convince him to salvage the Titanic in Part 2: The Black Abyss Chapter 25.
Widney, Charles P. From Cripple Creek, Colorado. One of the Coloradans who helped mined the byzanium from Novaya Zemlya. Killed somewhere between Aberdeen and Southby England by Société des Mines de Lorraine. His grave marker was discovered by Pitt while trying to find Southby by reading Brewster’s journal.
Wetsteel. Developed by Dr. Amos Stannford. Though pliable in air, hardens to the rigidity of steel ninety seconds after coming in contact with water, and it can bond itself to a metal object as though it were welded. It’s used to seal the three-hundred-foot-gash on the Titanic‘s starboard side and the hole punched by the boilers.
Woodson, Omar. NUMA photographer on the Sappho I. Rarely smiles. Is commander of Sappho II during the first phase of the Titanic recovery effort. Later while aboard the Titanic during Hurricane Amanda, he is stabbed in the heart and killed by a Russian marine who turns out to be Sam Merker, the Russian secret operative with the Code Name of Silver.
Young, Harry. Described as a skinny, little man. Seventy-eight years old, he has an alert eager face. A walking encyclopedia on western mining history. Nephew of Joshua Hayes Brewster. Explains to Donner that the Little Angel Mine disaster was a hoax.