Answers sought in China's salvaging of British sub

Associated Press
In this photo taken on Saturday, July 28, 2012, American journalist and diving instructor Steven Schwankert in diving suit swims inside the Blue Zoo aquarium in Beijing. A lifelong scuba diving obsession led Schwankert to the tale of the HMS Poseidon and the startling discovery that the British submarine, which sank off the northeastern coast of China in the 1930s, had been raised by the Chinese in 1972. That revelation lies at the heart of Schwankert's upcoming book, "The Real Poseidon Adventure: China's Secret Salvage of Britain's Lost Submarine" and an accompanying documentary film chronicling his search for answers about what became of the sunken vessel. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing-based American journalist makes a startling discovery in an upcoming book and film on his search for what became of a British submarine that sank off the Chinese coast in the 1930s.

Steven Schwankert learns that China raised the HMS Poseidon in 1972, apparently without telling the British or anyone else.

That revelation lies at the heart of his upcoming book, "The Real Poseidon Adventure: China's Secret Salvage of Britain's Lost Submarine," and an accompanying documentary film. The book is due out in 2013 from Hong Kong University Press.

The Poseidon sank on June 9, 1931, after the captain inadvertently turned into a Chinese cargo ship while conducting exercises.

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