WildChina Expert Steven Schwankert was recently profiled in The Wall Street Journal in “The Most Important British Vessel Sunk Off the Chinese Coast You’ve Never Heard Of.” Steven Schwankert is founder of SinoScuba, Beijing’s first professional scuba diving operator. Along with training hundreds of students how to scuba dive, he is the East Asia Chapter Chair of The Explorers Club, an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore, founded in 1904and headquartered in New York.
His book The Real Poseidon Adventure:China’s Secret Salvage of Britain’s Lost Submarine and its companion documentary, both covering his discovery of a Royal Navy submarine off the Chinese coast, will be released later this year. His interest in this subject caught the attention of WSJ writer James Areddy, who describes the “The Poseidon Project” as “no James Cameron-style ghost-swim through a shipwreck.” Areddy writes, “Instead, it explores the Poseidon drama through the story of Steven Schwankert, an American living in Beijing who becomes obsessed with the submarine. He is a scuba diver and his initial goal is to dive the Poseidon site.”
When WildChina asked Mr. Schwankert if he had really dived the Poseidon site and he was very coy! He replied, “That’s a very long story, one that’s taken me almost seven years to write. Both the film and the book versions of the Poseidon story, which are due out late this year, will answer that question. It wasn’t the answer I expected and I don’t think anyone else did either.” I guess we will have to read the book to find out!
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