A riveting account of the author's successful search for the Titanic and his subsequent examination of the remains. Not just a digest of Ballard's Discovery of the Titanic, this is a new, heavily illustrated version with a text aimed at younger readers. After a moving summary of the ship's first and only voyage, Ballard describes his own exhausting search and dramatic, last-minute sighting in September 1985. The following year, he returned with a small submarine to explore the wreck and the debris-field around it. The immediacy of his narrative is bolstered by a combination of well-chosen photographs, both new and old, and Marschall's crystal-clear paintings--giving the book stunning visual impact; this is not only an exciting, well-told story but a browsing item extraordinaire. For various reasons, Ballard took no artifacts from the site (he deplores the fact that a later, French expedition did), but--with this--he brought back treasure nonetheless. Glossary; bibliography; dust-jacket poster.