An account of determined enterprise, this gives the details of the salvaging of The African Queen, a supertanker which went aground off Ocean City, Md., and, with the bow broken away, sank in 1958. The attempts of Merritt-Chapman & Scott Salvage failed and then a mechanic, Lloyd Deir, decided she could be raised, and, with Little, Brady and Sadler, accomplished his purpose. How they claimed her since she was abandoned on the open seas, how they off pillaging boarders, how they lived aboard her, and how, with a tireless crew, they effected the answers to all the problems she presented -- after proper equipment had been assembled -- is told with admiration. The divers' long hours of inspection, the obstacles of pumping her out and repairing her, the tricks to floating her and the trip on to Norfolk, had their reward in the acclaim accorded their success which even the troubles in selling her did not diminish. An example of men meeting a challenge, taking risks, and turning uncertainty into certainty has a valid claim to popular interest, especially for mechanically and engineering minded males.