Clive Cussler was born on July 15, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and then worked in the advertising industry, first as a copywriter and later as a creative director for two of the nation's most successful advertising agencies.
In 1965, he began writing fiction, but his first novel, The Mediterranean Caper, featuring Dirk Pitt, was not published until 1973. Iceberg followed in 1975. Then, Cussler hit it big with Raise the Titanic, in 1976. The Dirk Pitt franchise took off, and the royalties started pouring in.
These royalties allowed Cussler to pursue his enthusiasm for searching for lost shipwrecks. He has chronicles these efforts in two non-fiction books so far: The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II, both written with Craig Dirgo.
Cussler isn't looking for treasure, but rather for wrecks of historical significance. Nor does he excavate them once found.
As listed in his Sea Hunters books:
Texas Navy ship Zavala
Confederate sub Hunley
Kiowa Creek locomotive
troop transport Leopoldville
steamboat New Orleans
cannon of San Jacinto
steamboat General Slocum
L'Oiseau Blanc (plane)
USS Akron (airship)
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