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THE WATCH BELOW
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2" non-yellowing library tape reinforcing spine. Book is tight and almost square with flat spine. Back cover has a 1/2" tear into the book that runs from page 183 to end (about 10 pages.)
The Watch Below, by James White (1966.) Back in the War, the Gulf Trader was torpedoed and sunk. But there were survivors, trapped in watertight compartments with access to ships stores: Doc Radford, the Exec, Wallis, First Officer Dickson, and 2 badly injured nurses. They were stuck under several fathoms of water, in a pitch dark and cold hull with oxygen tanks and stored food. Somehow they had to stay sane long enough to make a new home. Billions of miles out in space there were aliens - water breathers whose own world was gone forever. They too had to find a way to survive for generation, long enough to find a new home. It was inevitable that the two groups would meetů and solve their problems.
To expand on this, here are quotes from a review in Galaxy August 1966: