I remember reading a book about a ship that sinks and they manage to make it airtight and create oxygen/food with hydroponics and they end up living at least one generation in there... anyone know the name of the title or the author?

As I read it as a teenager it had to be written before mid 1980's...

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    I'm reminded of the movie Goliath Awaits, but AFAIK that was never a novel.
    – Mr Lister
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:09

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Sounds like it could be James White's The Watch Below. One reviewer's summary says,

A cargo ship is torpedoed in World War II, and goes down to the bottom with a small nucleus of survivors, male and female. They are not killed; instead they survive, and manage to live the rest of their lives out on the bottom of the sea floor, existing on the food supplies stored in the hold and water reclaimed from condensation. They even have children and grandchildren. This story is superimposed over the tale of the migration of a species of aquatic aliens who have created an armada to escape the destruction of their home planet.

You might recognize other plot elements from a more-detailed review.

It was first published in 1966 and has been in and out of print since then, in several editions.

  • Aha! Brilliant... that's it exactly!
    – BytePlayer
    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:36

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