Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
Did the crew of the Elkor find what they were looking for? Why?
The salvage operation had been a complete failure. The small ship, Elkor, which had been searching the Barents Sea for weeks, was on its way home. A radio message from the mainland had been received by the ship's captain instructing him to give up the search. The captain knew that another attempt would be made later, for the sunken ship he was trying to find had been carrying a precious cargo of gold bullion.
Despite the message, the captain of we Elkor decided to try once more. The sea bed was scoured with powerful nets and there was tremendous excitement on board when a chest was raised from the bottom. Though the crew were at first under the impression that the lost ship had been found, the contents of the chest proved them wrong. What they had in fact found was a ship which had been sunk many years before.
The chest contained the personal belongings of a seaman, Alan Fielding. There were books, clothing and photographs, together with letters which the seaman had once received from his wife. The captain of the Elkor ordered his men to salvage as much as possible from the wreck. Nothing of value was found, but the numerous items which were brought to the surface proved to be of great interest. From a heavy gun that was raised, the captain realized that the ship must have been a cruiser. In another chest, which contained the belongings of a ship's officer, there was an unfinished letter which had been written on March 14th, 1943. The captain learnt from the letter that the name of the lost ship was the Karen. The most valuable find of all was the ship's log book, parts of which it was still possible to read. From this the captain was able to piece together all the information that had come to light. The Karen had been sailing in a convoy to Russia when she was torpedoed by an enemy submarine. This was later confirmed by a naval official at the Ministry of Defence after the Elkor had returned home. All the items that were found were sent to the War Museum.
New Words and Expressions 生词和短语
salvage (1. 1) /'sŋlvIdʒ/ v. 救助，营救；打捞
Barents (1. 2)/'beərəntz/ n. 巴伦支（海）
sunken (1. 6) /'sʌŋkən/ adj. 沉没的
cargo (1. 7) /'ka:gəu/ n. 货物
bullion (1. 7) /'buljən/ n. 金条；银条
scour (1. 8) /'skauə/ v. 彻底搜索
chest (1. 9) /tʃest/ n. 大箱子
contents (1. 10) /'kɔntents/ n. （复数）所装的东西
belongings (1. 12) /bI'lɔŋIŋz/ n. （复数）所有物
item (1. 15) /'aItəm/ n. 物件
cruiser (1. 16) /'kru:zə/ n. 巡洋舰
find (1. 18) /faInd/n. 找到的物品
log book (1. 19) /'laig-buk/ 航海日志
piece (1. 19) /pi:s/ v. 拼成整体
convoy (1. 20) /'kɔnvɔi/ n. 护航
torpedo (1. 21) /tɔ:'pi:dəu/v. 用鱼雷攻击
submarine (1. 21) /'sʌbməri:n/ n. 潜水艇
naval (1. 21) /'neIvəl/ adj. 海军的
ministry (1. 21)/'mInIstri/n. （政府的）部
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 on its way home, 返航途中。
2 for the sunken ship he was trying to find …,for作“因为”讲，引导并列句； he was trying to find是定语从句修饰主语 ship。
3 under the impression that，以为，认为。
4 be of great interest，很有趣。
5 parts of which it was possible to read,which指先行词 log book，所引起的是定语从句，it是形式主语，不定式 to。叨是真实主语，parts of which作read的宾语。
6 piece together …（或piece… together），作“综合”“拼凑”讲。come to light，被摘清，被知道。
7 War Museum，军事博物馆。指伦敦的帝国军事博物馆，其中展出第一次世界大战和第二次世界大战的军事物品。