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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to sunken ships and treasures
Author:
Johnson, Stephen.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, In. : Alpha Books, [2000]

©2000
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xxviii, 452 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780028632315
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Book

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A compendium of history's ill-fated seagoing vessels, from the Vikings and ancient Chinese junks to the 20th century, and the fate of the riches they carried. Maps and records reveal as much as is known about the maritime disasters, including names of ships, dates and locations.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Ghost Shipsp. 1
1 Bound for Oblivionp. 3
The Hidden World of Shipwrecksp. 4
Sea of Troublep. 7
Shipwreck Mystery and Mystiquep. 9
Shipwrecks: Underwater Time Machinesp. 12
Life and Death at Seap. 13
How We Talk About Lost Shipsp. 15
Learning from Shipwrecksp. 15
2 Underwater Sleuthsp. 19
The First Deep-Sea Explorersp. 20
Auguste Piccard: Top-to-Bottom Explorerp. 21
Jacques-Yves Cousteau: Explorer Extraordinairep. 24
Shipwreck: The Moviep. 25
Peering Into the Seas with Sonarp. 27
Gearing Up for Going Downp. 29
Robert Ballard: Finder of Lost Shipsp. 32
3 So Many Wrecks, So Little Timep. 37
Wrecks from (A)egean to (Z)uider Zeep. 38
Enemies of the Ship: War, Weather, and Wormsp. 40
Gone but Not Forgottenp. 46
Florida's Gold Coastp. 48
How Many Shipwrecks Are There?p. 49
Skeleton Coasts: The Final Ports of Callp. 51
4 Legacy or Loot?p. 55
Souvenir Ships or Sacred Sites?p. 56
Profit vs. Knowledge: Salvors vs. Archaeologistsp. 58
Giving History a Lift: Raising England's Mary Rosep. 61
Growing Cooperation Between Treasure Hunters and Archaeologistsp. 62
Federally Protected American Shipwrecksp. 65
Part 2 The Many Pleasures of Sunken Treasuresp. 69
5 Treasure Hunting's Soggy Historyp. 71
Original Sunken-Treasure Huntersp. 72
Salvage: As Old as the First Shipwreckp. 73
Beachcombers Clean Upp. 75
Waterlogged Eye Patches: Pirate Salvorsp. 76
6 Sunken Treasure Is Hard to Find!p. 81
Old-Fashioned Wreck Huntingp. 85
Accidental Encounters of the Rich Kindp. 88
Net Proceedsp. 89
El Nuevo Constantep. 91
A Divining Momentp. 93
7 A Breath of Fresh Airp. 95
Deep-Thinking Inventorsp. 96
Diving Bells Ring Up Recoveriesp. 98
Scuba: Now Everyone's a Treasure Hunterp. 101
How Low Can They Go?p. 104
8 Inches from Millionsp. 107
Clearing the Underwater Fogp. 108
Metal Detectors: Not Just for Geeksp. 110
Don't Get Mad; Get MAD!p. 113
Helpful Fish Storiesp. 115
Knowledge by the Galleonp. 117
9 Fish Scales of Justice: Modern Salvage Lawp. 121
Who Owns Whatp. 123
A Piece of the Wreckp. 123
Arresting a Shipp. 125
Deep Wrecks: Whose Law Applies?p. 128
The Titanic: No Peeking!p. 130
The Government's Wrecksp. 131
Part 3 Shipwrecks: Oldies with Goodiesp. 135
10 The Oldest Wreckp. 137
The Uluburun Wreck: History's Oldestp. 138
A Cargo of Clues Answers Bronze Age Questionsp. 140
A Decade of Underwater Archaeology at Uluburunp. 141
Unraveling the Origins of the Uluburun Wreckp. 143
11 Rich Diaster: Wreck of the 1622 Treasure Fleetp. 149
Spain's 1622 Treasure Fleetp. 150
Sailing Toward Destructionp. 154
Spain Attempts to Salvage Its Fortunep. 156
Mel Fisher's Search for the Atocha and Margaritap. 158
The Atocha's Deadly Cursep. 160
Finding the Treasurep. 161
12 The Belle of the Bayp. 163
La Salle Did It Allp. 164
La Salle Was No Columbusp. 167
River! What River?p. 167
Goodbye Mississippi; Hello Cannibalsp. 167
Texas Wrecksp. 168
Looking for La Bellep. 170
13 Wedding Bells and Death Knellsp. 175
Double Your Money: The 1715 Treasure Fleetp. 177
Setting Sailp. 179
Hurricane!p. 180
Salvaging Spain's Treasurep. 183
Treasure Regulationp. 184
Tourist Attractionp. 184
14 A Rose Blossoms Againp. 187
Mary Rose: England's Pridep. 188
The Final Battlep. 191
Early Salvage Attemptsp. 193
Lost and Found Againp. 194
Up, Up, and Awayp. 196
15 A Bountiful Talep. 199
The Harsh Era of the HMS Bountyp. 200
The Bounty's Silly Breadfruit Missionp. 203
Cruel Capt. Bligh and Mutinous Mr. Christianp. 204
Mutinyp. 205
The Tragic Getaway of the Mutineersp. 208
Finding the Bounty's Wreckp. 212
16 Wreck of the Royal Charterp. 215
Outback Gold Rushp. 217
Record Breaker: The Royal Charterp. 218
Famous and Fastp. 220
Final Voyage Homep. 220
Pocket Moneyp. 221
Storm of the Centuryp. 221
It Takes a Village to Raise a Fortunep. 226
Laying the Blamep. 227
17 Slow Death of the SS Central Americap. 229
Thar's Gold in Them Thar Depthsp. 230
A Fight for Lifep. 232
Quest for Goldp. 236
The Long Searchp. 238
High-Technology Recoveryp. 241
Part 4 The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Fallp. 245
18 Never Say Never: The Titanicp. 247
Hype, Hope, and Bad Luckp. 249
Abandon Ship!p. 252
Decades of Speculationp. 255
Discoveryp. 255
Marketing Historyp. 258
19 Amazing Rescue: The Andrea Doriap. 261
The Pride of Italyp. 262
Floating Art Galleryp. 263
Modern Designp. 264
Knifed by the Stockholmp. 265
The Rescuep. 267
Courtroom Dramap. 271
Diving's Fatal Meccap. 274
20 The Torpedo That Launched a Thousand Shipsp. 277
Fast and Fabulousp. 279
Fog of Warp. 281
Death Blowp. 284
Sinking Into Mysteryp. 288
Owning the Lusitaniap. 289
21 Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgeraldp. 291
Edmund Fitzgerald: Pride of the American Sidep. 292
Fighting the Stormp. 295
Disappearance of the "Big Fitz"p. 297
Investigating the Wreckp. 299
Visiting the Fitzp. 302
Part 5 Sleeping Warriorsp. 305
22 The Strange Story of the Japanese Submarine 1-52p. 307
Unusual Missionp. 308
Atlantic Ambushp. 311
The Deepest Treasurep. 314
Uplifting Proposalp. 315
Honoring the Deadp. 317
23 Cold, Cold Cachep. 319
Rescuing Stalin's Goldp. 320
Slow Deathp. 323
Finder of the Edinburghp. 325
A Grave Undertakingp. 328
Treasure Troublep. 330
24 The Cold War's Deepest Mystery: The USS Scorpionp. 333
Sleek and Deadlyp. 335
The Newest Technologyp. 336
Cold War Pressuresp. 337
Final Missionp. 339
The Mystery Beginsp. 341
Myths and Evidencep. 343
Part 6 Pirates and Other Treasure Huntersp. 347
25 "Today's the Day!": Mel Fisher, King of Treasure Huntersp. 349
Hatching a Scuba Pioneerp. 350
Treasure Feverp. 353
The King Fisher of Controversyp. 355
Victory and Tragedyp. 357
Endless Treasurep. 360
26 The Rudest Treasure Huntersp. 363
Piracy: The Eternal Scourgep. 364
Caribbean Sea Robbersp. 367
The Pirate Lifep. 370
Piracy's Gardenp. 371
Horror, Hype, and Punishmentp. 372
27 Sunken Treasure: Spain's Accidental Giftp. 377
Columbus: The Man with the Planp. 378
A Few More Pesos, Pleasep. 379
Golden Dreamsp. 381
Cracking the Treasure Chest: Mexico's Conquestp. 382
Spain's Treasure Addictionp. 383
The Spanish Treasure Fleetp. 385
28 Pennies from Heavenp. 389
A Cool (and Wet) $100 Billionp. 390
The Treasure Funnelp. 391
Fidel Wants His Bootyp. 393
Expeditions Beckonp. 394
Treacherous Investment Watersp. 395
29 Notable Piratesp. 399
The Queen's Own Piratep. 401
The Bold Henry Morganp. 404
Blackbeard: Wild, Weird, and Mean?p. 406
Lafitte: Patriotic Plundererp. 409
A Words to Treasure Glossaryp. 415
B Deepen Your Knowledgep. 425
C Notable Shipwrecksp. 435
Indexp. 439