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The incredible search for the treasure ship Atocha
Matsen, Bradford.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Presents background information about the sinking of the Spanish galleon, Atocha, in 1622 and describes efforts to locate the wreck and successfully salvage its treasure more than 300 years later.
Today's the day -- The sinking of the Atocha, 1622 -- Mel Fisher's quest for the ghost galleons -- The search goes on and on -- Atocha's treasure is worth more than money.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 1.0 71068.
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G530.N83 M39 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G530.N83 M39 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In 1622, the Spanish ship ATOCHA set sail for Spain carrying hundreds of crew and passengers and a boatload of riches. A day later, a hurricane stopped the ship in its path, killing most of the people on board and dumping gold, silver, and jewels into the sea. It seemed that the enormous treasure would remain buried under the ocean floor forever. And it did remain hidden, for well over 300 years, until one determined man decided he would be the one to find it. This fascinating story details Mel Fisher's long search for the treasure of the ATOCHA. Readers will experience Fisher's exciting hunt for the buried riches.

Author Notes

Brad Matsen is the author of many books and television shows on the ocean and its creatures. He has been a commercial fisherman, pilot, and scuba diver. He lives in Seattle and has a daughter, Laara, a son-in-law, Jonas, and a new grandson, Milo

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-A credible title about an amazing adventure. Matsen presents a brief description of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Se-ora de Atocha, her short life transporting treasure, her demise during a hurricane in 1622, and her discovery more than 360 years later. This is also the story of Mel Fisher's 16-year quest for the remains of the sunken ship and her cargo. Diving equipment, procedures, and recovery methods are clearly introduced, and the method of financing the venture by means of acquiring investors is simply but adequately explained. With blue shading along the top of each page, the layout is attractive and open. The colorful illustrations include numerous underwater photos, period reproductions, and a map. The beauty of some of the pictured artifacts will be a source of fascination for young readers. Make this a high-priority purchase.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Today's the Dayp. 5
2 The Sinking of the Atocha, 1622p. 11
3 Mel Fisher's Quest for the Ghost Galleonsp. 19
4 The Search Goes On and Onp. 29
5 Atocha's Treasure Is Worth More Than Moneyp. 41
Chapter Notesp. 44
Glossaryp. 46
Further Reading and Internet Addressesp. 47
Indexp. 48