|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Maritime archaeology, ancient wrecksites, maritime
And also see Restorations and Replicas.
YEARS UNDER THE SEA
The Quest for a Sunken City.
Captain Ted Falcon-Barker.
CENTURIES UNDER THE SEA
First published in 1972 by Editions France-Empire.
First published in th USA by Crown Publishers, Inc, New York, in 1976.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 218 pages, mono prints.
Author worked with Jacques Cousteau, and colaborated with him on The Silent World.
This volumes covers ancients wrecks in general, and specifically those of Les Magnons, Antikythera, Port Cros, Mahdia, and the ships Panama, Dramont, and others.
YEARS UNDER THE SEA
Excursions in Undersea Archaeology
Philippe Diole. Translated by Gerard Hopkins.
First published under the title Promenade d'Archeoloogie Sous-Marine by Albin Michel, Paris, 1952.
First published in this translation 1954.Sidgwick and Jackson Ltd, London. (Image)
Published by Julian Messner, New York, 1954. Library of Congress 54-6762.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 320 pages, several mono plates throughout.
Covers several ancient sites in th Mediterranean Sea. Of particcular interest to those interested in several ancient sites in the Mediterranean sea!!
HISTORY OF SEAFARING BASED ON UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY.
George F.Bass (editor).
Published 1972 by Thames and Hudson, London.
Hardcover, dutjacket, 318 pages, mono and colour photographs, line drawings
Contributions by Bass, DeVries, Throckmorton, Shw, Marsden, van Doorninck, Christensen, Scandurra, McKee, Peterson, Wheeler and others. A very important work and one which had encoyraged and educated many a diver and marine archaeologist.
BENEATH THE SEA
George F. Bass
OF THE BOAT
Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Conn., USA., 1976. ISBN Number: 0819550027 / 9780819550026
Hardcover, dustjacket, numerous photos and line drawings, 320pp.
THE SEVEN SEAS
Edited by George Bass.
Hardcover, dustjacket, large format, 256 pages, index, bibliography.
As any nautical archaeologist and wreck enthusiast knows, George Bass is the father of modern nautical archaeology, and his brilliant A History of Seafaring Based on Underwater Archaeology published in 1972 became a prime text which encouraged so many to up the science. Much has happened in underwater exploration and nautical study since those days three decades ago - this book covers some forty expeditions and underwater excavations, recovery and conservation that has happened since then. The many contributors, each with a chapter describing their own work, include our own Jeremy Green (okay, he is a pom but we have adopted him), who wrotes not only on the ancient wrecks of the Great Basses Reef off Sri Lanka, but also the popular modern wrecks of Truk Lagoon. Other areas of expeditions include Greece, Turkey, Korea, Natherland, the Caribbean, Egypt, and the USA. I am a bit surprised that the excellent worlk done on the Dutch ships of the 17th and 18th century off the WA coast by Jeremy Green and the WA Museum does not rate a chapter, but the subtitle of the book ‘Adventures with the (USA based) Institute of Nautical Archaeology' answers that concern. The book is extremely well illustrated in colour throughout, well written in a readable non-academic style, and is sure to entertain, educate and encourage.
IN THE SEA
Published 1971 by Doubleday & Co., New York.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 222 pages, mono photographs and line drawings.
Some of the lost cities include Appolonia, Plitra, Pharos, Carthage and Tyre.
WATER, ANCIENT SHIPS
The Treasure Vault of the Mediterranean
Frederic Dumas, co-author of The Silent World.
Copyright Fredric Dumas 1962. Printed in Great Britain, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London.
Translated from the French by Honor Frost.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 70 pages, no photographs, drawinings throughout. Covers preliminary classification of sites, wreck excavation, personnel and equipment, prospection.
INTO THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER WATER
Hanns-Wolf Rackl, translated by Ronald J FLoyd
Publishert: Charles Scibner's Sons, translation c 1968, from the 1964 original.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 292 pages. Contents: Gods From the Depths of the Sea, A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes, The Coast of the "Thousand Wrecks" (Italian coast, Ligurian Sea), On the Trail of Odyssseus, Voyages of the Past, A Submarine Journey to the Roman Era, Sunken Cities, Diving Expeditions in Rivers and Lakes and the Baltic Sea, The Return of the Crown Ship, Exploring Ancient Cults and Cultures.
From the fly: For centuries tales of sunken pirate treasure, ancient shipwrecks, and submerged cities have lured scientists and divers. But before the turn of the century they did not have the diving and salvaging equipment to raise their finds or techniques for preserving wood and metals that had rotted hundreds of years on the ocean bottom. Then "the bends," a mysterious seizure found in divers, was conquered, and frogman equipment was developed by marine pioneers. Underwater archaeology slowly became a science. The treasures it is bringing up from the deep include valuable cargoes, great works of art, and, most important, knowledge of ancient peoples and their cultures. Marine detectives have traced the routes and even the owners of ships, filling in gaps in the history of ancient trade. Forgotten secrets of Greek and Roman shipbuilders have come to light. Cities that have survived only in legend have been rediscovered and photographed. Diving into the Past is a lively and scrupulously researched account of a recent science, from early finds by sponge divers and fishermen to the discoveries of modern expeditions. The author, who often writes from firsthand experience, also covers technical advances, new salvaging equipment, and the future of underwater archaeology. [ps]
FROM THE SEA: Shipwrecks and Archaeology. - From Homer's Odyssey to the
Peter Throckmorton (editor)
Mitchell Beazley Publishers, London. 1987.
Hard cover, dustjacket, 240 pages with b/w & colour illustrations (maps, graphs, paintings, photos); 29.7 x 23.5 cm.
Story of underwater archaeology examining the human history over 4000 years.
Chapter 7: Eastern Horizons (Arab Dhows, by Stephen Rogers. Chinese Junks, East Indiamen , by Jeremy Green). See below.
History from the Sea, is
also published under the name: The Sea Remembers - a later 1996 edition.
UNDER THE SEA
A Manual for Underwater Exploration. Mendel Peterson
Original softcover edition published in 1965. (Possibly image below)
Reprinted in clothbound edition 1969. Subtitled A Handbook for Underwater Exploration.
Smithsonian Publication 4538, distributed by Random house, Inc, USA and Canada.
Library of Congress Number 68-9580.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 210 pages, 56 mono plates with descriptions of marine artifacts.
An important text at the time for the fledgling maritime archaeologist profession by one of the men who pioneered the techniques of maritime archaeology. He was Chairman of the Department of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian Institure, an archaeologist, diver and historian. Covers search techniques, site surveying, preservation of items. Not an uncommon book, but of significant historical value as it was obne of the first books on the techniques of maritime archaeology. The biblography is of particular interest.
Roland Morris. First dition ?. Third impression 1973.
Presume hardcover, 232pages, size 6"x9".
"Lots of illustrations and photos".
Concerns the search for the wreck of the Association off Cornwall.
The Discovery and Exploration of the Ocean's Sunken Treasures
Simon and Shuster Editions, New York. 1998.
Hardcover, medioum near-square format, dustjaacket, many mono and colour photographs, 182 pages, no index, no bibliography.
The author with the imposing name is a professor of marine archaelogy at Oxfor University, regarded as the leading maritime archaeologists in the UK, with impressive work on Roman galleys and the Mary Rose. In this well illustrated book, he writes of just three subjects: the Mahdia wreck, the Agamemnon of Nelson's time, and the more recent Nazu ship[ Graf Spee, 'one of Hitler's secret weapons'. All three wrecks represent archaeology sites that Mensun Bound had considerable influence and direction, and as such he covers the history of the vessels and the era that they represent, as well as the hands-on archaeology on each site. I don't see the book becoming a collector's classic, but anyone interested in maritime archaeology would do well to read it. [ps]
Developments during sixty years in the Mediterranean.
Edited by Joan du Plat Taylor. Contributors include Frederic Dumas, Phillipe Tailliez, George Bass, Yves Girault, Guy de Frondeville, Nino Lamboglia, Fernand Benoit, George Karo, Nicolas Fleming et al.
First published in the USA in 1966 by Thomas Crowell Co, New York. It evolved from a collection of studies called Le Pongeur et l'Archeologue, published in French by the Technical Committee of the Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques (CMAS), in collaboration with a group of people which included Coustau, Tailliez, Dumas, and Honor Frost. Hardcover, dustjacket, 208 pags, mnono prints, line drawings. As the title suggests, this excellent book covers the remarkable work achieved in the Mediterranean. It details the surveys and recovery from some of the most important wrecksites, and the oldest, ever found. It is an important work for the professional (and indeed amateur) maritime archaeologist, as it describes the work done and how it was done. [ps]
Elisha Linder & Avner Raban
Published by: Cassell & Company Limited, London in 1975.
Hard back with dust jacket; 95 printed pages. Dimensions: 20 cms tall by 16.5 cms wide.
This is book 7 of a series of 9 books in the “Cassell’s Introducing Archaeology Series”, aimed at the “general reader” whose interest in archaeology has "been aroused by TV and newspapers". The book is split into 7 parts: 1 The Beginnings. 2 The Inner Space. 3 Tools and Techniques. 4 Wrecks and the Study of Ships. 5 Submerged Harbours. 6 Sunken Cities. 7 Methodology of a New Discipline.
Each part is further broken down into sections for example part 4 looks at various wrecks in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the UK, Scandinavia and the Caribbean while part 6 focuses on Port Royal, Bolsena and “Atlantis”. The book is very well illustrated throughout with diagrams, monochrome and colour photographs. [pt]
Papers from the First Southern Hemisphere Conference. Excellent coverage of legislation, Australian wrecks, amateur involvement, conservation. 1977
Contributions by Green, Henderson, Marx, Stenuit, Kelly Tarlton, Colin Pearson.
ARCHAEOLOGY : The Global Perspectives (Set in 2 Volumes)
G Kuppuram. (ed)
Sundeep Prakashan. ISBN: 8185067910. Year: 1996.
Hardcover , 744 pages. Profusely illustrated with coloured and black-white photos.
From a sales blurb: This book is devoted to the exclusive subject of marine archaeological reconnaissance in the different parts of the world. It brilliantly covers nautical archaeology, chemical conservation, marine corrosion, integrated resource management, international legal protection of underwater cultural heritage, desalination of glass, stone, ceramics, wood samples, and the archaeological survey of harbours and water transports. The book, containing fifty scholarly and significant articles written by specialists in international marine archaeology, offers a scientific survey of maritime history and marine archaeology. Contents Vol. I. I. Submarine Archaeological Investigations: 1. Marine archaeological exploration : applications of scientific tools and techniques/Alok Tripathi. 2. Diving for history in a Killer Volcano Caldera/Thomas R. Hargrove. 3. A Piscina at Caesarea--a preliminary survey/Alexander Flinder. II. Shipwrecks and Ancient Shipping: 4. Underwater investigations of the Sunken British Fleet at Yorktown, Virginia/John D. Broadwater. 5. Findings the Titanic : beginning an international salvage of derelict law at sea/James A.R. Nafziger. 6. A 4th century BC dispersed Amphora Cargo on the Secca Di Capo Ognina, Siracusa, Sicily (Site Ognina 4)/Gerhard Kapitan, F. Naglschmid. 7. Deep-water archaeological investigation and site testing in the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary/Gordon P. Watts, Jr. 8. An European shipwreck off Bangaram Island (India) in Arabian Sea/Alok Tripathi.III. Water Crafts, Maritime Trade and Cultural Interaction: 9. Prehistoric water transport in N.W. Europe/Sean McGrail. 10. Sri Lanka`s traditional boats need a museum/Gerhard Kapitan. 11. Prehistoric boats, timber and woodworking technology/Sean McGrail. 12. Rowing : aspects of the ethnographic and iconographic evidence/Sean McGrail and Anthony Farrell. 13. Medieval logboats of the river Mersey--a classification study/Sean McGrail and Roy Switsur. 14. Towards a classification of water transport/Sean McGrail. 15. Archaeological evidence for rituals and customs on ancient ships/Gerhard Kapitan IV. Ancient Ports and Harbours: 16. The island of Jezirat Fara`un : its ancient harbour, anchorage and marine defence installations/Alexander Flinder. 17. Good times, hard times : the changing fortunes of Caesarea Maritima`s harbors in the Roman Era/Robert L. HohlFelder. 18. A note on ancient Indian ports/G. Kuppuram and K. Kumudamani. 19. A survey of ancient harbours on the Cilician Coast of Turkey: preliminary report/Robert L. Vann. 20. The search for Ezion-geber, King Solomon`s Red Sea Port/Alexander Flinder. V. Marine Archaeology: 21. Maritime archaeology in South Africa/Bruno E.J.S. Werz. 22. Maritime orientations of India : an historical survey/G. Kuppuram and K. Kumudamani. 23. Maritime archaeology around the cape/Andrew B. Smith. 24. Maritime ventures of the East African Coast during the medieval period/K. Kumudamani. 25. Marine archaeology--the British experience/Alexander Flinder. 26. Safeguarding and documentation of the underwater cultural heritage in the Mediterranean, recent initiatives/Gerhard Kapitan. Vol. II. VI. Conservation of Sunken Cultural Property: 27. Marine corrosion on historic shipwrecks and its application to modern materials/Ian D. MacLeod. 28. Metallography of copper and its alloys recovered from nineteenth century shipwrecks/Ian D. MacLeod and Maria Pitrum. 29. The electro chemistry and conservation of iron in sea water.
ARCHAEOLOGY - A TECHNICAL HANDBOOK
Second Edition. Jeremy Green.
Hardcover, lamiated boards, 470 pages, many mono photographs, charts, graphs, index, references.
From the back cover blurb:
Jeremy Green's systematic overview of maritime archaeology offers a step-by-step description of this fast-growing field. With new information about the use of computers and Global
Positioning Systems, the Second Edition of this handbook shows how to extract as much information as possible from a site, how to record and document the data, and how to act ethically and responsibly with the artifacts. Treating underwater archaeology as a discipline, the book demonstrates how archaeologists, academics, governments, the general public, and "looters" interact. Well illustrated and comprehensive in its approach to the subject, this book provides an essential foundation for everybody interested in underwater cultural heritage. Covers global positioning systems. Reviews cultural resource management. Summarizes remote sensing. Describes the applications of software.
ARCHEOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA
University of Western Australia Press, Perth, WA. 1986. ISBN 0 85564 241 6.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 201 pages, mono prints, extensive bibliography, general index, ship index.
From the jacket: Several ancient shipwrecks were found on the Australian coastline some 20 years ago and these generated a great deal of interest within the Australian community. Since then Aus- tralians have become keenly aware of the thousands of other shipwrecks in their waters, sites which can be used to illustrate and research aspects of their trade, communications and development as an island continent. Governments at an early stage passed comprehensive protective laws and provided funds for archaeologists to manage and conduct research on the more important sites. The Australian approach to this controversial branch of Archaeology has been highly successful and deserves emulation in other maritime countries. This book, the first on the subject to emanate from this country, provides a comprehensive account of the archaeological resource and an overview of the progress of the field in Australia, with some pointers to future directions. [ps]
AGAINST TIME - Salvage Archaeology in the United States
Robert Silverberg with the following chapters: Archaeological Emergiencies. Salvage Archaeology Begins. Tennesesee Valley Salvage. The River Basin Surveys. Missouri Basin Archaeology. Salvaging the Indian Mounds. Salvage from Coast to Coast. Salvage in the Southwest. Highway Salvage Archaeology. Pipeline Salvage Archaeology. Salvage Archaeology Tomorrow.
Published 1967. Hardcover, photos, 202 pages.
Ooops!!! No marine archaeology
mentioned. I bought it on spec and although an excellent book, was disappointed
that there is no mention of any undersea excavation.
Bill St.John Wilkes.
First published 1971 by David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, UK.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 294 pages, mono photographs, line drawings. Excellent bibliography.
Maritime archaeology - where, why and how; preliminary research and peparation, advanced equipment, search techniques, recording fins, photography, dating and identification, conservation, reporting - a valuable text.
COMPANION TO SHIPS AND THE SEA
I.C.B.Dear and Peter Kemp.
Softcover, 678 pages, many drawings and a few photographs.
This exceellent book has been on-and-off in print since 1976, and is now available in paperback. It is an excellent encyclopedic guide to anything related to the sea, and is thus of immense value to any keen diver. I use it constantly. This 2005 paperback edition has been revised, with over 2600 A to Z entries on every imaginable subject to do with marine matters - from warfare at seaa and maritime archaeology to Cook and Crusoe, shipbuilding, smuggling, oceanography, divinmg, naval history, marine wildlife and even thge latest ‘in' subject, climate change. A great reference and evewn a book that you can pick up and delve into at any page.
ROYAL - THE SUNKEN CITY
Robert F. Marx.
Hardback, 304 pages. See separate webpage on Robert Marx and all his titles.
In the seventeenth century, Port Royal was a legendary city, a city of vast wealth and pleasure-seeking, the home port of the buccaneers. Today, Port Royal is a city of legends, legends of the 1692 earthquake and tidal wave that caused the city to sink beneath the sea, and legends of the fortunes that may be buried there. Bob Marx was caught up in those legends. Hos excellent book, whiuch has undergone many editions, describes the fulfillment of his childhood dream: a two-and-a-half year exploration of the historic Jamaican port. The first investigation of the site by a trained marine archaeologist, his expedition discovered thousands of perfectly preserved artifacts of life in the 17th century city: silver and pewter ware; brass, iron and wooden tools; and much more, including two hoards of classic buried treasure: Spanish pieces of eight. But Port Royal did not easily give up its treasures: working on a painfully slim budget, Marx and his rag-tag crew had to cope with murky, polluted waters; inhospitable sharks, eels and crabs; razorsharp coral and ancient walls on the verge of collapse; and the intractable opposition of some financial and political interests. Blending real-life adventure, colourful history and the thrill of discovery, Marx has written a fascinating account of one of the most important marine archaeological expeditions ever undertaken. [ps]
GALLEY BENEATH THE SEA.
Captain Ted Falcon-Barker.
First published in 1964 by Brockhampton Press Ltd, UK.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 122 pages, mono photographs and line drawings.
The aithor os Australian, apprently, and his first expdition was to uncover the sunken city of Epidauros. This book is an acocunt o a later expedition in search of Roman galleys sunk sixteen hundred yars ago in th Mediterraneam. And it looks as thouhg he hd quit some success. Very well illustrated.
SHOALS AND AMPHORAS.
The Story of Underwater Archaeology.
Suzanne de Borhegyi. Illustrated by Alex Schomburg.Published in USA and Canada in 1961 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 168 pages. Drawings and charts, no photographs.
Covers several arly archaeological projects in vrious parts of the world, including Spanish galleons, and the work of Teddy Tucker in Bermuda.
ARCHAEOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA
Edited by Michael Nash.
Hardcover, dustjacket, medium format, 224 pages, full colour throughout, maps, drawings, photographs, notes, bibliography, index.
"Since the loss of the Trial (Tryal) in 1622 more than seven thousand shipwrecks have occurred in Australian waters. A significant number of these have now been ocated - often revealing theselves as time capsules providing fascinating insights into marine transportation, cargoes and early colonial life." So states the blurb on the fly of this excellent book. I would have said that the number of wrecks is more in the order of 10,000, probably more, and that the number found is rather insignificant when one considers the aspect of quantity - but, quite significant if we consider the historical importance of the wrecks that have been, and more important, competentally researched and investigated in situ. To continue the blurb... "This is the story of how a unique underwater resource has been consertved and protected as part of the nation's rich maritime heritage - including wrceks associated with early exploration, colonial trade, whaling and the introduction of steam technology. Containing comprehensive maps and many previously unpublished photographs, Shipwrecks Archaeology documents the work of leading maritime archaeologists on some of Australia's most important shipwreck sites." Yes, indeed we have here a description of exceptional woprk on several important wrecks: Batavia, Sirius, Pandora, Sydney Cove, Rapid, Clonmel, James matthews, William Salthouse, Water Witch, Cheviot, City of Launceston, Zanoni, Xantho and Tasman. Each ship, ie chapter, is written by an expert in their field, a maritime archaeologist and/or historian who has had an intimate reltionship with the vessel. And how fortunate we are in this country to have such people as Anderson, gesner, Green, Harvey, Henderson, Jeffery, McCarthy, Nash, Richards, Sexton, Stanbury, Staniforth and Strachan... and many others who have also contributed to the maritime archaeology on the wrecks. This is a surperb book which covers my doctrine of judging an excellent publication - the three ‘E's' - does it Educate, Entertain and Encourage: it certainly does. It is a wonderful source of knowlegde, a great read, and an enthusiastic inspiration for us to appreciate our mritime heritage and to preserve what we can of its physical representations for future generations. I should also add that the book itself is superbly prsented, which apprears typical, it seems, of anything that Mike Nash puts his hand on.
SALVAGES, AND SHIPWRECKS.
Robert E. Burgess.
First published in 1970 by American Heritage Press (subsidiary of McGraw-Hill,Inc), New York.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 188 pages, mono photographs, maps and drawings.
Covers a bit of everythiong to do with, well, sinkings, salvges and shipwrecks.. Chaptrs include The Archaeology of Shipwrecks; The Missing Monitor, The Doomed Armada, Treasure Trove, The Saga of Silver Shoals, Famous Marin Disasters, The Mystery of the Deadly Bermuda Triangle. Alexander Selkirk (Robinson Crusoe), and William Phips. I havn't rad the book, but its looks very informativ and interesting.
See also author' page Robert Burgess.
AND SHIPWRECKS OF THE AMERICAS
Edited by: George F Bass.
Published by: Thames & Hudson, London in 1988.
Hard cover with blue boards and dustjacket; 272 printed pages. Dimensions: 28 cms tall by 22.5 cms wide.
A variety of contributors wrote chapters for the book and it was edited by George Bass, with an introduction also written by him. The book is described a being 12 marine archaeologists telling their own stories of underwater archaelogical pioneering work over 20 years. All the chapters featured are set in the Americas:
1 The earliest watercraft, from rafts to Viking ships (Margeret E Leshiker). 2 The voyages of Columbus, the search for his ships (Roger C Smith). 3 Shipwrecks of the explorers (Donald H Keith). 4 Basque whalers in the New World, the Red Bay Wrecks (Robert Grenier). 5 Treasure ships of the Spanish Maine, the Iberian-American maritime empires (Roger C Smith). 6 The thirteen colonies, English settlers and seafarers (J Richard Steffey). 7 Struggle for a continent, naval battles of the French and Indian wars (Kevin J Crisman).
8 Gunboats and warships of the Americal Revolution (John O Sands). 9 The war of 1812, battle for the Great Lakes (Kenneth J Cassovoy & Kevin J Crisman). 10 Steamboats and inland waterways, prime movers of manifest destiny (Joe J Simmons III). 11 The civil war at sea, dawn of an age of iron and engineering (Gordon P Watts jnr.). 12 The end of the the age of sail, merchant shipping of the 19th century (Paul Forsyth Johnson). In turn, each chapter is also sub-divided into sub-sections and the book is very well illustrated. It is described on the flysheet as having 376 illustrations of which 80 are in colour (I haven’t counted them so I will take their word for that). [pt]
THE STORY OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY
Ebay - description:
Tells the human story behind historically significant discoveries-the story of brave men who, in their efforts to retreive Sunken History, contend with menacing sea creatures, troublesome growths that attach themselves to underwater objects, and the pressure of tons of water. 178 pages.
|TARQUIN'S SHIP - The
Etruscan Wreck in Campese Bay
Alexander McKee. Souvenir Press, London, 1985. ISBN 0 285 62652 3.
From the fly: Alexander McKee first saw the wreck that was later to be identified as Etrus- can in 1962, while on a diving holiday on the Italian island of Giglio. It lay at 150 feet below sea level, one among many ships that had foundered off the rocky coast in classical times. Both he and his friend Reg Vallintine who had first seen the wreck the previous year, felt that it deserved investigation, but at that depth and at that time, the problems would a have been almost insuperable. For the next twenty years McKee was immersed in the now famous labour of locating and raising the Tudor warship Mary Rose. It was not until 1982 that he was free to join an expedition to exca- vate the Etruscan ship, although such an undertaking had been much in his mind, particularly as the ship had now attracted the attention of treasure hunters. The Mary Rose project had been hazardous enough; but the depth of the Etruscan ship made diving highly dangerous, and 'the narks' a constant risk. For three successive seasons, in 1982, 1983 and 1984, a small group of people have striven with the elements to bring to the surface evidenc; which, it is hoped, will reveal some of the secrets of the most mysterious civilisation of ancient times. 'Ihis enthralling book, containing all the ingredients of high adventure, recalls what is known of the Etruscan people, both from contemporary histories and from their tombs and cities, and suggests how Ihuch more this long-lost ship could . tell us about a culture that still remains largely an enigma. But most of all it is a personal account of the hazards of diving to great depths, of the exhilaration of discovery and the ravages of looters. It brings to life the incredible beauty of the world beneath the sea, with its rich population of plant and animal life. [ps]
ARCHAEOLOGY OF SHIPS
The Bodley Head, London. 1974.
Hardcover, justjacket, 134 pages, mono prints, index. From the fly:
Ships were the largest single movable objects known to early man. To venture onto the open ocean in them was often as daring as going to the moon today-to overcome the unbiddable violence of the sea was a marvellous feat. We can never really appreciate how prehistoric people felt when they made their voyages. But not quite everything has to be left to the imagination. A ship must have sunk, every day, somewhere, somehow, ever since man first took to the sea, and although there are still many gaps in our knowledge, a small number of these ships survive, and tell us better than anything else of the skilful cunning, the experienced dexterity, and the strength their builders used to fight back against the implacable oceans. The first scientific excavation and restora- tion of an ancient vessel was the recovery of the Nydam ship of the 4th century AD from a peat bog in Schleswig. This was soon fol- lowed by the finding of the magnificent Viking ships from Gokstad and Oseberg in Norway. Since the early twentieth century these have provided one of the most vivid of all ways for the general public to experience the past at sea. Now, more excavations on land and the new scope brought about by the Iqualung have greatly multiplied the number of known and sometimes still visible ancient ships. This book is about some of these craft, the men who found them, and what they did about them.
BLACK SHIP : THE QUEST TO RECOVER AN ENGLISH PIRATE SHIP AND ITS LOST TREASURE
Barry Clifford with Paul Perry
Published by: Headline Book Publishing, London in 1999
Hard back with DJ - 311 printed pages. Dimensions: 24 cms tall by 16 cms wide
Details from the dustjacket: Captain 'Black Sam' Bellamy and his band of pirates terrorised the high seas, looting gold from more than 50 ships and loading it into the Whydah, a captured slave ship, before losing one last furious battle with the elements and sinking off the coast of Cape Codein the great storm of 1717. Two centuries later, spellbound by his uncle's tales of Bellay, the English sailor turned pirate adventurer, and his flagship Whydah (the Black Ship) underwater explorer Barry Cliffordresolved to salvage the sunken wreckand its plunder. He has spent more than fifteen years chasing leads and heading a full time search for the wreck site. His efforts have paid off: Clifford and his team of divershave recovered the wreck and much of his priceless treasure - canons, pistols, coinage and gold - some of which dates back to 1864. The Black Ship tells how Barry Clifford correctly estimated the position of the eighteenth century wreckage over the yearsdiscovered over one hundredthousand artefacts of real historical value. This is a book of adventure, history and marine archaeology, and a dramatic quest that unfolds within the context of the 'Golden Age' of piracyand the legend of the pirate 'prince' from South West England. The book is extremely well illustrated with monochrome photographs and some absolutely beautiful drawings of many of the artifacts. [pt]
BRITISH MUSEUM ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF UNDERWATER AND MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY
James P. Delgado,(editor)
British Museum Press London 1997 . Hardcover, dust jacket, 4to - 8 3/8" x 111/4" , 493pp, index, glossary, 120 colour & 235 mono illustrations. Comprehensive reference on the discovery and recovery of the submerged past from sunken cities to ships.
Also softcover version published at the same time as hardcover.
Softcover, A4 size, 212 pages, colour plates, recommended reading, index.
Hugh Edwards is well known to Australian divers for his many excellent books on maritime history and diving. His latest offering is a rediscovery of two major explorers of the modern world. In 1699, William Dampier set sail through the English Channel aboard the Roebuck, a rotten and ruinous fire ship which was never to meet its destination of Australia. Similarly in France, 1817, Louis de Freycinet was aboard his own scientific vessel Uranie, bound on a voyage around the world. Despite being shipwrecked on rocks off the Falkland Islands, Freycinet's time was spent shared with that of his new young wife Rose, who was disguised as a man and smuggled on board before the ship set sail from France. The third and final voyage in the book began at Perth International airport in 2001, where seven men mulled over their intention of searching for the shipwrecks of Dampier and Freycinet in their South Atlantic graves. What they were to discover in their final days of the mission was beyond even their wildest imagination…. A tale of hope, success and immeasurable adventure.
An adventure in Undersea Archaeology.
Little, Brown & Co, Boston. 1964.
|THE RAISING OF THE VASA
The Rebirth of a Swedish galleon.
Roy Saunders. Oldbourne Book Co. Ltd, London. 1962.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 88 pages, mono prints.
From the fly:
On August 10th, 1628, the giant battle galleon Vasa set sail from Stockholm and, within a few minutes, sank. The Vasa was the biggest battleship of the day and the pride of Imperial Sweden. In the centuries that followed many attempts were made to salvage her. But not until 1956, when her exact location was discovered by Anders Franzen of Stockholm, was it possible to bring the skill of modern engineers to the task. Today, the great ship, raised from its resting place on the seabed, is a Swedish national monument. Scientists and craftsmen are engaged in the task of ensuring its preservation. Because of the nature of the water in that part of the sea, the Vasa was brought to the surface intact. The hulk contained perfectly preserved arms and utensils of a vanished age; around it were strewn great quantities of woodcarving - of gods, kings, knights, mermaids, dragons, lions, demons, cherubs; symbolic works of art from a fantastic Baroque period. It contained the centuries - old skeletons of Swedish fighting mariners. The story of the sinking of the Vasa and its reclamation is graphically told by Roy Saunders in this enthralling book. [ps]
STORY OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY
Hardcover, dust jacket, 178 pages.
Ebay description: Tells the human story behind historically significant discoveries; the story of brave men who, in their efforts to retreive sunken history, contend with menacing sea creatures, troublesome growths that attach themselves to underwater objects, and the pressure of tons of water.
WRECK OF THE AMSTERDAM
Hutchinson & Co, London. First publsihed 1974. ISBN 0 09 119850 X.
Several other editons, one in 1985, possibly softcover.
Hardcover, dustjacket,206 pages, many illustrations.
This is the interesting story of the history and loss of the Duch East Indiaman Amsterdam beached near Hastings in Sussex, UK, in 1749,which still lies buried-two thirds complete-beneath the sands. Marsden, a professional archaeologist at the museum of London, tells the enthralling story of the efforts to ensure that this "maritime Pompeii", a time capsule of 18th century life, should be recovered.Now work is well under way to conserve both the Amsterdams contents ( not only a rich cargo, but many personal possessions of those onboard) and to reconstruct the ship herself in her native Amsterdam.This may not be a diving story but it is a fascinating read for anyone interested in shipwrecks. [ps]
Firt published 1973 by Robert Hale & Co, London/
Hardcover, dustjacket, 224 pages, mono photographs and line drawings.
Commencs with a history o diving - 'advent of the aqualung', and then covers some of the major maritime archaeology events and ancient wreck sites. He also speaks of 'the way ahead'. An interesting book with an excellent bibliography.
ARCHAEOLOGY; TREASURES BENEATH THE SEA
Publisher: Hawthorn Books, 1970.
Harcover, justjacket, 214 pages, mono photographs.
From the jacket blurb:"... stories of some of the most interesting finds, the history of diving, advances in the technology of underwater archaeology, the training of underwater archaeologists, and the dangers facing the divers".
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