Wreck of HMS Victory Found

Link here and here for neat articles on the recently discovered wreck of the HMS Victory, said to have been “the most heavily armed ship of its day” when it sank in a storm in the English Channel in 1744.  The ship’s cargo is believed to have included as much as four tons of gold, and Odyssey Marine Exploration, the private venture which has located the ship, is currently negotiating recovery rights with the British government.  There are also plans for a forthcoming Discovery Channel documentary.     

If you’re interested in deep sea diving on shipwrecks, treasure troves and the like, we may have something for you.  Treasure Hunt:  Shipwreck, Diving, and the Quest for Treasure in An Age of Heroes by Peter Earle; The Lure of Sunken Treasure:  Under the Sea with Marine Archaeologists and Treasure Hunters by Robert F. Marx; and Submerged:  Adventures of America’s Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team by Daniel Lenihan, are all general works dealing with marine archaeology, searches for sunken treasure, and the history of marine salvage.

The ever popular HMS Titanic is of course well-represented in our collection.  Our books include Robert Ballard’s Titanic:  The Last Great Images and The Discovery of the Titanic, which recount the discovery of the ship’s remains on the bottom of the Atlantic in 1985.  Ballard also wrote a forward for E.E. O’Donnell’s The Last Days of the Titanic:  Photographs and Mementos of the Tragic Maiden Voyage.  One of our more recent Titanic acquisitions is Titanic’s Last Secrets:  The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler by Brad Matsen.

Another famous passenger liner wreck is the Andrea Doria, an Italian ship which sank in 1956.   Deep Descent:  Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria, by Kevin F. McMurray, chronicles the exploration of its wreck site.

Back in the 1980s, the discovery by treasure hunters Mel Fisher and others of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a Spanish galleon which sank in a hurricane off Florida in 1622, attracted considerable attention.  The library owns a number of books about the Atocha including:  Fatal Treasure:  Greed and Death, Emeralds and Gold, and the Obsessive Search for the Legendary Ghost Galleon Atocha by Jedwin Smith; The Search for the Atocha by Eugene Lyon; and Treasure by Robert Daley.  Spanish treasure is also the subject of Pieces of Eight: Recovering the Riches of a Lost Spanish Treasure Fleet, by Kip Wagner as told to L. B. Taylor, Jr.

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder deals with the discovery (1987) of the S.S. Central America, which sank in 1857 laden with gold from California.


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