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Atlas of Shipwrecks & Treasure
by Nigel Pickford
... accounts of 40 shipwrecks and salvage efforts, photos of treasure such as coins, jewelry, and porcelain, and illustrations of diving equipment through the ages. Booklist
Hardcover - 200 pages
DK Publishing; ISBN: 1564585999

Bermuda Shipwrecks : A Vacationing Diver's Guide to Bermuda's Shipwrecks
Daniel Berg
Listed under Bermuda

The Buried Treasures of Maine
by C. J. Stevens
Paperback from John Wade Publishing

Buried Treasures of the Rocky Mountain West: Legends of Lost Mines, Train Robbery Gold, Caves of Forgotten Riches, and Indians' Buried Silver
by W. C. Jameson
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 191 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.53 x 8.46 x 5.55
Publisher: August House Pub; ; (October 1993)
ISBN: 0874832721

Cobs Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins: The Early Spanish American Mints and Their Coinages, 1536-1773
by Sewall Menzel
Listed under Numismatism

Coronado's Children: Tales of Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of the Southwest
by James Frank Dobie
Paperback: 329 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 8.94 x 5.90
Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr; ; (July 1985)
ISBN: 0292710526

Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology
by James P. Delgado (Editor)
Hardcover - 500 pages (March )
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300074271

Expedition Whydah : The Story of the World's First Excavation of a Pirate Treasure Ship and the Man Who Found Her
by Barry Clifford, Paul Perry (Contributor)
Hardcover - 311 pages (April )
Cliff Street Books; ISBN: 0060192321

Goldfinder: The True Story of $100 Million In Lost Russian Gold -- and One Man's Lifelong Quest to Recover It
by Keith Jessop, Neil Hanson
As a young boy, Keith Jessop dreamed of leaving the Yorkshire, England, mill town of Keighley behind to sail the seas in search of treasure. Four decades later, he found his chest of gold: 431 gold bars, to be exact, from the HMS Edinburgh, 800 feet down in the Arctic Sea. Jessop tells his rags-to-riches story in Goldfinder.

From his first snorkel dives as a Royal Marine commando and his first scuba dive--when he could very easily have died--Jessop was hooked. He began collecting equipment and spending every nonworking moment either in the water or heading to and from it. He quit his job--much to the consternation of his long-suffering wife, Mildred--and began working as a salvage diver going after nonferrous metal fittings from shipwrecks. Working his first wreck, the SS. Pollux II, "brought back memories of my childhood fantasies to me, but this was the real thing, almost as good as diving on a galleon full of pieces of eight." Later, he and his partners recovered over 200 tons of copper from the Johanna Thorden, earning themselves the nickname "The Copper Kings" in the process. Between wrecks Jessop turned to saturation diving (where divers stay in a pressurized environment for days on end) on offshore oil platforms.

Time not spent in the water was spent doing research, using both alcohol ("the research often involved nothing more than buying the local lobstermen a pint. They'd point out sites where they'd lost lobster pots, a good indicator of something unusual on the sea-bed") and archives. His research revealed plenty of surprises--such as the day he was left alone in a room with what turned out to be the cargo manifest of the Lusitania. Despite the claims of the British government, the document indicated that the Lusitania was indeed carrying a large cargo of armaments. "I was unsure if I was being leaked a story the official wished to see published or being tested on my ability to keep a secret.... I've kept my silence until now."

Having gained decades of experience, Jessop assembled the team to go after the Edinburgh, which was sunk in 1942 while carrying 10 tons of Soviet gold. Miles of red tape later, on September 16, 1981, his dreams came true. "I cradled the bar in my hands, holding it as tenderly as a baby--a very heavy one." Recovering the gold was just the beginning, however, and Jessop recounts his later troubles in (sometimes tedious) detail. Co-written by Neil Hanson (whose book The Custom of the Sea was a 2000 Editor's Choice), Goldfinder makes great reading for divers and dreamers alike. --Sunny Delaney -
Hardcover - 456 pages 1 edition (February 16, )
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 047140733X

Graveyard of the Atlantic : Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast
by David Stick
Listed under Shipwrecks

In the Wake of Galleons
In the Wake of Galleons
by Robert Marx
Book Description: The general public has an insatiable interest in sunken ships, lost treasures, and the swashbuckling adventurers who go after them. The readers of In the Wake of Galleons will experience an actual treasure hunt, and share in the frustrations, dangers and disappointments that are a part of any expedition. They will also feel the adrenaline rush that comes when the hunter finds treasure. Contents include: 
Columbus' Shipwrecks, Shipwrecks of the 1715 Spanish Fleet, 
The Sunken Continent of Atlantis, Montezuma's Treasure, Panama's Treasure, and much much more! 
Hardcover from Best Publishing Company
Treasure Hunting for Fun and Profit
by Charles Garrett
Paperback from Ram Pub Co

The Usborne Book of Treasure Hunting
by Anna Claybourne, Caroline Young, Ian Jackson, Judy Tatchell, Jenny Tyler
Paperback from E D C Publications
Treasure Hunting: Seek and You Shall Find
by Eddie Okonowicz
Paperback from Myst & Lace Pub
The Greatest Treasure-Hunting Stories Ever Told: Twenty-One Unforgettable Tales of Discovery
by Charles Elliott
Hardcover from The Lyons Press
Treasure Signs, Symbols, Shadow and Sun Signs
by Charles A. Kenworthy
Paperback from Quest Pubns
Unfound Treasures of Mexico
by Charles A. Kenworthy
Mass Market Paperback from Quest Pubns

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Treasure Secrets of the Lost Dutchman
by Charles A. Kenworthy
Mass Market Paperback from Quest Pubns
Oak Island Gold
by William S. Crooker
Paperback (October 1993)
Nimbus Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 155109049X

Oak Island Secrets
by Mark Finnan
Paperback Revised edition
Formac Pub Co Ltd; ISBN: 0887804144
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The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar : Solving the Oak Island Mystery
by Steven Sora
Listed under Knights Templar

Galleon Hunt
Robert Weller
The life story of Art McKee, the first salvage diver of the Florida Keys. He successfully worked the Capitana of the Spanish 1733 treasure fleet, built a museum that thousands have visited in the Florida keys, then began his search for the Spanish treasure galleon "Genovesa" that sank on the Pedro banks in 1730. After many years of searching the wrong reefs, he finally located the galleon and recovered silver coins and bars. He died 8 months later, never to return to the "Genovesa". 
Library Binding / Published 1992 

The Oak Island Mystery : The Secret of the World's Greatest Treasure Hunt
Lionel Fanthorpe, Patricia Fanthorpe
Paperback / Published 1995

Lost Treasure Ships of the Twentieth Century
by Nigel Pickford
Hardcover - 192 pages (August 24, )
Natl Geographic Society; ISBN: 0792274725

The Lost Museum : The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World's Greatest Works of Art
by Hector Feliciano
Listed under Art in the Third Reich

Return to Treasure Island and the Search for Captain Kidd
Return to Treasure Island and the Search for Captain Kidd
by Barry Clifford, Paul Perry
Book Description: When history's most famous pirate, Captain Kidd, was hanged in 1701, he left behind a trail of treasure and treachery that stretched halfway around the world. For undersea explorer Barry Clifford, the biggest prize of all would be to find the Adventure Galley, Kidd's legendary pirate ship. In the world of pirate archaeology, it was the Holy Grail.

With the help of the Discovery Channel, Clifford fields an expedition that includes some of America's top experts in shipwreck recovery. Their goal is to find, identify, and possibly excavate the remains of history's most famous pirate ship. The search takes them to the exotic nation of Madagascar and a tiny island off its rocky coast known to historians as the model for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. There, amid pirate graveyards, broken porcelain intended for a European royal family, and native rituals that include blood sacrifice, Clifford and his crew find far more than they bargained for. The island's murky harbor is filled with sunken pirate ships, making it difficult to single out the Adventure Galley, and the shores are teeming with people who want the expedition stopped. The team races to find the ship before dark forces expel it from the island -- forces motivated by the same resentment and greed that caused Kidd's downfall.

Return to Treasure Island and the Search for Captain Kidd weaves together two exciting stories: the saga of Captain William Kidd, one of history's most baffling and mysterious figures, and Barry Clifford's obsessive quest to find perhaps the most notorious pirate ship of all time. The result is a tale of treasure and adventure that ends in death -- both Kidd's and, three hundred years later, that of a rival archaeologist who attempts to stop Clifford's expedition.
Hardcover from William Morrow

The Search for Sunken Treasure : Exploring the World's Great Shipwrecks
by Robert F. Marx, Jenifer Marx 
Paperback - 192 pages
Key Porter Books; ISBN: 1550137883
The Spanish Treasure Fleets
by Timothy R. Walton
Hardcover - 256 pages
Pineapple Pr; ISBN: 1561640492
Three Miles Down : A Hunt for Sunken Treasure
James Hamilton-Paterson
Deep-sea submarines have been released from military and scientific tasks to look for lucre, found either by filming rock-star wrecks like the Titanic or by salvaging gold. Hamilton-Paterson was the shipboard scribe for the money-hunting chronicled here: an expedition to haul up bullion that combat sent to the bottom in World War II.
Florida Shipwrecks : The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks Around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys
Daniel Berg
Listed under Florida Keys

Shipwrecks in the Americas
by Robert F. Marx
Listed under Shipwrecks

Stalin's Silver : The Sinking of the USS John Barry
by John Beasant
Hardcover - 224 pages Reprint edition
St Martins Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0312205902

Shipwreck: A Saga of Sea Tragedy and Sunken Treasure
by Dave Horner
Hardcover - 352 pages
Sheridan House; ISBN: 1574090844
Underwater Archaeology : Exploring the World Beneath the Sea
by Jean-Yves Blot
Listed under Diving Books

Treasure Hunt : A New York Times Reporter Tracks the Quedlinburg Hoard
William H. Honan
In the last days of World War II, a thousand year-old trove of artworks and manuscripts, worth $200 million, disappeared from a mineshaft in Germany. Among the missing items were the world-famous Samuhel Gospels, a spectacular gold, silver and jewel encrusted ninth-century manuscript given to the Quedlinburg cloister by Germany's first King and hidden away by Heinrich Himmler in the last days of the Reich.
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Lost Ships : The Discovery and Exploration of the Ocean's Sunken Treasures
by Mensun Bound
Hardcover - 192 pages (November )
Simon & Schuster; ISBN: 0684852519
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