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See also AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKSWORLD SHIPWRECKS
ON THE BOTTOM (Includes CD and DVD).
Commander Edward Ellsberg
Introduction by Edward L. Beach, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.), author of Run Silent, Run Deep
On the evening of September 25, 1925 the U.S. Navy submarine S-51 was rammed by the steamship City of Rome in open seas off Block Island, Rhode Island, USA. She sank in 132 feet of water with the loss of 33 sailors. The disaster evoked such a storm of popular indignation that it was felt that at all costs a determined attempt must be made to raise the S-51. No vessel had ever been raised from such a depth, a feat the experts pronouced impossible. The task of salvaging the sub fell to Lieutenant Commander Edward Ellsberg and a group of divers scavenged from all over the fleet. The impossible was accomplished painstakingly over a nine month period conquering obstacle after obstacle. Working in hard hats and lead boots, in minimal light, while dragging air lines behind them, each diver had about an hour of exhausting and terrifying work before begginning a lenghy decompression process. 
The book was originally published in 1929, a magnificent account of the stuggle on the ocean floor to salvage the S-51 has become a modern classic of the sea. This Special Edition includes updated information on the accident and the aftermath and additional historical photographs.  It also includes CD recording of the 1925 ballad The Sinking of the S-51, a 1979 oral interview with Rear Admiral Ellsberg and a DVD of period newsreel footage. The book is hardcover with dustjacket, 256 pages, mono photos.  $46.00.
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THE ARTIFACT HUNTER
Tom Gormley.
The recovery of artifacts from historic shipwrecks in Australian national and state waters is generally illegal, however there are many interesting items lying on the seabed that scuba divers can, and do, collect. The tragedy is that many items recovered from the sea soon deteriorate due to lack of, or incorrect conservation. I wouldn't worry too much about the odd gold bar, but other items require specific conservation - ferrous and non-ferrous metals, leather, wood, glass, porcelain. The book is USA-centered but the techniques of findind and conserving artifacts are muuch the same. This book could save your collection. 
Softcover, near A4 size, mono photographs and charts, definitions, references. No index. $28.00.
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DRAGON SEA
A True Tale of Treasure, Archaeology and Greed off the Coast of Vietnam.
Frank Pope. 
This is the narrative of the excavation of the fifteenth-century Hoi An wreck where millions of dollars of exquisite porcelain representing ancient Vietnamese art was raised under remarkably difficult physical and political conditions. The book tells the tale of "... adventure, and ambition - a fascinating object lesson in what happens when scholarship and money join forces to recover lost treasure". The author was the salvage project's archaeological manager. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 337 pages, index, drawings, no photographs. $46.00.
Now out of print. Two copies available.
DEEP WATER GOLD
Keith Gordon. 
"The story of RMS Niagara - the quest for New Zealand's greatest shipwreck treasure." The tale has been told before, by Taylor in 1942, Maynard in 1996, and now Gordon in 2005. So what makes this book any different from its predecessors? Surely the story is the same. What new material could entice the reader? Gordon covers the initial recovery of most of the gold, and the later attempt by the original diver diver Johnno Johnson for the recovery of the remaining 35 bars of gold in the 1950s. Comparison between previous authors is not necessary. Sufficient to say that Gordon is an excellent researcher and author. Halfway through the book we come to the present time, or a decade or two ago, and under the appropriately titled chapter New Tools, the Niagara is visited by an ROV team, and the book takes a decidedly modern turn with ROVs, and high tech diving using mixed gases to visit the wreck at 300ft plus. This is present-day diving at its best, utilising the highest skills and first class equipment to reach a ship that has been beyond the reach of recreational divers for over have a century. This is diving that few will follow, but those who do experience the thrill of diving where few have been before, and utilizing the utmost of skills gained through thorough training. Gordon describes these dives with highly competent technical detail, fascinating for those, like myself, who will not venture down that path. Yes, another book on the Niagara, but with something extra to offer. Superb!. And by the way, there are five gold bars left. Softcover, 240 pages, mono and colour prints, index, glossary, bibliography - an excellent production.  $42.00
RAISING THE KURSK 
Hans Offringa.
A remarkable book - where to start! Leaving the subject matter aside for a moment, we have here an insight into what will probably be the norm in the future for non-fiction high quality books - excellent design and a DVD included to cover the moving image and to add additional material. But back to the Kursk - I wrote soon after her loss on 12 August 2000 that the Kurst will remain a gravesite and would not be raised - I was wrong. I gave a comparison to the loss of the British submarine Thetis in 1939, and noted the bureaucratic bungling that prevented the immediate raising of the Thetis, with the loss of ninty-nine lives. Perhaps there was less urgency with the Kursk. She was deeper, at 110 metres on the floor of the Barentz Sea, and the explosion that caused her loss gave, perhaps, justifiable concern that all on board were dead. Russian President Putnin does not call in international expertise until four days later. It is too late. A Norwegian diving team report that the ship is flooded. One hundred and eighteen crew are dead. It now remains to raise the submarine - if possible. With international offers of help, the political intrigues start. Matters of insurance and law prevail, but finally the Dutch salvge company Mammoet, whose motto "Welcome All Difficulties", has the contract, in a joint venture with Smit International. The salvage operation is remarkable in the difficulties that the engineers overcame to reach their successful goal. ‘Raising of the Kurst' tells you how it was done, with an emphasis on the remarkable people involved. It is one thing to think of the stupidity of man that we can cause such horrors in the first place, but the balance is found, somewhat, in the ingenuity and technical skills in raising the submerged tomb. Althought the description, photographs and technical drawings support the title of the book, it is the people involved that create the greatest impression - those lost, those family members in grief, the politicians and naval officers, and of course the salvage team that not so much brought back a cigar of steel, but much more important, the bodies of those lost so that they may receive a fitting burial and a final farewell. Never have I read a book that combines such passion and compassion with technical matter of factness. Yes, this is a remarkable book. 
Hardcover, large square format 265 x 255 mm, 184 pages, full colour throughout, drawings.
Comes complete with DVD containing interviews, a 32-minute documentary, animation of the salvage procedure and a photo gallery. Initial offer $78.00. Sorry, no longer available.
FATAL TREASURE. 
Jedwin Smith. 
Greed and Death, Emeralds and Gold, and the Obsessive Search for the Legendary Ghost Galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. There have been several books writtn on the discovery of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, and the story of Mel Fisher and his team raising millions in gold and jewellery is the stuff of legends. What is not known is the tragedy and suffering that resulted from the search, and more surprisingly, from its first discovery of the US$400 treasure. Five lives were lost, including a son and daughter-in-law, in accidents and murderous sabotage. Fatal Treasure centres on the ‘emotional roller-coaster ride' of the Fisher family and others involved in seeking the treasure. Quite frankly, I wonder if it is worth all the trauma - certainly not when a son is lost. Hardcover, dust jacket, 257 pages. One second-hand ex-library copy in excellent cobdition, dustjacket, library plastic cover. $32.00
GOLDFINDER Keith Jessop.  
This is the extraordinary true story of the author's salvaging of the richest prize ever recovered from the bottom of the sea - $100 million in gold from the warship HMS Edinburgh, in the Arctic Ocean. It is a remarkable story, a biography of an ordinary kid who overcame all difficulties to pursue a dream and succeed in its achieveement - and in so doing making him a very wealthy man indeed, reportedly the most successful treasure hunter and salvage diver in history. It is not usual to find a treasure hunter who possesses not only the determination to succeed, but also an exceptional ability to write about it. The son of a penniless Yorkshire mill-girl, Jessop may have lacked in basic schooling, but somewhere along the line he learnt how to write exceptionally well - perhaps it was a natural talent. This is a truly incredible book and a wonderful read. Softcover (paperback), 420 pages, with mono plates. $22.00
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IN THE WAKE OF GALLEONS. 
Robert Marx. 
The author needs little introduction - in his forty years as a maritime archaeologists, treasure hunter and author, he has written many books. This is one of his ;atest, and covers his personal side of research and discovery of many important wrecks, including the Colombus Shipwrecks, those of the 1715 Spanish Fleet, Montezzuma's treasure, the Panama treasure and sunken cities. A very readable book, heavy on personal anecdote and less so on historic tedium. 
Hardcover, laminated boards, 418 pages, many mono prints. $68.00
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LOST TREASURES IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Kenneth W. Byron. Published by Ure Smith, Sydney, 1964.
From the fly: Kenneth W. Byron has spent several years investigating all the available records concerning the lost treasures of Australia and New Zealand, and has written a well-docu- mented book that covers the whole subject in fascinating detail. Many extraordinary happenings and un- solved mysteries come under exam- ination here - stories of the Dutch treasure ships of the seventeenth century wrecked off the coast of Western Australia; of lost gold reefs said to exist in Australia, and the caches of bushrangers like Ben Hall and Thunderbolt; of two famous treasure ships of New Zealand waters, the Elingalnite and the General Grant; of treasures that hav:e actually been found and many others still awaiting discovery. Illustrated with sixteen pages of maps drawn by Josephine Mayo, cartographer of the Australian Encyclopaedia. 
Only one second-hand copy available. $45.00. Ex-library but in very good condition, with dust-jacket. 
Sorry - Sold  May be able to find more copies.
LOST TREASURE SHIPS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Nigel Pickford. 
Published by National Goegraphic and qwrotten by one of the world's ;pading authorities on shipwrecks, this large format book is superbly presented in large format and full colour. Just some of the vessels mentioned include Admiral Nakhimov, Lusitanmia, Titanic, Hampshire, Laurentic, Empress of Britain, Awa Maru and Edinburgh - and nine others. It really is a remarkable read as most of the ships were lost in the last century - there are no Spanish treasure ships of the Carinnean. The book is well illustrated with mono and colour photographs, and charts. An excellent read. Hardcover, dust jacket, full colour, 192 pages, glossary, index. $46.00.
One softcover edition available, $32.00
PIECES OF EIGHT.  Recovering the Riches of a Lost Spanish Fleet 
Kip Wagner, as told to L.B.Taylor. 
Appears t have been first published in 1966 by Real Eight Company, Inc. 
Also have indication of publication in 1966 by E. P. Dutton.  British edition published by Longmans. Green & Co. Ltd,  London, 1967. Hardcover, dustjacket, 222 pages, mono and colour plates throughout. Combines 20th century sleuthing methods with the romance and mystery of the past in this true story of a  treasure hunt that has yielded millions. The author, a Florida construction man, picked up the first clues of the treasure fleet from Spain. Occasionally, blackend silver coins were discovered along a Florida beach. His imagination was fired and with the help of his friends he began a long research and search operation that is described in this engrossing book. Their work was arduous and at times dangerous. There were setbacks, grueling underwater ordeals but in time the rewards were sensational-thousands of silver pieces of eight and gold doubloons, silver bars and bullion, gold ingots, gold rings and pendants, priceless Chinese porcelain, a gold  necklace and $3 million in treasure recovered by the hard working and persistent men. The story is told with humor, drama and the kind of factual detail any treasure hunter wants to know and that every armchair adventure will find fascinating. It has become one of the true classics of 'treasure literature'.
We have just the one copy available; the Longman's edition, 1967. In good condition with intact dust jacket. $42.00
PORT ROYAL - THE SUNKEN CITY
Robert F. Marx.
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. Hardback, 304 pages. $48.00.
SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA .
Gary Kinder. 
In September 1857, the SS Central America, a side-wheel steamer carrying nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, foundered in a hurricane and sank two hundred miles off the Carolina coast. Over four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of California gold were lost, at the time the worst peacetime disaster at sea in American history. Eventually the women and children were led into lifeboats manned by crewmen and were saved.Recreates  the ship's downfall, based on survivors' accounts, and the decade-long pursuit of the wreck. "The bottom was carpeted  with gold. Gold everywhere, like a garden. The more you looked, the more you saw gold growing out of everywhere." Hardcover, dustjacket, 507 pages.  $34.00  Sorry, all gone.
SHIPWRECKS AND SUNKEN TREASURE IN S.E. ASIA
Tony Wells. 
This is one of the most interesting books I have read in quite a while, and makes me wonder why I am living in Victoria. It covers over 450 wrecks, including the incredible Flor do Mar, the 'Nanking Cargo' ship Geldermalsen, the ceramic ship Tung Vao, and the Marie Therese. This is not just a list of treasure wrecks. There is excellent chapters on search techniques and identification of ancient wrecks, the law, maritime archaeology or plundering?, coins and currency, and the shipping trade in South East Asia. Superb book, in full colour with excellent maps. 
Softcover, 158 pages, 145x225mm.
$38.00
SO ENDS THIS DAY - An Autobiography.
Captain Sir John Williams.
Globe Press, Victoria. 1981.
From the fly: In this autobiography Sir John I Williams recounts the story of his long and eventful life. Born in Wales in 1896 he went to I ,ea on sailing ships when he was fourteen, and his years before the mast tell of a past era of romance, danger, harshness and hard work. After meeting his future wife on a voyage to Australia he migrated and worked in the port of Townsville. Moving to Melbourne as Wharf Manager he developed a stevedoring business which later diversified into freight, salvage and engineering. The energetic, young John Williams also maintained interests in gold-mining, cool stores, paint manufacture and farming. But from the gold ship Niagara through service with the war time Salvage Board to the present day, marine salvage has been the main interest of this multi-faceted man. Appointed as Chairman of the Australian Coastal Shipping . Commission in 1956 he presided over its first years of development until his retirement in 1971. This book is not simply the outline of an outstanding career. With amazing recall and endearing frankness it shares the the life of a remarkable man. Hardcover, dustjacket, 230 pages, index, mono prints.
We occasionally have copies in various conditions. Please ask.
Yep - have a copy. Perfect condition, as new, dustjacket in protective cover. $42.00
STALIN'S GOLD
The Story of HMS Edinburgh and Its Treasure.
Barrie Penrose. Published by Granada Publishing, UK, 1982.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 224 pages, 16-page mono photograph feature. Although not a classic in the true sense, it is nevertheless a collectors item as the book was ordered to be withdrawn and pulped after litigation brough about, I believe, by Keith Jessop who was the leader and true finder of the Edinburugh. It is not know how many copies remained in circulation after the court order was issued.
We have just the one copy available. Very good condition, with dust jacket. $42.00
Sorry, sold.
SUBMERGED
Adventure sof America's Most Elite Underwater Archaeology Team. 
Daniel Lenihan.
The author led a team of divers from the (US) National Park Service for twenty five years, with the aim of finding and preserving historical shipwrecks. But its not all about America, and includes diving in Pearl Harbour, the Virgin Islands, Bikini atoll, the Aleutians, and Micronesia. With narrative intersperced through an authorative text, the author attempts quite successfully to make this an ‘adventure', and thus an interesting read. 
Hardcover, dust jacket, 287 pages, colour and mono prints. $54.00.
SUNKEN TREASURE
Pierre de Latil and Jean Rivoire. 
Copyright 1959 by Libraire Plon. English translation 1962 by Hill and Wang Inc. Published by Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1962.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 276 pages, mono plates throughout, charts.
These are two of my favourite authors, and yet I can find nothing on them personally. Never mind, they have left a legacy to the existence by way of this book, and Man and the Underater World. This book is about sunken treasure, of course, and contains 25 chapters of individual wrecks and wreck sites including the Spanish galleons, the Lutine, Egypt, Laurentic, Elisabethville, Niagara, Florencia and many others. A great read.  Now well out of print. Secondhand only, when available. 
We have one excellent copy, with dust jacket. $64.00  
Sold, sorry.
SUNKEN TREASURE, HOW TO FIND IT 
Robert Marx . 
Four hundred pages of interesting facts; methods, stories. This book could change your life! A very good read-modern salvage, galleons, identification,preservation. 
Softcover, some colour.  $42.00
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THE DIANA ADVENTURE. 
Dorian Ball. 
Over four million dollars worth of porcelain was raised from the British ship Diana which went down off Malacca on the west Malaysian coast in 1817. Author Dorian Ball spent several years locating and raising the treasure which was eventually sold at auction. Like the raising of the famous Nanking cargo (which Ball worked on), the location and salvage of the Diana's cargo makes for fascinating reading. This is one of the finest books I have read on the whole process of a ‘dream come true' -from the dream to reality of finding the wreck, overcoming bureaucracy, raising the treasure and the sale. The book is exceptionally well produced. Hardcover, dust jacket, 176 pages, full colour. $74.00  Limited copies.
THE ELINGAMITE AND ITS TREASURE
Shipwreck off the New Zealand coast and the excitement of a modern search for gold.
Wade Doak.
Hodder & Stoughton. London and Auckland. 1969. From the fly: On a foggy November morning in 1902 the Elingamite, a passenger steamer on the run from Sydney to Auckland, was wrecked with a loss of forty-five lives on one of the lonely Three Kings Islands, north of New Zealand. The drama of the wreck, the tragedy and tension of death and rescue, the treasure that went down with the ship have kept the story fresh in the minds of many people in Australia and New Zealand. Hardcover, dustjacket. 192 pages, mono prints.
We have just the one second-hand copy available. $32.00. Ex library, but in good condition with protected dust jacket intact.
THE NANKING CARGO
Michael Hatcher with Antony Thorncroft and Max de Rham.
Published by Hamish Hamilton, London. 1987. 
This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of the most exciting underwater adventure of the decade - the finding, raising and selling of the Nanking Cargo. In 1985 Mike Hatcher, ex-Barnado boy, ex-sheep farmer, located a Dutch East Indiaman, the Geldennalsen, which had been wrecked in 1752 in the South China seas. From the ocean bed, Hatcher and his partner, Max de Rham, salvaged its vast cargo of Chinese porcelain and gold. When this haul- known to the world as the Nanking Cargo - was sold at Christies in Amsterdam, it made over ten million pounds, and established Captain Hatcher as the. most controversial and wealthy treasure hunter of the day. Hatcher calls himself a marine archaeologist on a commercial basis; others have named him the new Jacques Cousteau. But he is very far from being a dry academic - more a modern buccaneer. Tough, uncompromising and ruthless, his home is his yacht, The Restless M, from which he and de Rham are hunting an even larger treasure somewhere off the coast of Singapore. Hatcher's many remarkable adventures have not only made him a millionaire. They have transformed the antique trade and set historians at each other's throats. And what has he found on his current expedition? Hardcover, dustjacket, 175 pages, mono and colour prints. 
We have just the one copy available, in perfect as NEW condition. $94.00
THE SALVAGE OF THE CENTURY. 
Rick Wharton. 
The Salvage of the Century is a detailed account of the most succesful salvage operation in modern times, with some £50,000,000 sterling worth of gold raised from the WW2 warship HMS Edinburgh torpedoed and sunk in 1942 in the Barents Sea, wihin the Arctic Circle. The author led the team of saturation divers who recovere the gold. The book covers in some detail the recovery of the gold, whereas Goldfinder by Keith Jessop covers in gretr depth the intrique in attempting to obtain rights for, and locate, the gold. Hardcover (laminated boards) 196 pages, mono and colour prints. Note: Interestingly, although Keith Jessop gets due mention in the book, he perhaps does not receive the accolades due to him for his persisentence in recovering the gold. After all, it was Keith Jessop's project, and he brought in Wharton's company to oversee the recovery. $85.00
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THE SEARCH FOR SUNKEN TREASURE. 
Exploring the World's Greatest Shipwrecks.
Robert F. Marx and Jennifer Marx. 
Diving on local wrecks off the eastern Australian seaboard is interesting, but pales into insignificance compared to the magnificent treasure wrecks that Robert Marx has visited over his many years as a maritime archaeologist and treasure hunter. Marx takes us on a diving journey through the history of the Scandinavian wrecks (Vasa), the Spanish galleons (and the Armada wrecks), the Manila galleons, the East Indiamen (Batavia and Gilt Dragon included), and the inevitable pirates and privateers. Fascinating. Softcover, A4 size format, 192 pages, full colour. $45.00
THE TREASURE DIVER'S GUIDE
John S. Potter. 
‘Including locations of Sunken Treasuree: Techniques of Research, Search, and Identification; and submarine archaeology.' This is a fascinating book. I am sure it has inspired many divers to go out there and seek their fortune - of failing that, to wallow in frustration at what is beyond our grasp. This is a totally revised edition to the original ‘bible' put out in 1961. Its content over some 566 pages is incredible, and covers the whole world. The first ting i did was check out Australia. We get about 18 pages, and a fine coverage it is to. The illusive ‘Mahogany Ship' is mentioned, the Catterthun, a wreck off Long Island, Queensland, and of course all the famous Dutch wrecks off the WA coast. A few off tasmania look interesting - the Hope, Portland and Enchantress. It is a very entertaining book, well written, with fascinating material on major treasure (potential treasure?) Wrecks throughout the world. 
Well recommended.  Softcover, 566 pages, mono photographs, maps (but not of specific locations). $48.00
THE UNDERWATER DIG 
Robert F. Marx. 
An excellent Introduction to Marine Archaeology by one of the world's most successful maritime archaeologists, treasure finders, lost city locators, and wreck divers. Tools and techniques of underwater archaeological research. A very interesting book and a must for all serious wreck divers who aspire to something more than pillage. 
Softcover, 270 pages, colour. $34.95
Sorry, out of print.
THE WRECK OF THE AMSTERDAM. 
Peter Marsden. 
Published in 1974 by Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, London. Hardcover, dust jacket, 288 pages, mono prints and drawings.
This Dutch East Indiaman set out on her maiden voyage in 1748 laden with a rich cargo and silver bullion - and three huindred people on board. She didn't get far as fiece gales in the English Channel ked her mster to put her onshore near Hastings, Sussex. She sand into the beach, and was re-discovered in 1969 when a mechanical excavator bought up items whilst putting in a new sewerage outfall. Three-quarters intact, she becam one of the most historical finds in English history. The author was Field Archaeologist with London's Guidhall Museum and is thus fully qualified to writ of its preliminary excavation and preservation.
Secondhand,  $24.00
TREASURE OF THE CONCEPTION.
The Archaeological Recoivert of a Spanish Galleon. 
William M. Mathers and Nancy Shaw.
Edited by Catherine R. Wygant.
Large format 'coffee table' size, hardcover, dustjacket,163 pages, full colour throughout.
Covers: The Lost Galleon; The Search - Quest of the Tengar; The Discovery; The Reclaiming' The Rescuers; The Dream - the Manifest Today; Epilogue - The Galleon Lives On.
A beautifully presented book covering the full esxpedition of discovery and archaeological recovery of artifacts; the aglleons sunsequent 'preservation'. The galleon in question is the now famous Nuestra Senora de la Conception. The principal author is president of Pacific Sea Resources. The book has educationsal and entertaining valie as it covers the complete time-frame of discovery to recovery, with an excellent narration. Not the sorr of book you would take to bed to read, but one that must be read rather than just enjoying the images.
Would make an excellent gift. $48.00
THREE MILES DOWN - A Hunt for Sunken Treasure.
James Hamilton-Paterson.
Jonathan Cape imprint. Random House, London. 1998. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 296 pages, a few colour plates. 
It is October 1994, and Project Orca is underway to try andd find two significant gold wrecks - the Japanese submarine I-52, and the ocan liner AA Aurelia, both on the seabed of the vste Atlntic Ocean. The project has chartered the huge Russian research ship Akademik Keldsysh, with its crew of respected oceanographers, and high-tech equipment including the latest submersibls. The relationship between the Russians and the British is strained at times but problems are overcom 'aided by copious draughts of vodka'. Did they find the treasure? Read the book to find out.
Only one copy available Copy is new. $35.00 Sorry, sold.
TREASURE - THE BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
Phillip S. Olin. (Revised edition). 
Looks at the more technical aspects of underwater treasure hunting, including the equipment, methods, research and funding. (He makes some interesting observations about Robert Ballard's discovery of the Titanic). The author calls this ‘commercial marine archaeology'. There are actually two books in one (which makes the pagination a bit awkward). A very interesting and valuable book pcked with information. However, in one respect, I hope the author is wrong. He suggests the day of the book is over, being replaced by CD-ROM and the web. These have a most vluabl place in th dissemination of information, but they will never totally replace a good book. 
Softcover, 374 pages, many mono photos, drawings and charts.$64.00. 
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TREASURE SHIPS AND TROPICAL ISLES
Kenneth W. Byron.
Published by Gemcraft Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1985.
Covers predominantly two significant ships in the Pacific: the Port au Prince, lost in Tonga in 1806, and the Eliza, lost in Fiji in 1808. The Port au Prince carried a fortune in pirated treasure, and the Eliza was laden with more than 30,000 Spanish dollars. The tale of shipwrecks is interwoven with bloody massacres, primitive island customs, brutality and gory cannibal feats. At the time of writing, the vessels had not been oun; to date, I have heard nothing to the contrary. Softcover, 118 pages, mono prints.
Only one copy available. $30.00. In sold condition but strange light brown stains on the coverand a few of the leading pages - maybe coffee. Sorry - sold.
TREASURE HUNTING WITH A METAL DETECTOR 
Steve Blount. 
In, around and underwater. A very handy guide. Softcover, 64 pages, colour. 
$19.95
Sorry, no longer available. This does not mean however that the book is out of print.
TREASURE OF THE ATOCHA. 
Duncan Mathewson. 
The search and discovery by Mel Fisher of the incredible treasure on this Spanish ship.
Hardcover, dustwrapper, 160 pages. 
Limited stock.
$34.00.
We have one copy that has a slightly damaged dust jacket where it has been torn at the spine. $24.00
TREASURE RECOVERY FROM SAND AND SEA 
Charles Garrett.   .
The bible on the subject - from America's top treasure hunter. Extensive text on metal detectors,dredging,underwater salvage and archaeology. A very interesting book. 
Softcover, 408 pages, with some colour.
$32.95Sorry - no longer available.
TREASURES OF THE ARMADA. 
Robert Stenuit. 
Translated by Francine Barker. Published by David and Charles (Publisher) Ltd, Devon, England, 1972. 
Hardcover, dust jacket, 282 pages, mono and colour plates. 
What a remarkable find - the Spanish galleon Girona, one o Spanish Armada fleet that went astry in October 1588. The author located the vessel off the Irish coast ans subsequent salvage brought up remarkable treasures - gold and silver plate, 1300 coins and rare navigational instruments. Thi was one fo the most important archaeological fins of the 20th century. The book is in two parts - first section is on the Armada, and how it came about, Phillip II of Spain's crusade against Queen Elizabeth; part two covers the research, finding and excvation of the wreck. Very interesting and important work. 
Secondhand occasionally. None available at present.
TREASURES OF THE DEEP
The Extraordinary Life and Times of Captain Mike Hatcher.
Hugh Edwards. 
The name Hatcher may not be so well remembered, but mention the Nanking Cargo to a diver and you will see an immediate interest. But the Nanking Cargo of exquisite porcelain is only one of Hatcher's incredible recoveries. This excellent book by Perth-based award-winning author Hugh Edwards tells of Hatcher' discoveries, his battles with governments and bureaucracies, and his life threatening experiences in Asian waters. "His story is one of guts and determination in the face of adversity, and of daring, skill and fantastic rewards".  Softcover, 280 pages, colour plates.
$32.95 
WRECK, RESCUE & SALVAGE
Dick Jolly.  $48.00. 
If you spend four decades in a remarkable career involving the oceans, generally off Australia, it is only natural that you will want to write and publish your memoirs. Few do it, mercifully perhaps. But here we have an excellent book of recollections in a field that fascinates so many of us divers - that of shipwrecks and salvage.  The back-cover blurb emphasises the adventurous spirit of the author's achievements as a tug-boat master and salvage expert: "dragging blazing ships off rocky shorelines", "avoiding hostile natives", and the like. Captin Jolly writes without an emphasis on the dramatics, but the drama is certainly there., as is the frustration and procedural formailty of international salvage, and the need to succeed at all costs. The theatres of operation are international, but the majority of the salvage and rescue operations covered are in Australia, for Captain Jolly is an Aussie, and resides, retired,  in a southern NSW coastal town. The book was published overseas, perhaps because of its greater appeal in the UK and European market, and is less well known in Australia. But you now have the opportunity to read it, and read it you should if this is the genre of your marine interest. The world has its Ellsbergs, Masters, and Keebles, but here we have a jolly-good representation of an  Australia salvage master turned author. Softcover, 235 x 170mm, 154 pages, mono and colour photographs, no index (unfortunately, as I would liked to see a list of ships).
5 June 2013
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