History Under the Sea

Peterson, Mendel

Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: 1733 Fleet, Looe
Comments: Extensive bibliography in the 1965, 1969 and 1973 editions; illustrated
Size: 6.75″ x 8.25″
Pages: 16
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published as a 16 page pamphlet by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (Publication #4174) in 1954. The pamphlet was expanded to 108 pages and 56 plates in 1965, and republished by the Smithsonian Institution (Publication #4538) in paperback. The 1965 edition was reprinted in hardback (with a dust jacket) in 1969. The pamphlet was again republished in paperback by the author, Alexandria, Virginia (1973), with 208 pages (includes the plates). The book is now available as a reprographic reprint in a paperback or hardback edition.
Description: This book is a well-written overview of underwater archaeology. It includes pictures of many artifacts, coins and cannons in the later editions and has several pages on both the “HMS Looe” wreck and the 1733 Fleet wrecks which the author helped excavate. The author was the Director of the Underwater Exploration Program at the Smithsonian Institution, and actually participated in the search for, and excavation of, several Caribbean shipwrecks.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.