Padre Island

#C-8400
Writers’ Round Table

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1554 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6″ x 8.5″
Pages: 222
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The Naylor Company, San Antonio, Texas (1950), in hardback with a dust jacket. A second printing (stated) was published by Naylor in 1952, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells the history of Padre Island, Texas. A chapter is devoted to the wreck of the 1554 Fleet, the plight of the survivors and an early salvage attempt.

Blaze of Gold

#C-8380
Woods, Dee

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1554 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.25″
Pages: 146
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The Naylor Company, San Antonio, Texas (1942), in hardback with a dust jacket. A second printing (stated) was published by Naylor in 1946, in hardback with a dust jacket. The book was reprinted by Naylor in 1972, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This is a book of treasure tales along the Texas coast. Many of the stories concern buried treasures, but there are many references to the 1554 Fleet throughout the book.

Texas Treasure Coast

#C-7800
Townsend, Tom

ISBN/ISSN: 0890152179
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1554 Fleet, 1766 Fleet, Santa Rosa
Comments: Includes a bibliography; inserted large color map; illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
Pages: 83
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Eakin Press, Austin, TX (1979), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first printings can be identified by the ship illustration in the middle of the copyright page and very dark navy blue textured boards. Also, the inserted map is folded with the printing on the inside. The more common subsequent printings put the ship illustration at the top of the copyright page and have smooth middle-blue boards. The later printings have the inserted map folded with the printing on the outside. A second edition (stated) of the book was published in paperback by the Eakin Press in 1996.
Description: This book covers a multitude of lost treasures along the east coast of Texas. There are 10 short chapters about sunken treasures, including the 1554 Fleet wrecked off Padre Island, 2 ships from the 1766 fleet that wrecked off Galveston Island, and the “Santa Rosa” (“Texas’ most famous treasure tale”).

Treasure – Man’s 25 Greatest Quests for Eldorado

#C-7780
Tompkins, B.A. -editor

SBN/ISSN: 0812908104
Library of Congress: 78-20676
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1554 Fleet, 1715 Fleet, Vigo Bay Galleons, Hussar, Lutine, Egypt, Merida, Concepcion, William Phips
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Pages: 253
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published simultaneously by Times Books, New York City and Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ltd., Toronto (1979), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book recounts the facts and fantasies of treasure and treasure hunters from the plunder of Cortez through the search for Hitler’s gold after World War II. It includes chapters on the 1554 Fleet, the Vigo Bay galleons, the 1715 Fleet, the “Hussar”, the “Lutine”, the “Egypt”, the “Lusitania”, the “Merida”, and the “Concepcion”.

Treasure Tempest in Texas

#C-6790
Sadler, Jerry -editor

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1554 Fleet
Comments: Pamphlet; illustrated
Size: 6″ x 9″
Pages: 19
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Jerry Sadler, Commissioner of the General Land Office of the State of Texas (no copyright date), in paperback.
Description: This pamphlet is about the treasure recovered off Padre Island, Texas, in the mid-1960’s from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1553. It is not clear who authored the pamphlet or when it was published (probably 1970’s).

Too Long to Vera Cruz…The Story of Spanish Treasure

#C-5927
Munroe, Mike Thomas

ISBN/ISSN: 0954806603
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1554 Fleet, 1715 Fleet, Kip Wagner, Mel Fisher, Atocha, 1622 Fleet, Concepcion, William Phips, Burt Webber, 1733 Fleet, Tom Gurr
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75” x 8”
Pages: 200
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Mike Thomas Munroe Treasure Salvors, UK (2004), in paperback.
Description:
This obscure book is written in a unique style, making it very difficult to read.  It is an overview of all the Caribbean treasure wrecks and pirates, but mixes fact with fiction as the author embellishes the stories.  It also includes the historical background of the treasure fleets.  Many artifacts are illustrated.

Documentary Sources for the Wreck of the New Spain Fleet of 1554

#C-5560
McDonald, David and J. Barto Arnold III

Category: Research
Keywords: 1554 Fleet
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 8.25″ x 10.75″
Pages: 330
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Texas Antiquities Committee, Austin, Texas (1979), in paperback.
Description: This book includes translations of Spanish documents related to the 1554 Fleet, including its wrecking near Padre Island, Texas.

Documentary Sources for the Wreck of the New Spain Fleet of 1554

#C-5560
McDonald, David and J. Barto Arnold III

Category: Research
Keywords: 1554 Fleet
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 8.25″ x 10.75″
Pages: 330
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Texas Antiquities Committee, Austin, Texas (1979), in paperback.
Description: This book includes translations of Spanish documents related to the 1554 Fleet, including its wrecking near Padre Island, Texas.

Padre Island – Treasure Kingdom of the World

#C-5000
Mahan, William

Library of Congress: 67-28973
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1554 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6.25″ x 9.25″
Pages: 139
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Texian Press, Waco, Texas (1967), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book discusses both buried treasures on Padre Island, and sunken treasures off its shore. About half of the book is devoted to the demise of the 1554 Spanish fleet in a hurricane and the subsequent efforts to salvage its treasure. It includes the entire journal of Fray Marcos de Mena, one of the 1554 Fleet survivors. Interestingly, the fly on the dust jacket refers to this as a “180 page book”…but in fact, it only has 139 pages.

The History of Shipwrecks

#C-4450
Konstam, Angus

ISBN/ISSN: 1558219706
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Mel Fisher, Atocha, 1622 Fleet, 1554 Fleet, 1715 Fleet, Concepcion, Whydah, De Braak, Kronan, Mary Rose, Vasa, Batavia, Amsterdam
Comments: Lavishly illustrated
Size: 9″ x 12″
Pages: 192
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The Lyons Press, New York City (1999), in hardback with a dust jacket.  A paperback edition was published in 2002.
Description: This lavishly illustrated coffee table book briefly describes 40 shipwrecks, from ancient times through World War II, including the “Atocha”, the 1554 Fleet, the 1715 Fleet, the “Concepcion”, the “Whydah”, the “HMS De Braak”, the “Kronan”, the “Mary Rose”, the “Vasa”, the “Batavia”, and the “Amsterdam”. It also includes 2-page profiles of Jacques Cousteau, George Bass, Mel Fisher and Bob Ballard.