Encyclopedia of Sunken Treasure

#C-8390
Wright, John

ISBN/ISSN: 1854799088
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Witte Leeuw, Dodington, Winterton, Meeresteijn, Bredenhof, Grosvenor, Birkenhead, Atocha, 1622 Fleet, Concepcion, Maravillas, Whydah, Le Chameau, Nuestra Senora de la Luz, El Nuevo Constante, De Braak, San Jose, Santa Margarita, Thetis, Yankee Blade, Brother Jonathan, Lexington, Republic, Genovesa, Flor do Mar, Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, Zeewijk, Geldermalsen, General Grant, Niagara, Girona, Kronan, De Liefde, Slot ter Hooge, Hollandia, Lutine, Colossus, Abergavenny, Lastdrager, Royal Charter, Hampshire, Laurentic, Egypt, Edinburgh
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 6.25″ x 9.25″
Pages: 248
Editions: The first edition (First Published in Great Britain – stated) was published by Michael O’Mara Books Ltd., London (1995), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book briefly overviews 54 significant sunken treasure ships around the world. It is organized geographically by continent, and devotes 2 to 8 pages to each wreck. An excellent reference. Wrecks include the “Flor do Mar”, “Batavia”, “Gilt Dragon”, “Zuytdorp”, “Zeewijk”, “Geldermalsen” (Nanking Cargo), “General Grant”, “Niagara”, 1622 Fleet (“Atocha”), “Concepcion”, “Hollandia”, “Lutine”, “HMS Colossus”, “Egypt” and “Laurentic”.

Shipwreck Stories

#C-7953
Venter, Al J. and Friends

ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-4853-0040-3
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: South Africa shipwrecks; Dodington, Santo Antonio de Tanna, Reijgersdaal, Birkenhead, Joanna, Bredenhof
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 8.75” x 6”
Pages: 426
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by Protea Books, Pretoria, South Africa (2014), in paperback.
Description: This book tells the story of 30 shipwrecks off the South Africa coast, modern and ancient, and their salvage.  It includes a chapter each about the “Dodington”, the “Santo Antonio de Tanna”, the “Reijgersdaal”, the “HMS Birkenhead”, the “Johanna”, and the “Bredenhof”.  Many artifacts are illustrated and diving instructions are described for some of the wrecks.
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Stories of Famous Shipwrecks

#C-6085
Ortzen, Len

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Sea Venture, Birkenhead
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 153
Editions: The first edition (First Edition – stated) was published by Arthur Barker Ltd., UK (1974), in hardback with a dust jacket. A second impression (stated) was published in 1975, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book describes 13 shipwrecks between the early 17th century and 1963, including the “Birkenhead” and the “Sea Venture”.

Salvage of the Birkenhead

#C-4350
Kayle, Allan

ISBN/ISSN: 1868122603
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Birkenhead
Comments: Includes a listing of artifacts recovered; illustrated
Size: 6.75″ x 10″
Pages: 151
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by the Southern Book Publishers, Johannesburg, South Africa (1990), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells the story of the discovery and excavation of “HMS Birkenhead”, wrecked off Danger Point, South Africa, in 1852. It was on this shipwreck that the great naval tradition of “women and children first” was born. The author discovered the wreck and led the team of salvors. Many of the artifacts recovered are illustrated.

Something Rich and Strange

#C-3640
Green, Lawrence G.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: De Jonge Thomas, Sceptre, Het Huis te Cruyenstein, Birkenhead, John Lethbridge
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 258
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Howard Timmins, Cape Town, South Africa (1962), in hardback with a dust jacket. The book was reprinted by Timmins in 1980, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells the story of South Africa’s sunken and buried treasures, and the author’s exploits in seeking some of them. Included are the wrecks of the “De Jonge Thomas”, “HMS Sceptre”, “Het Huis te Cruyenstein” and “Alphonse XII”. The book also includes a chapter about John Lethbridge, the famous English diver of the early 1700’s.

Shipwrecks – Disasters of the Deep Seas

#C-1952
Cawthorne, Nigel

ISBN/ISSN: 076076879X
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Atocha, 1622 Fleet, Lutine, SS Central America, Egypt, Vasa, Mary Rose, Batavia, Birkenhead
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 9” x 11.25”
Pages: 144
Editions: The first edition was published by Foulsham & Co. Ltd., UK (2005), in hardback with a dust jacket and paperback.  The first US edition was published by Barnes & Noble Books, NYC (2005), in hardback (pictorial covers) with a dust jacket.
Description: This books is an overview of shipwrecks from ancient times to modern times.  One chapter, “Treasure Ships”, includes brief stories about the “Atocha”, “Lutine”, “SS Central America”, and “Egypt”.  Other chapters describe the sinking of the “Vasa”, “Mary Rose”, the “Batavia”, and the “Birkenhead”.  However, the bulk of the book is about ferry disasters, sunken submaries, naval losses during modern wars, and sunken ocean liners.

Great Shipwrecks off the Coast of Southern Africa

#C-1760
Burman, Jose

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Grosvenor, Birkenhead
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 7″ x 9.75″
Pages: 155
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by C. Struik, Cape Town, South Africa (1967), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book chronicles 22 wrecks off the coast of South Africa, including the “Grosvenor”, which sank in 1782 and the “Birkenhead” which sank in 1852…both of which have had numerous salvage attempts over the years.

Drums of the Birkenhead

#C-1400
Bevan, David

ISBN/ISSN: 902845012
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Birkenhead
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6″ x 8.5″
Pages: 190
Editions: The first edition was published by Purnell & Sons (SA) (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town, South Africa (1972), in hardback with a dust jacket. A second enlarged edition was published by The London Stamp Exchange, England (1979), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book is mostly about the shipwreck, and subsequent investigation into the sinking, of the British troopship, “Birkenhead”, which sank in 1852 off the coast of South Africa. The second enlarged edition does, however, include one chapter on the search for the gold the ship was supposedly carrying.

Sea Fights and Shipwrecks – True Tales of the Seven Seas

#C-1210
Baldwin, Hanson W.

Library of Congress: 55-7669
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Central America, Birkenhead
Comments: Expanded version of “Admiral Death”; illustrated with maps
Size: 5.75″ x 8.5″
Pages: 315
Editions: The real first edition (not stated) was published under the title, “Admiral Death” by Simon and Schuster, New York City (1939), in hardback with a dust jacket. The book was expanded and republished under the title, “Sea Fights and Shipwrecks – True Tales of the Seven Seas,” (no edition stated) by Hanover House, Garden City, New York (1955), in hardback with a dust jacket. Hanover House reprinted “Sea Fights and Shipwrecks – True Tales of the Seven Seas” in hardback with a dust jacket in 1956. A paperback edition of “Sea Fights and Shipwrecks – True Tales of the Seven Seas” was published in 1955 by Doubleday/Dolphin, New York City. A UK edition of “Sea Fights and Shipwrecks – True Tales of the Seven Seas” was published by the Museum Press Ltd., London (1956), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book is an expanded edition of “Admiral Death” (#C-1208). It is a collection of true stories about shipwrecks and nautical disasters and includes short chapters on the “SS Central America” and the “Birkenhead”.