Underwater Africa

#C-7955
Venter, Al J.

ISBN/ISSN: 36001459
Library of Congress: 71-170362
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Meeresteijn, Middelberg, Grosvenor
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 8.5” x 11.25”
Pages: 164
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Purnell & Sons SA (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town, South Africa (1971), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book describes a variety of diving adventures around Africa, including marine life, sharks, underwater mining and shipwrecks.  One chapter describes three treasure wrecks, the “Meeresteijn”, the “Middelberg” (carrying porcelain), and the “Grosvenor”, while another chapter recounts the excavation of a Roman galley off the Tunisian coast.

Shipwrecks & Salvage in South Africa – 1505 to the Present

#C-7880
Turner, Malcolm

ISBN/ISSN: 0869773879
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Meeresteijn, Reijgersdaal, Grosvenor
Comments: Includes a bibliography; includes an alphabetical, a chronological and a geographical listing of South African shipwrecks; illustrated
Size: 8.75″ x 11.25″
Pages: 224
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published by C. Struik, Cape Town, South Africa (1988), in hardback with a dust jacket.  A second printing was published by New Holland/Struik in 1999 in hardback with a dust jacket, which is still in print.
Description: This book details virtually all the known shipwrecks in South Africa. It includes chapters on shipbuilding, the causes of shipwrecks, cargos, survivals, and salvage methods. It also tells of some of the treasure hunts and salvage operations resulting from African shipwrecks, including the stories of the “Meerestein”, “Reigersdaal” and “Grosvenor”.

The Hinges Creaked – True Stories of South African Treasure Lost and Found

#C-6720
Rosenthal, Eric

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: John Lethbridge, Grosvenor, Dorothea, Schoenenberg
Category: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 201
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published jointly by Howard B. Timmins, Cape Town, South Africa, and George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London (1951), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: While most of this book is about land treasures in South Africa, it does include chapters about 3 treasure wrecks: the “Grosvenor”, the “Schoenenberg”, and the “Dorothea”. It also has a chapter about John Lethbridge, an early treasure diver.

The True Story of the Grosvenor – East Indiaman

#C-4420
Kirby, Percival R.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Grosvenor
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.75″
Pages: 266
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Oxford University Press, Cape Town, South Africa (1960), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book describes the wreck of the “Grosvenor” off the coast of South Africa in 1782, the desperate trek of the survivors to civilization, and the various salvage efforts.

A Source Book on the Wreck of the Grosvenor, East Indiaman

#C-4410
Kirby, Percival R.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Grosvenor
Comments: Includes a list of passengers and a bound-in fold-out map; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 228
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The Van Riebeck Society, Cape Town, South Africa (1953), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This scholarly book tells the story of the wreck of the “Grosvenor” off the coast of South Africa in 1782, and the plight of the passengers (some of whom survived and had to walk back to civilization). The book is based on actual survivor reports. There is a lot of good background information about this famous wreck where the captain ordered, “women and children first ” (in the lifeboats).

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.

Strange Shipwrecks of the Southern Seas

#C-1770
Burman, Jose

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Huys te Craijestein, Meeresteijn
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 7″ x 9.75″
Pages: 186
Editions: The first edition was published by C. Struik, Cape Town, South Africa (1968), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first 300 copies produced of this book contain a printing error. In the erroneous books, there is a picture of the famous 4-funnel ship, the “Lusitania”, across from page 157. In the corrected books, there is a 1-funnel ship across from page 157 (a different “Lusitania” than the famous liner sunk at the outset of World War I).
Description: This book details factual accounts of 30 unusual shipwrecks off the coast of Africa.  It includes 2 chapters about treasure wrecks: “Huys te Craijestein” which sank in 1698 and “Meeresteijn” which went down in 1702.

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.