Admiral Shovell’s Treasure and Shipwreck in the Isles of Scilly

McBride, Peter and Richard Larn

ISBN/ISSN: 0952397137
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Association, Eagle (UK), Romney, Firebrand, Roland Morris
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 7″ x 9.75″
Pages: 202
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by R. Booth & Troutbeck Press, Cornwall, England (1999), in hardback with a dust jacket and in paperback. This book appears to be a greatly expanded edition of the authors’ booklet, “Sir Clowdisley Shovell’s Disaster in the Isles of Scilly October 1707” (#C-4650).
Description: This book tells the story of the sinking of Admiral Shovell’s flagship, “HMS Association”, off the Isles of Scilly in 1707, and the subsequent salvage by Roland Morris. Also, the book includes the story of the “HMS Eagle”, “HMS Romney” and “HMS Firebrand” which sank with the “HMS Association”.

Life and Death on the ‘Royal Charter’ – The True Story of a Treasure-Ship Wrecked on Anglesey

Holden, Chris and Lesley

ISBN/ISSN: 9780954506629
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Royal Charter
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6.75” x 9.25”
Pages: 288
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Calgo Publications, Higher Kinnerton, England (2009), in paperback.
Description: This book tells the story of the “Royal Charter”, which on its return from Australia ran into hurricane-force winds off the coast of England in 1859.  Pounded against the shore by the relentless force of the waves, the ship broke up with the loss of almost 500 lives and scattered close to 100,000 ounces of gold into the sea. Only a few men were saved that fateful night.  Apart from the large amounts of gold on the passengers themselves, the ship’s strongroom held over £300,000 in gold bullion, most of which has never been recovered. 

The Manila-Acapulco Galleons: The Treasure Ships of the Pacific

Fish, Shirley

ISBN/ISSN: 9781456775421
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Manila galleons
Comments: Includes a bibliography; includes an annotated list of the transpacific galleons from 1565-
1815; illustrated
Size: 6” x 9”
Pages: 540
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published by the AuthorHouse UK Ltd,  Central Milton Keynes, England (2011), in paperback.
Description: This book describes the history, routes and operations of the Manila to Acapulco  Spanish galleons plying the Pacific annually.  It also tells how many of the ships sank or were  shipwrecked.   Topics covered include the management of the galleons, construction, manning,  weaponry, navigation, daily life aboard ship, provisions, cargoes and voyages. The book contains an  annotated list of the galleons sailing between the Philippines and Mexico from 1565 to 1815.

Juno – 1782

Bax, Alan and Rex Cowan

Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Juno
Comments: Pamphlet; illustrated
Size: 8.25” x 11.75”
Pages: 13
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the authors in Plymouth, England (1970), in paperback.  The binding is crude with the pages stapled together and a printed cover attached.
This oversize pamphlet describes the underwater survey conducted by the authors on the “Juno” (sank 1782 off the Isles of Scilly) during December 4-5, 1970.  This is a record of the dives they made to the wreck and the finds they made.  Some of the artifacts are illustrated and there is a site map included.

A Narrative of the Loss of the Royal George at Spithead, August, 1782

No author stated

Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Royal George
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 2.75″ x 4.5″
Pages: 109
Editions: The first edition was published by S. Horsey, Sen., Portsea, England (1840), in hardback. There were at least 6 subsequent editions. Some of the volumes were bound in wood salvaged from the wreck and were originally sold in wooden boxes, which were also made from the wreckage.
Description: This book relates eyewitness accounts of the sinking of the “HMS Royal George” in 1782 at Spithead, England. It also recounts various attempts to salvage the vessel in the 60 years following its demise, including Tracy’s attempt to raise the wreck in 1783 and Col. Pasley’s operations in removing the wreck during 1839-1840. The preface of the book is signed by J.S. (Julian Slight).