William Phips 1651-1695 – An Uncommon Man

#C-8410
Zabriskie, George A.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: William Phips, Concepcion
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
Pages: 8
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The Doldrums, Ormond Beach, Florida (1944), in hardback with a dust jacket. This appears to be a very limited printing that was privately published and given as a Christmas present to a select few friends. There are several varieties of this book, but each copy carries the hand-written name of the recipient on Page 2 (but is not necessarily signed by the author). Copies that are bound with 3/4 leather over cloth are signed by the author on Page 2, and have a color plate of a Spanish Galleon between pages 4 and 5. The most prevalent variety of this book is not signed by the author (but does have the hand-written name of the recipient), and has black & white plate of a Spanish Galleon between pages 4 and 5.
Description: This short book summarizes the life of William Phips and his successful salvage of the “Concepcion” off the coast of Hispaniola in 1687. The author was President of the New York Historical Society from 1939-1947. He was a great enthusiast of fine books and book binding and issued this Christmas keepsake from his Florida home.

Those Lost Treasures

#C-8372
Wolf, Fred Sr.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Harry Rieseberg, Florencia, Port Royal, Spanish Armada, Roscoe Thompson, Howard Lightbourn, Art Mckee, William Phips, Concepcion
Size: 6″ x 8.5″
Pages: 80
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the author, Hallandale, Florida (circa 1950), in paperback.
Description: This book includes about 30 sunken and buried treasure tales, as well as several pirate stories. The stories include Harry E. Rieseberg, noted treasure diver and author; the Spanish Armada shipwreck, “Florencia”; Williams Phips and his salvage of the “Concepcion”; Art Mckee and his salvage of the 1733 Fleet in the Florida Keys; Port Royal, Jamaica; and describes the salvage of a silver bar in the Bahamas by Roscoe Thompson and Howard Lightbourn. The book ends with “Tom Christ and the Treasure Box”, a fictional story written by Howard Pyle.

Missing Treasure

#C-8260
Williams, Adam

ISBN/ISSN: 0865920419
Library of Congress: 80-28617
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet
Comments: Juvenile; illustrated
Size: 7″ x 9″
Pages: 24
Editions: The first edition was published by Piper Books Ltd., London (1980) in paperback. A US edition was published by Ray Bourke Publishing Company, Windermere, Florida (1981), in hardback with a pictorial binding (I’ve never seen a dust jacket but there may have been one) and paperback.
Description: This juvenile book is an overview about some of the world’s great lost treasures (land and sea). It includes a short chapter about the “Florida Galleons” (referring to the 1715 Fleet).

The Treasure Fleet of 1715

#C-8156
Westrick, Robert F.

ISBN/ISSN: 0970875770
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet, La Holandesa, San Miguel de Excelsis
Comments: Spiral bound; includes a bibliography; illustrated; limited to 250 numbered copies
Size: 8.5” x 11”
Pages: 72
Editions: The author originally published 5 copies in 2005 while working for Historical Research & Development, Inc. and produced another 50 copies in 2008.
Description: This book provides an overview of Historical Research & Development Inc.’s (HRD) salvage operations in the E-110 exploration area off Vero Beach, Florida, between 1988 and 2007.  It also discusses the possibility of two 1715 Fleet ships that have not been located being in this exploration area (“La Holandesa” and “San Miguel de Excelsis”) and that these two ships were likely candidates to contain the Queen of Spain’s (Isabel Farnese) missing jewels which were documented as being aboard the 1715 Fleet.  Finally, the book analyzes five possibilities as to why the Queen of Spain’s jewels have never been located.

True Stories of Sunken Treasure

#C-8145
Weller, Robert “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 189375801X
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet, 1733 Fleet, San Fernando, Lucayan Beach Wreck, Maravillas, Las Cinque Chagas, Atocha, Santa Margarita, Tumbaga Bars
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5” x 8.5”
Pages: 112
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Crossed Anchors Salvage, Lake Worth, Florida (2005), in paperback.
Description: This book is mostly about the author’s exploits salvaging treasure wrecks off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean.  Some of the 16 stories were previously published in “Treasure Quest Magazine”, which the author owned and edited in the late 1990s…and some of the stories are new material.  In addition to chapters about the 1715 Fleet, the 1733 Fleet (including the “San Fernando” which no one has yet located), the Lucayan Beach Wreck, the “Maravillas”, “Las Cinque Chagas”, the “Atocha” and “Santa Margarita”, and the Tumbaga Bars Wreck, there are also stories about Cuban treasure wrecks, wrecks in the Azores, treasures on Tortuga island, and wrecks on “The Cobblers” reef off Barbados.  The author is the most successful salvor of the 1715 Fleet wrecks and many of his better finds are described in this book.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.

Shipwrecks Near Wabasso Beach

#C-8130
Weller, Robert “Frogfoot” and Ernie “Seascribe” Richards

ISBN/ISSN: 0962835943
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet
Comments: Includes a brief bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 96
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by En Rada Publications, West Palm Beach, Florida (1996), in paperback. A second printing (stated) was published in 2001 in paperback. A third printing (stated) was published in 2004 in paperback.
Description: This book describes the locations of 14 shipwrecks in the Wabasso Beach (Florida) area, including five 1715 Fleet wrecks. There is also a brief history of each wreck and a list of recoveries (as of 1996) from each. This is an ideal book for metal detectorists who are trying to find coins on the beach from these wrecks. The book includes photos of many shipwreck coins.

Salvaging Spanish Sunken Treasure

#C-8120
Weller, Robert “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 0962835994
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1622 Fleet, 1715 Fleet, 1733 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 80
Editions: The real first edition of this book was produced in 1995-1996 as a notebook comprised of computer-printed pages and Xeroxed materials. The author used this in conjunction with a course he taught sporadically about salvaging sunken Spanish galleons. Later versions (1999) were revised and comb-bound. A paperback book was commercially published by Crossed Anchors Salvage (the author’s company), Lake Worth, Florida (1999).
Description: This how-to book is an excellent guide for anyone considering treasure salvage as a hobby, an occupation or an investor. The book includes chapters about the 1622, 1715 and 1733 Spanish treasure fleets wrecked off the coast of Florida, putting a salvage operation together, salvaging treasure on a budget of $5000 or less, working the site, preservation of artifacts, dividing up the treasure and approaching investors. It is very well written by an author who has been salvaging treasure from Spanish galleons since 1960.

Galleon Alley: The 1733 Spanish Treasure Fleet

#C-8100
Weller, Bob “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 0962835986
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1733 Fleet
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
Pages: 314
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Crossed Anchors Salvage, Lake Worth, Florida (2001), in both hardback with a dust jacket and paperback.
Description: This is the definitive book on the 1733 Fleet. Not only does the book present the history and location of the wrecks, but it also details who salvaged what off each wreck. It includes over 200 photos, many in color, and the story of Jack Haskins finding the famous 1733 “Capitana” gold medallion. The author is a renowned salvor and was involved in the treasure recoveries from several of the 1733 wrecks.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.

Famous Shipwrecks of the Florida Keys, Vol 1

#C-8090
Weller, Robert “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 0962835900
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Winchester, Alligator, 1733 Fleet, Artifacts
Comments: Includes a bibliography; the cover page says “Volume I” but there was only one volume ever published; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 126
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the author, Lake Worth, Florida (1990), in paperback.
Description: This paperback details 6 shipwreck recoveries in the Florida Keys: “HMS Winchester” 1695; “Alligator” 1822; and 4 ships from the 1733 Fleet (“Populo”, “San Jose”, “Angustias” and “Sueco de Arizon”). There are many illustrations of artifacts from these wrecks.

Famous Shipwrecks of the Florida Keys, Vol 1

#C-8090
Weller, Robert “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 0962835900
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Winchester, Alligator, 1733 Fleet, Artifacts
Comments: Includes a bibliography; the cover page says “Volume I” but there was only one volume ever published; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 126
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the author, Lake Worth, Florida (1990), in paperback.
Description: This paperback details 6 shipwreck recoveries in the Florida Keys: “HMS Winchester” 1695; “Alligator” 1822; and 4 ships from the 1733 Fleet (“Populo”, “San Jose”, “Angustias” and “Sueco de Arizon”). There are many illustrations of artifacts from these wrecks.