Lost Treasure Ships of the Twentieth Century

#C-6290
Pickford, Nigel

ISBN/ISSN: 0792274725
Library of Congress: 99-14514
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Awa Maru, Edinburgh, John Barry, I-52, Laurentic, Rommel
Comments: Includes a glossary, maps and bibliography; illustrated
Size: 9.5″ x 11″
Pages: 192
Editions: The first edition (First Published in Great Britain – stated) was published by Pavillion Books, London (1999), in both hardback with a dust jacket and paperback. The first US edition (not stated) was published by the National Geographic Society, Washington, DC (1999), also in hardback with a dust jacket. A paperback edition was published by Pavilion Books, London (2001).
Description: This book is a very well written overview of the sinking and salvage of 17 ships that sank between 1900 and 1999 with treasure aboard. It includes the “Laurentic”, “HMS Edinburgh”, “USS John Barry”, “Awa Maru”, Rommel’s gold that was sunk during WWII off the coast of Corsica, and the I-52 Japanese submarine. The author is the son of one of the former principals of the famous UK salvage company, Risdon Beazley Ltd.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.

Searching for Treasure

#C-4293
Johns, Chris – editor

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: I-52, Atocha, Santa Margarita, 1622 Fleet, Republic, Central America
Comments: Lavishly illustrated, magazine format
Size: 8.5” x 11”
Pages: 96
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the National Geographic Society, Washington, DC (2011) in paperback.
Description: This National Geographic Special Edition includes both land and sea treasures.  Among  the shipwrecks mentioned are the I-52 Japanese submarine, the “Atocha”, the “Santa Margarita”, the “S.S. Central America”, and the “S.S. Republic”.

Three Miles Down

#C-3760
Hamilton-Paterson, James

ISBN/ISSN: 022404267X
Library of Congress: 98-49872
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Aurelia, I-52
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.75″
Pages: 296
Editions: The first edition (First Published in Great Britain – stated) was published by Jonathan Cape, London (1998), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first US edition was published by the Lyons Press, New York City (1999), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first paperback edition was published by Vintage, London (1999). A US paperback edition was published by Harvest Books/Harcourt, Inc., New York City (2000).
Description: This book tells the story of a deep-ocean treasure hunt for the ocean liner, “SS Aurelia”, and for the Japanese submarine, I-52, both of which were sunk during World War II and both of which were carrying gold bullion. In the end, neither shipwreck was located.

Three Miles Down

#C-3760
Hamilton-Paterson, James

ISBN/ISSN: 022404267X
Library of Congress: 98-49872
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Aurelia, I-52
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.75″
Pages: 296
Editions: The first edition (First Published in Great Britain – stated) was published by Jonathan Cape, London (1998), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first US edition was published by the Lyons Press, New York City (1999), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first paperback edition was published by Vintage, London (1999). A US paperback edition was published by Harvest Books/Harcourt, Inc., New York City (2000).
Description: This book tells the story of a deep-ocean treasure hunt for the ocean liner, “SS Aurelia”, and for the Japanese submarine, I-52, both of which were sunk during World War II and both of which were carrying gold bullion. In the end, neither shipwreck was located.

Battleground Atlantic

#C-1422
Billings, Richard N.

ISBN/ISSN: 0451217667
Library of Congress: 2005028562
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: I-52, World War II
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 6.25” x 9.25”
Pages: 311
Editions: The first edition (First Printing – stated) was published by the New American Library, New York (2006) in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description:
This book tells the story of the transfer of precious metals and technology by submarine between Germany and Japan during World War II.  It includes the author’s search for the Japanese submarine, I-52, that was supposedly carrying a cargo of gold bullion to Germany at the end of World War II.  While the author succeeded in finding the I-52 and investigating the debris field with a mini-sub  18,000 feet below the surface, technical problems, weather problems, and a dispute with the investor eliminated any chance for salvaging the cargo.