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”.

Diving for Treasure and Other Adventures Beneath the Sea

#C-8290
Williams, G.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Laurentic, Lutine, Merida, Florencia, Tubantia, Grosvenor, Vigo Bay Galleons, Spanish Armada
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6″ x 9″
Pages: 157
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published by Faber and Gwyer, London (1926), in hardback (I’ve never seen a dust jacket but there may have been one).
Description: This early book is mostly about sunken treasure, including chapters about the “Lutine”, the “Laurentic”, the “Merida”, the Spanish Armada wreck “Florencia”, the “Tubantia”, the “Grosvenor” and the Vigo Bay wrecks. There are also chapters about salvage methods and raising wrecks.  An excellent book.

Hunting Hidden Treasures

#C-8210
Wilkins, Harold T.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Florencia, Laurentic, Concepcion, William Phips
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 8.25″ x 5.5″
Pages: 255
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York City (1929), in hardback with a dust jacket. There was also a second printing (stated) in 1929, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book recounts numerous treasures and treasure hunts around the world, including the following sunken treasures: “Florencia”, “Laurentic”, and “Concepcion”. There is also a section on the Manila galleons. As with all of Harold Wilkins books, this book includes a large number of treasures, but doesn’t include a lot of detail about any one treasure.

Divers and Diving

#C-8172
Whyte, Adam Gowans

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Laurentic, Lutine, Vigo Bay Galleons, Egypt, Florencia, Spanish Armada, Lethbridge
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5″ x 7.5″
Pages: 128
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, London (1938), in hardback with pictorial boards.
Description: While this is primarily a hard hat diving book, it tells the story of salvaging the “Laurentic”, “Egypt”, Vigo Bay galleons, “Lutine”, and the Spanish Armada ship, “Florencia”.

They Found Gold – The Story of Successful Treasure Hunts

#C-7980
Verrill, A. Hyatt

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Concepcion, William Phips, Santa Margarita, Golden Hind, Hussar, Merida, Laurentic
Comments: Includes a descriptive list of undiscovered treasures in America and a list of discovered treasures; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
Pages: 267
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York City (1936), in hardback with a dust jacket. The book was republished by The Rio Grande Press, Inc., Glorieta, New Mexico (1972), in hardback with no dust jacket and is marked “First Printing”. A paperback edition was also published by The Rio Grande Press in 1989.
Description: This book overviews 17 successful treasure hunts on both land and under the sea.  Regarding sunken treasure, it includes the author’s 2 trips to Silver Shoals seeking the “Concepcion”, dredging for the “Golden Hind”, the “Santa Margarita”, the steamship “Merida” (which was supposed to be carrying Emperor Maximilian’s wealth), the “Hussar” (a Revolutionary War pay ship which sank in New York’s East River), and the salvage of the liner, “Laurentic”.

Secret Treasure – Hidden Riches of the British Isles

#C-7970
Verrill, A. Hyatt

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Spanish Armada, Florencia, Laurentic
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
Pages: 252
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by D. Appleton and Company, New York City (1931), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book is primarily about land treasures, but includes a chapter about sunken treasure. This chapter tells the story of the “Florencia” and the many attempts to salvage its treasure, and of the successful salvage of the “Laurentic”.

Full Fathom Five

#C-7545
Syme, N.R. (Neville Roland)

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Laurentic, Lutine, Grosvenor, Vigo Bay Galleons
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.25″ x 7.5″
Pages: 232
Editions: The first edition (First Published- stated) was published by Peter Lunn, London (1946), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells the history of deep sea exploration, including diving and early submarines. There is a chapter about the salvage of the “Laurentic” and another chapter than includes the story of the “HMS Lutine”, the “Grosvenor” and the Vigo Bay galleons.

Modern Adventures Under the Sea

#C-6440
Pringle, Patrick

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Florencia, Spanish Armada, Laurentic
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.5″
Pages: 240
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Franklin Watts, Inc., New York City (1959), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells of mans’ evolution in undersea activities. As such, it tells the story of diving, submarines, underwater exploration, and shipwrecks. The book has a chapter about ancient shipwrecks, and one about modern treasure salvage (including the Spanish Armada wreck, “Florencia”, and the “Laurentic”).

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”.

The Wonders of Salvage

#C-5450
Masters, David

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Florencia, Spanish Armada, Lutine, Skyro, Oceana, Hamilla Mitchell, Laurentic
Comments: Adult version of “The Boys’ Book of Salvage” (#C-5410), illustrated
Size: 5.25″ x 7.75″
Pages: 235
Editions: The first edition was published by John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, London (1924), in hardback (probably with a dust jacket). A second revised edition (stated) was also published in 1924 in hardback (probably with a dust jacket). Many subsequent editions were also published in the UK by John Lane The Bodley Head and Eyre & Spottiswoode. The first American edition was published by Dodd, Mead & Company, New York City (1924), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: The first half of this book covers treasure salvage and includes the Spanish Armada ship, “Florencia”, “HMS. Lutine”, “Skyro”, the “Oceana”, the “Hamilla Mitchell” and the “Laurentic”. The second half of the book is about the salvage of modern ships and non-precious cargoes, much of it related to World War I.