Treasure of the Concepcion

Peterson, Mendel

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Concepcion, William Phips
Comments: Exhibit pamphlet; includes a brief bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 45
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago (1980), as a pamphlet. The pamphlet was reprinted by Seaquest International, Chicago (1980).
Description: This pamphlet is a history of the sinking of the “Nuestra Senora de las Pura y Limpia Concepcion”, and the subsequent salvage. It was originally prepared to accompany the “Concepcion” exhibit at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and reprinted when this exhibit went on tour.

The Last Cruise of H.M.S. “Loo”

Peterson, Mendel

Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Looe, Jane and Barney Crile
Comments: Pamphlet; includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 6″ x 9.25″
Pages: 55 + 17 plates
Editions: The first edition (not stated) of this pamphlet was published by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (Publication # 4224) in 1955. I believe the true first edition has a tan cover. There is also a slightly smaller version of the pamphlet with a blue cover and identical contents…but I suspect this is a reprint. This pamphlet is now available as a “print-on-demand” paperback book.
Description: This pamphlet tells the story of the author’s trip to the Florida Keys with Barney Crile (see Crile, Jane and Barney, “Treasure Diving Holidays”; #C-2480) to excavate the “HMS Looe”, which sank in 1743. Subsequent research has shown that Peterson and Crile had the wrong “Looe”. The ship they excavated was sunk as a breakwater in Sheeringham, UK, in 1737.

History Under the Sea

Peterson, Mendel

Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: 1733 Fleet, Looe
Comments: Extensive bibliography in the 1965, 1969 and 1973 editions; illustrated
Size: 6.75″ x 8.25″
Pages: 16
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published as a 16 page pamphlet by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (Publication #4174) in 1954. The pamphlet was expanded to 108 pages and 56 plates in 1965, and republished by the Smithsonian Institution (Publication #4538) in paperback. The 1965 edition was reprinted in hardback (with a dust jacket) in 1969. The pamphlet was again republished in paperback by the author, Alexandria, Virginia (1973), with 208 pages (includes the plates). The book is now available as a reprographic reprint in a paperback or hardback edition.
Description: This book is a well-written overview of underwater archaeology. It includes pictures of many artifacts, coins and cannons in the later editions and has several pages on both the “HMS Looe” wreck and the 1733 Fleet wrecks which the author helped excavate. The author was the Director of the Underwater Exploration Program at the Smithsonian Institution, and actually participated in the search for, and excavation of, several Caribbean shipwrecks.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.