Sea Mysteries

#C-8320
Wilson, Ben

ISBN/ISSN: 0531182495
Library of Congress: 88-6896
Category: Sunken Treasure
Comments: Juvenile; illustrated
Size: 8″ x 10.25″
Pages: 48
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published by Wayland (Publishers) Limited, UK (1988), in hardback with a pictorial binding (no dust jacket). A US edition was published by the Bookwright Press, New York City (1989), in hardback with a pictorial binding (no dust jacket issued).
Description: This juvenile book about shipwrecks and missing ships includes one chapter on sunken treasure.

Lost Treasures of the West

#C-8270
Williams, Brad and Choral Pepper

ISBN/ISSN: 0030131863
Library of Congress: 74-5127
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Ada Hancock, San Antonio, San Francisco Xavier
Size: 6″ x 9.25″
Pages: 184
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published simultaneously by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York City and Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada, Limited, Toronto (1975), in hardback with a dust jacket. The book was republished by the Promontory Press, New York City (1998), in hardback with a dust jacket and paperback.
Description: While this book is primarily about land treasures, there are two chapters about sunken treasures. One chapter recounts the loss of the “Ada Hancock” and the other tells of two Manila galleon losses, the “San Antonio” and the “San Francisco Xavier”.

Pirate Treasure

#C-8240
Wilkins, Harold T.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet, Le Chameau, Merida, Lutine, Vigo Bay Galleons, Egypt, Grosvenor, General Grant
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 409
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York City (1937), in hardback with a dust jacket. Dutton also published a second printing in 1937, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book contains a multitude of land and sea treasure tales. Among the sunken treasure stories are the 1715 Fleet (with a few inaccuracies), “Le Chameau”, the “Merida”, the “Lutine”, the Vigo Bay galleons, the “Egypt”, the “Grosvenor” and the “General Grant”. This is excellent reading but lacking in details.

Panorama of Treasure Hunting

#C-8230
Wilkins, Harold T.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Merida, Central America, Hussar, Vigo Bay Galleons, Le Chameau, Telemaque
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6.25″ x 9.25″
Pages: 582
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York City (1940), in hardback with a dust jacket. There was also a second printing (stated) in 1940, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book relates numerous treasure stories from all over the globe, both land and sea. Among the sunken treasure stories are the “Merida”, the “SS Central America”, the “Hussar”, the Vigo Bay galleons, “Le Chameau”, and the “Telemaque”. Much of the information in this book is also contained in the author’s earlier books.

Modern Buried Treasure Hunters

#C-8220
Wilkins, Harold T.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Merida, Le Chameau, De Braak, General Grant, Gilt Dragon, Batavia, Grosvenor
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 9″
Pages: 293
Editions: This book was published by Philip Allan & Co. Ltd., London (1934), in hardback with a dust jacket. The book was also published by E.P. Dutton & Co., New York City (no date) in hardback with a dust jacket. I suspect the UK edition is the first edition since the US edition was “made and printed in Great Britain” and the author resided in the UK.
Description: This book recounts the treasure of the Incas (which the Spanish plundered) and the famous Cocos Island buried treasure…then goes on to describe treasures in North America, Asia and Australia, Africa and Tropical Seas. While the majority of the book is about land treasures, many treasure wrecks are mentioned, including the “Merida”, “Le Chameau”, the “HMS De Braak”, the “General Grant”, the “Gilt Dragon”, the “Batavia”, and the “Grosvenor”. As with all of Harold Wilkins books, it is a little light on the details.

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.

Nautical Archaeology

#C-8200
Wilkes, Bill St. John

ISBN/ISSN: 0812814150
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.5″
Pages: 294
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published by Stein and Day Publishers, New York City (1971), in hardback with a dust jacket.  The first UK edition was also published in 1971 in both hardback (with a dust jacket) and paperback by David & Charles (Publishers) Limited, Newton Abbott, England.
Description: This book is one of the first comprehensive works on underwater archaeology.  It includes chapters on search techniques, preservation, excavation, and artifact identification.

Dreams In Reality of the Undersea Craft

#C-8180
Wiggins, Walter Jr.

Library of Congress: 54-12348
Category: Sunken Treasure
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
Pages: 206
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by the Pageant Press, New York City (1954), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This unusual book is a fictional work about a diver searching for a sunken galleon in the outer harbor of Port Royal, Jamaica. However, the book has a factual chapter about sunken treasure in it, which briefly describes a number of real treasure wrecks.

The Ship’s Bell – Its History and Romance

#C-8075
Wede, Karl

Category: Artifacts
Keywords: Bells
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 60
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The South Street Seaport Museum, New York City (1972), in paperback.
Description: This book describes the history and lore of ship’s bells, including its uses and manufacture. I believe this is the only work ever published on this topic.

Treasure

#C-8070
Waricha, Jean

ISBN/ISSN: 0440845920
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Atocha, 1622 Fleet
Comments: Juvenile; illustrated
Size: 5.25″ x 7.5″
Pages: 55
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The Trumpet Club, New York City (1991), in paperback as part of the Explorer Books series.
Description: This juvenile book includes chapters about pirates, salvage technology, the “Atocha” treasure wreck, the “Titanic”, mythical treasures, and war treasures.