Sea Venture – The Tempest Wreck

Wingood, Allan J., Peggy Wingood, Jonathan Adams

Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Sea Venture, Teddy Tucker
Comments: Exhibition guide; pamphlet; illustrated
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Pages: 24
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Sea Venture Trust, Bermuda (1986), in paperback.
Description: This museum exhibition catalog describes the wreck of the “Sea Venture”, an English ship carrying colonists to America, in a storm off the coast of Bermuda in 1609. All of the passengers and crew survived, but the ship eventually sank. Many believe it was this incident that inspired Shakespeare to write The Tempest in 1610. Teddy Tucker and Edmund Downing started searching for the wreck in the late 1950s, and it was eventually located by Downing (a direct descendent of one of those aboard the ship) in 1958. The authors excavated the wreck beginning in 1978. Many artifacts are pictured.

Watery Graves

Wilkinson, Carole

ISBN/ISSN: 0760849528
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet, Sea Venture, Royal Charter, Dodington, Mary Rose, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Whydah, William Phips, Concepcion, Douro, Vasa
Comments: Juvenile; illustrated
Size: 5” x 7.75”
Pages: 96
Editions: The first edition was published under the title, “Phenomena” by Horwitz Martin, Sydney, Australia (1999) in paperback.  The first US edition was published by Sundance Publishing, Littleton, Massachusetts (2000), in paperback.
This educational juvenile book briefly describes quite a few treasure wrecks, along with pirates, marine archaeology, and some modern wrecks.  It includes the 1715 Fleet, the “Sea Venture”, the “Royal Charter”, the “Dodington”, the “Mary Rose”, “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, the “Whydah”, the  “Concepcion”, the “Douro”, and the “Vasa”.

Shipwrecked – Bermuda’s Maritime Heritage

Watts, Jr., Gordon Payne

ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-927750-70-4
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Sea Venture, Warwick, New Old Spaniard, Stonewall Wreck, San Antonio, Tankard Wreck, Virginia Merchant, Eagle, Western Ledge Reef Wreck, Canton-Malpas Wreck, San Pedro, Manilla Wreck, Hunter Galley Wreck, Ceberus, Iron Knee Wreck, British Collier Wreck
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 13.25” x 10.25”
Pages: 276
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by National Museum of Bermuda Press, Bermuda (2014), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This oversize book encompasses the finding and excavation of the many shipwrecks which have met their doom on the reefs surrounding Bermuda. It includes the “Sea Venture”, “Warwick”, “New Old Spaniard Wreck”, “Stonewall Wreck”, “San Antonio”, “Tankard Wreck”, “Virginia Merchant”, “Eagle”, “Western Ledge Reef Wreck”, “Canton-Malpas Wreck”, “San Pedro”, “Manilla Wreck”, “Hunter Galley Wreck”, “Ceberus”, “Iron Knee Wreck”, and the “British Collier Wreck”.  Many artifacts are illustrated.
Available from the National Museum of Bermuda at

Stories of Famous Shipwrecks

Ortzen, Len

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Sea Venture, Birkenhead
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 153
Editions: The first edition (First Edition – stated) was published by Arthur Barker Ltd., UK (1974), in hardback with a dust jacket. A second impression (stated) was published in 1975, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book describes 13 shipwrecks between the early 17th century and 1963, including the “Birkenhead” and the “Sea Venture”.

Sea Venture: The Downing Wreck Revisited

Mardis, A. Jr.

ISBN/ISSN: 0910651051
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Sea Venture, Teddy Tucker, Artifacts
Comments: Includes a bibliography after each chapter; illustrated
Size: 5.25″ x 8″
Pages: 72
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Fathom Eight, San Marino, California (1981), in paperback.
Description: This booklet recounts the history of the “Sea Venture” and its demise in 1609 on the reefs of Bermuda. It also tells of the search for the wreck, and its finding in 1958. Many of the artifacts found in the 1958, 1978, 1979 and 1980 excavations are detailed. Teddy Tucker was one of the divers that worked on the excavation of the wreck.

Lost on the Ocean Floor – Diving the World’s Ghost Ships

Fine, John Christopher

ISBN/ISSN: 159114275X
Library of Congress: 2004008445
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Mel Fisher, Atocha, 1622 Fleet, Teddy Tucker, San Pedro, Harry Cox, Sea Venture, Speaker, Association, Columbus, Santa Maria
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 6″ x 9.25″
Pages: 255
Editions: The first edition (First Printing – stated) was published by the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland (2005), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book covers a lot of ground, relating many of the author’s exploits in diving on sunken ships and stories of others’ adventures too.  It includes the story of Mel Fisher’s salvage of the “Atocha” off the waters of Key West; Teddy Tucker’s and Harry Cox’s success along the coast of Bermuda, salvaging the “Sea Venture” and the “San Pedro”, to name a few of their recoveries; the salvage of the pirate ship, “Speaker”, off the island of Mauritius; the search for Columbus’ ship, “Santa Maria”; and the salvage of the “HMS Association” in the Scilly Isles of England by Terry Hiron and James Heslin (no mention of Roland Morris, strangely).  Chapters are also allocated to some of the great lost oceanliners, the shipwrecks on Anegada Reef (Tortola), ancient shipwrecks, and modern war wrecks.  Many other shipwreck and salvage operations are briefly mentioned.