The Last Cruise of H.M.S. “Loo”

#C-6250
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

#C-6240
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”.

Shipwrecked – Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds

#C-4465
Krahl, Regina, John Guy, J. Keith Wilson, and Julian Raby – Editors

ISBN/ISSN: 9781588343055
Library of Congress: 2010039869
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 9.5” x 12.25”
Pages: 307
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the National Heritage Board, Singapore, and the Singapore Tourism Board on the occasion of the exhibition, “Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds” (2010), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells the story of the excavation of a 9th century Arab dhow which sank off Belitung island in the Java Sea with a cargo of lead ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, worked vessels of gold and silver, and 60,000 glazed bowls.

Recovery of the 1733 Capitana Gold Medallion

#C-3860
Haskins, Jack “Blackjack”

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1733 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated; contents is also contained in an appendix to “Galleon Alley” (#C-8100)
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 8
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by En Rada Publications, West Palm Beach, Florida (2000), in paperback and was extremely limited.
Description: This pamphlet tells the story of the author’s finding of a very rare gold religious medallion while salvaging the 1733 Fleet. Mendel Peterson, noted author and former Director of Underwater Exploration for the Smithsonian Institution, called the medallion “the greatest artifact recovered from the 1733 treasure fleet”.

Treasure of the Quicksilver Galleons

#C-1480
Boer, Susan Dudnick

Library of Congress: 82-50614
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Conde de Tolosa, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
Comments: Adolescent; illustrated
Size: 8″ x 11″
Pages: 32
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1982), in paperback.
Description: This adolescent paperback book was published as an exhibit catalog (with a fictional background story) for the exhibit of artifacts from the “Conde de Tolosa” and “Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe”, which sank in 1724 off the coast of the Dominican Republic.