Weller, Bob “Frogfoot”
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Mel Fisher, Atocha, 1622 Fleet, Santa Margarita, 1715 Fleet
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Editions: The first edition (First Printing, First Edition – stated) was published by Fletcher and Fletcher Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina (1996) in paperback. This is the only edition that was published, contrary to the statement on the third page of the book (the hardback edition referred to was never produced as the publisher went bankrupt shortly after the paperback edition was published).
Description: This book is the authorized biography of Mel Fisher, “the world’s greatest treasure hunter”. It includes the story of his successful salvage of the “Atocha”, a Spanish galleon with $400 million in gold, silver and jewels on board, off the coast of Key West, Florida. It is very well written and factual. The author is a renowned salvor in his own right. One of the “Top 75 Books”.
Skowronek, Russell K.
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Artifacts, 1733 Fleet
Comments: Spiral bound xeroxed book; includes a bibliography; illustrated; part of the Volumes in Historical Archaeology series
Size: 8.5” x 11”
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, Columbia, South Carolina (1984), as a spiral bound book with xeroxed pages (I suspect the original was a PhD dissertation).
Description: This book describes and illustrates (with drawings) many of the artifacts found on the 1733 Fleet, including kitchen utensils, silver plates and trays, spikes, fasteners, hinges, standing rigging, padlocks, lead pumps, swords, gun parts, small arms, munitions, buttons, buckles, jewelry, religious medals, beads, tools, candlesticks, weights, and personal artifacts. It is an excellent reference on shipwreck artifacts of this era.
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: William Phips, Concepcion
Comments: Includes a short bibliography in the Author’s Note
Size: 6″ x 9″
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by BookSurge, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina (2005) in paperback.
Description: This historical narrative describes not only William Phips’ life and his salvage of the rich Spanish galleon, “Concepcion”, but also speculates that Phips’ share of the booty may have been buried on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, when the King of England feared that Phips’ treasure could be used to fuel a revolution against England. Apart from one or two minor characters, all those portrayed herein lived the events described, and every effort has been made to depict them and their actions accurately.