Black Man Under the Deep Blue Sea

Wells, Tony

ISBN/ISSN: 1424174228
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Flor Do Mar, Vansittart
Comments: Includes a glossary; illustrated
Size: 6” x 9”
Pages: 220
Editions: The first edition (First Printing – stated) was published by PublishAmerica, Baltimore (2007), in paperback.
Description: This autobiography is largely about the author’s commercial diving (and sexual) exploits in Southeast Asia.  However, Chapter 19 tells the real story of the supposed salvage of the “Flor do Mar” by SEAS (SouthEast Asia Salvage) and the Salim Group in Indonesia waters.  Chapter 21 tells of SEAS mis-attempt to salvage the East India Company ship, “Vansittart”, which sank in 1789 off Indonesia.  There are some good lessons here about salvaging in third world countries.

A Demonstration of the Diving Engine

Rowe, Jacob, Michael Fardell and Nigel Phillips

ISBN/ISSN: 0948065347
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Vansittart, John Lethbridge, El Gran Grifon, San Juan de Sicilia, Spanish Armada, Adelaar
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 7.75″ x 10″
Pages: 39
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Jacob Rowe in the mid-1700s in England. A facsimile edition was published by The Historical Diving Society, in association with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK (2000), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: The original book was a pictorial description of a technology Jacob Rowe developed for salvaging sunken ships in the 1700s. The facsimile edition includes a biography of Jacob Rowe and his many exploits salvaging sunken treasure, including his success in salvaging 33 tons of silver from the “Vansittart” off the Cape Verde Islands with John Lethbridge in 1720. Additionally, Jacob Rowe salvaged treasure from the Spanish Armada ships, “El Gran Grifon” and “San Juan de Sicilia”, as well as the “Adelaar”.

Treasure Hunt

Earle, Peter

ISBN/ISSN: 9780413776389
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Concepcion; William Phips, Thetis, Vigo Bay Galleons, Merchant Royal, Atocha, Santa Margarita, 1622 Fleet, Maravillas, Florencia, Vasa, Campen, Charles, Jesus Maria del la Limpia Concepcion, Santo Christo de Castello, Guinea Frigate, San Jose, Slot ter Hooge, Vansittart, Meresteijn, Princess Louisa, Dodington, Hollandia, Royal Anne Galley, Gran Grifon, Edinburgh, Adelaar, Anna Catharina, tVliegent Hart, Triumphant, Royal George, Hartwell, Abergavenny, Maracaibo
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 6.25” x 9.5”
Pages: 383
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published by Methuen Publishing Ltd., London (2007), in hardback with a dust jacket.  A paperback edition was published by Methuen in 2008.  A US edition (First US Edition – stated) was published by Thomas Dunne Books, New York City (2008) in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book is about the early days of professional sunken treasure hunting (1687-1830s)…beginning with William Phips and his salvage of the “Concepcion” and ending with development of a “modern” diving suit.  It is significant to the treasure hunter because it specifies what treasure was reportedly aboard a multitude of shipwrecks and what was actually recovered between 1687 and the 1830s.