Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia

Wells, Tony

ISBN/ISSN: 9812045430
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Flor Do Mar, Vung Tau, Geldermalsen, Marie Therese
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 9″
Pages: 159
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Times Editions Pte. Ltd., Singapore (1995), in paperback.
Description: This is the only comprehensive book I’ve seen on shipwrecks in Southeast Asia.  It includes brief references to 450 wrecks, and more detailed information on several treasure and ceramic wrecks: the “Hatcher Junk”, the “Flor Do Mar” (one of the richest wrecks of all times), the “Vung Tau”, the “Geldermalsen” (Nanking Cargo), the “Thailand Junk”, and the “Marie Therese”. Approximately half of the book is a listing of sunken Asian wrecks, organized by country/area.

Porcelain from the Vung Tau Wreck – The Hallstrom Excavation

Jorg, Christiaan .J.A. and Michael Flecker

ISBN/ISSN: 981045208X
Category: Ceramics
Keywords: Vung Tau, ceramics
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 8.5” x 12”
Pages: 172
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Oriental Art Publications, Singapore (2001), in hardback with a dust jacket.
This extraordinary book discusses the excavation of the “Vung Tau” wreck, which was lost off the coast of Viet Nam during the late 17th century.  Additionally, the construction of the ship and the Dutch-China trade during the 17th century are examined.  However, most of the book describes the diverse cargo of 48,288 porcelain pieces that were salvaged (underglaze blue Jingdezhen wares and Southern provincial wares) with many of the ceramics illustrated.