Atlas of Shipwrecks & Treasure

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The first comprehensive illustrated guide to ships lost at sea and the treasures they have yielded, capturing the romance and the risks of treasure hunting.

From Roman ships laden with bronze statues to the gold—carrying blockade runners of World War II, this highly illustrated historical atlas is the first comprehensive guide to ships lost at sea and the treasures that have yielded.

Tales of shipwrecks. The Atlas features spellbinding accounts...

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The first comprehensive illustrated guide to ships lost at sea and the treasures they have yielded, capturing the romance and the risks of treasure hunting.

From Roman ships laden with bronze statues to the gold—carrying blockade runners of World War II, this highly illustrated historical atlas is the first comprehensive guide to ships lost at sea and the treasures that have yielded.

Tales of shipwrecks. The Atlas features spellbinding accounts of 40 of the most significant shipwrecks of all time. These accounts reveal how and why the ships sank and describe the often extraordinary feats of salvage accomplished through the centuries. There are tales of Chinese junks lost in the shark—infested waters of the South China Sea; of Spanish galleons laden with jewels; of prospectors in pursuit of gold around the world.

Salvaged treasure. The Atlas is sumptuously illustrated with photographs of treasure salvaged from the wrecks, including rare coins, precious porcelain, finely crafted jewelry, and even mercury. Illustrations of diving equipment through the ages explain the development of salvage and underwater archaeology.

Exquisite thematic maps. Beautiful hand—drawn maps illustrate the seas and oceans of the world during the different historical periods. They highlight the trade routes and ports of an era, detail the cargoes carried, show the notorious black holes that have bedeviled shipping, and plot the positions of some of the most remarkable shipwrecks.

Comprehensive gazetteer. Twenty full—color maps plot the sites of over 1,400 wrecks around the world, showing the depths at which they lie. Accompanying profiles give details of the date on which each shipwent down, its cargo, and any salvage attempts so far. Many of the wrecks still lie there on the ocean bed, their treasure awaiting recovery.

Expertly researched and lavishly illustrated, this outstanding world history of shipwrecks will fire the imagination of everyone who is drawn to the risks and romance of treasure hunting.

From the Americas to Australia, Scandinavia to southern Africa, the history, location, and treasures of more than 1,400 ships lost at sea are breached in a book offering a wealth of information uniquely presented in detailed, hand-drawn maps and lucid text. More than 300 illustrations and photos.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Michael Pickford is a superb writer whose impeccable research and salvage experience make The Atlas of Ship Wrecks Treasure mesmerizing nonfiction. In Part 1 of his 10- x 12-inch volume, he details 40 significant shipwrecks from the Bronze age to WWII against a backdrop of first-rate archival and contemporary photographs, reproductions and maps. Mr. Pickford places ships within an historical context, discusses their design, cargo, sinking, salvage attempts (if any) and more. Part 2 contains gazetteer, maps, and shipwreck listings. Use his exciting resource for SSR browsing, "I-can't think-of-a-subject" students' inspiration, research on ships, sunken treasure, pirates/privateers, exploration, trade routes, or whatever. Curriculum connections galore will pop into your head nonstop as you pore over the pages.
Library Journal
Pickford, whose father worked as a researcher for an English salvage company involved in nearly 100 operations, here chronicles shipwrecks from the Bronze Age to the Vikings, then moves on to Chinese junks, the Levantine trade, the Portuguese and Spanish plate fleets, pirates, gold rush paddle-steamers, and, finally, to the Titanic and other modern ships. To be included, wrecks must have been laden with treasure. Colorful maps detail the historical trade routes and pinpoint the wrecks. A gazetteer surveys over 1400 shipwrecks around the world, including many that have yet to be salvaged; each is briefly described in the "Shipwreck Listings" section. A good history and a welcome reference for treasure seekers. Highly recommended for public libraries.-John Kenny, San Francisco P.L.
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YA-An oversized treasure of a book, packed with illustrations, photographs, maps, and possibilities. Chronology runs from the Bronze Age through the Vikings, the Chinese, Levantine and Portuguese trades, the Armada, pirates and East India men, and the Titanic and Andrea Doria wrecks, ending with the 1944 sinking of the John Barry. Part Two is a gazetteer that surveys over 1,400 shipwrecks around the world. The information is detailed, showing the depths at which the sunken ships lie, routes taken, cargo carried, and detail on salvaging efforts. This is a book that immediately catches the eye, while perusal stimulates the imagination.-Frances Reiher, Kings Park Library, Fairfax, VA
Zom Zoms
Though the jacket proclaims this as "the first comprehensive guide to ships lost at sea and the treasures they have yielded," Pickford's introduction more modestly and accurately states that, because of the lack of records over the vast ages and areas involved," no book on this subject could pretend to be totally comprehensive." Defining a treasure ship broadly as "any ship used to transport a high-value cargo of precious metals or artifacts that do not lose their value when immersed for long periods in salt water," Pickford, a professional shipwreck researcher, provides illuminating text set in a sea of illustrations. The result is a book that is a fine starting point for shipwreck research as well as a browsable coffee-table book, because of the graphics for which Dorling Kindersley is esteemed The atlas is divided into two main parts. The first, "Shipwrecks," examines 40 significant shipwrecks in two-page spreads combining text with profuse use of photographs and other illustrations. These shipwrecks are arranged into 14 groupings including "The Vikings," "Chinese Junks," and "Pirates and Privateers"; each has its own lavish introductory two-page spread. The book's second main part, "Gazetteer," has two sections: maps and shipwreck listings. The 20 double-page maps locate by number more than 1,400 shipwrecks, indicating for each relative sea depths in yards and meters, date of sinking, and whether or not some salvage history is known. The shipwreck listings indicates, where known, the ship's name and location on a map in the atlas, date of sinking, nationality, tonnage, location, route, cargo, and salvage record Concluding the book are a glossary and a bibliography of about 100 entries each, as well as an index. That the index refers not at all to the 34 pages of shipwreck listings in part 2 makes it difficult to easily locate specific information, such as the cargo of the "Titanic" or the captain of the "San Juan", in that section. The "Lusitania", perhaps failing to meet the author's broad definition of treasure ship, escapes mention anywhere in the book Recommended as a seaworthy addition to public, academic, and elementary and secondary school libraries for both reference and browsing.
Booknews
An illustrated guide to ships and treasures lost (and found) at sea, capturing the romance and the risks of treasure hunting. Features accounts of 40 shipwrecks and salvage efforts, photos of treasure such as coins, jewelry, and porcelain, and illustrations of diving equipment through the ages. Hand-drawn thematic maps show the oceans of the world during different historical periods, highlighting trade routes and positions of shipwrecks. Includes some 20 color maps plotting sites of about 1,400 wrecks, with profiles of each ship. 10.5x12.5". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564585998
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 12.28 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Beautiful maps and Pictures, Excellent Book

    A must own, big and beauiful Atlas which features 20 full color maps of different continents with detailed Information on 1400 lost and sunken treasure ships. You can search for lost treasures by country, or by the name of the ship or you just browse through the book and learn some information about pirates, treasure hunters, ship routes and stories from old times till today. There are tales of chinese junk lost in the shark invested waters of the south sea, of Spanish galleons laden with jewels, of prospectors in pursuit of gold around the world. The Atlas has plenty of illustrations and photographs of treasure salvaged from the wrecks, including rare coins, precious porcelain and jewelery.

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