Shipwrecks of the Caribbean: A Diver's Guide

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From the earliest days of discovery, the Caribbean has been synonymous with pioneering marine exploration and adventure. Island life is shaped by its relationship with the ocean and to the present day, when hurricanes and fierce storms visit the region, the sea remains a threat as well as an extraordinary asset. Many vessels and seafarers have met their fate -- often in mysterious circumstances. Yet, until now, serious and responsible documented research on the shipwrecks of the Caribbean has never been ...
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Overview

From the earliest days of discovery, the Caribbean has been synonymous with pioneering marine exploration and adventure. Island life is shaped by its relationship with the ocean and to the present day, when hurricanes and fierce storms visit the region, the sea remains a threat as well as an extraordinary asset. Many vessels and seafarers have met their fate -- often in mysterious circumstances. Yet, until now, serious and responsible documented research on the shipwrecks of the Caribbean has never been undertaken. Martha Watkins Gilkes has travelled the length and breadth of the region, covering more than twenty islands, to unravel the mysteries behind many of these wrecks -- from the infamous disasters to the long forgotten. She has explored and written about many of the ships that have been deliberately sunk in recent years, offering unique homes for underwater creatures and marine plants.

Wreck diving presents new challenges and responsibilities for even the most experienced diver. There are ethical issues that have to be addressed. For divers, a wreck is an exciting adventure. For the owner of the ship and the relatives of the dead, it is a tragedy and in many islands laws are in place protecting the sites. In this practical and informative book, the shipwrecks of each island are explored in turn, providing a fascinating historical journey as well as a beautifully illustrated guide to one of the most mysterious underwater experiences the Caribbean can offer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566564762
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Bestselling Travel Titles Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,458,202
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 3
Foreword 7
Introduction to Diving on Shipwrecks 11
Unusual Marine Encounters 14
Anguilla 24
Antigua and Barbuda 35
Barbados 45
The British Virgin Islands 57
The Cayman Islands 68
Dominica 83
Grenada 90
St Kitts and Nevis 99
St Lucia 109
Turks and Caicos 117
The US Virgin Islands 122
St Vincent and the Grenadines 148
Index 153
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