Beneath the Seven Seas

Beneath the Seven Seas

by George F. Bass
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Beneath the Seven Seas

Firsthand accounts from around the world of more than forty of the most important shipwreck and sunken-city projects ever undertaken.

From the Pacific to the Mediterranean, from the Caribbean to the Red Sea, from northern Europe and the northern United States to the Indian Ocean, archaeologists vividly describe shipwrecks from centuries past, from the oldest and deepest ever excavated to the remains of battles in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.

Readers will dive nearly 200 feet with Cemal Pulak on a royal ship that sank over 3,300 years ago off the Aegean coast of Turkey, and explore with Donny Hamilton the streets and houses of the richest English colony in the New World, the infamous pirate stronghold of Port Royal, Jamaica, swallowed by the sea in 1692. They will accompany famed undersea explorer Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, as he and Cheryl Ward search for shipwrecks in the deep, oxygen-free waters of the Black Sea. They will wade with archaeologist Fred Hocker through mud along the bank of a South Carolina river, and then sail through a gale with Susan Womer Katzev on a full-scale replica of the best-preserved ancient Greek ship yet raised from the depths of the Mediterranean.

The book describes the tragic loss, within sight of their loved ones, of seamen returning home to Portugal in 1606, at the end of a two-year voyage to the East on the Nossa Senhora dos Martires, and then describes the fate of the crew of another Portuguese ship, the Santo Antonio de Tanna, which sank off Mombasa, Kenya, while trying to lift the siege of Fort Jesus by Omani Arabs in 1697. It describes the foods, games,weapons, tools, and grooming implements on a ship sailed by Bulgarian merchants around AD 1025, carrying as cargo the largest known collections of medieval Islamic glass and glazed pottery. 350 color illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500051368
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/19/2005
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.76(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reclaiming Lost History from Beneath the Seven Seas10
The Oldest Wrecks
An Enigma at Devil Creek: Seytan Deresi, Turkey31
Discovering a Royal Ship from the Age of King Tut: Uluburun, Turkey34
Cargo from the Age of Bronze: Cape Gelidonya, Turkey48
Ancient Greek Wrecks
An Archaic Ship finally Reaches Port: Pabuc Burnu, Turkey59
A Wreck from the Golden Age of Greece: Tektas Burnu, Turkey64
Resurrecting an Ancient Greek Ship: Kyrenia, Cyprus72
Saturation Diving for Archaeology: La Secca di Capistello, Italy80
Digging into an Avalanche: The Hellenistic Wreck at Serce Limann, Turkey82
Roman And Byzantine Wrecks
Modeling the Fishing Boat from the Sea of Galilee, Israel89
The Ship of Georgios, Priest and Sea Captain: Yassiada, Turkey92
The Graveyard of Ships: Tantura Lagoon, Israel98
Sampling a Byzantine Vintage: Bozburun, Turkey100
Solving a Million-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle: Serce Limani, Turkey106
A 13th-Century Wine Carrier: Camalti Burnu, Turkey118
Searching for Deep-Water Ships in the Black Sea124
Medieval And Renaissance Wrecks
A 14th-Century Chinese Wreck: Shinan, Korea131
A 15th-Century Cog in the Zuidersee: Almere, Netherlands134
Pursuing Southeast Asian Wrecks: Ko Si Chang, Thailand136
A Rare Ottoman Wreck: Yassiada, Turkey138
Seventeenth-Century Wrecks
Ship Archaeology in a Hay Field: Zuidersee, Netherlands145
The Pepper Wreck: Nossa Senhora dos Martires, Lisbon, Portugal148
A Tobacconist's Dream: The Pipe Wreck, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic152
La Salle's Ship Belle: Matagorda Bay, Texas156
Resurrecting "The Wickedest City in the World": Port Royal, Jamaica164
The Tragedy of the Santo Antonio de Tanna: Mombasa, Kenya172
Eighteenth-Century Wrecks
Revisiting the Great Basses Reef, Sri Lanka183
Chinese Porcelain for the Ottoman Court: Sadana Island, Egypt186
The Clydesdale Plantation Vessel: Savannah River, South Carolina192
Excavating the Colonial Privateer Defence: Penobscot Bay, Maine194
From Collier to Troop Transport: The Betsy, Yorktown, Virginia200
Tracing the Wreck of the Ten Sail: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands206
Wrecks of Modern Times
Cleopatra's Barge: Kauai, Hawaii213
A Horse-Powered Ferry: Burlington Bay, Lake Champlain218
The Sidewheel Steamer Heroine: Red River, Oklahoma220
The Denbigh, A Civil War Blockade Runner: Galveston, Texas222
The Sailing Canal Boats of Lake Champlain226
Mapping the "Unsinkable" Titanic230
The Japanese Fleet in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia238
Exploring D-Day Landing Craft: Normandy, France242
Further Reading246
Acknowledgments and Sponsors250
Sources of Illustrations252

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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the better books on how wrecks are recovered and the financial needs to keep these projects going. Very good photo support.