Diving for Treasure

Stories of rewarding discoveries and recoveries

Author: Pat
5th February 2018
 

Not-so-scuba divers at work

Everyone loves a treasure hunt – and the latest dive publication from Whittles is dedicated to the topic of everyone’s favourite underwater find.

Diving for Treasure by Vic Verlinden and Stefan Panis is an historical account linking the history of a number of shipwrecks with the newspaper reports of the time, the dives and the artefacts that were discovered.

ships’ bells, crockery, gold, silver and porcelain items, bronze statues and more

The authors have created an engrossing and exciting account of each of these vessels before and after their demise.

Original photographs of the vessels in their heyday are featured plus some superb dive photos, providing a wonderful insight into the variety of relics ranging from ships’ bells, crockery, gold, silver and porcelain items, bronze statues and more that were recovered.

Some of the vessels featured include

  • SS Tubantia – the search for this Dutch passenger liner’s gold is fascinating. Six salvage teams worked in an attempt to locate the treasure
  • SS Justicia – the Dutch Titanic
  • SS Albertville – a luxury mail ship sunk by Stuka dive bombers
  • MS Christiaan Huygens – beautiful bronze states were recovered from this luxury passenger ship. It was the largest ever built in the Netherlands and furnished by the famous designer, Lion Cachet
  • SS Natal – passengers on board this beautiful ocean liner had placed their gold and silver jewellery in the ship’s safe. It sank barely 10 minutes after a collision at night

Diving for Treasure publishes next month – check back for a full review on British Diver.

 
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