A Guide and Gazetteer to 2000 Years of Shipwreck
The seas of northern Europe are probably the most heavily traveled in recent millennia, and there are literally thousands of wrecks lying in what is relatively shallow water. Among these a significant proportion may be regarded as high-value--either in financial terms or because of their potential contribution to historical knowledge--but few have been precisely located. This book identifies 500 such sites, giving concise details of ship, voyage, cargo and current state of knowledge. This represents a large proportion of the most valuable wrecks in the designated area. The book is also introduced by twenty detailed case-studies of wrecks chosen to illustrate the range of problems--and rewards--likely to be encountered by anyone diving on these sites. These include a variety of ship types, from a Roman trading vessel to a German liner sunk in the Baltic by the Russians in 1945. Well written and heavily illustrated, this book is both a practical guide for divers and an entertainment for armchair adventurers.