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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press; 2nd ed. edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561641634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561641635
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Shipwrecks of Florida : a comprehensive listing is great reading and a fantastic reference book. Anyone interested in underwater archaeology or shipwreck recovery should read this book and keep it as part of their library. I have been involved in the field of shipwreck recovery for eleven years, and I also manage the popular web site TreasureExpeditions.com. I feel that this will help to qualify my review of this book. Let me start by saying that I have had the opportunity to meet and work with Steven Singer. Steve is a person of high integrity and knowledge, all of which are displayed in the writing of this book. He has created an invaluable reference book that not only has probably one of the largest collection of shipwreck locations, but also covers other valuable topics such as; Research, Search and salvage, Wreck identification, Artifact conservation and Rights to wrecks. I have an extensive collection of material on underwater archaeology and shipwreck recovery, yet I have found this book to be invaluable to me. This book stands out as one of the true classics in the field of shipwreck recovery and underwater archaeology. Brad "Goldfinder" Johnson
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In this case, you can judge a book by its cover. This book is nothing but a list of wrecks. Only a small fraction have specific location information. If you are a SCUBA diver looking for sights to dive, this is NOT the book. Very minimal information.... self-serving photos of the author's friends and low resolution B&W figures, instead of useful graphics like a simple MAP of where the wrecks are located. This is a second-rate history book.... NOT a resource for divers.
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This book is fantastic and I do believe a great starting point for those just getting interest in shipwrecks and underwater treasure hunting in general.

The main format of the book is structured as a reference listing. I have little to no interest in tall tales, semi-fiction or baseless lore that's more a byprouct of the authors embillishments and imagination than a matter of historical fact; needless to say, books on shipwrecks are apt to drift off into this sort of thing. 'Shipwrecks of Florida' performs beautifully, in this regard... The reference section offers just the facts, well presented relevant while being kept as succinct as possible.

A meaningful portion of the book is indeed dedicated to "Shipwreck Narratives", however, again. These are all fact based, usually first hand accounts of survivors or witnesses and rooted in historical record, rather than contemporary, creative fabrication. Good stuff.

There are also to-the-point entries on artifact conservation, wreckers rights, wreck identification, etc.
I don't throw around five star ratings unless something really deserves it. This does. Five stars, no brainer. If you're looking to assemble a library on Shipwrecks, this is a must.

The only thing 'sad' here is that treasure hunting in Florida is no longer the free 'pursuit of happiness' thing it once was. High-minded people with the best of intentions in-tow pretty much killed the dream in the late 1980's and now, the State controls the entire show, stem to stern.
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This book is a very approachable, easy-to-use reference for shipwrecks in Florida. The format is great for browsing and the information presented has source references. I'd have given this book a five star rating if it did not claim to be comprehensive. I do research on shipwrecks for a living and I often come across records of wrecks that are not mentioned in this book. When reading and using this book, bear in mind that there likely are hundreds of wrecks that this book does not list. This is absolutely not a critique of the author's knowledge but perhaps speaks to the marketing tactics of Pineapple Press. Who would want to buy a shipwreck book that was only partially comprehensive? A truly comprehensive accounting for shipwrecks in Florida waters is probably impossible. Use this book as a great starting point and do your own research from there.
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This is a great resource. Well researched, well written and well organized.
If you are interested in the subject, you should have this book.
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FABULOUS BOOK!!! It has helped me immensely. I highly recommend it.
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Good reading
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