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Shipwrecks of Florida: A Comprehensive Listing Paperback – August 1, 1998
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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.Read more ›
If you are interested in the subject, you should have this book.