HMS Fowey Lost and Found: Being the Discovery, Excavation, and Identification of a British Man-of-War Lost off the Cape of Florida in 1748

Russell K. Skowronek and George R. Fischer
Foreword by James C. Bradford and Gene A. Smith, Series Editors

Details: 272 pages    6 x 9
Cloth: $45.00   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3320-4   
Pubdate: 1/26/2009
Series: New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology
Review(s): 6 available

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"An interesting and effective effort by the principal investigators to relate the entire story of HMS Fowey to a broad readership. This is an intimate, lively, occasionally frustrated account of a complex, legally tangled project that has spanned more than two decades, told as only the authors could tell it."--John D. Broadwater, chief archaeologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary Program

Sunken treasure may seem like the stuff of legends and movies, but the seas still hold prizes to be found.

HMS Fowey was a small ship, carrying 44 guns and over 200 men, captained by a descendant of Sir Francis Drake’s brother. It had scored victories over French and Spanish ships in battle, but in 1748 was done in by a reef in what is now Biscayne National Park.

In 1978, an underwater treasure hunter came upon a shipwreck in the park and began to search for treasure. Eventually, after years of precedent-setting legal wrangling, the National Park Service asserted ownership of the wreckage and turned the investigation over to underwater archaeologists, including George Fischer and Russell Skowronek.

HMS Fowey Lost and Found traces the life of the ship, the court martial of her captain, her rediscovery in the 1970s, and the long process of artifact recovery and ship identification. Written for general readers, the result is a fascinating story of intrigue and adventure that stretches across the centuries.

Russell K. Skowronek is associate professor of anthropology and founder of the Archaeology Research Lab at Santa Clara University. George R. Fischer is the founder of the underwater archaeology program for the National Park Service, where he was an underwater archaeologist from 1959 to 1988.


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