Adventures of a Sea Hunter
In Search of Famous Shipwrecks
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James P. Delgado has great enthusiasm for adventure and history. Passionate about the past, he has battled for preservation and against looting while pursuing a more scholarly path, always believing that the only way to learn was by getting his hands dirty and doing it” whatever it” was in his quest for understanding the past. It” has included participating in Spanish cavalry drills 1776-style, sailing in a square-rigger, trudging across the icy-cold tundra in the footsteps of doomed Arctic explorers, and at least two near-drownings. It has also included the ill-advised sampling of vintage 1851 champagne plucked from the mud of the old San Francisco waterfront, and trying a coffin on for size.
One of the world’s foremost archeologists, and currently the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum (Canada), James Delgado previously served as Maritime Historian for the U.S. National Park Service where he was the founding head of the National Maritime Initiative, the federal maritime preservation program. Author or editor of nearly thirty books, he has appeared in numerous television documentaries, and currently hosts The Sea Hunters” with Clive Cussler for National Geographic International, just renewed for a third season. His recent Across the Top of the World sold 40,000 copies in the United States, Europe, and Canada.
James Delgado's recent participation in an international expedition to explore the remains of Kublai Khan’s Mongol invasion fleet of 1281 A.D. just located near Takashima Island off Japan. Marine archeologists are calling this Fall, 2001 discovery one of the greatest finds of all time. He grew up in California and now lives in Vancouver, Canada.
As a "Sea Hunter" and host, with novelist Clive Cussler, for the new National Geographic International television series, join Delgado as the team searches for, discovers and explores, among others, the wrecks of RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors; Mary Celeste, the infamous "ghost ship" found sailing alone without a soul aboard, in the mid-Atlantic in 1872; Vrouw Maria, a perfectly preserved Dutch cargo ship of 1771, discovered on the bottom of the Baltic Ocean packed with cargo, including crates of long-lost Old Masters belonging to Empress Catherine the Great of Russia; the lost ships of the Mongol fleet of Kublai Khan that invaded Japan in 1274; and wreck of the USS Mississinewa, the first ship sunk by a Japanese "suicide submarine" in WWII.
Stories and personalities of the past are interspersed with visits and voyages around the world - crossing the Atlantic, drifting in a powerless ship at the mercy of gales in the heart of the Pacific, and navigating through the fabled Northwest Passage. The undeniable thrill of being where history was made make "Adventures of a Sea Hunter" a highly entertaining, personal account of the exploration of the sea and the past that rests beneath the waves.
D & M Publishers
; July 2009
256 pages; ISBN 9781926685601Read online
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Title: Adventures of a Sea Hunter
Author: James Delgado; Clive Cussler
Foreword by Clive Cussler
Introduction: The Great Museum of the Sea
Chapter One: Skeletons in the Sand (wreck near San Francisco)
Chapter Two: Graveyard of the Pacific (off state of Washington)
Chapter Three: Pearl Harbor
Chapter Four: Sunk by the Atomic Bomb (wrecks of ships test-sunk by U.S. Navy at Bikini Atoll)
Chapter Five: A Cursed Ship (wreck of the most notorious clipper ship in U.S. Navy)
Chapter Six: Titanic
Chapter Seven: Carpathia (liner sunk by a German U-boat in World War I)
Chapter Eight: Catherine the Great's Lost Art: The Wreck of Vrouw
Maria (lost treasure ship of Catherine the Great of Russia)
Chapter Nine: Kublai Khan's Lost Fleet (fleet that was supposed to invade Japan sunk by storm)
Chapter Ten: A Buried Ship in the Heart of the City (wreck of ship covered by landfill in downtown San Francisco)
Chapter Eleven: Heroes Under Fire: USS Merrimac and Cervera's Squadron
(ships sunk during Spanish-American War)
Chapter Twelve: Hitler's Rockets (diving in water-filled mineshafts where
V-1 and V-2 rockets were built in WWII)
Chapter Thirteen: Sole Survivor (German battleship sunk by British in WWII)
Chapter Fourteen: Arctic Fox (a historic wreck in the Arctic)
Chapter Fifteen: Civil War Submarine (a Confederate submarine sunk during the Civil War)
Conclusion: What's Next? (some famous wrecks yet to be found or explored)