The half-city-block long sidewheeler, S.S. Brother Jonathan, struck an uncharted reef in 1865 off Northern California. Sinking underneath the seas in 45 minutes, the ship took down with her multi-million-dollars of newly minted gold coins and bullion. Only 19 hardy souls survived out of 244 people on board, including a near “who’s who” of the famous personalities of the times. Although tantalizingly close to land and despite countless attempts to locate the ship and its gold, the ship’s location remained a secret for over 125 years--that is, until a band of underfunded adventurers used different assumptions and found it and its treasures. Not only did Deep Sea Research bring up over 1000 near-invaluable gold coins, it also found trouble, including a historic maritime decision by the U.S. Supreme Court over who owned the treasure--and what was still there.
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"In recounting the disastrous sinking and miraculous recovery of the S.S. Brother Jonathan, Dennis M. Powers shows his prodigious research abilities. Every time you think this story couldn't possibly take another strange turn, Powers proves that it can, and he does so in highly entertaining fashion."
--Alison Frankel, author of Double Eagle: The Epic Story of the World's Most Valuable Coin
"A remarkable piece of nautical literature. Well researched in every detail, Treasure Ship captures the intrigue of one of the most storied ship disasters on the American West Coast."
--Jim Gibbs, author of Pacific Graveyard
"Powers captures the era beautifully. Treasure Ship is a thoroughly engaging read. . . . a fine companion work to Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea."
--Kevin F. McMurray, author of Deep Descent, Dark Descent
"Powers weaves his extensive research about a shipwreck in 1865 into a fascinating tale whose intrigue continues for 150 years."
--Judith A. Howard, author of Category 5: The Story of Camille
"Dennis Powers brings history to life, as he relates with compelling drama this classic nautical adventure, the true story of a ship's sinking that is as fascinating as the story of the Titanic."
--David Flohr, Director and Treasurer, Deep Sea Research, Inc.
"The author recounts the last voyage of the S.S. Brother Jonathan, long shrouded in mystery, with accuracy and skill."
--William Kooiman, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
"I could not put it down! An engrossing and detailed account of a human tragedy, the near miraculous discovery of sunken treasure, and the long legal battle that followed."
--Fletcher Alford, Esq., Partner in Gordon & Rees LLP, attorney for Deep Sea Research, Inc.
Dennis M. Powers was a full-time attorney specializing in business law before turning his concentration to writing nearly three decades ago. He is the author of fifteen published nonfiction books, among other publications, along with different fictional, poetry, magazine, and newspaper works. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, he is the Professor Emeritus of Business Law at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife, Judy, two cats, and libraries of books. Among his other maritime history books are The Raging Sea, Sentinel of the Seas, Tales of the Seven Seas and Taking the Sea.
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Description du livre Sea Ventures Press. Paperback. État : Brand New. second edition, updated and expanded edition. 428 pages. 9.25x6.13x1.07 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire zk0615962440