Florida is surrounded by the ocean, so what scares us more than ghosts, ghouls, or things that go bump in the night? Peril on the sea!

Our Halloween reads this year are straight from Davy Jones’ locker. Grab these books about shipwrecks and pirates for thrilling and chilling reads, and use code BOO21 for discount prices and free shipping through November 30!


Captain Kidd’s Lost Ship: The Wreck of the Quedagh Merchant
Frederick H. Hanselmann

In 1701, Kidd was executed for piracy, and the location of his greatest prize—the ship the Quedagh Merchant—was lost. In 2010, underwater archaeologists confirmed a shocking discovery: the ship had been mere yards from shore for more than 300 years.


X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy
Edited by Russell K. Skowronek and Charles R. Ewen

The Golden Age of piracy left a mark on history and our imaginations, but what evidence of their activities did pirates leave on the places they visited? This book is an exciting exploration of the artifacts left behind by real pirates, recovered from both shipwrecks and known pirate bases.


Pieces of Eight: More Archaeology of Piracy
Edited by Charles R. Ewen and Russell K. Skowronek

How do you tell a pirate wreck from an ordinary sailing vessel? Ewen and Skowronek return to the Golden Age of Piracy to dig through the archives and material evidence to confirm the exploits of pirates and the ships they sailed.


Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783–1820
Joshua M. Smith

Passamaquoddy Bay became famous for smuggling after the American Revolution. Illicit traders and national authorities spent decades in continuous battle as beaver pelts, fish, and timber moved across the Maine–New Brunswick border. Smith examines how smugglers persisted for so long and what their crimes reveal about borderlands, laws, and the evolution of capitalism.


Adventures in Archaeology: The Wreck of the Orca II and Other Explorations
P. J. Capelotti

Experienced anthropologist P.J. Capelotti takes us along as he hunts wrecked airplanes, derelict boats, Arctic base camps, and zeppelins lost at sea. Follow him to extreme archaeological sites above the Arctic Circle, on the surface of the Moon, and beneath the waves of the Atlantic.


Robert J. Walker: The History and Archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey Steamship
James P. Delgado and Stephen D. Nagiewicz

The Robert J. Walker sank off the coast of New Jersey in 1860, and the wreck became a frequent stop for local anglers and divers. When archaeologists realized the identity of the shipwreck in 2013, those same community members joined with the researchers and the NOAA to map and interpret this historically significant shipwreck.


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

In 1978, an underwater treasure hunter came upon a shipwreck in Biscayne National Park. After years of legal battles, the National Park Service claimed the wreck and invited underwater archaeologists in to investigate it. The result is a fascinating story of intrigue and adventure that stretches across the centuries.


Florida’s Lost Galleon: The Emanuel Point Shipwreck
Edited by Roger C. Smith

In 1559, Spanish explorer Tristán de Luna set out to establish a colony in Florida. The colony was doomed after a hurricane struck Pensacola Bay and smashed six of his ships. With the aid and enthusiasm of local volunteers, archaeologists were able to piece together the artifacts and the ship’s ill-fated mission. Public archaeology and marine exploration come together to reveal a forgotten chapter in American history.


Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea (1513-1548)
Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo
Translated and edited by Glen F. Dill

These gripping tales of seafaring and shipwrecks come from sixteenth-century reports of disasters experienced by travelers to the New World. Oviedo tells how Spanish imperialists risked death and drowning before even setting foot on the New World.

Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks
Edited by Matthew E. Keith

What happens to a ship once it’s lost beneath the waves? In this edited volume, experts in archaeology, geology, soil and wood chemistry, micro- and marine biology, and sediment describe the complicated afterlives of sunken ships and discuss what we can do to preserve our underwater heritage.


Visit upress.ufl.edu/BOO21 and use code BOO21 for discount prices and free shipping on these books through November 30!

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