Atocha Treasure Adventures: Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon
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Atocha Treasure Adventures: Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon is written by one of the very few people who worked for the Treasure Salvors organization, in the ‘trenches’, day after day for almost two decades. Syd Jones started out as a diver, worked his way up to captain of several Fisher salvage vessels, and ultimately took over as the operations manager of the company in later years. He and his wife, KT, were both essential to the daily workings of Mel Fisher’s famous salvage company, headquartered in Key West, Florida. This book is a testament for all of us who labor at sea, be it in body or in mind, pursuing lost wealth. Readers will absorb themselves into the complex themes endemic to the relentless race for the ‘mother lode’ of the Atocha, the richest treasure wreck in the western hemisphere to date. This is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down! Contains dozens of previously unpublished photos and eight maps. Fully indexed. Grayscale.
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Jun 29, 2011A must-read book for anybody interested in the search for, location, and salvage of the Spanish treasure galleons, Atocha and Santa Margarita. The author, Captain Syd Jones, was a member of the Fisher expedition team for the most of the period from 1979 to 1997, and is one of only two people who were on-site for the discovery of the main treasure piles of both galleons. Captain Jones has the ability to describe people, places, and events in a way that the reader forms a strong visual image of what is being described. In many cases, a photograph is provided to reinforce that image. Maps also are provided to show the reader the artifact trails left by the wrecked galleons. A basic history of the loss of the two galleons is also provided, explaining the significance of the loss and the efforts the Spanish made to recover the badly needed treasure. This book is both well written and well edited. I believe it to be one of the most readable books available on this particular treasure... More > search. I suspect that the Captain’s wife, KT Budde-Jones, who is also a licensed captain and a member of the recovery team, contributed to the effort.< Less
Apr 29, 2011Once in a lifetime an adventure comes along that make a very small part of your life stand out and shine. I spent three years ( 75 – 78 ) working with Treasure Salvors . The stories and details recounted by Syd brought back a flood of memories. It didn’t matter whether you were the guy filling air tanks or the diver finding a gold bar, if you were a small part of this incredible adventure it changed your life. Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon will thrill most arm chair adventures and put a smile on the face of those that lived the life. This book is a weekend vacation to a most impressive adventure.
Apr 20, 2011It is my privilege to write the first review on this great piece of work. Captain Syd Jones has captured the essence of the struggles and victories of the search for the Atocha and Margarita shipwrecks. The book is fact driven, recounting the myriad of twists and turns that presented themselves to the Captains and crews of the salvage vessels that performed the nearly impossible task of locating the artifacts and treasures of the doomed 1622 fleet. On the other hand, Syd's philosophical side brings out the deep impressions he experienced during his eighteen year tenure with Treasure Salvors. His analogies are incredible, and his descriptions are spot on. I spent three years on the project. Finally someone has truly recorded what actually went on, and how tasks were done. I learned so much that I didn't know about you, and the very operation I worked for! Kudo's to you Captain Syd. You nailed it. I still love the smell of diesel in the morning. Randy Barnhouse
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- Syd Jones (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition, Rev 3
- Signum Ops
- April 19, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.31 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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