Lost Voyages: Two Centuries of Shipwrecks in the Approaches to New York, by Bradley Sheard

Lost Voyages: Two Centuries of Shipwrecks in the Approaches to New York, by Bradley Sheard

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Lost Voyages: Two Centuries of Shipwrecks in the Approaches to New York, by Bradley Sheard Features

This is the story of shipwrecks, and of the human dramas played out in the throes of howling winter nor'easters, frozen rigging, tremendous seas, wrenching collisions, burning oil and exploding torpedoes It is a story fraught with pathos and heroism, death and survival It is also the story of the evolution of ships and shipping, for in the approaches to New York lie the sunken hulks of hundreds of ships of every era and type, providing time capsules of the world's maritime history for two centuries

In the author's lively historical narrative you will read about many types of vessels that now share a haunting grave beneath the cold Atlantic including: wooden warships, coastal schooners, sailing ships, armored cruisers, U-boats, rumrunners, tramp steamers, passenger liners and revenue cutters Augmenting the text are over 200 color, and over 100 black & white historical photos, maps, and drawings of many of the ships as they lie today Keyed to the drawings are photos of the highlights of the wrecks

A native of Long Island, New York, Bradley Sheard was introduced to ships and the sea at an early age by his grandfather Following his ambition to explore shipwrecks he took up scuba diving and made his first wreck dive off Long Island in 1977 Thus began an all-consuming passion for exploring and photographing shipwrecks that has led him to sunken ships form all eras of American history, many of which are chronicled in this book