Record Details

Catalog Search

A history of the world in twelve shipwrecks  Cover Image Book Book

A history of the world in twelve shipwrecks / David Gibbins.


"From renowned underwater archaeologist David Gibbins comes an exciting and rich narrative of human history told through the archaeological discoveries of twelve shipwrecks across time. The Viking warship of King Cnut the Great. Henry VIII's the Mary Rose. Captain John Franklin's doomed HMS Terror. The SS Gairsoppa, destroyed by a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic during World War II. Since we first set sail on the open sea, ships and their wrecks have been an inevitable part of human history. Archaeologists have made spectacular discoveries excavating these sunken ships, their protective underwater cocoon keeping evidence of past civilizations preserved. Now, for the first time, world renowned maritime archeologist David Gibbins ties together the stories of some of the most significant shipwrecks in time to form a single overarching narrative of world history. A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks is not just the story of those ships, the people who sailed on them, and the cargo and treasure they carried, but also the story of the spread of people, religion, and ideas around the world; it is a story of colonialism, migration, and the indominable human spirit that continues today. From the glittering Bronze Age, to the world of Caesar's Rome, through the era of the Vikings, to the exploration of the Arctic, Gibbins uses shipwrecks to tell all. Drawing on decades of experience excavating shipwrecks around the world, Gibbins reveals the riches beneath the waves and shows us how the treasures found there can be a porthole to the past that tell a new story about the world and its underwater secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250325372
  • ISBN: 1250325374
  • Physical Description: xiv, 289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- Early sea traders of prehistory in the 2nd millennium BC -- Royal cargoes at the time of Tutankhamun in the 14th century BC -- Wine trade in the Golden Age of classical Greece in the 5th century BC -- A shipwreck from the height of the Roan Empire in the 2nd century AD -- Christianity and early Byzantium in the early 6th century AD -- Tang China, the Land of Gold and Abbasid Islam in the 9th century AD -- Viking seafaring and voyages of discovery in the 11th century AD -- The Mary Rose (1545) : flagship of King Henry VIII -- The Santo Cristo di Castello (1667) : lost masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age -- The Royal Anne Galley (1721) : gold, piracy, and the African slave trade -- HMS Terror (1848) : to the limit of endurance at the ends of the earth -- SS Gairsoppa (1941) : courage and loss in the Battle of the Atlantic -- Afterword.
Subject: Shipwrecks.
Underwater archaeology.
Archéologie sous-marine.
underwater archaeology.
Underwater archaeology.

Available copies

  • 0 of 2 copies available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at La Conner Swinomish Library District. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at La Conner Regional Library.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
La Conner Regional Library 909 GIBBINS 62022000000080 NON FICTION Checked out 06/29/2024

Additional Resources