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The story of more than sixty years of diving adventures, through starkly contrasting locations and extraordinary advances in technology. From boyhood dreamer to master treasure hunter, Hugh Edwards documents his life through tales of shipwreck and salvage. the story of more than sixty years of diving adventures including his significant find of the Batavia, Hugh Edwards do The story of more than sixty years of diving adventures, through starkly contrasting locations and extraordinary advances in technology. From boyhood dreamer to master treasure hunter, Hugh Edwards documents his life through tales of shipwreck and salvage. the story of more than sixty years of diving adventures including his significant find of the Batavia, Hugh Edwards documents his life through tales of shipwreck, treasure hunting and salvage. Brought up on tales of pirates and great treasure hunters, Hugh Edwards never expected to handle 'pieces of eight' himself. But one exciting day off the West Australian coast, that is exactly what happened, when he and his team located treasure lost from the Dutch East Indiaman shipwreck the Vergulde Draeck. It was a moment of astonishment and euphoria, as there in his hand lay a piece of silver with the inscription: PHILIPPUS IIII ... REX HISPANIA ... DG - Philip IV, King of Spain, Dei Gratia (by the Grace of God). the date on the coin was 1654. Nearly fifty years later Hugh Edwards has explored shipwrecks around the world - in the Mediterranean, the Falklands, Cambodia - wherever there is treasure to be found. He has been recognised as 'primary finder' of the 1629 wreck of the Batavia and the 1727 wreck the Zeewyk. He has worked with some of the world's craziest, daring and most successful divers in some of the most beautiful or stormy places on Earth. this is the story of a lifetime of adventure - of dangerous seas, thrilling underwater locations, of pirate diplomacy and empire building, and of modern derring-do. 'Ever since there have been ships and sailors there have been shipwrecks. Each is different, and each is a time capsule, arrested at a particular moment - and they all came to the same unexpected and unscheduled end.' Hugh Edwards


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The story of more than sixty years of diving adventures, through starkly contrasting locations and extraordinary advances in technology. From boyhood dreamer to master treasure hunter, Hugh Edwards documents his life through tales of shipwreck and salvage. the story of more than sixty years of diving adventures including his significant find of the Batavia, Hugh Edwards do The story of more than sixty years of diving adventures, through starkly contrasting locations and extraordinary advances in technology. From boyhood dreamer to master treasure hunter, Hugh Edwards documents his life through tales of shipwreck and salvage. the story of more than sixty years of diving adventures including his significant find of the Batavia, Hugh Edwards documents his life through tales of shipwreck, treasure hunting and salvage. Brought up on tales of pirates and great treasure hunters, Hugh Edwards never expected to handle 'pieces of eight' himself. But one exciting day off the West Australian coast, that is exactly what happened, when he and his team located treasure lost from the Dutch East Indiaman shipwreck the Vergulde Draeck. It was a moment of astonishment and euphoria, as there in his hand lay a piece of silver with the inscription: PHILIPPUS IIII ... REX HISPANIA ... DG - Philip IV, King of Spain, Dei Gratia (by the Grace of God). the date on the coin was 1654. Nearly fifty years later Hugh Edwards has explored shipwrecks around the world - in the Mediterranean, the Falklands, Cambodia - wherever there is treasure to be found. He has been recognised as 'primary finder' of the 1629 wreck of the Batavia and the 1727 wreck the Zeewyk. He has worked with some of the world's craziest, daring and most successful divers in some of the most beautiful or stormy places on Earth. this is the story of a lifetime of adventure - of dangerous seas, thrilling underwater locations, of pirate diplomacy and empire building, and of modern derring-do. 'Ever since there have been ships and sailors there have been shipwrecks. Each is different, and each is a time capsule, arrested at a particular moment - and they all came to the same unexpected and unscheduled end.' Hugh Edwards

43 review for Dead Men's Silver: The Story of Australia's Greatest Shipwreck Hunter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samone Black

    Hugh Edwards is a man to be admired. His adventures in diving are amazing and inspiring. The amazing history he has uncovered in a unforgiving underwater environment and the contribution he has made to the discovery of pre-britannic Australian history is to be commended. A great read for any history lover and/or diving enthusiast!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg Barron

    Enjoyable read. I really admire the author and his ethics in a tough world with its share of shady characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Sometimes a little boring however for the most part this book is great. A good insight into treasure hunting

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    The Story of Australia’s Greatest Shipwreck Hunter is exactly as advertised. This book is the story OF him. When I got this book I was hoping for a book recanting the wonderful tales of diving into the depths of the ocean and coming across a sunken ship. I wanted to read how he worked his way across the bow of the ship that is completely covered with sea creatures and coral. While instead I got to read about how Hugh Edwards was moving poles and someone else yelled ‘BELL!’ And then they found it The Story of Australia’s Greatest Shipwreck Hunter is exactly as advertised. This book is the story OF him. When I got this book I was hoping for a book recanting the wonderful tales of diving into the depths of the ocean and coming across a sunken ship. I wanted to read how he worked his way across the bow of the ship that is completely covered with sea creatures and coral. While instead I got to read about how Hugh Edwards was moving poles and someone else yelled ‘BELL!’ And then they found it and how cool it was that the divers had found it. That is not at all what I was hoping for out of this book. This book was very good at telling the reader what is it like to be on a crew that finds a treasure, but not of finding the treasure itself. Throughout the book Mr. Edwards made references to other books he had written and perhaps those books are the ones where we can go on a visual journey with Hugh, but this is not that book. I can say that I am disappointed and for the time being I will go ahead and stick to fiction. If you are into story’s about some cool finds, read this book. If you are hoping to get lost in a book where you can see what the diver saw, then this book is not for you and I recommend that you keep looking.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter Ritchie

    The nonfiction section of the library that I had ventured into was dank and empty. As I made my across the shelves of the various dusty books which lay dormant there, a glint of light caught my eye. There, on an upper shelf, sat the section devoted to exploration and adventure, a garish front cover had caught a gleam of light. Pirate books from my youth called back to me. I reached out a hand and took my chances; pulling a well-worn copy of this book while carefully not disturbing the silent she The nonfiction section of the library that I had ventured into was dank and empty. As I made my across the shelves of the various dusty books which lay dormant there, a glint of light caught my eye. There, on an upper shelf, sat the section devoted to exploration and adventure, a garish front cover had caught a gleam of light. Pirate books from my youth called back to me. I reached out a hand and took my chances; pulling a well-worn copy of this book while carefully not disturbing the silent shelves. Upon surfacing from the library, I uncovered a tale of adventure, of a full life, of a fascinating Australian. It was a significant find to say the least!

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