Based on the exceptional and fascinating eyewitness account of a seventeenth-century Spanish padre, Dave Horner's Shipwreck is the absorbing and true story of two immense galleons that were lost (along with hundreds of passengers and millions of pesos in treasure) to disasters at sea. Shipwreck is an extraordinary literary adventure which interweaves accounts of the many attempts throughout the past three centuries to recover the sunken treasure, including the recent discovery and salvage of one of the galleons by Dave Horner himself. Shipwreck is an outstanding history of true adventure on the high seas, past and present, which is wonderfully enhanced for the reader with 50 photographic illustrations, six maps, four line drawings, seven appendices, as well as bibliographies of archival sources, institutions, original documents or primary works, and a general listing of thematically appropriate titles for further suggested readings.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and Rutgers University, Dave Horner had become the youngest bank president in Virginia by the age of thirty. He founded one of the first pro dive shops in the mid-Atlantic region and pioneered sport diving for treasure. His interest in sport diving led him to research, locate, and successfully salvage a sunken treasure ship. He is a frequent speaker at Amelia Earhart Society events and a consultant for others seeking hidden treasure. Horner alternates living in Vero Beach, Florida, and the Maryland Eastern Shore with his wife.