Author Archives: Ellsworth Boyd

About Ellsworth Boyd

Ellsworth Boyd, Professor Emeritus, College of Education, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, pursues an avocation of diving and writing. He has published articles and photo's in every major dive magazine in the US., Canada, and half a dozen foreign countries. An authority on shipwrecks, Ellsworth has received thousands of letters and e-mails from divers throughout the world who responded to his Wreck Facts column in Sport Diver Magazine. When he's not writing, or diving, Ellsworth appears as a featured speaker at maritime symposiums in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, New York and Philadelphia. "Romance & Mystery: Sunken Treasures of the Lost Galleons," is one of his most popular talks.

The Atocha Odyssey: The Life & Legacy of a Treasure Hunting Family

So many books have been written about the late Mel Fisher, readers have to wonder if there’s room in the bookcase for another one. Without doubt this one, “The Atocha Odyssey: The Life & Legacy of a Treasure Hunting Family,” more »

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Shipwrecks Of Barbados

When Englishman Charles Wolverstone founded Barbados in 1628, he wrote in his log that he bumped into an “out of place island.” The pear-shaped 166-square-mile island does seem misplaced compared to the graceful, curving half-moon pattern of other islands that more »

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Searching For Bottles Leads To Shipwreck “Treasure”

I had no idea I would learn so much about shipbuilding and “treasure coins” when Bob Allen and I discovered an old wooden sailing vessel sunk off Andros Island in the Bahamas. We were searching for bottles in the shallow more »

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Hilma Hooker: Lady With a Past

She’s battered and beat and not very pretty, but she charms her visitors just the same. Her age doesn’t matter. She grows stately with time, enshrined forever in a boundless sea. She’s Bonaire’s Hilma Hooker, a lady with a past. more »

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Key West Shipwreck Museum: A Wrecker’s Tale

When my friend, Rick Shipley, returned to Maryland after attending a wedding in Florida, he thanked me for urging him to visit the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. One of the city’s many Historic Tours of America attractions, the interactive more »

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SS Central America: Ship of Gold Resurfaces

Tommy Thompson revolutionized treasure salvage in 1987 when he and a brilliant team of “high tech nerds” figured out how to retrieve a valuable cargo of gold resting in 8,000 feet of water. The saga of the SS Central America, more »

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Rouse Simmons’ Christmas Trees Need No Water

During the holiday season, your spouse might utter these words: “Don’t forget to water the tree!” This annual mantra is enough to compel families to visit Home Depot where they could purchase an artificial Christmas tree. But for divers who more »

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Sunken Ship Found in Arctic Bombarded Fort McHenry

What would the odds be on a ship that bombarded Fort McHenry in 1814 being discovered during the September, 2014 Star-Spangled Spectacular anniversary of our national anthem? A million to one you say? Probably so, considering Canadian Park Service officials more »

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Peabody Essex Museum is Haven for Ships and Shipwrecks

Ghost stories, spooky mansions and witchcraft hysterics are just a few of the paranoid presentations of Haunted Happenings in Salem, Massachusetts, at Halloween. There are tales of ruthless pirates, ocean demons and the woman in black whose spirit haunts the more »

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Kansas City Farm Yields 19th Century Steamboat

Strange shipwreck discoveries are not unusual, but few rival the puzzling paddlewheel steamboat that Bob Hawley uncovered in 1988. It’s commonplace for the remains of sunken paddle wheelers to be found along the banks of the Missouri River, victims of more »

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