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.

Florida Shipwreck Trail: Divers’ Time Capsule

Do you have a bucket list? Remember the film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman where they performed wild and crazy feats before they “kicked the bucket?” I have a friend who has a list that’s not quite as drastic. more »

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Nova Scotians Toast Bluenose II

A maritime celebration was held in September, 2013 at the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to honor a renowned vessel–the Bluenose II. The restored replica of the original schooner was launched amid cheers and applause. With smaller more »

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Island Wreck Dishes Recipe for Adventure

Take one lavish 200-foot steam yacht built in 1881 for a prominent English playboy. Let her stew from lack of use for two years, then steam her right into the British Royal Navy to become the flagship for the admiralty more »

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Captain Stay Put’s Endless Voyage

Among the many maritime yarns recounting heroic deeds of masters and their vessels is the extraordinary tale of Henrik Kurt Carlsen, better known as Capt. Stay Put. Although Carlsen, the 37-year-old Danish American skipper of the SS Flying Enterprise didn’t more »

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The Taj Mahal Treasure

The Taj Mahal Treasure. Ever hear of it? Neither did I until I started hanging out with Capt. Carl Fismer of Tavernier, Florida. The “Fizz” took me diving on one of the 1733 Spanish galleons sunk off Key Largo and more »

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H.L Hunley: ‘Gotta See it!

When Clive Cussler found the Confederate submarine, H.L. Hunley in 1995, he put another notch on his belt of historic shipwreck discoveries. And what a notch it became! The 40-foot-long maritime marauder had eluded Cussler and dozens of others who more »

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Virginia Shipwreck Yields Fascinating Cargo

What would you do if you discovered a ship that sank in 1888 loaded with china dolls, cut glass, brass fittings and other cargo destined for New Orleans and the Western Movement of early settlers in America? You might want more »

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The Wreck Lady: She Will Have Shipwrecks Wherever She Goes

Dr. Joe Shockley of Miami, Florida, asked about the late Jean Haviland who was one of the country’s foremost authorities on shipwrecks. It was Mrs. Haviland who sparked my interest in shipwrecks when she and her late husband, Ken, opened more »

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Shipwrecks Of The French West Indies

Ou est mon petit punch? (Where is my small glass of punch?). This is the only French you’ll need to know when visiting the French West Indies. The drink is a welcome gesture—a scintillating rum concoction that bridges the gap more »

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Memorable Moment: Diving A Shipwreck During A Solar Eclipse

When Wayne Valero asked me to share one of my most memorable moments underwater, I couldn’t help reminiscing about my trip to St. Kitts in February 1998. That’s where I witnessed the last solar eclipse in the southern hemisphere before more »

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