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.

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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Is There Treasure Off New England’s Isles of Shoals?

It’s the playground of triumphs and tempests, the kingdom of power and awe, disturbed by no sound save the winds swirling over jagged rocks. Romance cannot hallow it. Fancy words cannot soften it. There it remains, unchanged for eons: bleak, more »

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The Endurance: Legendary Shipwreck Saga

Is there an I-max theater near you? If so, don’t miss Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure on the five-story Imax Theater screen. Billed as a sensory-immersion experience, the film chronicles Commander Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to lead a 26-man British team more »

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Another Mercedes in the Community

Even Fluff, the fearless, sometimes intimidating Pekingese pet of Mrs. Mollie Wilmot, panicked when the 200 foot freighter slammed into the retaining wall and deposited its bow in the family’s beachfront swimming pool. The maid, dressed prim and proper and more »

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Gin Fizz: Treasure Quest in the Florida Keys

My Bartender’s Guide for Delectable Drinks describes a Gin Fizz as: refreshing, exhilarating and unique—a delightful treat on a hot summer day.  Nothing could have defined my recent treasure hunt off Key Largo, Florida, any better than that. And I more »

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The Christena: A Sad Caribbean Saga

Visiting the M.V. Christena is a somber experience, but divers from the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis conduct a yearly memorial  to honor those who were lost in its tragic demise. The passenger ferryboat sank in the Narrows–a more »

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Convict Ship is ‘Bucket List’ Dive

George Wellington, a convicted pickpocket, embezzler and burglar was tied at the waist by a heavy rope and lowered into the foul smelling hold of the ship. It was the same way animals were loaded in the early 19th century. more »

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Divers Seek Bones of Peking Man

Dirk Pitt discovered the priceless bones of Peking Man in Clive Cussler’s thriller Flood Tide (Simon & Schuster 1997) while rescuing thousands of illegal immigrants who were abused by a devious Chinese smuggler. Although the discovery of these bones millions more »

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Roaring 20’s Boat ‘Liberty the Second’ Salvaged and Seaworthy

When Bill Houghton and Brian Simpson salvaged a speedboat of 1920s vintage from Lake Conneaut, Crawford, County, Pennsylania, they had no idea of the impact it would have on thousands of people in the Keystone State. Many Pennsylvanians rallied around more »

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