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The Voyage of the Vizcaina: The Mystery of Christopher Columbus's Last Ship

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Publisher Comments:

“Not since Morrisons classic book on Columbus has a volume so brilliantly captured the spirit of the man long credited with discovering the New World, yet been the subject of so much mythology and mystery.”—Filipe Castro, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University

 

Of all the great seafaring vessels of the Age of Discovery, not one had been recovered when, in the mid-1990s, a sunken ship was found in a small, shallow gulf off the coast of Panama. Klaus Brinkbäumer and Clemens Höges reveal this artifact to be not only the oldest shipwreck ever recovered in the Western Hemisphere but also very likely the remains of the Vizcaína, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last, ill-fated trip to the New World. Bringing to life both Columbuss voyages and the present-day archaeological adventures involved in recovering this dramatic piece of history, The Voyage of the Vizcaína is an exciting tale of discovery.

 

“[A] swiftly paced adventure biography.”—Archaeology

 

“Blends archaeological and historical revelations with all the drama of a true adventure.”—Midwest Book Review

KLAUS BRINKBÄUMER writes for Der Spiegel magazine. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he is an experienced sailor and diver. He lives in Germany.

CLEMENS HÖGES is a senior editor at Der Spiegel, where he has written extensively about underwater archaeology, seafaring, and piracy. He lives in Germany.

 

 

Book News Annotation:

In the mid-1990s, a sunken ship was found in a shallow gulf off the coast of Panama, thought possibly to be the remains of the Vizcaína, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last trip to the New World. Brinkbäumer and Höges (both with Der Spiegel magazine, Germany) combine an account of Columbus' last voyage to the New World with a description of the recent investigation of the shipwreck. Academic but accessible to the general reader. Translated into English by Annette Streck. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Lying in only twenty-five feet of water in a small gulf off the coast of Panama, a shipwrecked vessel managed to escape detection for centuries before it was discovered in the mid-1990s. In 2002, Klaus Brinkbaumer and Clemens Hoges, journalists with the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel and also amateur divers, were the first to assemble a team of experts to analyze the remains. They determined that it was not only the oldest wreck ever found in the Western Hemisphere, but also very likely the remains of the Vizcaina, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last trip to the New World.

The Voyage of the Vizcaina, set to be published on the five-hundredth anniversary of Columbus's death, combines investigative journalism, archaeology, and historical re-creation to give us the fascinating story-and startling truths-behind Columbus's final attempt to reach the East by going west.

Synopsis:

Between 1492 and 1504, Christopher Columbus made four attempts to find the East by heading West. In the process he lost a fair number of ships; on his last journey alone he lost no fewer than four. Although Columbus also left written documentation of where his boats had gone down, no one has been able to locate even one of the wrecks. (His reports were probably inaccurate, perhaps willfully so--he was frequently less than truthful about his adventures in the New World.) In the mid-1990s, an American expatriate living in Panama—an aging surfer dude who ran a Scuba-diving outfitting shop and diving school—a Panamanian real estate agent, and an American on vacation with his son all claimed to have been the first to locate the remains of a small ship lying in fairly shallow waters in a small gulf in Panama. No one took the discovery seriously, since it had not been made by a team of established archeologists and scientists. Finally, in 2002, the authors of this book--journalists and amateur divers--decided to investigate. They organized a team of American scientists, all of them experts in carbon dating and underwater shipwrecks, who established not only that the Panama wreck was the oldest ever found in the entire Western Hemisphere—dating from around 1500—but that it was very likely the remains of one of Columbus' last ships, the Vizcaina.

To be published on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' death, THE VOYAGE OF THE VIZCAINA is a riveting account of shipwreck and adventure, giving readers the story of how the wreck was found and salvaged. Working backward, Brinkbaumer and Hoges combine archaeology and history to recreate the circumstances of the fourth journey, which began in 1502 and ended in 1504. This book is unique in its extensive use of detailed findings to frame its fascinating discoveries and conclusions about exploration in the New World, as well as about the genius and shortcomings of the man known as the Admiral, and credited with the greatest discovery of all time.

Synopsis:

Of all the great seafaring vessels of the Age of Discovery, not one has been recovered or even—given the lack of detailed contemporary descriptions—accurately represented. Then, in the mid-1990s, a sunken ship was found in a small, shallow gulf off the coast of Panama. Chronicling both dramatic history and present-day archaeological adventures, Klaus Brinkbäumer and Clemens Höges reveal this artifact to be not only the oldest shipwreck ever recovered in the Western Hemisphere but also very likely the remains of the Vizcaína, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last trip to the New World. The Voyage of the Vizcaína gives us an exciting tale of exploration and discovery, and the startling truths behind Columbuss final attempt to reach the East by going west.

About the Author

KLAUS BRINKBÄUMER writes for Der Spiegel magazine. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he is an experienced sailor and diver. He lives in Germany.

CLEMENS HÖGES is a senior editor at Der Spiegel, where he has written extensively about underwater archaeology, seafaring, and piracy. He lives in Germany.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

The Wreck in the Bay of Playa Damas  1

Man Without a Home, Man Without a Name  32

The Secret Behind the Great Enterprise  48

Monks and Slave Traders  80

Tierra, Tierra!  111

The Fallen Hero  150

The Last Voyage  198

Shipwrecks and Mutiny  233

A Ship Without a Name  260

Conclusion  285

Epilogue Remains of the Age  294

Translators Note  303

Selected Bibliography  305

Acknowledgments  309

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156031585
Author:
Brinkbaumer, Klaus
Publisher:
Harvest Books
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Americas (North Central South West Indies)
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Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Maps
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.7 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Lying in only twenty-five feet of water in a small gulf off the coast of Panama, a shipwrecked vessel managed to escape detection for centuries before it was discovered in the mid-1990s. In 2002, Klaus Brinkbaumer and Clemens Hoges, journalists with the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel and also amateur divers, were the first to assemble a team of experts to analyze the remains. They determined that it was not only the oldest wreck ever found in the Western Hemisphere, but also very likely the remains of the Vizcaina, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last trip to the New World.

The Voyage of the Vizcaina, set to be published on the five-hundredth anniversary of Columbus's death, combines investigative journalism, archaeology, and historical re-creation to give us the fascinating story-and startling truths-behind Columbus's final attempt to reach the East by going west.

"Synopsis" by ,
Between 1492 and 1504, Christopher Columbus made four attempts to find the East by heading West. In the process he lost a fair number of ships; on his last journey alone he lost no fewer than four. Although Columbus also left written documentation of where his boats had gone down, no one has been able to locate even one of the wrecks. (His reports were probably inaccurate, perhaps willfully so--he was frequently less than truthful about his adventures in the New World.) In the mid-1990s, an American expatriate living in Panama—an aging surfer dude who ran a Scuba-diving outfitting shop and diving school—a Panamanian real estate agent, and an American on vacation with his son all claimed to have been the first to locate the remains of a small ship lying in fairly shallow waters in a small gulf in Panama. No one took the discovery seriously, since it had not been made by a team of established archeologists and scientists. Finally, in 2002, the authors of this book--journalists and amateur divers--decided to investigate. They organized a team of American scientists, all of them experts in carbon dating and underwater shipwrecks, who established not only that the Panama wreck was the oldest ever found in the entire Western Hemisphere—dating from around 1500—but that it was very likely the remains of one of Columbus' last ships, the Vizcaina.

To be published on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' death, THE VOYAGE OF THE VIZCAINA is a riveting account of shipwreck and adventure, giving readers the story of how the wreck was found and salvaged. Working backward, Brinkbaumer and Hoges combine archaeology and history to recreate the circumstances of the fourth journey, which began in 1502 and ended in 1504. This book is unique in its extensive use of detailed findings to frame its fascinating discoveries and conclusions about exploration in the New World, as well as about the genius and shortcomings of the man known as the Admiral, and credited with the greatest discovery of all time.

"Synopsis" by , Of all the great seafaring vessels of the Age of Discovery, not one has been recovered or even—given the lack of detailed contemporary descriptions—accurately represented. Then, in the mid-1990s, a sunken ship was found in a small, shallow gulf off the coast of Panama. Chronicling both dramatic history and present-day archaeological adventures, Klaus Brinkbäumer and Clemens Höges reveal this artifact to be not only the oldest shipwreck ever recovered in the Western Hemisphere but also very likely the remains of the Vizcaína, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last trip to the New World. The Voyage of the Vizcaína gives us an exciting tale of exploration and discovery, and the startling truths behind Columbuss final attempt to reach the East by going west.
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