of Colossus - The find of a lifetime by Todd Stevens
This book is a tale of one Nelson's ships covering its wrecking; which
resulted in the loss of an extremely precious cargo of greek antiquities
that were closely associated with the infamous Lady Emma Hamilton.
It then describes the rescue of the crew and what happened after the wreck
broke up and became dispersed across the sea bed. It then chronicles the
life of an ordinary diver who moves to the Isles of Scilly in pursuit
of his dream and makes a wonderful and new ship wreck discovery while
diving beneath the waves. The book then turns into a very personal, warts
and all, account of events surrounding an amazing discovery found on the
wreck site by the Author's wife. The unique story of HMS Colossus and
its cargo had already been subjected to two television documentaries and
numerous written publications, but these new discoveries caused such a
stir in the academic worlds of archaeology and british maritime history,
that the more recent media coverage overshadowed the 1984 recovery of
Sir William Hamilton's precious lost cargo. Here, finally, the Author
completes the story of the wreck in this definitive book.
This is not a second hand account of events, nor is it a publication rushed
into circulation by archaeologists basking in the glory of the find. It
is an intimate, if occasionally romantic account, written by the diver
that actually made the most recent discoveries regarding this most evocative
of ship wrecks.
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