Book Review – ‘The Shipwreck Hunter: A lifetime of extraordinary discoveries on the ocean floor’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney, published December 2020


David Mearns will be well known to many readers as a shipwreck hunter with a very successful track record going back over three decades. The Shipwreck Hunter is an autobiographical account of Mearns’s fascinating life which focuses primarily on his work on just nine of his most famous shipwreck discoveries and investigations.

From student of marine biology to ship-wreck hunter and surveyor to peer-reviewed academic, Mearns has certainly had a very interesting career path. He clearly feels that it is not over yet as he details his ambitions to find other iconic shipwrecks in the future. Even readers with only a passing an interest in shipwreck exploration will find this a fascinating and inspiring book which I have no hesitation in recommending …

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Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography

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