Review: ‘Out of the Depths: A history of shipwrecks’ by A. G. Jamieson

By David Bowen, published August 2023


It is estimated that there have been 3 million shipwrecks spanning a period of 4,000 years, and that only 1 per cent have been discovered, mostly over the last 60 years. Can this author, or any author indeed, relate ‘their significance and … the developments over the last sixty years that have made detailed study of those … shipwrecks possible, and the danger posed by shipwrecks in the modern world?’ (p. 25) While this reviewer initially approached the book with scepticism this swiftly turned to increasing engagement, so the short answer is a resounding ‘yes’. So how does this author bring this about?…

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