Treasure Hunter

Treasure Hunter

Diving for Gold on North America's Death Coast

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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For over four decades, world-renowned diver and treasure hunter Captain Robert MacKinnon has reclaimed sunken caches from the dangerous shallow waters along Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. Known as the Death Coast for its treacherous reefs and violent currents, the rocky bottom is layered with shipwrecks and untold riches.

In short, a treasure hunter's paradise.

The shipwrecks in these rough waters can be piled three deep, and some date back to the 1700s. Braving powerful currents, deadly storms, and jagged reefs, Captain MacKinnon and his diving teams strap on their gear and zip up their wet suits to plunge into frigid waters in their search for gold and silver coins, bullion, and historical artifacts.

In Treasure Hunter , Robert MacKinnon recounts the risks and challenges--both nautical and legal--in exploring shipwrecks dating back to the War of 1812 and before the Revolutionary War. As he salvages the secrets of the sea, MacKinnon vividly captures the excitement of discovery and conveys his passion for preservation in the still-developing field of underwater archeology.

A compelling chronicle of modern-day adventure, Treasure Hunter is a fascinating voyage into an amazing undersea world.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425247389
Branch Call Number: 622.1909 MACKINNO
Characteristics: xiv, 315 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Murphy, Dallas


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Apr 29, 2014

It was exciting to learn that so many ships had shipping routes and crashed near Nova Scotia and that 80% of the coins and relics are still there on the ocean floor! I found it weird that the federal govt twice wanted to catalogue Mr. MacKinnon's found items, confiscated them and didn't return them. I also found it weird also that the govt would make partnerships with private citizens, splitting the loot. I think the government should hire somebody to retrieve those items, then open a giant museum that would bring tourist money to NS. I would love to see those artifacts! Over all, I disagree with the author's premise that private citizens should be able to go there and grab whatever they want, as long as they are supposedly scientifically mapping out the finds in a grid and cataloguing them.


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