Seaweed and Gold

Seaweed and Gold

And The Great Louisbourg Treasure of 1758

Book - 2011
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"Here is true Canadian adventure told in the words of the diver who led his team to some famous treasure finds. Fascinating original accounts retrieved from the pages of sea borne logbooks and blended with historical research reveal for the first time the stories of treasures found in Cape Breton. The Chameau story has never been told in this detail before. Exciting new material relates how the French pay ship was lost off Louisbourg in August 1725 after striking a reef in the darkness. With no survivors, an entire annual budget in silver and gold was also lost in the storm wracked ship. Discovered in 1965 after years of searching, Storm explains how he and his companions finally located the ancient coins hidden deep under the ocean at the bottom of rocky crevasses. With the gold in near perfect condition, thousands of the salvaged coins were later auctioned off in New York. The story of the frigate Feversham is also narrated here for the first time. Lost off Scatarie Island during a gale in October 1711, ninety people drowned while forty six survived. With the wreck’s discovery in 1968, Storm and his team were able to recover a large number of coins. The remarkable chronicle of the Great Louisbourg Treasure of 1758 rivals the fabled Oak Island money pit in Mahone Bay. Isolated by the Atlantic Ocean and months away from help, Fortress Louisbourg was twice besieged and captured along with a naval squadron destroyed and sunk in 1758. Just days before surrender a vast treasure vanished from the Louisbourg exchequer. Lost without trace, the affair roused the ire of the Court in France where a rigorous inquiry was ordered. Author Alex Storm was born in 1937 in Surabaia on the island of Java, Indonesia. The second world war brought Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies and by 1942 his entire family was imprisoned in the infamous concentration camps of Grogol, Tjideng and others. After liberation in 1946, the surviving family members were reunited and repatriated to the Netherlands, only to return to Java in 1948. in late summer of 1960 Alex discovered Louisbourg. Attracted by its marine environment he decided to make his home there as the town offered him the perfect opportunity to pursue his interests in scuba diving, boating and recreational fishing. The Federal Government resolved to reconstruct a large part of the historic Fortress of Louisbourg and Alex was hired in 1961 to participate in the fascinating enterprise. Becoming a Canadian citizen in 1964, he married Emily Lawrence that same year, in time raising five children here. It was in 1960 that Alex first learned of the legendary French treasure ship called Le Chameau, rumored to have wrecked off Cape Breton Point in 1725. Determined to solve the mystery, his underwater searches eventually paid off with the discovery of this shipwreck, ensuing in the recovery of its valuable cargo in 1965. Further exploration off Cape Breton’s coast uncovered additional wreck sites such as the Feversham in 1968."--From author's website.
Publisher: [Louisbourg, NS] : Alex Storm, 2011
Edition: New expanded ed
Branch Call Number: 910.452 S885s 2011
Characteristics: 224 p. : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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