Mark's Reviews > The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas and Plundered Shipwrecks, from the 18th-Century to the Present Day

The Wreckers by Bella Bathurst
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Jun 28, 2012

really liked it
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Read in December, 2012

Well, the subtitle explains a lot. Wreckers "salvage" the cargo and more valuable fittings of wrecked ships, sometimes doing so within the law but more often not, especially when they don't turn the goods over to the owners and ship insurers. Darker are the legends of causing the shipwrecks in the first place, for instance by placing false lights to misguide ships in stormy weather. Bathurst has done a great job of compiling a vast amount of research and telling the stories but she is unsuccessful at getting anyone to admit any truth to tales of deliberate wrecking, much less murdered sailors.

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