Book Talks at the Seaport Museum

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Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History.
Book Talk

Thursday December 14 | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | $40 Copy of Book and General Admission | Purchase Tickets

Join the Seaport Museum as Joseph Williams discusses his new book, The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I, Espionage, and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History.

The Sunken Gold is the story of how a British ship, HMS Laurentic, laden with forty-four tons of Allied gold bound for the United States, was sunk off the coast of Ireland by Germany and the epic struggle by divers from the Royal Navy to recover the treasure. The book also describes the underwater spywork conducted by the divers by breaking into sunken U-boats looking for codes, ciphers, and other secret documents. Their mission to salvage the gold was highly successful and the divers recovered 99% of the treasure at much risk of life and limb. Today there are still twenty bars of gold left in the wreck, waiting to be discovered.

“A well-told tale of naval exploits in which gold is the MacGuffin.” —Kirkus Reviews

Joseph A. Williams is a librarian, archivist, and historian holding master’s degrees in History and Library and Information Science from Queens College. He worked for several years as the Head of Collections and Assistant Director of the State University of New York Maritime College’s Stephen B. Luce Library which specializes in nautical research. Currently, he is the Deputy Director of the Greenwich Library (CT).

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Books on sale at the event. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Reception to follow book talk.


GETTING HERE

By subway:

  • Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
  • Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach the museum. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.
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    By bus:

  • Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding.
  • Walk one block east.
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    By ferry:

  • The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey.
  • From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes.
  • Once at Fulton Street, turn left. The Visitor Center (12 Fulton Street) is about a half block west.
  • From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.
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    Parking:

  • Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just one block from the museum. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.

    *As we are located in an historic district please contact the museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit