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.