What are the best books about shipwrecks?

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    #1In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea
    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is a book written by Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner. This tells the maritime disaster of the whaleship Essex. This book is published in 2001 by Penguin Books.
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    Crystal Richardson
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "If you are into nautical themes and things, I think you would really enjoy this book. Go on an adventure of maritime disaster ... it's really gripping!"
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    #2Island of the Lost

    Island of the Lost
    Island of the Lost is a story based on two shipwrecks in the accident-prone Auckland Island. Using a combination of records and existing journals from survivors, historian Joan Druett brilliantly recreated the 19th-century tragedies into a book. 


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    Michael Ray
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Island of the Lost is one of those books that will fly under your radar and will beg the question where has this been all my life? It's simply one of the best books about shipwrecks and has an interesting and very well thought out story."
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    #3Skeletons on the Zahara

    Skeletons on the Zahara

    Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival is the dramatic historical novel for adults written Dean King. It became a National Bestseller. It is about American sailors who lost their ship to the waves of the African West Coast.

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    Jacob Stephens
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Very fun book! Love the suspense and characters."
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    #4In Harm's Way

    In Harm's Way

    In Harm's Way is Doug Stanton's creative retelling of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed in the South Pacific by the Japanese in 1945. Around 900 men survived the impact, but only a third of them survived what came next.

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    Jack Murphy
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This is pretty cool"
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    #5Uncharted: Story for a Shipwright

    Uncharted: Story for a Shipwright

    Uncharted: Story for a Shipwright is a contemporary adventure romance fiction novel written by J.B. Chicoine. This book is about Sam who met Marlena in Wesley House. It is first published in 2012 by Rhemalda Publishing. 

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    Megan Lane
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I've recently become fascinated with shipwrecks, I don't know why...they're just neat. I've been reading a lot about shipwrecks lately and was looking for something a little lighter...this book was pretty light, but still involved shipwrecks and it was kind of interesting, but I don't think this is my thing...I think I'll stick with nonfiction books. "
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    #6Shadow Divers

    Shadow Divers

    Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II was written by Robert Kurson. With over 300 pages, this book was published in 2004 by Random House.

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    Sharon Cooper
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Shadow Divers is a true story about two deep sea wreck divers' attempt to solve a WWII mystery. It's a great read for those interested in shipwrecks."
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    #7The Endurance

    The Endurance

    The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition is a book by Caroline Alexander that tries to creatively narrate the remarkable story of survival of Ernest Shackleton and his crew, who were trapped inside their ship for 20 months.  

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    Nathan King
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This is an amazing photo overview of the events of USN Endurance leading up to its sinking. The photos are the key to this version of the story, giving something to the epic that words alone cannot give. "
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    #8A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic

    A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic

    After interviews with 63 of the survivors, Walter Lord was able to create a detailed account of Titanic's last minutes. It took near three hours for the Titanic to completely sink, and during that time, its passengers fought for their lives... or chose to die with dignity. 

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    Ralph Walker
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is a great book, you might be thinking that you know everything about the Titanic already because you saw the movie, but you'd be very wrong. This book has some amazing insight into exactly what took place from the point of view of many different people on that horrific night out at sea. If you are at all interested in stories from the sea or just great stories in general I would highly recommend this to you."
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    #9The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown

    The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown

    The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America is a non-fiction history book written by Lorri Glover. It is published in 2008 by Henry Holt & Co. 

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    Jenny Chang
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The shipwreck that saved Jamestown is a well written story about colonization of America. It got my attention for letting me understand our history. A great book to keep for next generations."
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    #10Lost Liners

    Lost Liners
    Lost Liners: From the Titanic to the Andrea Doria The Ocean Floor Reveals its Greatest Ships is a nonfiction book authored by Rober Ballard and Rick Archbald. It is about the history of the trans-Atlantic liners, including the Titanic.
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    Sarah Soto
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Lost Liners is a great book for those interested in shipwrecks. I love the pictures and artwork. The history is rich and intriguing. Rober Ballard and Rick Archbald focus on the largest, most famous losses of the 20th century when sea travel was all the rage. The illustrations of how the great ships now rest are haunting."

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Best What are the best books about shipwrecks
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1In the Heart of the SeaBooks 32 Paid
2Island of the LostBooks 30 Paid
3Skeletons on the ZaharaBooks 29 Paid
4In Harm's WayBooks 27 Paid
5Uncharted: Story for a ShipwrightBooks 25 Paid
6Shadow DiversBooks 24 Paid
7The EnduranceBooks 22 Paid
8A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic Books 22 Paid
9The Shipwreck That Saved JamestownBooks 17 Paid
10Lost LinersBooks 10 Paid
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