Author(s): Jedwin Smith
Greed and Death, Emeralds and Gold, and the Obsessive Search for the Legendary Ghost Galleon Atocha. When the Spanish galleon Nuestra Se?ora de Atocha sank off the coast of Florida during a hurricane in 1622, it went down with forty tons of treasure ? thousands of silver and gold ingots, enormous grass-green emeralds, thirty-five treasure chests, and other smuggled booty. Three and a half centuries later, the legendary Mel Fisher set out to find it. In Fatal Treasure, Pulitzer Prize?nominated journalist Jedwin Smith tells the true untold story of the Fisher family's relentless quest to find the Atocha and reclaim her priceless cargo. Combining the rousing adventure of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea with the compelling personal drama of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Smith captures, as no writer ever has, the romance and suspense of big-time treasure hunting ? and the enormous price in lives that the Atocha has exacted from those who would disturb her undersea grave. Drawing on more than fifteen years of exclusive and intimate access to the Fisher family and the divers, Smith tells an unforgettable tale of courage, obsession, loyalty, heartbreak ? and a mysterious, demanding ship that still calls to us from the sea.
JEDWIN SMITH is a journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has been working with the Fisher family since the 1980s. Smith has found emeralds and pieces of eight while hunting with the crew, and his brother also worked for the Fishers on the treasure hunt.
Foreword; Acknowledgments; Prologue; 1. Invitation to the Party; 2. Dreaming of the Hurricane; 3. A Mother's Story; 4. No Warning; 5. The Curse of the Atocha; 6. I Will Return; 7. A Little Chunk of Gold; 8. Nightmare Time; 9. A Powerful Ocean; 10. Aboard the Rock; 11. Death in the Water; 12. Margarita and Myths; 13. Raising Kane; 14. Mother Lode; 15. A Tale of Two Kings; 16. Catching Green Fever; 17. The Trouble with Treasure; 18. Death of a Dreamer; 19. Spirits at Sea; 20. Keeping the Dream Alive; 21. Bitch Galleon of the Sea; 22. Life in Paradise; 23. The Search Goes On; 24. Today's the Day; Index