Mr. Snow who is by now a recognized authority on the coastal region of New England has gathered together a great deal of first-hand information about several shipwrecks. Beginning with a wreck in Boston Bay in 1804, he moves to wrecks along the New England Coast; he broadens his scope to include the whole Atlantic, and finally moves to European territory and other foreign seas. It would seem that having fairly covered the world and having spanned five centuries, he has managed to collect the most disastrous of wrecks. He has quoted extensively from diaries of passengers and other on-the-scene sources, and the descriptions are dramatic and exciting. However, after reading a few, the obvious pattern becomes a bit monotonous, but young boys and treasure seekers (for those he has given appropriate locations of sunken wealth) will most likely be fascinated enough to read the book from beginning to end.