This is probably the most magnificent book on shipwrecks ever published. Extraordinary photography of the Gibson family of the Isles of Scilly.


ISBN: 9789171265586 Category:

Carl Douglas, Björn Hagberg


In the days of sailing ships, the waters off Britain’s south-western coast were among the most treacherous in the world with tidal currents, submerged rocks, storms and murky depths. Thousands of ships were lost there over the centuries.

From Cornwall and the remote Isles of Scilly, four generations of the Gibson family documented these shipwrecks in photographs, creating a unique archive of an era when seafaring meant risking one’s life.
This magnificent book is the largest ever created on the outstanding collection of pictures of the Gibson Family, with almost 100 exceptional images presented as never before alongside text by Carl Douglas Björn Hagberg. The result is a work that conveys mankind’s struggle against the elements – and the extraordinary efforts to save lives. This book is published in co-operation with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, that holds the unique Gibson collection.

Additional information

Weight 1688 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 32.7 cm
Publisher name Bokforlaget Max Strom
Publication date 16 June 2022
Number of pages 184
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by The Gibson Family of Scilly
Dimensions 24.7 x 32.7 cm
Weight 1688 g


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The Gibson family of the Isles of Scilly has for five generations created the most extraordinary photographs of shipwrecks.

Carl Douglas is a historian, an acclaimed author and a skilled diver. He is the writer of the best-selling book Ghost ships of the Baltic Sea.

Björn Hagberg a marine archaeologist, researcher and author with several books to his credit.