Dragon Sea

Dragon Sea

A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed Off the Coast of Vietnam

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In THE DRAGON SEA, Frank Pope recounts the story of a highly successful yet also ill-fated underwater archeological expedition off the coast of Vietnam. For years, fisherman in one particular stretch of water that not just been pulling fish up in their nets but 15th-century Chinese porcelain. Unable to fund an expedition itself, the Vietnamese government authorized Mensun Bound, an Oxford University archaeologist, to excavate the site. Bound teamed up with a Malasian businessman named Ong Soo Hin, who offered to pay for the excavation in exchange for the right to auction off some of the precious cargo recovered. Things went well until typhoon season arrived. The expedition was in mortal danger and the relationship between Bound and Hin disintegrated. Frank Pope was there through it all, and tells the full story of this expedition and the stakes involved, and shows how the unholy alliance of archeologists and profit can lead to disastrous consequences.

When Oxford archeologist Mensun Bound—dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Deep” by the Discovery Channel—teamed up with a financier to salvage a sunken trove of fifteenth-century porcelain, it seemed a dream enter­prise. The stakes were high: The Hoi An wreck lay hundreds of feet down in a typhoon-prone stretch of water off the coast of Vietnam known as the Dragon Sea. Raising its contents required saturation diving, a crew of 160, and a fleet of boats. The costs were unprecedented. But the potential rewards were equally high: Bound would revolutionize thinking about Vietnamese ceramics, and his partner would make a fortune auctioning off the pieces. Hired as the project’s manager, Frank Pope watched the tumultuous drama of the Hoi An unfold. In Dragon Sea he delivers an engrossing tale of danger, adventure, and ambition—a fascinating object lesson in what happens when scholarship and money join forces to recover lost treasure.


Baker & Taylor
Traces the salvage operation of Oxford archaeologist Mensun Bound to recover a sunken trove of fifteenth-century porcelain from the Hoi An shipwreck hundreds of miles beneath the Dragon Sea, documenting his team's dramatic accomplishment and how it served to revolutionize thinking about Vietnamese ceramics.

Harcourt Publishing
When Oxford archeologist Mensun Bound—dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Deep” by the Discovery Channel—teamed up with a financier to salvage a sunken trove of fifteenth-century porcelain, it seemed a dream enter­prise. The stakes were high: The Hoi An wreck lay hundreds of feet down in a typhoon-prone stretch of water off the coast of Vietnam known as the Dragon Sea. Raising its contents required saturation diving, a crew of 160, and a fleet of boats. The costs were unprecedented. But the potential rewards were equally high: Bound would revolutionize thinking about Vietnamese ceramics, and his partner would make a fortune auctioning off the pieces. Hired as the project’s manager, Frank Pope watched the tumultuous drama of the Hoi An unfold. In Dragon Sea he delivers an engrossing tale of danger, adventure, and ambition—a fascinating object lesson in what happens when scholarship and money join forces to recover lost treasure.


Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the extraordinary efforts to recover a sunken trove of fifteenth-century Vietnamese porcelain from the Hoi An shipwreck hundreds of miles beneath the Dragon Sea.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780151012077
0151012075
Branch Call Number: 910.9164 POPE
Characteristics: xxiii, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Notes: Includes index

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Jul 10, 2013

Great story! The information regarding the 15th and 16th century life in Vietnam is invaluable.

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"Just as the moon lures the tides, the ocean tugs at a man's mind. Her waters can be many things at once: A healer and a killer, a canvas for contemplation, and an unforgiving workplace. For me, as for so many other young men through the ages, they offered an escape. Fresh out of school with a privileged but conventional education, I wanted to avoid the drudgery that seemed to loom ahead, and to go where there were no trodden paths." foreword

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