The Voyage of the Vizcaina (Hardcover)

The Mystery of Christopher Columbus's Last Ship

By Klaus Brinkbäumer, Clemens Höges, Annette Streck (Translated by)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151011865, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2006

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Paperback (5/7/2007)

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Lying in only twenty-five feet of water in a small gulf off the coast of Panama, a shipwrecked vessel managed to escape detection for centuries before it was discovered in the mid-1990s. In 2002, Klaus Brinkbäumer and Clemens Höges, journalists with the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel and also amateur divers, were the first to assemble a team of experts to analyze the remains. They determined that it was not only the oldest wreck ever found in the Western Hemisphere, but also very likely the remains of the Vizcaína, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last trip to the New World.

The Voyage of the Vizcaína, set to be published on the five-hundredth anniversary of Columbus's death, combines investigative journalism, archaeology, and historical re-creation to give us the fascinating story-and startling truths-behind Columbus's final attempt to reach the East by going west.

About the Author

KLAUS BRINKBÄUMER writes for Der Spiegel magazine. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he is an experienced sailor and diver. He lives in Germany.

CLEMENS HÖGES is a senior editor at Der Spiegel, where he has written extensively about underwater archaeology, seafaring, and piracy. He lives in Germany.