Filipe Castro, The Pepper Wreck, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2005


 Book Reviews:

The Nautical Research Journal (2005) 50:2: 122

INA Quarterly (2005) 32.3: 21-22

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2005, p.A

Advance 2005

International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (2005) 35.1: 169-171

The Northern Mariner (2006) 15.3: 139-140



"I found it hard to put down Filipe Castro's The Pepper Wreck. the author has painted a fascinating picture of the earliest European voyages to the Far East, detailing the society and economics of the Portuguese seafarers who risked everything for the profits to be made from successful round trips. the second half of the book describes the excavation and recosntruction of one of the ships engaged in this trade around 1600, and the painstaking detective work that led to its probable identity."
 George Bass, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University
"...contains a wealth of new and useful data related to Iberian ship construction and use during the 16th century."
John Bratten, University of West Florida
Thanks to his remarkable knowledge of the manuscript written sources on Iberian shipbuilding of the XVth and XVII th centuries, Luis Filipe Castro, as nautical archaeologist has analysed and intrepreted with great accuracy, singular caution and perfect methodology, the archaeological remains to reconstruct the architectural history of an Indiaman nau. This book marks a new step in post medieval nautical archaeology. In the future it will be impossible to study an Iberian wreck of this period without reference to this book henceforth classical."
Eric Rieth, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France  
"This book is a good example of ways in which thorough research and ingenuity can be combined to glean a wealth of information from limited wreck survival. Filipe Castro has provided extensive information about the Pepper Wreck's hull design and construction. However, he has also presented an overall view of period Iberian ship design and construction, seafaring, social and economic insights, and much, much more."
 J. Richard Steffy, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University  

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