Treasure Hunter

Treasure Hunter

Diving for Gold on North America’s Death Coast

Written by: Robert MacKinnon
Written by: Dallas Murphy

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780425253632
  • 368 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


For more than four decades, world-renowned diver and treasure hunter Captain Robert MacKinnon has reclaimed sunken caches from the dangerous shallow waters along the Atlantic coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Known as the Death Coast for its treacherous reefs and violent currents, the area’s rocky bottom is layered with shipwrecks and untold riches.

In short—a treasure hunter’s paradise.

In Treasure Hunter, Robert MacKinnon recounts the risks and challenges—both nautical and legal—in exploring shipwrecks dating back to the War of 1812 and before the Revolutionary War. As he salvages the secrets of the sea, MacKinnon vividly captures the excitement of discovery and conveys his passion for preservation in the still-developing field of underwater archeology.

A compelling chronicle of modern-day adventure, Treasure Hunter is a fascinating voyage into an amazing undersea world.


Treasure Hunter is a no holds barred plunge into the cold, rough waters of Nova Scotia in search of shipwrecks. Bob MacKinnon takes the reader on a fascinating voyage of history, discovery and battles with bureaucrats as only a seasoned explorer could. From armchair adventurer to experienced professional, all will enjoy this read.”–Bob Cembrola, Curator of Maritime History, U.S. Naval War College

“A beautifully written book that really captures the excitement, the fun, and the frustrations of diving for treasure…This story is a rollercoaster ride through multiple successes, betrayals, and tons of treasure. Seriously, I loved this book, and these guys are the real deal.”–John Chatterton, professional diver