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Dutch Dive Team Identifies Dutch Wreck

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Dutch Dive Team Identifies Dutch Wreck

Divers from Duikteam Zeester identify a shipwreck as the Dutch fishing vessel TM 1 Burgemeester van Kampen lost in 1967, and meet with captain Jakob Vos’ widow.

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“Yellow Metal” Hull Sheeting

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“Yellow Metal” Hull Sheeting

Patented in 1832, the original application of Muntz’s patented “Yellow Metal” was as a replacement for copper sheathing on the bottom of ships. It was popular because it maintained the anti-fouling abilities of the pure copper at around two thirds of the price.

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Researching Civil War Shipwrecks

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Researching Civil War Shipwrecks

Perhaps the best single source for researching Civil War shipwrecks is a set of books titled The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the RebellionThese records include official correspondence, dispatches, excerpts from vessel logs, etc. and are an excellent source of contemporary records relating to shipwrecks. These wrecks range from powerful ironclad warships to flimsy merchant steamers. It was by using these records that Dr. E. Lee Spence located numerous ...

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Salvage of Shipwreck Gold May Resume in 2014

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Salvage of Shipwreck Gold May Resume in 2014

 

The sinking side-wheel steamer Central America of South Carolina in a hurricane in 1857 was one of the worst shipping disasters of the Gold Rush era. Hundreds of people were lost, many of them dying with the treasure they had dug out of the California gold fields. Her cargo also included major gold shipments for various banks, making her one of the richest shipwrecks ever discovered.

Even though tons of gold bullion in bars, nuggets, ...

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Hundreds Lost in Shipwreck off Italy

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Hundreds Lost in Shipwreck off Italy

A boat, bound across the Mediterranean from Misrata, Libya to Europe with 500± illegal immigrants crammed on it, caught fire, capsized and sank on Thursday October 3, 2013. The wreck took place in less than 150′ of water about 600 yards off the Italian island of Lampedusa between Tunisia and Sicily. 

The boat had around 500 people aboard, only 155 were saved, making a death toll of about 345. The recovered victims included 210 ...

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Typhoon Sinks Ships in South China Sea

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Typhoon Sinks Ships in South China Sea

Five fishing vessels with a total of 171 people aboard were caught in Typhoon Wutip that swept across the waters of the South China Sea on Sunday, September 29, 2013, packing winds of up to 90 miles per hour. Three of the ships with a total of 88 fishermen, all from China’s Guangdong Province, sank in a lagoon near Shanhu Dao in the Xisha Islands (also called Pattle Island, Paracel Islands).

Gales and high waves have ...

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Submersibles Debut at Monaco Yacht Show

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Submersibles Debut at Monaco Yacht Show

Will the super-rich want to explore shipwrecks and watch whales in the ocean’s depths? U-Boat Worx, Hawkes Ocean Technologies, Triton Submarines, and Seamagine Hydrospace, obviously think so. Each of them are showcasing one or more of their submersibles at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. The displayed subs are being offered at prices ranging from $1,500,00 to $4,200,000 — but some of the companies also sell lesser expensive models.

Netherlands based U-Boat Worx, which builds ...

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Refugees drown as boat wrecks off Java

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A boat, bound to Christmas Island, Australia, carrying hundreds of people fleeing the ongoing violence in the Middle East, sank off Cikole beach, Jakarta on September 28, 2013. Jakarta authorities reported 21 dead and dozens still missing and presumed drowned. There were at least 35 survivors. 


To learn more see:21 die in shipwreck off West Java, many from the Middle ...

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International Diving Institute

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International Diving Institute

The International Diving Institute in Charleston, South Carolina has one of the finest commercial diver training facilities in the entire Western Hemisphere. One of IDI’s founders is a world recognized expert on the salvage of historic shipwrecks and some of its graduates have gone on to work with him on such famous wrecks as the SS Ozama (a gun-runner sunk in 1894) and the DIVE IN > > >

1913 Wreck of the SS Regina

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1913 Wreck of the SS Regina

Learn about the history, discovery and salvage of the 1913 Lake Huron shipwreck SS Regina. 1987 expedition by underwater archaeologist Dr. E. Lee Spence and discoverer Wayne Brusate. No gold was found but lots of bottles of G.H. Mumm; Veuve Clicquot Champagne; Dewar’s; and Whyte & McKay Scotch as well as thousands of other artifacts were recovered.

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