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Shipwrecks of April 24

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Shipwrecks of April 24

Some of the wrecks listed in this edition of Today’s Shipwrecks™ have been found, at least one was raised, but others are still undiscovered. What does it actually mean when reports say a ship was driven ashore? That is important because there are several ships on today’s list, which probably carried valuable merchandise and/or money. Can you guess which? If you are reading this in a post, go to  http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-24/ to access the list and ...

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Shipwrecks of April 23

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Shipwrecks of April 23

Among the numerous vessels lost on April 23 were brigs, ships and barks. They were French, Norwegian, British, American, Australian, German, and Russian. One, yet to be discovered, German submarine, carried a cargo of gold bars. Always see Shipwrecks.com for more information.

Today’s Shipwrecks™

April 23

compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1806: The Cyrus, Captain Horton, bound from Havana to Philadelphia, was lost April ...

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Shipwrecks of April 22

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Shipwrecks of April 22

The April 22 list of Today’s Shipwrecks™ includes everything from British warships and merchant vessels lost during the age of sail to 19th and 20th century steamers. But the mystery of the day is, what really went down on the Amerika in 1943? Was it gold and silver? Read more on www.Shipwrecks.com

Today’s Shipwrecks™

April 22

compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1786: His British ...

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Shipwrecks of April 21

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Shipwrecks of April 21

The April 21 post for Today’s Shipwrecks™ includes a selection of wrecks from the 18th through the 20th century in places as diverse as the Atlantic, the Great Lakes, and the North Sea. They include everything from Spanish merchant ships to British armed schooners and brigs, to German torpedo boats and submarines.

Today’s Shipwrecks™

April 21

compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

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Shipwrecks of April 20

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Shipwrecks of April 20

Today’s Shipwrecks™ range from Spanish lost in the Bahamas in 1623, to an armed schooner lost by pilot error in 1808, and multiple U.S. navy ships being burned at the Norfolk Navy Yard in 1861, as well as wrecks from other time periods at a wide range of locations. The question for this day is — did the freighter Paul Hamilton have gold on her when she was sunk in 1944?

Today’s Shipwrecks™

April 20

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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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