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How long should a shipwreck discovery be ignored while hoping for new technology?

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How long should a shipwreck discovery be ignored while hoping for new technology?

The following is copied from a note I posted on Facebook on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:43pm. I doubt that it has won me any friends at the SCIAA (the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology & Anthropology), but I think the truth needs to be told. 

I have been discovering shipwrecks for over 50 years. My first major discovery was that of the wreck of the Civil War steamer ...

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Finding shipwrecks from the air.

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Finding shipwrecks from the air.

Finding shipwrecks from the air. Can it be done? Absolutely! The first wreck I found from the air, was the Georgiana.

A book on the Confederate Navy published in the late 1800s described the armed steamer Georgiana as the most powerful Confederate cruiser. I also knew she had carried a million dollar cargo. Fascinated by her history, I had been dreaming of discovering her for years.

On March 19, 1965, the one hundred and second anniversary of her sinking, I booked still ...

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The Real Rhett Butler Revealed

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The Real Rhett Butler Revealed

Internationally known shipwreck expert, Dr. E. Lee Spence, of Charleston, South Carolina, believes he has discovered the true identity of Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind.

In his book, Treasures of the Confederate Coast: The Real Rhett Butler and Other Revelations, Spence reveals what the editor’s of Life magazine called overwhelming evidence that shipping and banking magnate George Trenholm was the historical basis for Margaret Mitchell’s romantic sea captain in her Pulitzer prize winning ...

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Interesting Facts about the Georgiana

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The Georgiana shipwreck was discovered by underwater archaeologist Dr. E. Lee Spence on March 19, 1965 at 32°46?47?N 79°45?35?W. The state of South Carolina later issued South Carolina salvage license #1 to Spence’s company, Shipwrecks Inc., to explore the combined wreck of the Georgiana/Mary Bowers. Hundreds of thousands of individual artifacts were recovered from the site.

Continue reading to learn more about this amazing Civil War Steamer: the Georgiana

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