Shipwrecks: Past & Present

The Real Dangers to Shipwrecks are not divers but nature, government & neglect

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The Real Dangers to Shipwrecks are not divers but nature, government & neglect

We all understand that shipwrecks can be permanently damaged by sport divers, commercial salvors and, yes, even underwater archaeologists who should know what they are doing and certainly mean well.

In one sense, divers (speaking of them collectively) do ...

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Shipwrecks of May 23

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Shipwrecks of May 23

On this day in 1943 the German sub U-752 became the first sub sunk by a new weapon called a Rocket Spear, which was launched from a British Swordfish aircraft. The 1858 wreck of the packet ship Knickerbocker on the N.E. point of Abaco would make an interesting dive. I would love to see what’s left of it. Today’s questions are: Was HMS Braak carrying treasure when she sank off Delaware in 1798? If so, what happened to ...

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Shipwrecks of May 21

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Shipwrecks of May 21

One of the shipwrecks that took place on a May 21, was that of the riverboat Republic, which had once been piloted by Mark Twain. Today’s question is whether there were boxes of gold coins on the Dominican steamer Presidente Trujillo when she was torpedoed in the Caribbean during World War II. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-21/ to learn more about some of the many shipwrecks that have occurred ...

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Shipwrecks of May 22

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Shipwrecks of May 22

If they weren’t completely removed after the war, I think the four steamers sunk to block the mouth of the Yazoo River during the American Civil War would be an interesting project. But others might be more interested in the French destroyer L’Adroit, which was sunk in shallow water near Dunkirk on the coast of France, as she may have carried a fortune in gold. If you are reading this in a post, go to

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Shipwrecks of May 20

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Shipwrecks of May 20

The men from the wreck of the Darlington Court floated into a burning hell, their ghastly cries, made their British escort afterwards wish he had machine gunned them to end their suffering. There were 28 lives lost. Did over 7,000 heavy silver bars go down with her too? If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-20/ to learn more about some of the many shipwrecks that have occurred on this ...

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Shipwrecks of May 19

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One of today’s wrecks, the Norseman, should serve as a warning to people not to claim discoveries as your own, when they were really made by someone else. In my opinion, such false claims can come back to make the person look not only like a liar and a fraud, but totally incompetent to boot (even though I seriously doubt all of that is the case). The question of the day is whether the ...

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Shipwrecks of May 13

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Shipwrecks of May 13

Following the loss of the convict Neva on May 13, 1835, over 200 women (most drunk on pillaged rum) and children perished. Despite her size and power, the British warship Goliath couldn’t handle the blow she took on May 13, 1913, and went down. The question for today is: How did a ship come to be wrecked in a cave and much gold was really on the bark General Grant? If you are reading this in a post, go to 

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Shipwrecks of May 12

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Shipwrecks of May 12

On May 12, 1918, the Olympic, sister ship to the ill-fated Titanic, intentionally ran down and sank a German submarine, becoming the only merchant vessel to sink a warship in World War I. There are really two questions for today: What is the truth behind the treasure in Mexican gold, silver and jewels that the SS Merida was reportedly carrying when she went to the bottom in 1912? And, was the Panamanian freighter Cocle carrying tons of Russian gold ...

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Shipwrecks of May 11

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Shipwrecks of May 11

One of the shipwrecks that took place on a May 11th was the Confederate ironclad Virgina, which only two months before had fought to a draw the United States ironclad Monitor in the world’s first clash between ironclads. Some of the other wrecks of this day resulted in large losses of life and even a case of cannibalism. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-11/ to learn more about some of the ...

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Shipwrecks of May 10

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Shipwrecks of May 10

Today’s shipwrecks include everything from a British slave ship lost in 1806 to an American freighter that foundered in 1916 off Eagle Harbor, Michigan. The question of the day is: Did some of the finest paintings of the Old Masters go down on a Dutch yacht when it was sunk in World War II? If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-10/ to learn more about some of the many shipwrecks that have ...

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Shipwrecks of May 9

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Shipwrecks of May 9

Did you know that the standard barrel used on ships in the 17th through 19th centuries was called a hogshead? But what size was standard? Due to ever changing government regulations, they varied in size from 48 to 140 gallons in capacity. But, the real question for this day is: Was the Norwegian steamer Alfred Olsen carrying a secret cargo of gold or diamonds when she was torpedoed on May 9, 1941? If you are reading this ...

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