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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2016-17 AUAS Full-Tuition Scholarship to IDI: Jamie Guined

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NEWEST AUAS-IDI SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Jamie Guined has been selected as the 2016-17 recipient of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Science’s full-tuition scholarship to attend the International Diving Institute’s nationally accredited, four months long, Air/Mixed Gas Surface Supplied Diving Course, the completion of which results in certification that is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for many types of diving jobs.

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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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Michigan Governor Dives Thunder Bay Shipwreck

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Michigan Governor Dives Thunder Bay Shipwreck

 

Michigan shipwrecks were in the news as Governor Rick Snyder donned scuba gear August 20, 2013, to explore the wreck of the steam barge Monohansett in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve.

The governor made his dive as part of the State’s “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign. The campaign was originally launched in 2006 by the state of Michigan featuring the voice of actor and comedian Tim Allen.

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Shipwrecks of April 3

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Shipwrecks of April 3

Some of the many vessels shipwrecked on April 3 were a French brig near St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1803, and an Italian destroyer in the Red Sea and a Finnish freighter south of Iceland in 1941.

Today’s Shipwrecks™
for April 3

compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1731: On April 3, 1731, a merchant sloop, bound from Charleston, South Carolina, to Providence and St. Christophers, was lost ...

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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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Shipwrecks of May 24

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Shipwrecks of May 24

On May 24, 1940, German dive bombers attacked a flotilla of destroyers, sinking one with the loss of only one of their planes. Lots of other ships lost on a May 24. They range from an 18th century British ship on Grand Cayman to a neutral Brazilian merchant ship that was torpedoed off the Dominican Republic during World War II.

Today’s Shipwrecks™

May 24

compiled and ...

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