Shipwrecks: Past & Present

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 April 29

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Shipwrecks of April 29

April 29 was the day of New Zealand’s greatest maritime loss. On the same day, but many years before her, HMS London was burned by her own crew on the coast of West Africa. The Swedish steamer Nanking, bound from India to England, was torpedoed on that day in WWII. She had made a stop at Cape Town raising questions as to why. Did she pick up a cargo of gold bullion or even ...

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Shipwrecks of April 19

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Shipwrecks of April 19

Today’s shipwrecks include one that was caused by a true “tempest in a teakettle.” Other wrecks range from a Spanish slave ship to the largest passenger liner of its time. And the two big mysteries for this day are whether the SS Gold Coast, torpedoed in 1917, was carrying gold bullion, and whether the SS Steelmaker torpedoed in 1942 was carrying cement or silver.

Today’s Shipwrecks™

April 19

compiled and edited by Dr. ...

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