Shipwrecks: Past & Present

Shipwrecks of April 11

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Shipwrecks of April 11

A British floating battery, a French warship, and pirates vessels all went down on an April 11. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 11 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-11/.

Today’s Shipwrecks™
April 11
compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1794: The floating battery, HMS Proselyte, commanded ...

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Shipwrecks of April 2nd

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Shipwrecks of April 2nd

Lots of vessels have been shipwrecked on April 2, including the Elizabeth Eleanor and the Jemima lost on the Caicos Reef in 1819, the steamer Greenbriar in 1915, and the freighter David H. Atwater off the U.S. east coast in 1942. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 2 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-2nd/.

Today’s Shipwrecks™
for April 2

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Shipwrecks of April 1

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Shipwrecks of April 1

All of these ships had one thing in common, each was shipwrecked on April 1 (April Fool’s Day). But their sinking was no joke. Several carried strategic metals that would now be worth millions. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 1 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-1/.

Today’s Shipwrecks™
for April 1

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Shipwrecks of March 31

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Shipwreck Anniversaries: All of the ships listed here have at least one thing in common. Athough lost in different years, all were wrecked on March 31. The ingots of tin on the SS Java, sunk in 1942, would be worth well over $8,000,000 today, and, because they are often mined together, when tin was shipped, large quantities of lead and silver bullion were frequently shipped too.

Today’s Shipwrecks™
for March 31

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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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Just laughing! Comments on Clive Cussler

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Just laughing! Comments on Clive Cussler

The other day I was poking fun at Clive Cussler. I must admit, it was only half in jest. Except for the hundreds of thousands of individual artifacts my team salvaged (and easy dissemination of that evidence on the internet), fiction writer Cussler could probably have gotten away with claiming credit for the Georgiana. And, I have no doubt that it really would have made the wreck far better known than I have been able to do.

GPS didn’t exist back ...

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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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