Shipwrecks: Past & Present

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. 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 3 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-3/.

Today’s Shipwrecks™
for April 3

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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 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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