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 ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Did a safe with gold go down on the Mississippi River steamer Sultana? Probably, but unfortunately we may never know. She is barely a footnote in American history, but we do know that her destruction cost more lives than the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The mighty Mississippi later changed its path and there is evidence that the wreck is now buried under a farmer’s soybean field, two miles from the river’s present course. If you are ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Have you ever heard of lead silver bullion? It is sometimes called base bullion and is one step in the refining process of first concentrating then removing silver that has been mined with lead. The percentage of silver in base bullion can be as low as 1 or 2 percent but can be well over 50%. Thirteen thousand bars of it went down in the SS Ballarat in 1917. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on ...DIVE IN > > > Share
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. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more ...DIVE IN > > > Share
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, ...DIVE IN > > > Share
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 ...DIVE IN > > > Share
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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Posted by: Dr. E. Lee Spence
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 ...
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…DIVE IN > > > Share