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Fabulously rich shipwrecks with little or no basis in fact can be a major headache to serious treasure hunters. They are sometimes reported as having just taken place, or as…



Painting showing lifeboats around the shipwreck of the Birkenhead
Women & Children First

There have been thousands of ships lost on a February 26, but one of the shipwrecks that stands out was that of the HMS Birkenhead, which set the example of “Women…




Wreckage of British Short Stirling bomber found off Norway

The remains of a World War Two bomber, thought to be a British Short Stirling lost off Norway on March 30, 1945, during a covert supply drop operation, have been…




Setting the record straight on who discovered the Hunley

This article tries to correct the damage caused by fiction writer Clive Cussler’s claims to have discovered the Civil War submarine Hunley in 1995, even though Dr. E. Lee Spence had…




1854 Wreck of the Delia Maria

The American ship Delia Maria was shipwrecked in a violent hurricane on September 7, 1854, off Hilton Head, S.C. Her owner was Charleston shipping magnate George A. Trenholm, who later…




2017 NOGI Award Recipients

The 2017 NOGI Recipients are Dr. Gerald R. Allen for Science; Chuck Davis for Arts; Jill Heinerth for Sports Education; Tom Ingram for Distinguished Service; and Dr. Enric Sala for…




2016-17 AUAS Full-Tuition Scholarship Awarded

Jamie Guined has been selected by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences as the 2016-17 recipient of a full-tuition scholarship to attend the International Diving Institute’s nationally accredited, four…




2016 AUAS NOGI Award Winners

The 56th annual NOGI Awards Gala, which were held in Las Vegas, November 17, 2016, honored the following diving luminaries for their exceptional contributions – in 5 categories of underwater…




2015-16 AUAS full tuition scholarship to IDI

Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences awards a full-tuition scholarship to Rebecca Ziegler for commercial diver training  at the International Diving Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.




Dutch Dive Team Identifies Dutch Wreck

Divers from Duikteam Zeester identify a shipwreck as the Dutch fishing vessel TM 1 Burgemeester van Kampen lost in 1967, and meet with captain Jakob Vos’ widow.



Muntz's Patent mark on Yellow Metal Hull Sheathing
“Yellow Metal” Hull Sheeting

Patented in 1832, the original application of Muntz’s patented “Yellow Metal” was as a replacement for copper sheathing on the bottom of ships. It was popular because it maintained the…



Sketch of the Hunley on a dock with one man next to it.
Researching Civil War Shipwrecks

Perhaps the best single source for researching Civil War shipwrecks is a set of books titled The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. These records…



DEMA Show 2013 Poster
DEMA Show 2013

The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association Expo is an annual, trade-only event for the Diving Industry. The 2013 DEMA Show is being held in Orlando, November 6-9. If you are…



Sidewheel steamer Central America
Salvage of Shipwreck Gold to Resume

Interested in Shipwrecks and sunken treasure? The salvage of the remaining gold on the side-wheel steamer Central America may finally resume in 2014 after a lapse of over 20 years that was…



Engraving showing the sinking of the first Stone Fleet off Charleston in 1861.
Shipwrecks.com Website

Shipwrecks.com is the world’s longest running website devoted primarily to shipwrecks past and present. We have been posting about shipwreck research, expeditions, diving, underwater archaeology and treasure salvage since the…



Sea Research Society headquarters.
Sea Research Society

Sea Research Society has been doing shipwreck expeditions every year for over 40 years. Projects have included wrecks such as the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the Confederate blockade runners Georgiana,…



Beach on Rabbit Island, Lampedusa, Italy
Hundreds Drown in Wreck off Italy

A boat with around 500 illegal migrants burned and sank between Tunisia and Sicily on October 3, 2013. Hundreds of men, women and children drowned. Most of them were illegal…



CIA map showing Paracel Islands in the South China Sea
Typhoon Sinks 3 Ships in Paracel Islands

On September 29, 2013, Typhoon Wutip swept across the South China Sea sinking 3 ships, which had sought refuge in the lagoon near Pattle Island, Paracel Islands.



Underwater shot of Triton Private Submarine
Submersibles Showcased at Monaco Yacht Show

U-Boat Worx, Hawkes Ocean Technologies, Triton Submarines, and Seamagine Hydrospace are each displaying one or more of their submersibles at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Imagine exploring the seafloor and finding…



International Diving Institute underwater welding student. Postcard created by Dr. E. Lee Spence
International Diving Institute

The International Diving Institute in Charleston, South Carolina has one of the finest commercial diver training facilities in the entire Western Hemisphere. One of IDI’s founders is a world recognized expert on the…