The ten carronades (cannons), which were thrown overboard from HMS Sylph when she ran aground in shallow water off South Carolina during the War of 1812 would make a nice find and be a great addition to a museum. Of course, an even better find would be the tons gold and silver believed to have been carried on a couple of ships that sank on another May 1st during World War II. If you are reading this ...DIVE IN > > > Share
I have always been fascinated by the Comet sunk in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, on April 30, 1780, as I believe she is still largely intact and could be found. There have been lots of merchant vessels and warships lost on this day including some in both World Wars. 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 30 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-30/.
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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
Treasure comes in all forms. One of today’s shipwrecks carried tons of copper, lead, tin, silver and tungsten. Her people all got off alive, but over 2,000 on another ship that sank on an April 28, were not so fortunate. April 28 was also the day of the “mutiny on the Bounty,” which has been commemorated in books, films, and songs. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these ...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
Today’s Shipwrecks™ list includes a Spanish frigate that had carried a shipment of silver coins; an English warship who’s guns were salvaged; a U.S. steamer that had been captured, used and scuttled by the Confederates; and a Japanese transport that went down with 2,669 people. The important question for this day is “did a ton of gold go down with the SS Colin?” If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about ...DIVE IN > > > Share