Odyssey Marine Exploration just finished a record-setting recovery effort in the North Atlantic, pulling 1,574 silver ingots from the wreck of merchant ship SS Gairsoppa three miles below the choppy seas. The total value is expected to rise more than $35 million.
The mournful tale of the SS Gairsoppa stood unchanged for seven decades — sunk by a German U-boat, 84 people killed, its fortune in silver bars forever lost to the Atlantic Ocean.
Ancient lore has suggested that the Vikings used special crystals to find their way under less-than-sunny skies. Though none of these so-called “sunstones” have ever been found at Viking archaeological sites, a crystal uncovered in a British shipwreck could help prove they did indeed exist.
The crystal was found amongst the wreckage of the Alderney, an Elizabethan warship that sank near the Channel Islands in 1592. The stone was discovered less than 3 feet from a pair of navigation dividers, suggesting it may have been kept with the ship’s other navigational tools, according to the research team headed by scientists at the University of Rennes in France. . . . Read Complete Report
Photo: USS Hatteras (1861-1863) in action with CSS Alabama, off Galveston, Texas, on 11 January 1863. Lithographed by A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore, Md. Hatteras was sunk in this engagement. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
USS Hatteras sank in Gulf of Mexico 150 years ago after battle with CSS Alabama
On Jan. 11, 1863, a Union warship was sunk in a skirmish with a Confederate vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
Exactly 150 years later, a new 3-D map of the USS Hatteras has been released that shows what the remains of the warship look like. The Hatteras rests on the ocean floor about 20 miles (32 kilometers) off Galveston, Texas, according to a release from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, which helped to sponsor the expedition to map the shipwreck . . . Read Complete Report
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Archaeologists hope to solve mysteries of sinking — and a reported 6 tons of gold bullion
JUNEAU, Alaska — The state has issued a permit allowing for archaeological work at the site of a sunken Gold Rush-era ship in southeast Alaska.
A permit application was filed earlier this month by David Miller, an archaeologist under contract with Kent, Wash.-based Ocean Mar Inc. The Associated Press obtained documents related to the project, including a copy of the application and work proposal, through a public records request.
Ocean Mar fought for years for salvage rights to the luxury vessel, which was carrying about 180 people from Skagway, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, when it sank in Stephens Passage on Aug. 15, 1901. Forty people died, according to a court of inquiry report for the Canadian government. In April, a federal judge approved a recovery plan by Ocean Mar. Details remain under seal. . . . Read Complete Report
Divers have recovered a number of 16th century silver coins from the wreckage of the legendary Swedish warship Mars, which was discovered last year off the coast of the Baltic sea island of Öland.
“The coins are in excellent condition and of great historic interest, especially considering where they were found,” the diving expedition organizers which found the wreck, Ocean Discovery/Deep Sea Productions, said in a statement, according to local news website Barometern.se.
According to the divers, the silver coins date from the time of Sweden’s King Erik XIV, who ruled over Sweden between 1560 and 1568. . . . Read Complete Report