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Microsoft Co-Founder Makes Big Find in Coral Sea

Billionaire Paul Allen found the wreckage of WWII's USS Lexington, one of the first US aircraft carriers

(Newser) - Badly damaged after four days of battle with the Japanese, "Lady Lex" was deliberately sent to the depths of the Coral Sea with a reported 216 bodies on board. It's there that one of the first US aircraft carriers slumbered undisturbed for 76 years, until a crew led... More »

Millions in Gold Sank in 1857; Now, It's for Sale

The 2nd haul from the SS Central America, discovered by jailed treasure hunter, goes on block

(Newser) - More than $50 million worth of gold that's described as the greatest lost treasure in US history is about to make its debut in California after sitting at the bottom of the sea for more than 160 years. The 3,100 gold coins, 45 gold bars, and 80 pounds... More »

Wreck of Ship Carrying Rich Southerners Possibly Found

Boiler explosion caused Pulaski to sink in 1838

(Newser) - It was "the Titanic of its time." A luxury steamboat carrying some of the wealthiest and most high-profile families in the Southeast exploded while traveling from Savannah, Ga., to Baltimore, Md. on June 13, 1838. Half of the roughly 200 people aboard the Pulaski died—including whole families... More »

Reporter May Have Found the Last American Slave Ship

Ben Raines of thinks he's uncovered the Clotilda in Alabama

(Newser) - Russell Ladd remembers seeing the shipwreck as a boy fishing with his father at low tide. His father told him it was the Clotilda, the last American slave ship, though Ladd wasn't sure he believed him. He might now. Using Ladd's account and historical records, including the journal... More »

Grave Found on Shipwreck Island: 'Lord of the Flies Stuff'

Beacon Island, site of 1629 massacre, gives up more bodies

(Newser) - Beacon Island off the western coast of Australia is better known as Murder Island or Batavia's Graveyard. The reason is simple: After the Dutch East India ship Batavia ran aground on a nearby reef in 1629, 282 survivors made it to Beacon Island, where at least 115 of them... More »

Where WWII Shipwrecks Once Sat, Now Nothing

Divers removing entire shipwrecks for their scrap metal: Guardian

(Newser) - The telling sign is a crane barge floating above. Once its divers inspect the shipwreck below, they lower explosives that rip it to shreds of steel, copper, and brass. This is how as many as 40 British, American, Australian, Dutch, and Japanese warships from World War II—which also serve... More »

Famous Shipwreck May Still Hold Priceless Treasures

Explorers recently found a bronze arm at the Antikythera shipwreck

(Newser) - The ship bound for Rome sunk in 1BC and was first discovered off the coast of Greece in 1900. And yet the Antikythera shipwreck is still providing new discoveries. The Guardian reports an expedition to the site last month turned up a silver tankard, a human bone, and much more.... More »

Great Mystery of the Great Lakes Is Solved

SS Clifton found 100 miles south of last known location in Lake Huron

(Newser) - "Of the remaining shipwrecks left to find in the Great Lakes, the Clifton would easily be number one," says shipwreck hunter David Trotter. That's because the disappearance of the SS Clifton in 1924 is "one of the Great Lakes' greatest mysteries"—and one that Trotter... More »

Questions Linger After Lusitania Telegraph Is Recovered

Why did the ship sink so fast?

(Newser) - When the R.M.S. Lusitania was struck by a German torpedo on May 7, 1915, as it sailed from New York to Liverpool, a mysterious second explosion rocked the British luxury liner from deep within and the vessel sank in just 18 minutes—far faster than, say, the nearly... More »

100 Years Later, California Shipwreck Found

The McCulloch is now a skeleton draped with anemones

(Newser) - The McCulloch, a US Coast Guard ship that saw action in the Spanish-American War in 1898, sank in just a half-hour after it collided with the SS Governor in heavy fog off the coast of California. It had been put back to work during World War I in 1917, but... More »

Legend of Lost Treasure Ship Thrives in California Desert

Believers say it's out there, buried amid the rocks and sand

(Newser) - Alexander Nazaryan calls it "fake news for the romantic soul." Tales of a treasure-laden ship lost in the sands of California's Colorado desert that—though the details change—have persisted for at least 140 years. The Newsweek reporter takes a journey into the desert with a former... More »

Treasure Hunter Seeks $1B in Gold From Sunken Ship

Lord Clive wreck off Uruguay will be raised next month

(Newser) - When the British warship Lord Clive was blasted by Spanish cannon fire just off the coast of Uruguay in 1763, about 270 crew members went down with the ship. Now a treasure hunter from Argentina hopes it's also still home to more than $1 billion in gold coins, reports... More »

Treasure Hunter Has to Stay in Jail Until 'Epiphany'

'It is the season of miracles,' judge says of deep-sea explorer's 'memory loss'

(Newser) - Tommy Thompson is a shipwreck explorer believed to know the location of a fortune in gold coins—but he can't spend them in Ohio's Delaware County jail, and he's not getting out until he reveals where they are. The treasure hunter has been held on a contempt... More »

Scientists Stumble on 'Astonishing' Ship Graveyard

Researchers were out to study sea levels, find 'complete bonus'

(Newser) - Archaeologists mapping the Black Sea floor have happily made a surprise discovery—a graveyard of more than 40 ancient ships, Quartz reports. The team, led maritime archaeologist Jon Adams of the University of Southampton, has been studying the historic rise of water levels along the Bulgarian coast. But in the... More »

Antikythera Shipwreck Yields Human Remains

2K-year-old bones are a 'rare find' whose DNA might be able to be sequenced

(Newser) - The Antikythera shipwreck has yielded many exciting results since its discovery off Greece a century ago, most notably the world's oldest known computer (the 2,000-year-old Antikythera Mechanism). Now divers say they've unearthed surprisingly well-preserved human remains (as well as huge anchors and a teardrop-shaped lead weight), raising... More »

Researchers Follow Hunch, Find Long-Sought Shipwreck

HMS Terror found in mint condition in Arctic bay

(Newser) - A crew searching the Arctic has found the second and final lost ship from one of the most renowned polar expeditions in history. Researchers with the Arctic Research Foundation say they have located the HMS Terror off King William Island, reports the Ottawa Citizen . (Coincidentally, it was found in Terror... More »

British Sub Lost During WWII Discovered in North Sea

It was sunk by a Nazi vessel in 1940

(Newser) - A WWII submarine that is the final resting place for at least 50 British sailors has finally been found 76 years after it was sunk off the coast of Denmark, Gizmodo reports. Records show the HMS Tarpon—which Archaeology describes as a Royal Navy T-class submarine—attacked a German vessel... More »

Incredible Photos Emerge of WWII Ship Sunk 65 Years Ago

USS Independence is remarkably well-preserved

(Newser) - The USS Independence has remained submerged a half-mile deep off the coast of California for 65 years, out of human sight since it was purposely relegated to the bottom of the ocean by the US Navy in 1951, reportedly with a bunch of 50-gallon barrels containing radioactive waste, per the... More »

2nd-Oldest Shipwreck Found in Great Lakes

The Washington went down in 1803

(Newser) - The second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop that sank in Lake Ontario more than 200 years ago, has been found, a team of underwater explorers says. The three-member Western New York-based team said it discovered the shipwreck this summer in deep water off Oswego, in... More »

In Black Box, Hope for Doomed Ship's Secrets

It should hold El Faro's final communications, GPS data

(Newser) - The El Faro's "black box" has been pulled from its resting place, some three miles below the ocean's surface east of the Bahamas, more than 10 months after the vessel sank in a hurricane . The data recorder—which should hold at least 12 hours of recordings of... More »

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