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Navy, NTSB Confirm: Wreckage Is El Faro

Now the search sub is on the lookout for the ship's data recorder

(Newser) - On Saturday, the US Navy found what it believed to be the wreckage of the El Faro cargo ship that went missing in Hurricane Joaquin last month; on Monday, that news transitioned to proof positive, per a Navy spokesman, CNN reports. The affirmative identification was confirmed by the National Transportation... More »

Shipwrecks Are Pollution Threat to US Waters

As vessels sit underwater for decades, oil could start to leak out

(Newser) - An oil barge recently discovered at the bottom of Lake Erie—nearly 80 years after it sank—has brought a renewed focus to the environmental dangers posed by dozens of shipwrecks littering American waters, the Detroit Free Press reports. According to the AP , 87 shipwrecks are included on a federal... More »

Expedition Finds 'Ancient Shipwreck Capital of the World'

Archaeologists find 22 shipwrecks in less than two weeks

(Newser) - Teams from Greece and the US have made one of the biggest archaeological finds of the year, Discovery reports. While exploring Greece's Fourni archipelago, the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and RPM Nautical Foundation stumbled across what Smithsonian describes as an "artifact jackpot" and what Discovery says could... More »

How Did 243 People Vanish Without a Trace Last Year?

It's unclear whether the refugees even made it on board the boat

(Newser) - When a rickety fishing boat smuggling more than 500 passengers across the Mediterranean capsized on Oct. 3, 2015 , the world took notice. More than 350 people, many refugees from Eritrea, drowned, and European leaders promised action, reports the New York Times . But when 243 passengers, again largely refugees from Eritrea,... More »

Famous Wreck Isn't Done Revealing Its Secrets

Antikythera in Greece yields more treasures, and researchers think more await

(Newser) - A shipwreck that gave the world the deeply mysterious Antikythera mechanism is still yielding treasures—and teaching researchers about the lifestyles of the Greek and ancient. The latest finds at the ancient wreck dubbed the "Titanic of the ancient world" include a bone flute, a bronze armrest that may... More »

Scientists Find Clues to Sailors' Legendary 1813 Survival

26 used supplies from wrecked ship Neva to survive a frosty month in Alaska

(Newser) - To shipwreck in Alaska in the early 19th century was as good as a death sentence—yet 26 aboard the Russian-American Company frigate Neva managed to not only survive its wreck off Kruzof Island but also a month of the winter of 1813. The feat spawned legends stretching over two... More »

The Way the Titanic Is Treated May Be About to Change

30 years after it was found, Canada is poised to claim ownership

(Newser) - It's been more than 100 years since the Titanic sank in 1912. Yet it wasn't until Sept. 1, 1985—30 years ago yesterday—that Robert Ballard famously found it, submerged more than two miles deep and 380 miles southeast of Newfoundland. In a special interview with National Geographic... More »

Workers Removing Debris Find 18th-Century Shipwreck

Maryland wreckage appears to be a 45-foot cargo ship fastened with wooden pegs

(Newser) - A maintenance crew removing debris from under the US 50 Bridge over the Nanticoke River in Maryland last spring thought they might have hit on something special when they saw wood that looked like ship timbers. They were certainly right: Archaeologists are now confirming that it isn't just a... More »

French Baron's Long-Lost Ship Possibly Found —Off Israel

Baron de Rothschild shipped materials to his glass factory in Tantura from France

(Newser) - A mysterious, century-old shipwreck found 40 years ago off Israel's coast has been tentatively revealed to be a priceless find: the long-lost ship of a French baron, say Haifa University archaeologists. Baron Edmond James de Rothschild—who moved raw materials from France to a glass factory he constructed in... More »

1K Shipwrecks Haunt a Sea With Brutal History

16th-century Mars warship is among the wrecks

(Newser) - The Baltic Sea's trove of shipwrecks has preserved all kinds of history—much of it about war—and recently sparked fears of a fresh conflict in Europe. Bordered by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltics, the North European Plain, and accessible by Russia, one sliver of the sea contains about 1,... More »

In Hunt for Russia Sub, Sweden May Have Finally Found One

But it may be a WWI submarine, not one of Putin's

(Newser) - Last year, Sweden authorities kept insisting a Russian submarine was lurking in the Stockholm archipelago. Now it appears they may have been right—but it isn't the sub they thought. The country's military is checking out video (see part of it here ) by exploration company Ocean X,... More »

Treasure-Hunting Family Strikes Gold Off Fla. Coast

Armada wrecked 300 years ago still giving up riches

(Newser) - Spending your summers hunting for sunken treasure can be "monotonous" and "demoralizing," Eric Schmitt tells the Orlando Sentinel —but the monotony is sometimes broken by a dazzling find like the one unveiled this week. Schmitt found more than $1 million in treasure from the 1715 Spanish... More »

$8M Lawsuit Filed Over Blackbeard's Pirate Ship

And that $8M could go up, Florida-based company says

(Newser) - The shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard's sunken ship off the North Carolina coast has sued the state for more than $8 million, saying officials violated a contract involving photos and videos of the wreck and recovery. Florida-based Intersal Inc. also says in the lawsuit filed today that the amount... More »

'Mt. Everest of Wreck Diving' Claims Another Victim

Search called off for missing diver at Andrea Doria

(Newser) - A 64-year-old man is presumed dead after he disappeared during a dive at the famed SS Andrea Doria shipwreck off the coast of Massachusetts. Officials say a fellow diver was with the man, who has not been identified, at a 20-foot decompression stop on Tuesday near the spot where the... More »

'Mystery Shipwreck' Spotted Off US Coast

Scientists stumble on wreck in deep Atlantic waters

(Newser) - A newly discovered shipwreck off the North Carolina coast may show first-hand how Americans conducted business before the Civil War, the Washington Post reports. Marine scientists who stumbled on the find say it includes glass bottles, red bricks, ship timbers, a metal compass, an unglazed pottery jug, and an iron... More »

Shipwreck Recalls Really Bad Luck for 2 Invasions

Japanese find harks back to 13th-century Mongol attacks

(Newser) - A shipwreck off the coast of Japan serves as evidence that no navy can defeat Mother Nature. Archaeologists spotted the wreck off the island of Takashima in southern Japan and say it belongs to one of two attempted Mongol invasions from the 13th century, Archaeology reports. Running 65 feet long... More »

Spanish Armada Relics Wash Ashore in Ireland

Two cannons are among the centuries-old prizes

(Newser) - Severe weather near County Sligo, Ireland, over the past two years has stirred up the seabed and brought centuries-old treasures to the shore. Pieces of the Spanish Armada merchant ship La Juliana have been washing ashore since April, including two cannons from the ship. Experts say the weapons, made in... More »

Archaeologists: Shipwreck Isn't Long-Sought Griffin

Pair of divers thought they solved Great Lakes mystery

(Newser) - The Griffin remains lost: Michigan state archaeologists say a shipwreck found in Lake Michigan isn't that of the earliest known wreck in the Great Lakes. The Muskegon Chronicle reports two men came forward late last year with photos of the shipwreck found off of Frankfort, which is about 40... More »

1st Sunken Slave Ship Found After 220 Years

212 slaves died on the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa, en route to Brazil

(Newser) - The first-ever wreckage of a ship that went down with slaves on board has been found just 100 yards off the coast of South Africa where it sank in 1794. The Portuguese ship, Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa, set out from Mozambique Island with more than 400 slaves shackled in its... More »

Panama Shipwreck's Tale Is Finally Told

Researchers came upon Spanish ship Encarnacíon in 2011

(Newser) - It's been some four years since researchers discovered a shipwreck at the mouth of Panama's Chagres River; now, they're finally revealing its secrets. The Encarnacíon, built in Mexico, sank in 1681, and it tells a tale of a key historical moment, archaeologist Filipe Castro tells National ... More »

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