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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 »

MH370 Search Team Finds Something: a Shipwreck

Debris field reveals European-style ship, anchor, coal

(Newser) - The massive search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up not a plane, but an uncharted shipwreck. Sonar equipment detected "multiple small bright reflections" 2.5 miles below the surface of the Indian Ocean more than 600 miles off the coast of western Australia, AFP and ABC Australia... More »

Divers Find 1468 Wreck That May Hold Millions in Coins

Famed Hanneke Wrome carried 200 souls, seriously rich cargo when it sank

(Newser) - An international team of divers has discovered a long-sought 15th-century shipwreck just south of the island of Jussarö in Finland. When the Hanneke Wrome sank in 1468 during heavy storms in the Baltic Sea on its way from Germany to Estonia, it was considered one of the biggest maritime disasters... More »

Boat Disaster Captain Arrested

Tunisian charged with reckless homicide

(Newser) - Only 27 survivors have been rescued from a capsized boat thought to have carried as many as 900 people —and two of them have been arrested. Prosecutors say they have arrested the captain and a crew member of the boat in which hundreds are feared to have drowned in... More »

Millions in Silver Recovered From WWII Wreck

SS City of Cairo is 17K feet under Atlantic, making this the deepest salvage ever

(Newser) - The deepest salvage operation in history has recovered a haul of coins that Britain planned to use to fund the fight against Nazi Germany 73 years ago. The SS City of Cairo was carrying 100 tons of silver rupees from India in November 1942 when it was hit by a... More »

Hawaiian King's Treasures Home After 191 Years

Smithsonian returns more than 1K artifacts belonging to King Kamehameha II

(Newser) - A shipwreck hunter describes it as the first luxury ocean-going yacht built in the US, one that reportedly hit a shallow reef in April 1824, when everyone on board—save, perhaps, the captain—may have been drunk. Though no one is recorded to have died, the 83-foot ship, which belonged... More »

Divers Solve Mystery of Upside-Down Shipwreck

Broken rudder put William B. Davock 'at mercy of storm' in 1940

(Newser) - The William B. Davock sank on what's been termed "the most disastrous day in the history of Lake Michigan shipping," but why the freighter and its 32 crewmen went down amid 80mph winds and 30-foot waves has been a 75-year mystery. WZZM reports a sudden blizzard blew... More »

Shipwrecked Beer From 1840 Smells Like ... Goat

Seawater had seeped into the bottles, but scientists analyzed its chemistry

(Newser) - They got a whiff of ... goat. It's not exactly the aroma you want from your beer, but it's what scientists say they detected after analyzing two bottles of beer that had been shipwrecked for what's believed to be 170 years at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.... More »

'Priceless' Gold Coins Found in Record Israel Haul

Israeli diving club at first thought the coins were toy versions

(Newser) - Many divers search long and hard for sunken treasure, but an Israeli diving club out for a recent dive in their local harbor struck literal gold by chance: 2,000 priceless gold coins that had been sitting on the seabed for about 1,000 years, the largest stash of gold... More »

Hunt Is On for Fugitive Treasure-Hunter's Loot

Investors want bounty worth millions they say Tommy Thompson got on 'Ship of Gold'

(Newser) - Deep-sea treasure hunter Tommy Thompson made headlines in 1988 when he found the legendary "Ship of Gold" (aka the USS Central America) shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina, which sank to the ocean floor with thousands of pounds of gold in 1857. Now he's in the news... More »

More Secrets of 1629 Mutiny, Murder Unearthed

11th skeleton discovered on Beacon Island

(Newser) - More details from "one of the darkest chapters of Australia's maritime history" are coming to light, nearly 400 years after they occurred. On June 4, 1629, the Dutch East India ship the Batavia was downed by a reef on its maiden voyage. Most of the roughly 340 people... More »

3 Friends Stumble Upon Shipwreck in Oregon Dunes

State is testing the wood to learn more about the ship

(Newser) - Three friends metal-detecting last fall in the dunes of Seaside, Ore., hit upon a not-very-metallic find: a large wooden vessel buried in the sand. Now Oregon state archaeologist Dennis Griffin says it is indeed a shipwreck, and that two wood samples taken from the boat's 21-foot keel are currently... More »

In Lake Ontario, 2 Wrecks That 'Aren't Supposed to Be There'

Why did 2 canal boats dare venture into the waters of Lake Ontario?

(Newser) - A team of shipwreck-hunting enthusiasts who've spent years trolling the unpredictable waters of Lake Ontario say they've stumbled upon wrecks whose appearance completely stumps them. Two canal boats on the bottom of the lake—more than 200 feet deep—lie within a few miles of each other about... More »

Tragic Story Behind 3 Partial Skeletons Finally Revealed

They probably belong to children who witnessed 'tragic event'

(Newser) - In 2011, a passerby at a beach on the Gaspé peninsula in Quebec found partial skeletons whose mystery has, at least to some degree, been solved three years later. Among the remains were around a dozen long bones, pieces of a jawbone, and more than 25 vertebrae. Parks Canada anthropologists... More »

Ancient Ships Found Alongside Human Heads

Byzantine galleys are first ever discovered

(Newser) - The remains of 37 Byzantine shipwrecks are giving archaeologists a first-ever look at that empire's long, oared galleys—and may reveal how ship-building evolved during the Middle Ages, LiveScience reports. The shipwrecks were found in a part of Istanbul called Yenikapi, whose harbor was built during the reign of... More »

Divers: We've Got 'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks

La Salle's Griffin was lost in Lake Michigan 335 years ago

(Newser) - There are thousands of shipwrecks at the bottom of the Great Lakes, but one of the very first full-sized ships to go down has been one of the hardest to find. The Griffin, built by French explorer Robert de la Salle, sank in Lake Michigan in 1679 and divers Kevin... More »

Found: Shipwreck of 'Bay Area's Titanic'

City of Rio de Janeiro ship went down in 1901, killing 128

(Newser) - The City of Rio de Janeiro, a passenger ship with 210 passengers and crew aboard, was on the last leg of a journey from China to the US on Feb. 22, 1901, when fog set in and it crashed into rocks at Fort Point off San Francisco, near the Golden... More »

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