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Newly Found Shipwreck's Story an Extra-Tragic One

In 1899, captain saw Lake Superior claim crew and family

(Newser) - Shipwrecks are tragic things by nature, but the story behind the Nelson, an 1899 wreck discovered Aug. 26 in Lake Superior, is as sad as they come: When the ship foundered in a sudden gale, the captain stayed aboard to lower the lifeboat, then jumped overboard—only to watch as... More »

Navy: Java Sea Wreck Is Grave of 700

USS Houston was lost in 1942 battle

(Newser) - More than 70 years after the heavy cruiser nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast" was sunk by the Japanese, divers have confirmed that they have found its wreck. The USS Houston was found in the Java Sea; officials say there is oil seeping from the hull and... More »

Shipwreck Yields 200-Year-Old Booze You Can Drink

Bottle may contain mix of gin and Selters mineral water

(Newser) - A 200-year-old bottle of alcohol found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea is still suitable for drinking—if you can get past its stink. The stoneware bottle, emblazoned with the name of a mineral water named Selters, was found off the Polish coast in the Gulf... More »

Tugs Start to Pull Wrecked Costa Concordia Away

Cruise ship starts 4-day journey to Genoa, Italy, where it will be turned to scrap

(Newser) - The Costa Concordia has begun its final voyage. Tugboats today started towing the wrecked cruise liner away from the tiny Italian island of Giglio, where it capsized after its captain steered too close to the island and struck a reef in January 2012, killing 32 people. After completing the four-day... More »

Costa Concordia Is Upright Again

Biggest-ever passenger ship salvage operation; now ready to be towed

(Newser) - More than two years after it capsized off the coast of an Italian island, CNN reports that workers have refloated the Costa Concordia in the final phase of the biggest-ever passenger ship salvage. In an operation expected to take up to a week, air was pumped into tanks attached to... More »

Explorers Looking for Shipwreck Find Plane

Crew parachuted off plane, hoped plane would crash in remote area

(Newser) - A trio of explorers on the hunt for sunken ships managed to solve a six-decade-old mystery—involving a plane. The group uncovered a US Air Force C-45 plane that crashed in the east end of Lake Ontario on its way to Griffiss Air Force Base near Rome, New York, on... More »

Historian Claims Santa Maria Never Shipwrecked

It was all part of a spy plot, says Manuel Rosa

(Newser) - Last month brought the news that the wreck of a ship that changed the course of history may have been found after more than 500 years: Barry Clifford announced that he believed he'd uncovered the wreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, off Haiti. Now, a Portuguese-American historian... More »

Shipwrecked Camera Is Found, Photos Intact

Memory card worked even after 2 years in ocean

(Newser) - A camera lost in a shipwreck has been found nearly two years after the vessel sank to the bottom of the Pacific off the coast of Vancouver Island. And not only was the device returned to its rightful owner, but its memory card and all of the images on it... More »

Found: Civil War Ship Taken by Slaves

Robert Smalls commandeered the Planter, gave it to Union

(Newser) - After the American Civil War, a storied ship was wrecked off South Carolina. Now, experts believe they've found the remains of the Planter, a Confederate supply ship commandeered by its crew of slaves and turned over to the Union, LiveScience reports. The ship's wheelsman, in charge of steering,... More »

Expedition: We've Found Columbus' Santa Maria

Flagship may be just off the coast of Haiti

(Newser) - Has the wreck of a ship that changed the course of history been found after more than 500 years? The leader of an expedition off the coast of Haiti believes he has uncovered the wreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria. "All the geographical, underwater topography, and archaeological... More »

1857 Shipwreck Gives Up More Gold

5 bars of gold recovered from the SS Central America in April

(Newser) - The SS Central America's watery grave 160 miles off the South Carolina coast is indeed a golden one . Odyssey Marine Exploration last month explored the wreck of the ship, which went down in 1857 laden with so much gold that its sinking triggered a national financial panic, and the... More »

Gold Hunters: Fabled Shipwreck Still Holds Riches

SS Central America contains $86M in gold, Odyssey Marine Exploration believes

(Newser) - The SS Central America once held so much gold that the ship's sinking triggered a national financial panic in 1857, but is there any gold left among its watery ruins? Deep-sea exploration firm Odyssey Marine Exploration is betting there is, even though a treasure hunter brought $52 million in... More »

'Shipwreck' Turns Out to Be Rare Tar Volcanoes

Underwater find is first in northern Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - Scientists searching for shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico found something a lot stranger last week: a pair of rare "tar volcanoes" spouting asphalt. The formations, the first of their kind to be found in the northern Gulf, left behind solidified eruptions that scientists nicknamed tar lilies because the... More »

1888 Shipwreck Found in SF Bay

Collision stirred anti-Chinese sentiment

(Newser) - The wreck of a passenger steamer that went down in 1888 with the loss of 16 lives has been found sitting upright on the bed of San Francisco Bay not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. In one of the city's worst maritime disasters, a steamer named the City... More »

Researchers on Horseback Find Bits of 1765 Shipwreck

Most of the 193 aboard survived the wreck, spent 2 months ashore

(Newser) - In a tale of archaeology with a bit of an Indiana Jones ring to it, researchers have identified new pieces of a 1765 shipwreck off Argentina—while traveling 125 miles of Tierra del Fuego on horseback. IANS reports that the team was on the hunt for pre-Columbian sites on the... More »

In Indian Ocean's Oldest Shipwreck, a Clue to Rome?

Archaeologists hope to learn more about a Rome-to-Asia trade route

(Newser) - A 2,000-year-old shipwreck will soon slumber silently no more: This month, archaeologists are set to scuba-dive 110 feet down into the Indian Ocean to explore what is that ocean's oldest known shipwreck. It sits off Sri Lanka's southeast coast, and its story has only begun to be... More »

Civil War-Era Ship Found in Lake Huron

Keystone State was last seen in 1861

(Newser) - The Keystone State, which set sail in 1849 as one of the largest and most luxurious steamer ships of its time, sank during a November storm in 1861 with 33 people aboard. No one knew its fate for more than a week, until debris was spotted, and it's been... More »

Cops Bust 4 With Looting Costa Concordia

Men were employed by company hired to salvage the wreck

(Newser) - It seems that there's no rest for the wreckage of the recently raised Costa Concordia : Italian police busted four divers employed by Titan, the group tasked with salvaging the cruiseship, and will be charging them with looting, reports Sky News . The men were spotted via CCTV on the eighth... More »

Italy Detains Alleged Shipwreck Captain

He'll face charges for deadly migrant boating disaster

(Newser) - Italian police have detained the man they believe was piloting the ship full of immigrants that capsized last week , and are considering charging him with manslaughter or even murder for the many killed in the incident. Khaled Bensalam, 35, has been arrested and expelled from Italy in the past for... More »

Italy Pulls 32 More Bodies From Shipwreck

Brings death toll to 143 in sinking of boat off Lampedusa

(Newser) - Italian divers today recovered 32 more bodies of migrants who died when a fishing boat with some 500 people onboard sank within sight of the tiny island of Lampedusa. Italy's integration minister, Cecile Kyenge, watched as soldiers transferred body bags from boats and onto trucks to be brought to... More »

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