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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 »

Bones on Coast Could Be 1847 Shipwreck Victims

The Carricks of Whitehaven was en route to Quebec City when it went down

(Newser) - In late July, human remains were found near Cap-des-Rosiers, Quebec—and archaeologists believe they may belong to people who died at sea in 1847. The story of the Carricks of Whitehaven layers tragedy upon tragedy: Passengers on the Irish ship were trying to escape the potato famine that was killing... More »

Famous Shipwreck in Canada Finally Floats Again

Norwegians have spent 6 years recovering Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen's ship

(Newser) - For six years, a small team of Norwegians has worked tirelessly to recover a famous shipwreck in the remote hamlet of Cambridge Bay in Nunavut, a northern territory of Canada—and as of Saturday, they were finally able to lift it off the ocean floor thanks in large part to... More »

Wine and Stinky Shipwreck Cheese, Anyone?

Not really sure of best pairing for gooey 340-year-old 'dairy product' from Swedish warship

(Newser) - For 340 years, the Swedish ship Kronan has languished at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the 126-gun warship's permanent resting place after it was sunk right before a 1676 skirmish with Denmark and the Netherlands, Atlas Obscura reports. It was found in 1980, and since then it's... More »

Explorers Find Schooner That Sank in 1868 in Lake Ontario

The Royal Albert was carrying 285 tons of railroad iron when it went down

(Newser) - A retired engineer and two buddies took his boat out on Lake Ontario a few weeks ago, with a high-res side-scan sonar to see if they could find any shipwrecks. What they stumbled across, 400 feet below the surface: the remains of the Royal Albert schooner, which sank nearly 150... More »

2nd Body Found After Family Disappears Off Florida Coast

Ace Kimberly was sailing with his 3 teenage kids

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard has found a second body four days after a family disappeared off the coast of Florida, WESH reports. The body was found about four miles from a debris field where the first body was discovered Wednesday. Neither body has been identified, but a bucket found floating... More »

Among Antikythera Shipwreck Finds, an Odd Item

But no new remnants of the famed Mechanism

(Newser) - The Antikythera shipwreck is a gift that keeps on giving. First discovered in 1900 by sponge divers and dating to about 65BC, it has been explored multiple times in the decades since, including in 1976 when Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew surfaced with almost 300 objects, including human remains. Now... More »

This Might Be the World's Oldest Beer

Researchers say they made it from 220-year-old yeast

(Newser) - One sip of Preservation Ale and you'll be transported to a time long past—kind of. Researchers at an Australian museum have brewed what might be the "world's oldest beer," using yeast salvaged from a bottle that spent nearly two centuries on the seafloor, they say... More »

'Everest of Shipwrecks' Is in Bad Shape

New sonar imaging shows serious deterioration of the Andrea Doria

(Newser) - Since the Andrea Doria sank 40 miles off the coast of Massachusetts 60 years ago, 16 divers have lost their lives trying to explore it, spurring one company to examine it in another, safer way: in a manned submersible. The Christian Science Monitor reports new sonar imaging shows the "... More »

US Firm Plans Expedition to Disputed Shipwreck

Even though Colombia says the San Jose galleon is all theirs

(Newser) - An American company isn't backing down on its claim that it's entitled to half the haul from the San Jose galleon, a treasure-laden Spanish ship sunk by the British in 1708 off the coast of Colombia. Sea Search Armada, which is based in Washington state, plans to head... More »

1800s Shipwreck Was Buried in Boston's Seaport District

It was uncovered during construction

(Newser) - A buried shipwreck from the 1800s has been uncovered during construction in Boston's Seaport District, the AP reports. City archaeologist Joe Bagley tells WBZ-TV it's the first time a shipwreck has been found in that section of the city, a trendy waterfront area with office buildings, expensive condos,... More »

Shipwreck Found in Desert Diamond Field Solves 'Maritime Mystery'

Portuguese ship lost in 1500s yields 2K gold coins

(Newser) - Miners have been pulling diamonds from a vast area of Namibia's Namib Desert called the Sperrgebiet (or "forbidden territory") for more than a century. But in 2008, workers hunting for diamonds where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean found something even more precious: the likely remains of... More »

16 Divers Died at This Wreck. Now, a Different Approach

Submersible will map wreck of SS Andrea Doria

(Newser) - Divers frightened away by the many deaths at the wreck site of the SS Andrea Doria—16 people have lost their lives trying to explore it—can soon see what slumbers off Massachusetts another, safer way. Beginning June 2, ocean exploration company OceanGate plans to send a manned submersible to... More »

Divers Find Roman-Era 'Trash' Saved by Shipwreck

Merchant ship sank off Israel 1.6K years ago

(Newser) - A Roman-era treasure trove has been retrieved thanks to two strokes of luck. The first happened 1,600 years ago when a merchant ship carrying the statues and coins to be recycled sank in the ancient port of Caesarea in Israel. The second came last month when two divers discovered... More »

'One of the Most Important Shipwrecks' May Be Found

James Cook's Endeavour may have been located in RI's Newport Harbor

(Newser) - The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project calls it "one of the most important shipwrecks in world history," an 18th-century ship so distinct that it and its captain are said to have served as an inspiration for Star Trek—and the Endeavour may finally have been found. Explorer Capt.... More »

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