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Next Step on Capsized Ship Isn't Easy, Either

Coast Guard has to safely remove Golden Ray while avoiding environmental damage

(Newser) - Now that everybody is off the Golden Ray, the cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia, the next step is less clear. The 71,000-ton, 650-foot cargo ship is filled with oil, has thousands of cars aboard, and is on its side, NBC reports. Securing and removing the... More »

Eerie Wreck Looks Like the Crew Left Yesterday

Parks Canada dives into the HMS Terror

(Newser) - Turns out a haunting remnant of seafaring hasn't changed that much since 1845. A remote-controlled vehicle sent to investigate the sunken HMS Terror —which carried 133 men to their doom in the Arctic—found neatly organized desks and beds, glasses and plates on shelves, and scientific instruments in... More »

A Lost Sub That Just Couldn't Be Found Is Discovered

The Minerve's wreckage is identified about 30 miles off the coast of France

(Newser) - After fruitless searching over five decades, the resting place of a vanished French submarine has been found. "We have just found the Minerva," the country's defense minister tweeted Monday per the BBC , which translated from the French. "It's a success, a relief and a technical... More »

Sharks Dined on a Swordfish. Then, 'Oh, My Gosh!'

Wreckfish seen swallowing shark in rare deep-sea footage

(Newser) - Researchers in pursuit of a World War II shipwreck have had to settle for observing a "once-in-a-lifetime event." The NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research team was using a remotely operated vehicle to explore 1,500 feet below the surface of the ocean off South Carolina when it spotted... More »

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Case About a Pirate Ship

And not just any pirate: Blackbeard

(Newser) - A dispute involving the pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship is on deck for the Supreme Court's next term. The justices said Monday they will hear arguments in the fall in a copyright case involving the Queen Anne's Revenge, which was discovered off North Carolina's coast in 1996.... More »

They Were Just Testing Gear. Then Came the Surprise

Ocean researchers stumble upon a shipwreck off the coast of Florida

(Newser) - Shipwrecks are typically discovered after meticulous research and endless hours of searching the ocean floor. In this case, however, one was found entirely by accident. Ocean researchers testing equipment 160 miles off the coast of Florida came across a wreck of a ship they believe was constructed in the mid-1800s,... More »

They Said They Found Untold Riches. They're Going to Prison

South Koreans claimed they had discovered the wreck of the Dmitrii Donskoi

(Newser) - They told investors they had discovered the wreck of a Russian Imperial Navy cruiser said to be teeming with gold. The only actual wreck is their future lives. South Korea on Wednesday sentenced three executives associated with the Shinil Group to prison after they reeled in $7.6 million from... More »

The Billionaire Died in October. His Quest Lived On

Paul Allen's search for WWII shipwrecks continued, successfully

(Newser) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died in October , but his passion for hunting for World War II shipwrecks didn't end when his life did. Allen funded missions that famously found the USS Lexington , USS Juneau , and USS Indianapolis , and in January, the first expedition since his death commenced. Writing for... More »

Brewing Company Eyes Bottle From 1886 Wreck

Students open a bottle from the SS Oregon

(Newser) - Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York, the AP reports. Biotechnology students at the State University of New York at Cobleskill uncorked a bottle from the shipwrecked SS Oregon on Thursday. Serious Brewing Company of Howes Cave... More »

They Tried to Find Lost Ship, Lost Something of Their Own

Expedition in the Weddell Sea is called off

(Newser) - A team of Antarctic researchers at the start of the week began its search for one of the most famous lost ships in history—and lost a sub in the process. The search for the shipwreck of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance in the Weddell Sea was called off on Thursday,... More »

Treasure Hunter Changes Mind on Returning Gold

Thompson now says he has no idea how to obtain coins

(Newser) - An imprisoned treasure hunter has taken back a pledge to turn over 500 missing coins minted from gold found in a shipwreck off the South Carolina coast, the AP reports. Tommy Thompson agreed last week to deliver the coins to a court-appointed receiver by Sunday to settle a lawsuit brought... More »

'Incredible Find': World's Oldest Intact Shipwreck

Likely a Greek trading vessel, it dates to 500 BC

(Newser) - "A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over [a mile] of water, is something I would never have believed possible." Thankfully, lead investigator Jon Adams' expectations for a mapping project of the Black Sea have been upended along with our understanding of ancient shipbuilding and... More »

Museum: We're Pretty Sure It's Lake Erie's Oldest Wreck

Lake Serpent schooner that sank in 1829 believed to have been found

(Newser) - Shipwreck hunters who spent eight days this summer unearthing and examining the remains of a schooner in Lake Erie in Ohio think it's most likely a sailing ship that sank nearly two centuries ago, per the AP . That would make the wreckage the oldest ever found in the shallowest... More »

One of History's Most Famous Ships May Have Been Found

The wreckage of the Endeavour has possibly been pinpointed

(Newser) - Americans know the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria; in Australia, the Endeavour is the ship that's burned into memory. It set sail from Plymouth, England, in 1768 with Captain James Cook at the helm and was in 1770 the first European ship to chart parts of Australia... More »

Entire Arctic Expedition Perished, but Not Because of Lead

Study looks at fate of crew aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

(Newser) - In 1845, Sir John Franklin set sail from England in the hopes of discovering and successfully navigating the Northwest Passage. Instead, all 128 crew members aboard the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror ended up dead. Nearly all of them actually survived until April 1848, when they fled ships that had... More »

Shipwreck From Only WWII Battle in US Found

It's the last resting place of dozens of Americans

(Newser) - Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a US Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read,... More »

Shipwreck Packed With Gold May Be a Convoluted Scam

So much for the $132B slumbering on the ocean floor

(Newser) - It sounded too good to be true. Now, officials say it really might have been. In mid-July, the South Korea-based Shinil Group announced that it had discovered the wreck of the Russian Imperial Navy cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi and that the 200 tons of gold it was carrying when it sank... More »

Shipwreck Rumored to Hide $132B in Gold Is Found

Seoul-based Shinil Group spots possible 'treasure boxes'

(Newser) - Days after finding a sunken Russian battleship rumored to have gone down with what would now be $132 billion in gold, a South Korean treasure-hunting team is teasing a big reveal. Shinil Group this week announced the discovery of the Russian Imperial Navy cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi, which is believed to... More »

450-Year-Old Wreck Holds Something 'Unique'

But rare, ancient grappling hook will remain with the wreckage of the Swedish ship Mars

(Newser) - Seven years after it was found, a 454-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic Sea is still revealing its treasures. Cannons, a hand grenade, possible remains of helmets and swords, and a large grappling hook used to rein in enemy ships are among recent discoveries aboard Mars, a Swedish warship that sank... More »

Distinctive Cannons Confirmed Find of 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks'

US team helped detect sunken Spanish galleon

(Newser) - With treasure worth up to $17 billion still at the bottom of the sea, experts aren't ready to disclose the exact location of a Spanish galleon sunk during a battle in 1708—but they did have other details on the "holy grail of shipwrecks" to reveal this week.... More »

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