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$125K Will Now Get You to the Titanic

Expeditions open to tourists to launch in May

(Newser) - A few dozen wealthy and adventurous tourists will be among the first in 15 years to set eyes on the world's most famous shipwreck. OceanGate Expeditions will be ferrying tourists to the wreck of the Titanic annually between May and September beginning next year—at a cost. For $125,...

Nazi Shipwreck Could Hold Key to Amber Room Mystery

It was sunk after leaving in a hurry with heavy cargo

(Newser) - Divers say they have found a shipwreck that could solve one of World War II's most enduring mysteries: The fate of the dazzling Amber Room looted from a Russian palace by Nazi soldiers. The Polish divers say they have found the wreck of the Karlsruhe, a cargo steamer that...

US Sues Over Titanic's Radio
US Sues Over Titanic's Radio

US Sues Over Titanic's Radio

Feds file lawsuit to block salvage operation

(Newser) - The US government will try to stop a company's planned salvage mission to retrieve the Titanic's Marconi wireless telegraph machine, arguing the expedition would break federal law and a pact with Britain to leave the iconic shipwreck undisturbed. US attorneys filed a legal challenge before a federal judge...

Case of Shipwrecked Boys Was Nothing Like Lord of the Flies

Historian Rutger Bregman tells the amazing story of 6 boys stranded more than a year

(Newser) - Chances are you're familiar with Lord of the Flies, either in novel or movie form. It's the story by William Golding about a group of British schoolboys shipwrecked on an island, a tale that descends into brutality and imparts a bleak message about human nature. But in an...

Firm: Let Us Retrieve Titanic's 'Voice' Before It's Too Late

RMS Titanic wants to pull out the Marconi Wireless Telegraph machine that sent out distress signals

(Newser) - The salvage firm that has plucked silverware, china, and gold coins from the wreckage of the Titanic now wants to recover the Marconi Wireless Telegraph machine that transmitted the doomed ship's increasingly frantic distress calls. Lawyers for RMS Titanic Inc. called witnesses before a federal judge on Thursday to...

Long-Sought WWI Wreck Is Found, Guns at the Ready

German ship SMS Scharnhorst was sunk off Falkland Islands in 1914

(Newser) - It was an "extraordinary" moment as the long-sought shipwreck appeared a mile beneath the waves, says the search team's leader. "Suddenly she just came out of the gloom with great guns poking in every direction," Mensun Bound says of the discovery of SMS Scharnhorst, a German...

Sub That 80 Americans Died On Found After 75 Years
Sub That 80 Americans 
Died on Found After 75 Years
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Sub That 80 Americans Died on Found After 75 Years

The USS Grayback was lost in 1944

(Newser) - A determined American explorer has discovered a submarine lost for 75 years—and the final resting place of 80 American servicemen. Tim Taylor, who runs a project dedicated to finding the 52 US submarines lost in action during World War II, says his team has found the USS Grayback off...

This Is the Deepest Shipwreck Ever Found
More Than 20K Feet
Deep, a Major Find
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More Than 20K Feet Deep, a Major Find

WWII destroyer believed to be USS Johnston found in Philippine Sea, the deepest shipwreck ever

(Newser) - It's the deepest shipwreck ever found—one caked in US history. Experts aboard the Research Vessel Petrel believe they've found the wreck of the USS Johnston some 20,400 feet, or nearly 4 miles, below the waves of the Philippine Sea, where it came to rest in the...

Team Finds 2 Warships Sunk During Battle of Midway

Japanese aircraft carriers went down in decisive WWII battle

(Newser) - Two warships that went down in one of history's most pivotal naval battles have been found in American waters. Vulcan Inc. confirmed Sunday that a team searching for sunken warships from the Battle of Midway had found the wreck of the Akagi, one of four aircraft carriers that Japan...

The Cocaine Saved Them. Then It Got Them Busted

Suspected drug smugglers found clinging to bales in Pacific after boat overturns

(Newser) - They can thank their drug bundles for both saving their lives and possibly ruining them. ABC Australia reports that three men from Colombia were plucked out of the Pacific over the weekend after spending hours in shark-filled waters. The alleged drug-runners, who were said by authorities to have departed from...

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...

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....

The Billionaire Died in October. His Quest Lived On
The Billionaire
Died in October.
His Quest Lived On
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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...

WWII Aircraft Carrier Found After 77 Years

USS Hornet took part in Battle of Midway

(Newser) - The USS Hornet aircraft carrier had an extremely busy year and six days in service, taking part in key World War II events in the Pacific including the Battle of Midway and the Doolittle Raid before being sunk by Japanese forces in the Battle of Santa Cruz Island on Oct....

Greece Raising Dozens of 'Harmful' Shipwrecks

Boats, some leaking petroleum, will be scrapped

(Newser) - The hulking remains of a cargo ship rise up through the water, listing to one side with a rusting hull exposed, its glory days of sailing the world's seas and oceans long gone. This is just one of dozens of abandoned cargo and passenger ships that lie semi-submerged or...

Century Later, Mystery of Lost US Warship Is Solved

Mine from a German U-boat sunk USS San Diego, say researchers

(Newser) - A century later, we can now blame a mine from a German U-boat for the lone major US warship sent to the ocean's depths during World War I. The USS San Diego got there fast: The armored cruiser listed and sank within 30 minutes of an explosion off the...

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...

Hunt for MH370 Turns Up Indian Ocean's Deepest Wrecks

They're 2.3 miles below the ocean's surface

(Newser) - A four-year search of the depths of the Indian Ocean has failed to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But the unprecedented sonar hunt for the missing airliner might be close to solving 19th-century mysteries—the locations of two sailing ships that vanished with cargoes of coal, reports the AP . Maritime...

Shipwreck Found in Lake Erie Might Be Oldest Ever Found There

Searchers think it's the Lake Serpent, which went down in 1829

(Newser) - Shipwreck hunters are planning to excavate around a Lake Erie wreck this summer that they think could be the remains of a schooner that went down nearly two centuries ago. Its size, design, and location point toward it being a sailing ship called the Lake Serpent, which sank in 1829,...

Famous WWII Wreck of Sullivan Brothers Discovered

USS Juneau found off the coast of the Solomon Islands by Paul Allen's crew

(Newser) - Another remarkable find for Paul Allen: The billionaire Microsoft co-founder funding the search for missing warships has discovered the USS Juneau resting 2.5 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Solomon Islands, reports the Guardian . Japanese torpedoes sank the ship in November 1942...

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