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Red Sea Wrecks: MV Salem Express

Red Sea Wrecks: MV Salem Express | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Resting at around 90 feet (25 meters) off Safaga, just south of Hurghada, the MV Salem Express is one of the most controversial wrecks in the Red Sea. Starting its career as a roll-on, roll-off ferry servicing Safaga and Jedda in Saudi Arabia, it sank after striking one of the infamous Hyndman Reefs on December 17, 1991. The ship went down only 20 minutes after striking the reef, taking numerous passengers with it.


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Treasure Hunters' Undersea Gold Rush Is Threatened by U.S. Navy

Treasure Hunters' Undersea Gold Rush Is Threatened by U.S. Navy | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
New government regulations may limit commercial salvage of military shipwrecks
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The FishPool Hoard .. Lost treasure from the War of the Roses ???

The FishPool Hoard .. Lost treasure from the War of the Roses ??? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

On March 22, 1966, an unusual hoard of treasure was found by construction workers on a building site in the village of Fishpool, near present day Cambourne Gardens, England. The treasure was comprised of 1,237 coins, four rings, four pieces of jewelry, and two lengths of chain. The hoard was unusual because it contained both coins and jewelry made entirely of gold, which made it easier for historians to date.

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SDI Wreck Diver Solves Maritime Mystery | SDI | TDI | ERDI

SDI Wreck Diver Solves Maritime Mystery | SDI | TDI | ERDI | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Tamara Thomsen, a TDI Instructor and Maritime Archaeologist, shows us how wreck diving, along with underwater archaeology solved a century old mystery about the
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Diving Purpose-Sunk Wrecks

Diving Purpose-Sunk Wrecks | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Most real shipwrecks are little more than piles of wreckage, but are you still looking for that ghostly allure of diving a former steamer? Check out some of our favorite purpose-sunk wrecks - they're just as good, and maybe even better, than the real thing.
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Shipwreck Monte Carlo Visible - New History Comes To Light

Shipwreck Monte Carlo Visible - New History Comes To Light | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
In her prime, the S.S. Monte Carlo was the largest of a fleet of ships making up Gambling Ship Row that dotted the map between San Diego, Long Beach and Santa…
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From Shipwreck Hunters!

From Shipwreck Hunters! | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

World's only real pirate treasure dug up and coming to Galveston..
The most valuable haul of pirate treasure ever found is heading to Galveston for an exhibit showcasing dozens of cannons, coins and muskets. The ship, the Whydah, sank off Cape Cod in 1717 under the command of notorious pirate Black Sam Bellamy. It was carrying tens of thousands of gold coins earned from selling slaves in the Caribbean.
Forbes estimates the ship's 200,000 artifacts, which include African jewelry, muskets, gold belt buckles and 60 cannons, to be worth more than $100 million. The ship is the only authenticated pirate ship ever to be found. "When people see it, it's like they are looking at the only T. Rex ever to be found," said Barry Clifford, who discovered the ship and is therefore the owner of all the treasure. "It's the only pirate treasure in the world." 
Clifford started looking for the ship in 1982 after hearing stories about the wreck growing up as a child. One-hundred eighty pirates died when it sank. Eight survived and were tried in Massachusetts.

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S.S. Atlantus

S.S. Atlantus | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

The S. S. Atlantus is probably the most famous concrete ship. She was built by the Liberty Ship Building Company in Brunswick, Georgia and launched on December 5, 1918 and was the second concrete ship constructed in the World War I Emergency Fleet.

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The Liner Merida, Gold Ship

The Liner Merida, Gold Ship | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

 

The Liner Merida, Gold Ship....

 

In 1910 the liner Merida while in fog and approaching Cape Charles, Virginia hit another ship, the Admiral Farragut, and the Merida sunk. The Merida had in the bullion room over $4 million in gold and jewels plus another estimated million in money and jewelry in the cabins of the passengers bound for New York. The ship had left Yucatan and had on board the widow of Mexico's former president Francisco Madero who had been executed, plus other distinguished passengers who thought it was an appropriate time to leave Mexico. All passengers were saved from the sinking ship but the ship sank with all valuables.There have been a number of attempts to salvage the gold and jewels. In 1915 there was attempt but it was decided the ship was in too deep of water. In 1925 another attempt that was called off. In 1932 another attempt but due to fighting among the salvagers the Coast Guard had to be called in and the attempt was given up. In 1950 another attempt but the results are not known and in 1983 amateur divers tried but were driven off by the Coast Guard. Most of the attempts were called off due to the depth and the currents where it sunk.The Merida lies in twenty-five fathoms of water east-southeast of Quinby Inlet. It is marked on US Government charts.

 

Excerpt from the Wicomico News Feb 18, 1932

 

Captain Harry L. Bowdoin is one man whose boyhood dreams of seeking lost treasure will come true. In April he and his crew of searchers will sail on the ship Salvor for a point off the Virginia Capes where $4,000,000 in gold lies in the purser's office of a liner that went down more than a score of years ago.Since 18, Captain Bowdoin has wanted to seek treasure and for the last sixteen years he has been working on inventions which he is certain will now make the search possible along the sea deeps where disaster has claimed ships containing gold. the operations will be carried on by divers wearing a suit designed by Captain Bowdoin. The Captain makes many unusual claims as to the possibilities of success with his suit.A diver may be lowered immediately to salvage scenes in it and be brought to the surface as quickly as lifting machinery can handle the 1,400 pound suit, he says. The suit's shoulders are equipped with powerable searchlights and the armor is flexible at necessary joints giving it the appearance and roughly, the qualities of a robot. Claws are fitted at each hand, worked from the inside and movement of the 'arms' and 'legs' of the suit are worked by small machinery.Backers of the corporation which has been formed to salvage sunken ships maintain that this suit is the first in which work can actually be done at low depths. Tests in the suit have been made at more than 200 feet lower than ever before. One of these was a certified test at 210 feet, made off New London, Conn. Captain Bowdoin stayed down for an hour and 56 minutes, sending up stones from the bottom of the sea, in a special lifting basket.From this depth, the diver was brought to the surface in 1 minute and 52 seconds. An important feature of the apparatus is that it allows the diver to breathe natural air forces down thru a tube. This gives him more working time below and eliminates any physical ill effects from the operations of descent and ascent.A four ton observation tank also will be lowered its occupants to cooperate in the work of the diver reporting by telephone to the salvage ship above and to the diver himself. The two units will coordinate in the finding and salvage of sunken objects.The Salvor's immediate salvage object will be the steamer Merida, which went down in a dense fog off the Virginia Capes in May 1911, after the liner Admiral Farragut rammed a hole in her side. The Merida was bring back from Mexico $4,000,000 in gold and according to reports at that time, fabulous wealth in jewels, all stored in the purser's strong room.Captain Bowdoin says he will have no trouble in finding the Merida, one phase of salvage that has baffled others treasure hunters. He will use an electric sound device which he believes will show just where the ship lies. It is the same apparatus used on many ocean liners today to show depth of water and sunken objects.When the wreck is located Captain Bowdoin will bring his ship above it and begin operations. But his dream will not end there. If the Merida is successfully salvaged the Salvor and her treasure hunting crew will seek other gold freighted wrecks. all over the world, in water too deep for ordinary salvage, lies ships with vast wealth in gold and jewels.Among them Captain Bowdoin mentions the liner Egypt, which lies off the coast of France in 400 feet of water and which, so far, has proved inaccessible to other salvage equipment.

 

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http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2013/04/04/Sunken-treasure-trove-beckons/

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The “Graveyard of the Atlantic” Should Be a Thing of the Past – Not the Future

The “Graveyard of the Atlantic” Should Be a Thing of the Past – Not the Future | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
By Randy Sturgill
The waters off the North Carolina coast are known as the “graveyard of the Atlantic.” Since the 16th century, thousands of ships have wrecked on the area’s deadly capes and shoa
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Mystery Shipwreck found near Fort Morgan

Mystery Shipwreck found near Fort Morgan | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
  On December 6, 2013, Maegan Bratton and her daughter drove from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Mobile Bay to hunt seashells. As it turns out they found something totally unexpected. Near Fort Morgan (Civil War photo shown above), they found a large...
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Shipwreck hunter finds Keystone State in Lake Huron

Shipwreck hunter finds Keystone State in Lake Huron | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Keystone State was in trouble. Big waves slammed into the wooden steamer's sides as it rocked in the water near Port Austin under the weight of a powerful November storm. And then it was gone.
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Shipwrecks of May 11

Shipwrecks of May 11 | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
One of the shipwrecks that took place on a May 11, was the Confederate ironclad Virgina, which only two months before had fought to a draw the United States ironclad Monitor in the world's first clash between ironclads. Some of the other wrecks of this day...
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UPDATED: Derelict ship sinks into Cowichan Bay - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

UPDATED: Derelict ship sinks into Cowichan Bay - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Cowichan Bay director fears fouling and eel-grass damage as feds consider derelict-boat laws
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World archeologists admire shipwreck at Bullock museum

World archeologists admire shipwreck at Bullock museum | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
It is one of the greatest shipwreck discoveries off the coast of Texas and soon it will be the centerpiece exhibit at the Bob Bullock State History Museum.
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Shipwrecks of April 13

Shipwrecks of April 13 | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Considerable treasure is believed to have been lost in some shipwrecks that took place on April 13.  Today's Shipwrecks™ April 13 1749: Two of the East India Company's ships were lost during a storm, variously described as a hurricane or a monsoon, that...
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