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Mystery Shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico

July 30, 2013


Marine archaeologists visiting a known shipwreck site in the Gulf of Mexico were surprised to discover two more ships nearby, at rest at a depth of 4,363 feet below the surface. Researchers from the Texas State University in San Marcos’ Meadows Center for Water and the Environment explain they simply don’t know what the source […]

Odyssey Marine to Display Gairsoppa Shipwreck Silver in Times Square

May 14, 2013


Odyssey Marine Exploration, treasure hunters extraordinaire, are sending some silver to New York City. The silver was recovered from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo steamship sunk by a German U-boat 300 miles southwest of Galway, Ireland, on February 17, 1941. The name was given in honor of the waterfalls in Karnataka, India, […]

Shipwreck Identified as MV Limerick

February 7, 2013


In 1943, a Japanese submarine torpedoed New Zealand merchant ship, MV Limerick. The 8,700-ton ship sank at 6:30 a.m. on April 26, 1943. The ship took only two crew-members down with it, as the approximately 70 others on board were rescued by navy minesweeper escorts. The location of the MV Limerick had remained unknown until […]

Supreme Court Denies Cert in Black Swan Case

May 17, 2012


From The Telegraph: The US Supreme Court has refused to grant a final appeal to a Florida company that discovered treasure on a sunken Spanish vessel but was then ordered to return the gold and silver to Spain. The Court did not give a reason for refusing the request from salvage specialist Odyssey Marine Exploration, […]

Spain Seeks $4 Million in Fees from Odyssey Marine in Black Swan Case

April 20, 2012


Spain has filed a motion to recover fees and costs of approximately $4 million in the “Black Swan” case. According to the Local Admiralty Rule 7.03-(g), Spain should have petitioned for fees at the same time it moved to have the arrest vacated, which it never did. In the motion for fees, Spain argues that […]

100-Year-Old Titanic to Fall Under International Protection

April 14, 2012


As the Titanic shipwreck nears it’s 100th birthday, it also approaches eligibility for protection under the 2001 Unesco Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, in international waters in the North Atlantic. When it turns 100 tomorrow, it will automatically be subject to protection under the convention. […]

Canada Approves Export of $1 Shipwreck Back to Norway

March 27, 2012


Jan Wanggaard, former World Champion Windsurfer, is overseeing a project to return the shipwrecked Maud from Cambridge Bay in Nunavut, Canada, to Norway. Roald Amundsen, a famous Norwegian explorer, designed the Maud to voyage to the North Pole, but in 1925 filed for bankruptcy and sold the vessel to the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1930, […]

Scubadiving Thieves Evade Lasers and Coast Guard to Steal Shipwreck Bell

March 23, 2012


On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise liner hit a rock and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Of the 4,200 passengers, 25 were killed and 7 are still missing. Captain Francesco Schettino is being prosecuted for causing the accident, but now it seems another investigation must be opened, because thieves have evaded […]

Federal Court Orders Treasure Hunters Return Coin Trove to Spain

February 20, 2012


On Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo gave Odyssey Marine Exploration, a deep sea treasure recovery company, just one week to return 17 tons of treasure from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes shipwreck to Spain. The coins and artifacts have been at an undisclosed storage facility in Florida since 2007, and Odyssey has been […]

Alabama Considers “Finders Keepers” Law for Underwater Treasures

January 23, 2012


Republican Senator Cam Ward has introduced a bill to amend the Alabama Cultural Resources Act, a law that requires underwater treasure hunters to obtain permits from the Historical Commission before exploring shipwrecks and relics. The amendment would allow permitted explorers to keep whatever treasures they find while searching state waters. While Alabama divers support the […]


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