Browsing All Posts filed under »Black Swan Shipwreck«

Odyssey Marine Discovers £150 Million Shipwreck

September 26, 2011


Odyssey Marine has located the SS Gairsoppa 300 miles off the coast of Ireland.  A German U-Boat sunk the British cargo ship in 1941, leaving only one survivor.  Odyssey has a contract with the British government under which they will receive 80% of the recovery value of the cargo. As was the case with the […]

State Department Leak in the Black Swan Case

December 16, 2010


Here’s an interesting twist to the Black Swan litigation we’ve been following here on CPAL: WikiLeaks cables show that U.S. diplomats sought to broker a deal whereby U.S. embassy officials stationed in Spain would provide confidential customs documents prepared by Odyssey to the Spanish government. In exchange, Spain was to assist U.S. efforts to reclaim […]

Oral Arguments Scheduled in Black Swan Case

November 9, 2010


We’ve been following the Black Swan case fairly closely here on the Cultural Property & Archaeology Law Blog, and in the last month or two I’ve been getting emails and comments asking what’s going on in the case.  But, finally!  There is news to report! Oral arguments have been scheduled on Odyssey Marine Exploration’s appeal […]

Spain Scrambles to Claim Abandoned Underwater Sites

October 12, 2010


From a article, Spanish Armada Sets Sail to Claim Deep-Sea Treasure: Spain has sent an armada into waters around its coasts to seek out hundreds of shipwrecks in an attempt to head off a US marine exploration firm [Odyssey Marine] accused of plundering Spanish property from the seabed. Over the past month, more than […]

The Cultural Heritage and Arts Review: Protecting Cultural Materials in Cambodia, Armed Conflict, and Underwater

June 17, 2010


The American Society of International Law has kindly provided me with a link for readers to download the Spring 2010 edition of the Cultural Heritage and Arts Review, a publication of the Interest Group of Cultural Heritage and the Arts.  Contents include my Black Swan essay, and articles on Cambodian cultural protection and repatriation of […]

High Seas Shipwreck Pits Treasure Hunters Against a Sovereign Nation

June 3, 2010


The Cultural Heritage and Arts Review (a publication of the American Society of International Law) has been kind enough to publish an article I wrote titled, “High Seas Shipwreck Pits Treasure Hunters Against a Sovereign Nation: The Black Swan Case.” The article covers the litigation between Odyssey Marine Exploration, Spain, and Peru, over the wreckage […]

UK partners with Odyssey Marine to find SS Garisoppa

February 13, 2010


I try to follow the goings on of Odyssey Marine Exploration, and have reported on their activities here and here.  The Black Swan (Mercedes) case hasn’t gone ideally for them, namely because the Court hasn’t bought their “sovereign ship on a commercial mission” argument. With the tightening of salvage law in favor of sovereign nations, […]

The Motivations Behind Peru’s Suit Against Yale

December 9, 2008


The Peru filing against Yale follows their filing in the Black Swan case involving Spain and Odyssey Exploration. That case presents the unique issue of whether a former colonized indigenous peoples or their former colonial power should get the benefit of underwater heritage derived from the previously colonized nation.

Peru Enters the Black Swan Fray

August 20, 2008


As anticipated, Peru has filed a Verified Conditional Claim in the Black Swan admiralty case, pending in the U.S. District Court in Tampa. Peru argues that the Spaniards took the gold and silver used to mint the recovered coins without permission from the indigenous peoples of Peru.  Spain dismisses the claim, arguing that Peru was […]