The Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure Thread

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An untouched Roman shipwreck.

Archaeologists diving off the southeastern coast of Cyprus just discovered an ancient treasure: the first known "undisturbed Roman shipwreck" in the country's history, according to a statement put out by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities.

The divers found the ship's remains off the coast of Protaras, a resort town known for its beaches. Not too far from sunbathing tourists rest the remains of the ancient ship's cargo — transport amphorae, or ancient jugs that have handles and narrow necks and often held precious liquids, such as oil and wine.

These amphorae are most likely from Syria and Cilicia, an early Roman province that is now part of southern Turkey's Mediterranean coast, the Department of Antiquities reported. [Mayday! 17 Mysterious Shipwrecks You Can See on Google Earth]

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The last of four military submarines mysteriously lost in 1968 - the French La Minerve - has finally been found.
U.S. explorers, French navy find submarine missing for 51 years

U.S. seabed explorers and the French navy have located a submarine that's been missing for more than 50 years, after decades of prior searches were never able to track down the vessel and its lost 52-man crew.

Officials said Houston-based Ocean Infinity found the La Minerve sub off the coast of Toulon in the Mediterranean Sea, the area in which it sunk in January 1968. The search stemmed from renewed efforts this year by the French navy to find the lost vessel. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-...submarine-missing-for-51-years/1101563810906/

NOTE: La Minerve was one of 4 military submarines to mysteriously disappear or sink in 1968. The others were K-129 (USSR), USS Scorpion, and INS Dakar (Israel).
 

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A remarkably well-preserved 15th or 16th century vessel has been found at the bottom of the Baltic off the Swedish coast. It's being touted as the most complete specimen of a ship from that (Columbus') era seen in circa 500 years.
Renaissance-era ship found mostly intact at bottom of Baltic Sea

Scientists said they have found a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea that's remained largely intact after five centuries.

Archaeologists discovered the vessel at a depth of more than 393 feet, some 100 miles southeast of Stockholm. Its masts still stand and two swivel guns are in firing positions -- suggesting it may have been sunk in a previously unknown naval battle. Scientists said the ship is about 52-60 feet long and was located in waters between Sweden and Estonia.

Because the vessel is in such good shape, experts date it to the Renaissance era -- around the 15th or early 16th century, the time of explorer Christopher Columbus and painter Leonardo da Vinci. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-...intact-at-bottom-of-Baltic-Sea/4981563893760/
 

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Marine archaeologists hit the jackpot in exploring the waters around the Aegean island of Levitha.
Divers Find 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard Near Tiny Greek Island

Ancient sailors courted adventure and risked death on the Aegean Sea. And now divers have discovered five of their approximately 2,000-year-old shipwrecks and a giant, granite anchor pole near the tiny Greek island of Levitha.

These ships were laden with goods — largely amphorae, which are ancient jugs with slender handles and narrow necks that usually held valuable liquids, such as oil and wine. The amphorae came from the cities of Knidos, Kos, Rhodes, Phoenicia and Carthage, according to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Dating to just before the middle of the third century B.C., the goods were made during a time when the Ptolemaic and Hellenistic Antigonid dynasties ruled maritime trade in the Aegean, the ministry reported. ...

Among the findings was a 880-lb.(400 kilograms) granite anchor pole, spotted nearly 150 feet (45 meters) underwater, that dates to the sixth century B.C. The anchor is so enormous, it likely came from a "colossal" ship," the ministry said. (The statement was translated from Greek with Google translate.)

In addition to the five shipwrecks, the divers found other sunken vessels. One wreck had amphorae from the ancient Greek city of Knidos, located in what is now Turkey, that also dated to the third century B.C. Three other shipwrecks found nearby were carrying cargo that included cone (pointy-bottomed) amphorae. These wrecks dated to the second and first centuries B.C. and the second century A.D. ...

The last three newly discovered shipwrecks consisted of a first-century-B.C. vessel toting amphorae from the northern Aegean, a first-century-A.D. wreck with amphorae from Rhodes and a shipwreck with amphorae that dated to the early Christian period.
SOURCE: https://www.livescience.com/ancient-shipwrecks-found-in-aegean.html
 

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Fears grow that WW2 wreck could explode on Kent coast
Experts divided over risk from US munitions ship that sank 75 years ago near Sheerness
Jamie Doward and Chris Bradford
Sat 17 Aug 2019 17.00 BST

It is 75 years this Tuesday since the SS Richard Montgomery sank off the Kent coast on its way to allied-occupied France. But the remains of the US cargo vessel, which went down on 20 August 1944, with more than 6,000 tonnes of munitions on board, continue to haunt the Thames estuary.
With politicians and salvage experts divided over the extent of the threat that the most monitored wreck in British waters poses beneath the waves, there are fresh fears that the ship is breaking up, leading to concerns its potentially explosive cargo could be scattered across the seabed.
Two surveys, from November 2017 and April 2018, indicate that the wreck is stable overall but is showing accelerated levels of deterioration.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...gomery-wartime-wreck-kent-explosive-munitions
 

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A former classmate works for MMT. She helped find that discovery era ship mentioned earlier.
 

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I know how a junk rig works so Im signing up for the next Treasure fleet.

None of these petty European tubs for me. I want to sail in style.
 

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It looks as if they're zeroing in on Captain Cook's famed vessel (or what's left of it) ...
The effort to make a positive identification of the possible Endeavour remains continues ...
Captain Cook's 'Endeavour' Shipwreck Possibly Discovered Off Rhode Island

One of the most famous science research ships in history — the Endeavour, commanded by Lieut. James Cook on his first voyage around the world — is now thought to lie at the bottom of Newport Harbor in Rhode Island. But it could still be months or even years before the shipwreck can be positively identified.

Maritime archaeologists have spent decades hunting down the ship ...

Principal investigator Kathy Abbass, of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP), said the positive identification of the wreck would probably depend on several things, rather than a single archaeological find. ...

"We do not think we are going to find something that says 'Captain Cook slept here' — that is not likely," Abbass told Live Science. "But if we find some of the smaller stuff that is consistent with how we know she was used — as a transport and as a prison ship in Newport, then we know we have got her."

Samples of wood from the keel of the shipwreck in Newport Harbor, taken during underwater excavations over the last three weeks, are now being sent to a laboratory for testing. The results expected later this year could show that elm wood was used in its construction — another indicator that it could be Cook's Endeavour, which is thought to have an elm keel.

"Everything we see this year is consistent with it being the Endeavour, and we have seen nothing that says it can't be," Abbass said. ...
SOURCE: https://www.livescience.com/captain-cook-endeavour-shipwreck-possibly-discovered.html
 
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