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The Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure Thread

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The shipwreck of the SS Richard Montgomery which sank off Sheerness with 1400 tons of explosive
on board has had it's story told in a film called Cobra, most of the early action at least I only got a
look at the first few min is taken at Fleetwood with shots in the Bay and river as well as the lower
light and North Euston Hotel


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-52918221
 

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... It's quite eerie isn't it!
Yep ... A lot of tectonic / volcanic upheaval with the seabed (and its resident shipwrecks) emerging from the waters would make a great opening sequence for an apocalyptic movie ... :thought:
 

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Yep ... A lot of tectonic / volcanic upheaval with the seabed (and its resident shipwrecks) emerging from the waters would make a great opening sequence for an apocalyptic movie ... :thought:
We know we're in trouble if the Titanic comes back. I saw it once in a documentary called Ghostbusters.
 
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The effort to make a positive identification of the possible Endeavour remains continues ...

The investigative process has reached a point at which researchers are confident they've identified the remains of Cook's HMS Endeavour.
Wreck of ship sailed by James Cook in S. Pacific found in US

Maritime experts said Thursday they believe they’ve found the wreck of one of the most important ships in the history of Australia and the South Pacific after it was scuttled in the U.S. more than 200 years ago.

Experts said they identified what’s left of British explorer James Cook’s ship HMS Endeavour in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island. Cook sailed the ship around the South Pacific in a pioneering voyage before landing on the east coast of Australia in 1770.

For 22 years, maritime archaeologists have been investigating several ancient shipwrecks in a 2-square-mile area of Newport Harbor. The Endeavour was deliberately sunk there by the British during the American Revolution and lay forgotten for more than two centuries. ...

Only about 15% of the vessel remains and researchers are now focused on what can be done to protect and preserve it ...

The ship was launched in 1764 as the Earl of Pembroke. Four years later, it was renamed Endeavour by Britain’s navy and was readied for a major scientific voyage to the Pacific. ...

The Endeavour was later sold to private owners and renamed Lord Sandwich. It was deliberately sunk in 1778 by British forces during the American Revolution. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/europe-a...port-harbors-46bde4026a50806e1f5406d8b3a272cb
 

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Shackleton's Endurance: The impossible search for the greatest shipwreck.

It is one of the most unreachable shipwrecks in the world.
We know with good accuracy where Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance vessel ended up after sinking more than 100 years ago. So far, however, all attempts to sight its wooden carcass on the Antarctic seafloor have been defeated.
Although it's deep, some 3,000m down, that's not the major difficulty a new expedition to find the ship will face. It's the sea-ice. The cruel, evil sea-ice, as the Anglo-Irish explorer Shackleton came to think of it.
The frozen floes that squeezed, snapped and then swallowed his polar steam yacht in the Weddell Sea between October and November 1915 smother its grave and protect it from discovery.
Even in this age of satellites and metal icebreakers, locating the Endurance has represented an impossible task.
"Believe me, it's quite daunting," says Mensun Bound, the marine archaeologist who's about to set out on yet another search attempt.
"The pack ice in the Weddell Sea is constantly on the move in a clockwise direction. It's opening, it's clenching and unclenching. It's a really vicious, lethal environment that we're going into."
So, why bother? Why put yourself forward again for what seems inevitable disappointment?
(C) BBC '22.
 

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Ship likely sank in 1580s. Vid at link.

A shipwreck found off Plymouth could be one of the most important discovered in the UK, maritime archaeologists have said.

The Ships Project has found slavery artefacts, including copper tokens used to trade slaves, on the wreck off Drake's Island in Plymouth Sound.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-devon-60406205
 

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The wreck of a schooner barge that sank in Lake Superior during an 1891 gale has finally been located.
Missing ship found in Lake Superior after 130 years

Once thought to be lost forever, the 130-year-old wreckage of the ship Atlanta has finally been discovered at the bottom of Lake Superior.

Located 35 miles off Deer Park, Michigan, the "wonderfully preserved shipwreck," lies in the murky depths 650 feet below the lake's surface, according to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) ...

The GLSHS found the 172-foot schooner barge after using sonar in partnership with Marine Sonic Technology to map more than 2,500 miles of Lake Superior in the summer of 2021. ...

Time for research to give the wreck context accounts for the delay in announcing Atlanta's discovery, according to Corey Adkins, the communications and content director of GLSHS. ...

Carrying a load of coal, the Atlanta sank during a storm on May 4, 1891, while being towed by the steamer Wilhelm. ...

According to Bruce Lynn, the executive director of the GLSHS, shipwrecks that can be clearly identified after this long are rare. The wreck is especially well-preserved thanks to the frigid waters of Lake Superior. ...

"It is truly ornate, and still beautiful after 130 years on the bottom of Lake Superior," Lynn said in a statement.

The survivors said all three masts broke off during the storm, according to GLSHS, and images of the shipwreck support those claims. ...

While Adkins said the museum plans to make an exhibit about Atlanta, he explained that it's illegal to salvage anything from the wreck unless you have a special permit.

"That wreck is so deep compared to others we've found, we would like to leave this one undisturbed."

Divers would be hard-pressed to try reaching the depths of the wreck, and the GLSHS is not disclosing its exact location at this time.
FULL STORY (With Photos & Video): https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/shipwreck-atlanta-found-lake-superior/index.html
 

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Shackleton's Endurance found 3km down in the Weddell Sea:

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60662541
 

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Dads just seen it on the News

He's very impressed.

Its going to be the talk of my Heritage class tomorrow.
 

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Researchers think they’ve found the last surviving Pilgrim ship


On May 6, 1863, Solomon Linnell II and Alfred Rogers spotted the ribs of a ship’s hull poking through tidal flats at Nauset Beach on Cape Cod.

A recent storm had caused the sands to shift, revealing the shipwreck with its timbers jutting skyward like skeletal fingers reaching out from a long-forgotten grave. Linnell and Rogers were excited by their find. They believed they had located the “Holy Grail” of Pilgrim-era artifacts: the Sparrow-Hawk, an English ship that had run aground in 1626.


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A century and a half later, we still don’t know for certain whether they were right. Nothing was ever found identifying the shipwreck’s provenance. Not even the boat’s real name is known; Sparrow-Hawk is what the discoverers dubbed the 1626 ship they thought they’d found.

But new research by scientists and historians indicates that the wreck just might be the fabled Pilgrim ship. That would make it the only surviving vessel that crossed the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Great Puritan Migration.

Lost to time for nearly 160 years, the ship reappeared briefly in 1782. It was quickly covered again by treacherous tides and shifting sands, which preserved the remains until Linnell and Rogers happened upon the beach 81 years later.


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After four years of intense scrutiny and analysis, the team determined there was a match. They concluded the wood — mostly oak and elm — came from Great Britain around the time the Sparrow-Hawk would have been built. The results of the study were published March 11 in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/r...nd-the-last-surviving-pilgrim-ship/ar-AAVwu9Q

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Not all that invincible if it was vanquished by a sandbank.

The lost rudder of a warship that sank in the Solent in 1758 has been discovered on the seabed, 60m (200ft) away from the main shipwreck.

HMS Invincible - built by the French in 1744 and captured by the British in 1747 - is regarded as one of the most significant warships of its time.

The 11m-long intact rudder was spotted during a routine inspection of the site near Portsmouth.

Marine archaeologist Dan Pascoe said it was "unique and significant".

"We weren't particularly looking for it. A feature had showed up in geophysical surveys, 60m off the stern," he said.

The 74-gun ship was lost when the rudder jammed and it ran aground on a sandbank between Langstone Harbour and the Isle of Wight, capsizing three days later. No lives were lost.

Mr Pascoe said: "The ship was highly manoeuvrable and the rudder was critical to its design. It's the last piece of the jigsaw that tells the story of Invincible. Its a fantastic, wonderful find and extremely rare - it only survived because it was buried."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-61637171
 

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New images of the San Jose wreck off Colombia support the notion this could be one of the richest treasure ships of all time.
Colombian army shares pictures of shipwreck carrying billions in lost treasure, including gold, silver and emeralds

The Colombian army has released a video showing gold coins and other valuable items around the shipwreck of the San Jose galleon, believed to be the resting place of billions of dollars in treasure.

Royal Navy vessels sank the Spanish flagship in 1708 during the War of the Spanish Succession, but its resting place - near the port of Cartagena on Colombia's coast with the Caribbean - had been a mystery for more than three centuries before the Colombian navy formally announced its discovery in 2015.

Experts speculate that the ship was loaded with at least 200 tons of treasure, including millions of high-purity gold doubloon coins, as well as many silver coins and emeralds that the Spanish empire had plundered from South America, worth up to $17bn (£13.5bn) today.


The video reveals an enormous bounty aboard the vessel even beyond the gold coins and ingots, including ancient cannons as well as intact Chinese porcelain, pottery and cannons.

Colombian government and military archaeologists are studying the inscriptions on this material to determine where it originated from. ...

The salvage rights have been subject to decades of litigation and are contested by a professional salvage company that claims to have first uncovered the wreck in 1981, as well as Colombia, Spain and the Qhara Qhara nation of indigenous Bolivians who claim the Spanish extracted the wealth from its people. ...
FULL STORY: https://news.sky.com/story/colombia...e-including-gold-silver-and-emeralds-12629945
 

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Lost royal wreck dubbed 'Norfolk's Mary Rose' found off Great Yarmouth​


The discovery of a ship lost off the coast of Great Yarmouth 340 years ago has been hailed as the most significant maritime find since the raising of the Mary Rose.
The Gloucester was heading to Edinburgh carrying a future king of England and an array of nobles when it collided with a sandbank 45km off Great Yarmouth on May 6, 1682, sinking within an hour.
The ship sank so quickly nothing was saved, offering the tantalising prospect of chests full of personal and royal items waiting to be explored.

Up to 250 people died in the tragedy, but crucially James Stuart the Duke of York - later James II - was saved, changing the course of British history.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/royal-...VExaorfnEJ8mUg4ItEBoiwheCnUFbXu5nMrHkkH8SX00U
 

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Lost royal wreck dubbed 'Norfolk's Mary Rose' found off Great Yarmouth​


The discovery of a ship lost off the coast of Great Yarmouth 340 years ago has been hailed as the most significant maritime find since the raising of the Mary Rose.
The Gloucester was heading to Edinburgh carrying a future king of England and an array of nobles when it collided with a sandbank 45km off Great Yarmouth on May 6, 1682, sinking within an hour.
The ship sank so quickly nothing was saved, offering the tantalising prospect of chests full of personal and royal items waiting to be explored.

Up to 250 people died in the tragedy, but crucially James Stuart the Duke of York - later James II - was saved, changing the course of British history.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/royal-...VExaorfnEJ8mUg4ItEBoiwheCnUFbXu5nMrHkkH8SX00U
''Witnesses claimed the future King saved Catholic priests and his dogs over courtiers and crew, and, given that a royal had to leave a ship first, caused countless deaths by delaying his escape.
He accepted no responsibility for the tragedy - despite arguing over the ship's course, as former Lord High Admiral - and blamed the pilot, who was later imprisoned''.
 

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''Witnesses claimed the future King saved Catholic priests and his dogs over courtiers and crew, and, given that a royal had to leave a ship first, caused countless deaths by delaying his escape.
He accepted no responsibility for the tragedy - despite arguing over the ship's course, as former Lord High Admiral - and blamed the pilot, who was later imprisoned''.
That (and other examples) illustrates why members of royalty should never be given real power.
 

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Legendary Spanish galleon shipwreck discovered on Oregon coast

In 1693, a ship carrying silk and beeswax from the Philippines to Mexico mysteriously vanished. Now a risky mission has recovered its timbers—solving a 300-year-old puzzle.

Timbers from the wreck of a 17th-century Spanish galleon have been discovered on Oregon’s northern coast, state officials confirmed today.

The extraordinarily rare hull remains were removed from sea caves near Manzanita earlier this week in a risky emergency recovery mission involving archaeologists, law enforcement personnel, and search-and-rescue teams from multiple state and local agencies.

The Santo Cristo is better known along the Oregon coast as the legendary “Beeswax Wreck”—a moniker derived from distinctive blocks of beeswax that washed ashore for centuries and were traded by local Native American tribes and later Anglo-European settlers. Because honeybees are not native to the Americas—they were imported from Europe in the 17th century—Asian beeswax was a major import for Spain’s colonies, where beeswax candles were required for Catholic services.

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The tip of a water-worn timber emerges during low tide on the Oregon coast. It was recovered and taken to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria

There were other clues that a shipwreck lay hidden somewhere offshore, from small bits of blue-and-white porcelain to large pieces of wood tossed up on the rocks or buried in the shifting sand. A section of the upper deck of a wooden ship was visible at the mouth of a river near Manzanita until about the 1920s. And oral histories from the area’s Indigenous tribes tell of a foreign ship that wrecked long ago, with a crew that came ashore and met varying fates.

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Bits of Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period (1661-1722) that washes ashore near Manzanita are likely remnants of the galleon’s cargo.

The timbers are now at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, where they’ll be carefully documented and conserved. Each timber will be scanned in detail, and the scans will be shared with Manilla galleon experts around the world to better understand how the extraordinary ships were built.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/...-galleon-shipwreck-discovered-on-oregon-coast

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New images of the San Jose wreck off Colombia support the notion this could be one of the richest treasure ships of all time.

This new Live Science article notes the remarkably good condition of the San Jose wreck and its contents, and it provides an update on the complex debates concerning who owns the ship and its cargo.
$17 billion shipwreck near Colombia is remarkably preserved, new photos reveal

New images of one of the world’s most valuable shipwrecks show its remarkable preservation on the seafloor off the coast of Colombia — while the search has revealed two more historic shipwrecks in the same area.

The latest photographs and video of the wreck of the San José treasure galleon were released by the Colombian navy on June 6.

The ship was loaded with an estimated $17 billion worth of gold, silver and jewels when it sank in 1708, and its wreck was only discovered in 2015. The navy used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to examine the wreck; its precise location is being kept a secret to deter treasure hunters.

The new images show that the wooden hull of the San José is covered in marine growth — ocean species that colonize substrate and shipwrecks — but is still remarkably intact after more than 300 years beneath the waves. ...

A spokesperson for the Colombian navy said cannons, coins and gold bars can be seen lying exposed on the seafloor, as well as a delicate set of porcelain tableware in perfect condition.

Related: Colombia moves to salvage immense treasure from sunken Spanish galleon

In many cases the preservation is so good that the searchers can read inscriptions on the objects. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/new-images-most-valuable-shipwreck-colombia
 

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Hong Kong's iconic Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant was closed in 2020 owing to pandemic conditions. Its owners declared the closure permanent and had the elaborate barge towed off to an undisclosed location a week ago. It capsized and sank this past Saturday while in transit.
Hong Kong's Jumbo floating restaurant sinks at sea

An iconic Hong Kong floating restaurant has sunk, just days after it was towed out to sea en route to an unspecified destination.

Jumbo Kingdom, a three-story vessel, the exterior of which was styled after a Chinese imperial palace, was towed away by tugboats last Tuesday after nearly half a century moored in the city's southwest waters.

The restaurant's main boat was traveling to an undisclosed shipyard when it capsized on Saturday after meeting "adverse conditions" near the Paracel Islands (also known as the Xisha Islands) in the South China Sea, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Limited said in a statement Monday. ...

The boat sank more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), making salvage work "extremely difficult," the statement said. ...

The 260-foot long (about 80 meters) restaurant was the main boat of Jumbo Kingdom, a more than 2,000 person capacity eatery which included an older and smaller sister restaurant boat, a barge for seafood tanks, a kitchen boat, and eight small ferries to transport visitors from nearby piers.

Jumbo Kingdom, which at one time was the world's largest floating restaurant, starred in many Hong Kong and international movies ... It also hosted visiting luminaries ...
FULL STORY (With Photos & Videos): https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hong-kong-jumbo-restaurant-sink-intl-hnk/index.html
 

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