Archive for the ‘Marine Archeology’ Category

19th-Century “Time Capsule” Warship Emerging Near D.C.

Friday, June 8th, 2012

A warship submerged for two centuries in a river near Washington, D.C., could provide new insight into the relatively obscure War of 1812, say archaeologists who are preparing to excavate the wreck.

Ship’s exotic cargo may be pirates’ haul

Friday, June 8th, 2012

A LEADING marine archaeologist has described as “absolutely incredible” some of the initial exotic findings on a shipwreck recently discovered off the west Cork coast.

lackbeard’s Cannon Lifted from Ocean Floor

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Archaeologists lifted a 300-year-old cannon from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship off the coast of North Carolina today.
The eight-foot-long cannon was covered in sand and ocean debris called “concretion,” which will take archaeologists and students at East Carolina University as many as eight years to crack through before getting to the metal cannon, according to Jennifer Woodward, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, which oversees the project.

Federal Researchers Use Sonar Technology to Map Civil War, World War II Shipwrecks

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

World War II shipwrecks off North Carolina and Civil War shipwrecks in Virginia are being analyzed with sonar technology so sophisticated that the public could one day view near photographic images in detail even better than diving at some of the sites could provide.

A gathering of glorious galaxies

Friday, May 27th, 2011

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is best-known for making an all-sky survey in search of asteroids, brown dwarfs and perhaps even planets on the edge of our solar system and beyond.

‘We’ve just scratched the surface’: Divers find ‘oldest shipwreck in the Caribbean’…. and treasure that could be worth MILLIONS

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

A chance encounter with a fisherman has led one team of treasure hunters to discover what they believe is the oldest shipwreck in the Caribbean.

Seems everybody’s on the hunt for the USS Bonhomme Richard

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Captain Ahab had Moby Dick. Bob Neyland’s white whale is the Bonhomme Richard.
For decades, thrillseekers, archeologists and professional treasure hunters have searched for the wreckage of the USS Bonhomme Richard, a Continental Navy ship captained by John Paul Jones during the Revolutionary War that sank on Sept. 25, 1779, off the coast of Yorkshire, England, in the choppy waters of the North Sea.


Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Lucky coin? Ever since the 2nd century B.C. — not long after Romans began minting coins — shipbuilders have been slipping a coin into the structure of their ships. It’s a tradition that continues today. In fact, the USS New York – made partially from steel recovered from the World Trade Center towers – did it as well (see “What is Stepping the Mast?”).

Expedition Titanic gets underway

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

A 20-day expedition aiming to create a virtual 3-D map of the R.M.S. Titanic wreck site is about to leave St. Johns in Newfoundland carrying the latest technologies and dozens of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Waitt Institute, and other scientific institutions.

Divers find prehistoric artifacts in North Port spring

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

In the pitch-black depths of an isolated North Port spring sits a silt-covered ledge that is revealing secrets about a prehistoric nomadic people, secrets held in murky silence for 100 centuries.


Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Canadian archeologists have found a ship abandoned more than 150 years ago in the quest for the fabled Northwest Passage and which was lost in the search for the doomed expedition of Sir John Franklin, the head of the team said Wednesday.

New Titanic expedition will create 3D map of wreck

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

A team of scientists will launch an expedition to the Titanic next month to assess the deteriorating condition of the world’s most famous shipwreck and create a detailed three-dimensional map that will “virtually raise the Titanic” for the public.

World Trade Center Boat Sails into Posterity, Piece by Piece

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Archaeologists began disassembling the World Trade Center boat Monday morning, carefully separating wooden planks that have been joined since the 18th century, in the hope of unlocking its mysterious past.


Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Lost in the Canadian Arctic, two British polar exploration ships more than 150 years old are frozen in some icy nook and cranny.
Despite more than 30 search and rescue missions for Captain Sir John Franklin and his crew, only scraps of evidence — forks and spoons, shoes, a letter — have been found of the 1845 expedition.


Monday, July 19th, 2010

Divers have found bottles of champagne some 230 years old on the bottom of the Baltic which a wine expert described Saturday as tasting “fabulous”.

Cauldron from rare wreckage will shed light on St. Augustine’s colonial heritage

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It sure didn’t look like the proverbial pot at the end of a rainbow as it emerged from an estimated 250-plus years of slumber 30 feet under the waves off St. Augustine.

18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site

Monday, July 19th, 2010

In the middle of tomorrow, a great ribbed ghost has emerged from a distant yesterday.
On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy, upright wood timbers, regularly spaced, sticking out of a briny gray muck flecked with oyster shells.

Archimedes Set Roman Ships Afire with Cannons

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Greek inventor Archimedes is said to have used mirrors to burn ships of an attacking Roman fleet. But new research suggests he may have used steam cannons and fiery cannonballs instead.

Sinking oil threatens historic Gulf shipwrecks

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Not just flora and fauna are getting caked in oil. So is the Gulf of Mexico’s barnacled history of pirates, sea battles and World War II shipwrecks.

Discovery of U-boat wrecks rewrites the history books

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The final resting places of six German U-boats sunk in the final months of the Second World War’s greatest naval conflict have finally been identified. After years of research, maritime experts say their discoveries will force historians to re-evaluate the battle for control of the Atlantic.