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Shipwreck in Norwegian Lake Could Be From Middle Ages

More vessels likely to be discovered during sonar scan of Lake Mjosa

(Newser) - A survey of the biggest lake in Norway has revealed an almost perfectly preserved shipwreck, possibly from the Middle Ages. The 33-foot-long wooden ship is believed to have sunk between the 1300s and 1850 based on signs of a central rudder at what appears to be the ship's stern,...

World's Oldest Jeans Sell for $114K
World's Oldest Jeans
Sell for $114K

World's Oldest Jeans Sell for $114K

Are there any ties of pants retrieved from 1857 shipwreck to dungarees icon Levi Strauss?

(Newser) - Pulled from a sunken trunk at an 1857 shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina, work pants that auction officials describe as the oldest known pair of jeans in the world have sold for $114,000. The white, heavy-duty miner's pants with a five-button fly were among 270 Gold...

Shipwreck? Erosion Exposes Mysterious Object on Beach
Mystery Beach
Object Is Labeled
a Shipwreck
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Mystery Beach Object Is Labeled a Shipwreck

It emerged from Florida sands after beach was eroded

(Newser) - A mysterious structure found at Daytona Beach Shores after Hurricane Nicole removed much of the beach appears to be a shipwreck from the 1800s, archaeologists say. "This is definitely a ship," Chuck Meide, director of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal . "You can...

1875 West Coast Shipwreck Found in 'Remarkable Condition'

More than 300 people went down with the SS Pacific

(Newser) - Mysteries surrounding the 1875 sinking of a steamboat off the coast of Washington state—including whether gold was aboard—could soon be cleared up. An exploration company says it has found the wreckage of the SS Pacific and a federal judge has approved a salvage operation. More than 300 people...

Century-Old Wreck's Latest Woe: Thieves

4 pieces stolen from Brookhill Ferry in Baton Rouge, La., with 2 still missing

(Newser) - Four pieces of a century-old shipwreck visible for the first time in decades as a result of low water levels along the Mississippi River have been stolen. Louisiana state archaeologist Charles McGimsey says he caught one man carrying away a piece of the Brookhill Ferry, located near downtown Baton Rouge,...

Long-Lost Warship From 1600s Is Finally Found

The Applet, sister ship of the doomed Vasa, discovered off Stockholm

(Newser) - The sister ship of the iconic 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa has finally been found, almost 400 years after its intentional sinking. The Applet was discovered in a strait off Vaxholm island outside Stockholm in December, then explored further this past spring, according to the Swedish Museum of Wrecks . "Our...

WWII Shipwreck Not Exactly Doing No Harm
WWII Shipwreck Not
Exactly Doing No Harm
new study

WWII Shipwreck Not Exactly Doing No Harm

It sank in 1942, but the V-1302 John Mahn continues to pollute the North Sea

(Newser) - The British Royal Air Force bombed the V-1302 John Mahn on Feb. 12, 1942, sending it to its watery grave in the North Sea. But the ship is not slumbering silently. A study published in Frontiers in Marine Science has found the wreck continues to leak hazardous pollutants and impact...

Low Water Revealing History in Mississippi River

Remains of a 95-foot vessel emerged near Baton Rouge

(Newser) - A shipwreck has emerged along the banks of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as water levels threaten to reach record lows in some areas. The ship, which archaeologists believe to be a ferry that sunk in the late 1800s to early 1900s, was spotted by a Baton Rouge...

Wreck of Ship That Tried to Warn the Titanic Is Found

SS Mesaba was hit by a German torpedo in the Irish Sea years later

(Newser) - The Titanic has long slumbered on the seabed—as has the ship that sent the Titanic an iceberg warning hours before the Titanic fatefully hit that very thing in 1912. Now, researchers have identified the resting spot of the SS Mesaba, which was hit by a German torpedo in the...

Footage Offers 'Unprecedented' Look at Titanic

First 8K video of shipwreck emerges; meanwhile, tourists are heading down to see it for $250K a pop

(Newser) - An underwater tourism company has emerged with new footage of the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, and it's jaw-dropping in its clarity—the highest-quality recording of the ship since it sank during its 1912 maiden voyage. The haunting one-minute clip released to the public by OceanGate Expeditions, which has...

Tree Ring Data May Have Solved Mystery of Missing Ship
Shipwreck's Story
'Is There in the Tree Rings'
new study

Shipwreck's Story 'Is There in the Tree Rings'

Tree ring data suggests it's the Dolphin, which was lost in 1859

(Newser) - "For me, the story is there in the tree rings." That's the takeaway of a dendrochronologist—an expert in dating events and artifacts from tree rings—who was part of a team that used tree ring data from a shipwreck found in Argentina in 2004 to determine...

First US Navy Destroyer Sunk by Enemy Fire Is Found

Tales of kindness, bravery surround 1917 sinking of USS Jacob Jones

(Newser) - The first US Navy destroyer to be sunk by enemy fire—specifically a torpedo shot from a German submarine—has been discovered more than a century after ending up in a watery grave. The USS Jacob Jones was sent to the submarine-infested waters around the UK to help safeguard supply...

Captain Cook's Endeavour Is Being Wrecked Again

This time apparently by shipworms, the so-called 'termites of the ocean'

(Newser) - The shipwreck in Rhode Island's Newport Harbor that is believed by many to be that of Captain Cook's HMB Endeavour is reportedly in rough shape. Marine biologist Reuben Shipway, who is an expert on shipworms (the so-called "termites of the ocean"), tells the Boston Globe he...

Treasure Recovered After 366 Years on Sea Floor
Jewels, Gold
Recovered
After 366 Years
on Sea Floor

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Jewels, Gold Recovered After 366 Years on Sea Floor

The Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas had already been salvaged many times

(Newser) - The Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders) sank in the Bahamas in 1656, laden with gold and jewels. The Spanish shipwreck had already been salvaged many times in the following centuries, and yet another expedition was recently launched—and turned out to be very worthwhile, the...

Divers Find Long-Lost Head of Hercules
Divers Make
Herculean Find
at Antikythera
Wreck
in case you missed it

Divers Make Herculean Find at Antikythera Wreck

Once giant boulders were removed, head of Hercules statue found in 1900 emerged

(Newser) - Marine archaeologists have better access to the world's richest ancient shipwreck after boulders were lifted from the Roman-era Antikythera wreck that yielded the famous Antikythera Mechanism calculator, revealing new treasures within. In addition to human teeth, the lead weight for an anchor, iron nails, and the base of a...

Texas Explorer Finds the Deepest Shipwreck Ever

USS Samuel B. Roberts went down in WWII fighting Japanese warships in Philippine Sea

(Newser) - In its determined last stand in October 1944, the Sammy B took on the Japanese during a World War II battle that eventually sent it down to the ocean floor. The US Navy destroyer (official name: the USS Samuel B. Roberts) remained lost to humankind for nearly 80 more years—...

Wreck That May Have Inspired The Goonies Is Found

Discovery of hull timbers in Oregon sea caves echoes Spielberg's cult classic

(Newser) - Remains of a legendary 17th-century shipwreck that reportedly inspired the cult classic The Goonies have been found—though not by a band of hilarious misfits. Pieces of the hull of the Spanish galleon Santo Cristo de Burgos were raised from sea caves in a state-protected area of Manzanita, Oregon, this...

It Sank in 1682. Its Discovery Has Been a Secret for 15 Years

Gloucester was carrying the future King James II when it met its demise off coast of England

(Newser) - A royal shipwreck discovered off the coast of England is being called "the single most significant historic maritime discovery" for the country in four decades. Found by amateur divers in 2007 but only revealed this week, the wreck of the Gloucester—which ran aground and sank on May 6,...

Scientists Hunt for Remains of Colonists' Act of Rebellion

The HMS Gaspee was burned off Rhode Island in 1772

(Newser) - A new effort is underway to find the remains of a British ship that Rhode Island colonists burned 250 years ago, marine archaeologists and state officials announced Tuesday. The June 10, 1772, burning of the HMS Gaspee was an an act of rebellion that some proud Rhode Islanders maintain was...

Only Whaler Known to Go Down in Gulf Found 190 Years Later

Find sheds light on 'how people of color succeeded as captains and crew members'

(Newser) - Roughly 15 years before Herman Melville introduced the world to Moby Dick, a whaling ship from Massachusetts sank near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Nearly 190 years later, experts say, it’s still the only whaler known to have gone down in the Gulf of Mexico, where the threat...

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