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Our website has been created as a source of information relating to Marine Archaeology, Shipwrecks, Maritime Stories, Pirates and Treasure. It contains information on shipwrecks we have dived as well as maritime stories looking at the mysteries of what happened to these ships and their crew. Also included is the latest news from around the world including shipwrecks, marine archaeology and treasure hunters.

Latest News February 2018

Indonesian scrap metal workers tell of finding and discarding body parts after second world war battleships were wrenched from sea bed.

They knew about the bones: the arm and leg bones, the occasional skull, a few teeth still jutting out. As the welders cut through the mangled steel of the old ships that had been brought their way, they came across the human remains mixed in with sea-rusted bullets, the odd pistol, rifles, helmets and jumbo-sized boots. Muhammad Usman was one of those working at the welders’ yard in Brondong port in East Java when he says he smelled something. The world's biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks   Read more He killed the flame of his torch to take a closer look and there, obscured by a piece of twisted metal, and lacquered in mud, was a charred human leg bone. “I could smell something different, very unusual,” recalls Usman, his eyes widening, “I picked it up and wow, I could see that it was definitely a bone, so I gave it to the boss.” . Select the image to read more from THEGAURDIAN


Wreck that ‘could contain £100m worth of Nazi gold’ found by British ship

The crew uncovered a chest inside a German shipwreck, off Iceland, earlier this month. SS Minden was discovered by Brits, but who owns the chest could be part of a legal spat. It could be worth £100m to booty hunters and was discovered by Advanced Marine Services (AMS), according to the Sun. Yet they are now having to apply

to Iceland’s government for permission to open the chest. Read more: Metro

£4.5bn treasure hunt launches for gold in Atlantic war wrecks

In one of the most ambitious marine operations of its kind, the crew hopes  to identify and eventually raise the first of three hauls of gold bullion with an estimated weight of 500 tonnes. Surveys will hopefully confirm the bounties that researchers believe are in the wrecks of the merchant ships that transported secretive cargoes to allies during the two world wars. Deep-sea hydraulics and robotics will be used to reclaim the gold. The salvage plan is the culmination of 25 years of research by a handful of marine experts who claim to have mapped more than 700 ship wrecks with untold riches. If the initial operation on the three wrecks off the coast of Ireland proves successful, the team hopes to salvage cargo from 20 prime sites across the world using top-secret data to recover as much as £300 billion.  Read more: Evening Standard


British treasure hunters caught hunting for the wreck of a 'Nazi gold ship'

A group of British treasure hunters are claimed to have prompted a diplomatic row with Iceland after they were caught searching for a ‘Nazi gold ship’. Advanced Marine Services have been accused of looking for the wreckage of German cargo ship SS Minden by Icelandic authorities after a stationary Norwegian research boat Seabed Constructor, rented by the firm, was spotted in Icelandic waters. Read more:


Steve's Start Point project wins BSAC Jubilee Trust Duke of Edinburgh "Runner up"

At Buckingham Palace - From Right to left: Steve Clarkson, Mike Turner, Dave Parham, Prince Philip, Sue Mitchell, Colin Mathews and Ron Howell.

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Spanish coins found off Vero Beach offered to collectors for sale

More than 200 Spanish coins that were part of a sunken treasure retrieved off Vero Beach last summer have been authenticated by experts and offered to collectors for sale. The coins, valued at more than $1 million, were part of the 1715 fleet that sunk in a hurricane off the coast on July 31, 1715. They were recovered by a contractor working for 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC, a historic shipwreck salvage company. The discovery was made in 6 feet of water by diver William Bartlett. Salvage company co-owner Brent Brisben said the historic, recovered coins were struck by hand in Colombia, Mexico and Peru between 1692 and 1715 during the reigns of Spanish kings Charles II and Philip V. About 224 coins from the 1715 Fleet that Brisben and his team recovered last summer, along with 71 other coins from previous discoveries in 2010 and 2013 are part of the current sale.  Read more at www.tcpalm.com


German WWI Submarine Found Off the Coast of Scotland

The wreck of a German U-boat that sank almost 100 years ago has been discovered by engineers laying subsea power cables. Remarkable sonar images show the missing World War One submarine is largely intact and lying off the Galloway coast.

Experts believe the vessel could be the UB-85, a sub that sank in 1918, according to official records.

However, naval folklore suggests it may have been attacked by a "sea monster".

Read more at the BBC


Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt

The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries. HMS Terror and Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus, were abandoned in heavy sea ice far to the north of the eventual wreck site in 1848, during the Royal Navy explorer’s doomed attempt to complete the Northwest Passage.


German U-boat discovered after seven-year hunt

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) get first look at U-576 since the sub went down in wild battle off North Carolina’s Outer Banks





Gold-Filled Shipwreck Found in Namibia

Diamond miners in Africa discovered a 500-year-old shipwreck full of gold coins worth $13,000,000.

The Bom Jesus, or Good Jesus, was first discovered in April 2008 in the Namibian coast near Oranjemund by a group of geologists from the mining company De Beers.


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Captain Cook's Endeavour is finally found 230 years after it disappeared: Legendary vessel used to sail to Australia was scuttled off the coast of Rhode Island in 1778

Captain Cook's famous ship has seemingly been discovered in the US 230 years since it was sold, sunk and forgotten. The Endeavour is one of the most famous ships in naval history and was used by Captain James Cook to discover the East Coast of Australia in 1770.  The last sighting of the Endeavour was around 1778 when it is believed the ship was sold, renamed the Lord Sandwich, and then used to transport British troops during the American Revolution.   Archaeologists believe they have found the scuttled remains of the Endeavour just off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island in Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project made the discovery, saying the ship was scuttled in Newport Harbor in 1778 by British forces in the lead up to the Battle of Rhode Island. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3568740/Captain-Cook-s-HMS-Endeavour-United-States.html#ixzz47WzecbDn 

North Carolina Civil War wreck could be Clyde-built ship

Archaeologists are preparing to make a detailed examination of a wreck believed to be that of a Scottish ship used in the American Civil War. Confederate forces acquired hundreds of Clyde-built boats because they were fast, making them ideal for evading Union ships blockading Southern ports. Archaeologists believe the shipwreck off Oak Island, North Carolina, is a blockade runner called Agnes E Fry.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-36033056


 British diver finds 500-year-old shipwreck belonging to legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama

The expedition led by David Mearns, uncovered the wreck of the Portuguese Esmeralda, which sank off the coast of Oman in 1503 .A British shipwreck hunter has discovered a 500-year-old vessel once captained by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's family. The Portuguese Esmeralda, the earliest ship from Europe's 'Age of Discovery', sank off the coast of Oman in 1503. It was thought to be lost to the waves until an expedition, led by expert David Mearns, uncovered the wreck and its 2,800 treasures. A team of excavation, historical and scientific experts with help from the Oman's ministry of culture spent three years searching for the ship. 

 Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-diver-finds-500-year-7600363


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Battle Begins Over World's Richest Shipwreck

The discovery of the San Jose shipwreck has all the elements of a great drama: international political intrigue, a treasure of gold and emeralds worth up to $17 billion, and now, accusations of lies and treachery. The Colombian government announced in early December that they had found the San Jose, an 18th-century Spanish galleon that may be the most valuable shipwreck ever discovered. A U.S.-based salvage company, Sea Search Armada, immediately staked a claim, saying they had found the ship and registered its location in 1982. Now, Colombia has offered to allow the company to verify whether the San Jose is where the company said it was 33 years ago. But Sea Search Armada (SSA) officials think the offer is a scheme, meant to provide Colombian officials an excuse to dismiss their longstanding claim to share the immense wealth of the San Jose, which sank just off the Colombian coast three centuries ago.


Read more at:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151218-san-jose-shipwreck-treasure-colombia-archaeology/


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Part of a SpaceX Falcon-9 washes up in the Isles of Scilly

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Massive Ancient Greek city discovered submerged in Aegean Sea

An ancient Greek city has been discovered sunken beneath the Aegean Sea. The settlement dates back around 4,500 years (2,500 BC) and was the size of around 10 football fields, covering an area of 12 acres. Archaeologists from the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, University of Geneva and the Swiss School of Archaeology found the fortified Bronze Age settlement in Khilada Bay, in the Argolic Gulf. They found at least three huge horseshoe-shaped foundations attached to the wall line – which they say was possibly part of towers used to defend the settlement.


 Read more in the         International Business Times


Swedish Kings flagship found

­ Combat Archaeology – Gribshunden: Significance and Preliminary Investigations Within the sheltered waters of Ronneby archipelago near the island of Stora Ekön, southeastern Sweden, lies the remains of a rather disjointed but well-preserved wooden wreck. The wreck, previously known as the Stora Ekö or Ekö wreck, was already discovered by local sport divers in the 1970s. However, it was only in 2001, when strange artefacts had been uncovered on the site, that archaeologists were made aware of its location (Einarsson 2008). A wooden sample was promptly taken from one of the timbers, revealing that the ship had been constructed of oak wood felled in the winter of AD 1482-83.  Read more in CombatArchaeology


Spanish Armada Cannons found in Co. Sligo

The material includes a number of cannons that are described as being in excellent condition. Two of the cannons have been lifted, one of which bears a dedication to and


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Rare Spanish shipwreck found of Panama

Archaeologists have found a rare 17th century Spanish shipwreck. In 1681, the Spanish ship Encarnacion which was part of the "Tierra Firme " fleet, sank during a storm near the mouth of the Chares river of the Caribbean side of Panama.    Read more at National Geographic


Missing WWII Submarine HMS Urge finally found after 73 years

On 27 April 1942, HMS Urge left Malta for Alexandria on the north coast of Egypt, and was never seen again.  No definite explanation has ever been agreed upon for HMS Urge, and it was officially reported missing in the Mediterranean Sea on 29 April 1942. According to Wikipedia, the HMS Urge went lost, to an air attack.  Read more ARGUNNERS

Margaret Rule dies

For very nearly 50 years, her name has been synonymous with that of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s flagship, she having been the archaeological director of the remarkable excavation.   “It was some 50 years ago that Margaret Rule was invited by Alexander McKee to join the team searching for the Mary Rose as an experienced land archaeologist, and her role thereafter was fundamental to the success of the project. 

     Read more at Mary Rose Trust 

Divers find Gold coins

Scuba divers have discovered a rare haul of gleaming 1,000-year-old gold coins inscribed in Arabic on the sea bed off Israel, a find archaeologists say may shed light on Muslim rule in that age. Some 2,000 coins dated to the 11th century, a period when the Fatimid Islamic dynasty dominated the Middle East, have so far been raised from the depths. The treasure, which was probably exposed during recent winter storms, is thought to have sunk in a shipwreck near the ancient Roman port of Caesarea in the eastern Mediterranean - See more at: The Sunday Times



Steve, Neville and the team go to Buckingham Palace to receive the BSAC Jubilee Trust Duke of Edinburgh Prize (Gold Medal) for their "Bigbury Bay Archaeology project. gold medalNovember 2014

From left to right - Paul Fiander, Bernard Hinton, Alec Jacobs, Richard Knights, Prince Philip, Dave Parham, Mike Turner, Steve Clarkson & Neville Oldham. (Includes members of Reading BSAC & Totnes BSAC)

Graf Spee's eagle rises from deep

Divers have salvaged a 2m (6ft) bronze imperial eagle from the German World War II battleship Graf Spee that was scuttled in the River Plate.

     Read more at the BBC

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Greek shipwreck off Italy yields ancient finds  (BBC news)

Christopher Columbus flagship "Santa Maria" found.
Max Clifford stopped from excavating by UNESCO

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Franklin search: Canada confirms ship as HMS Erebus

     Read more at the BBC