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SS Newholm
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SS Mendi
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MV Lucy
HMT Caroline
German Submarine U-260
SS Basil
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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 August 2015

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 depiction of St Matrona who was particularly venerated by the people of Catalonia and Barcelona. The cannon also bears the date 1570, the year La Juliana was constructed, putting the identity of the ship beyond doubt. The recovery operation is expected to last a number of weeks 

 

 

Read more here in Irish Archaeology

 

 

 

HMS Victory (Support the cause to save this shipwreck)

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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


Steve & Neville publish two new booklets  - Click here or select "Books" tab.

 

 

Greek shipwreck off Italy yields ancient finds  (BBC news)




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




Read more in Haiti Libre

Franklin search: Canada confirms ship as HMS Erebus

     Read more at the BBC