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More than 2,900 gold coins and 45 gold ingots have been recovered from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America since an archaeological excavation began in mid-April, Odyssey Marine Exploration, the company contracted to dive to the site, revealed on a report published Tuesday.

Other 19th century artifacts recovered include luggage pieces, a pistol, a pocket watch, and several daguerreotypes, an early type of photography. Several samples of coral and sea anemones have also been collected through a science program which is studying deep sea biological diversity.

Pine and oak specimens placed on the seabed in 1990 and 1991, during the last known dives to the shipwreck site, are being retrieved so that scientists can study the “shipworms” consuming and destroying the ship’s timbers. Read more.

Malta’s Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Owen Bonnici, announced on Monday that a Phoenician shipwreck has been found in Maltese waters.

The 50-feet-long sunken ship is located one mile off the coast of Gozo, Malta’s second largest island, at a depth of 120 meters. The ship dates back to 700 B.C. It could be the oldest shipwreck in the Mediterranean, according to Bonnici.

The site is being explored by GROplan Project, funded by the French National Research Agency. The project is aimed at developing underwater photogrammetry in an efficient and economical way.

Department of Classics and Archaeology at University of Malta and institutions in France and the United States are involved in the project. The discovery was kept secret until the necessary studies were carried out. (source)

Harry Roecker was the first to dive in the water when the RJ Walker Expedition, a collaboration of private and government divers, began their mission to complete the first archaeological survey of the long-lost government ship Robert J. Walker.

A moment earlier Paul Hepler captain of the Belmar-based crew boat Venture III had positioned them over the wreck, 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City in 85 feet of water.

Roecker, his face pinched by a wetsuit hood, was tasked to tether the down-line from the 46-foot aluminum crew boat to the highest point of the wreck. For the next six hours divers shimmied up and down the rope like a conga line on the Expedition’s first day last Thursday. Read more.

It’s was hailed as the most significant shipwreck to be discovered in UK waters since the Mary Rose but the Swash Channel Wreck, found outside Poole Harbour in 1990, has until now kept many of its secrets close to its chest – or watery grave.

Designated a wreck of national importance in 2004, archaeologists and students from Bournemouth University began diving on the seventeenth century vessel in 2006 to assess its condition and deterioration.

Its worsening condition led to an excavation by a Bournemouth University marine archaeology team in 2010. So far over 1000 artefacts have been brought to the surface. These range from large timbers, pottery and personal items like shoes and tankards to cannon and a series of elaborately carved figures. Read more.

A vessel dug up from the bed of the Thames estuary a decade ago is believed to be The Cherabin

Most of the time The Cherabin led an honest existence, trading between England and Turkey for the Levant Company before it sank fully-laden in a storm in 1603.

But behind this peaceful image lay a sinister double life - plundering other nations’ traders in ‘terrorist’ raids which were signed and sealed by the High Court of Admiralty.

The Cherabin was one of 70 ‘privateers’ - state pirate ships - which stole £97,000 under the reign of Elizabeth I, more than the famous pirates of the south west put together.

The spoils were then divided between rich English sponsors and the courts, which claimed a hefty cut of the winnings as a tax. Read more.

Artefacts which have lain hidden beneath the waves for 320 years are set to be recovered after winter storms washed away a metre of protective silt.

The objects, which have not been seen since the Coronation sank in 1691, will now be brought to the surface and put on display.

English Heritage has granted permission to recover items from the wreck to divers Ginge (Roger) Crook and Mark Pearce.

The Coronation, launched in 1685 by Isaac Betts at Portsmouth dockyard, was a 90-gun ship which sank off Penlee Point. Read more.


ATLANTIC CITY — The violent crash came without warning just after 2 a.m. on a cloudy and breezy morning off the coast of Atlantic City in 1860.

The Robert J. Walker, a government steamboat surveying the coast, was hit hard by a passing commercial schooner that accidentally ripped a gash in the side of the ship and fled into the darkness.

Most of the Walker’s crew of nearly 70 jumped from their beds and tried to save the steamer. They steered the ship toward the nearest light, Absecon Lighthouse on the Jersey coast. But it was too late. Within a half hour, the Walker sunk. Twenty men clinging to the wreckage eventually went down with it. Read more.

In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood.

At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today’s street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship.

Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What’s more, the ship was perhaps made from the same kind of white oak trees used to build parts of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, according to the study published this month in the journal Tree-Ring Research. Read more.