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Some might enjoy rotating scents to match their moods, but a 150-year-old shipwrecked perfume will never go out of style.

Luxury fragrance house Drom is now offering their reproduction of the sunken perfume through The Bermuda Perfumery’s Lili Bermuda. Marine archeologists originally discovered the shipwreck in 2011, unearthing intact bottles bearing the Piesse and Lubin London name—the now-defunct perfume house originally based on Bond Street. Its illustrious perfumer, G.W. Septimus Piesse, authored the first book on modern fragrance-making, “The Art of Perfumery.”

When the Mary Celestia—a Charleston-bound Civil War Blockade Runner—sank in September 1864, its secret cargo of scent must have been sorely missed. “This perfume was embargoed during the Civil War but there was such passion to own it, there was an attempt to smuggle it past Lincoln’s Navy and into the American South,” Read more.


Ancient Mediterranean sailors performed religious ceremonies and sacrifices on board their ships, according to new findings from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck.

Using a deep sea mini-submarine, archaeologists of the Sicilian Sea Superintendency and Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) divers found the wreck and its cargo of jars at a depth of 420 feet in the waters of Sicily’s Aeolian islands.

In the area of the bow — a portion of the wooden hull is still preserved — the archaeologists found a terracotta incense burner called thymiaterion. Consisting of a large bowl supported by a column, the thymiaterion had a base embellished with stylized sea waves. A Greek inscription of three letters (ETH) was also found on the base. Read more.

An international expedition says it has made further, remarkable finds at the site of the Antikythera shipwreck.

The vessel, which dates from 70-660 BC was famously first identified by Greek sponge divers more than 100 years ago.

Its greatest treasure is the remains of a geared “computer” that was used to calculate the positions of astronomical objects.

The new archaeological investigations have retrieved tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear.

This weapon was probably attached to a warrior statue, the dive team believes. Read more.


Although the scientific expedition exploring the ancient Antikythera shipwreck was launched in September 15, the discoveries have yet to be announced.

Greek newspaper “Ta Nea,” citing claims by the chairman of the “Aikaterini Laskaridis” foundation and one of the mission’s sponsors, Panos Laskaridis, revealed that the Culture Ministry leadership prohibited the scheduled presentation of the discoveries so that Culture Minister Kostas Tasoulas can announce the results in an event to be held in Athens, Greece, in the coming days.

The newspaper refers to important discoveries, including a large amount of copper coins.

It is estimated that official announcements will take place on October 9, when Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will visit the island of Antikythera. Read more.

MATSUURA, Nagasaki Prefecture—A wreck found off Takashima island here is likely part of a Mongol invasion fleet that came to grief in a typhoon more than 700 years ago.

The discovery was announced Oct. 2 by archeologists with the University of the Ryukyus and the Matsuura city board of education who are researching the Takashima Kozaki underwater historic site.

Numerous artifacts have been recovered from the seabed from wrecks of fleets dispatched in 1274 and 1281 to invade Japan.

In both invasion attempts, battles were fought in northern Kyushu. The fleet of 4,400 vessels sent by Kublai Khan in 1281 was wrecked near Takashima island in a storm the Japanese dubbed “kamikaze” (divine wind) for ultimately saving their homeland from the Mongols. Read more.

When Ryan Harris slipped into frigid Arctic waters last month, he was finally able to cap off a six-year search for one of Sir John Franklin’s doomed ships.

"My first impression when you come up alongside the side of the wreck is the magnitude of it. It towers overhead – five or six metres off the seafloor," the Parks Canada senior underwater archaeologist told CTV’s Canada AM on Friday.

A Canadian research team had searched more than 1,200 square kilometres of the Arctic before finally finding locating the doomed HMS Erebus with sonar. An underwater remote operated vehicle was then dispatched to get the first visuals of the wreck, before Harris and his co-worker Jonathan Moore got the go-ahead to plan a dive. Read more.

Canada has determined the historic Franklin Expedition shipwreck discovered in the Arctic last month is in fact the HMS Erebus, the vessel on which Sir John Franklin sailed.

It’s another puzzle solved in the enthralling story of the famous British expedition that tried to traverse the Northwest Passage but ended in misery with all 129 crew members perishing.

The Erebus was the vessel that Franklin occupied as the commander of the expedition and was the base for the captain’s quarters.

Stephen Harper, whose government had backed annual searches for the lost Franklin expedition as a demonstration of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, announced the news of the ship’s identification Wednesday in the House of Commons. Read more.

DIVERS have promised to salvage even more treasures next summer when they return to a 17th-century shipwreck described as “Southend’s Mary Rose”.

Over the summer months, a treasure-trove of artefacts has been brought to the surface from the 64-gun warship London, which sank in the Thames Estuary in 1665.

Marine archaeologists expect to recover larger and even more valuable finds – including a complete gun carriage – when they start five weeks of dives next summer.

English Heritage maritime archaeologist Alison James said: “ English Heritage and the London Wreck 1665 team are already excited about the 2015 diving season. Read more.