A Roman vessel carrying ingots of lead, which was removed from the Sierra of Cartagena, sank more than two thousand years ago off the coast of Sardinia.
Now, more than a hundred of these lead bricks have been used to build the ‘Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events’ (CUORE), an advanced detector of almost weightless subatomic particles (neutrinos) and is located at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy.
Another vessel carrying lead bricks sank off the coast of France in the eighteenth century. Treasure hunters have recovered these bricks and were able to sell them to Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS), despite opposition from French authorities. The CDMS is a dark matter detector located in a mine in Minnesota. Read more.
The Robot Safari in London Science Museum will see the world premiere of the underwater robot U-CAT, a highly maneuverable robot turtle, designed to penetrate shipwrecks.
U-CAT’s locomotion principle is similar to sea turtles. Independently driven four flippers make the robot highly maneuverable; it can swim forward and backward, up and down and turn on spot in all directions. Maneuverability is a desirable feature when inspecting confined spaces such as shipwrecks. The robot carries an onboard camera and the video footage can be later used to reconstruct the underwater site. Read more.
A 10-day expedition has set out from Cairns to find two shipwrecks from the 1800s off the far north Queensland coast.
A team led by the National Maritime Museum is searching for the Morning Star, lost near Quoin Island in 1814, and the Frederick, lost near Stanley Island in 1818.
Manager of maritime archaeology Kieran Hosty says there is great interest in the wrecks, with a number of failed search attempts in the past.
"Both of those are mysteries of the sea really," he said.
"The Frederick, most of the crew was lost, 21 people died in the wreck of the Frederick, and the survivors’ accounts are a bit obscure. Read more.
The oceans surrounding Antarctica may be littered with buried shipwrecks in pristine condition, new research suggests.
Researchers came to that conclusion, detailed today (Aug. 13) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, after burying wood and bone at the depths of the Antarctic oceans and analyzing the handiwork of worms and mollusks more than a year later.
"The bones were infested by a carpet of red-plumed Osedax worms, which we have named as a new species — Osedax antarcticus — but the wood planks were untouched, with not a trace of the wood-eating worms,” study co-author Adrian Glover, an aquatic invertebrates researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, said in an email. “The wood was hardly degraded either, after 14 months on the seafloor.” Read more.
A search is to be launched for the wrecks of dozens of ships from the Age of Sail lost off the coast of England.
English Heritage has drawn up a list of 88 vessels known to have sunk within territorial waters over the three centuries from the Tudor period until the advent of iron-hulled steam ships in the Victorian era.
Although the locations of some of the shipwrecks have already been established, others must first be discovered before marine archaeologists can dive onto them to carry out surveys.
The vessels cover a period in which Britain emerged as the world’s most powerful maritime nation and range from sixteenth century armed merchant vessels to warships from the era of Lord Nelson. Read more.
Two sunken ships have been seen by fishermen off the ancient city of Tieion in Çaycuma’s Filyos district in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak.
With notice that two sunken ships have been seen off the ancient city of Tieion in Çaycuma’s Filyos district in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak, officials have applied to the Culture and Tourism Ministry for diving permission and funding.
The head of the Karabük University Archaeology Department and archaeological excavations, Professor Sümer Atasoy said that they had previously known about the sunken ships in the port of the ancient city but could not have determined their place. Read more.
BREVARD COUNTY • EAU GALLIE, FLORIDA —The Florida Institute of Technology Foosaner Art Museum will present undersea explorer Robert Marx June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Harris Community Auditorium. His free lecture is titled “Underwater Archaeology Around the World.”
Marx will share his life-long odyssey of exploring ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities in over 60 countries. His explorations began at age 13 with the discovery of a California gold rush ship loaded with gold coins and climaxed with his recent excavation of a Spanish galleon lost in 1654 off the coast of Ecuador, netting vast treasures.
He is now preparing for a deep water shipwreck excavation using a manned-submersible near the Azore Islands in the Mid-Atlantic. Read more.
Two shipwrecks believed to be 17th-century Danish warships have emerged along the Stockholm waterfront due to unusually low water levels.
"I was stunned by how big it was," marine archaeologist Jim Hansson told The Local of the find.
Hansson was out for a stroll along Kastellholmen island with his girlfriend on Sunday, taking in some rare springtime sun, when he noticed a pattern of wooden stumps penetrating the surface.
“If it had only been one or two beams sticking up, I may not have noticed it,” he said.
“But I saw immediately that it was a shipwreck. You could clearly see the bow and the stern.” Read more.