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Viking Sunstone Believed to be Found in Shipwreck

A team of archaeologists think that they may have found the first Viking sunstone. Two years ago we posted about Viking sunstones, the legendary, and indeed considered by many to be mythical, devices which allowed Viking navigators to locate the position of … Continue reading

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Superstorm Sandy Reveals Shipwrecks and Shuts Down the Statue of Liberty

When Superstorm Sandy came ashore roughly two weeks ago, she uncovered at least two shipwrecks.  On Fire Island, New York, the storm washed away dunes east of Davis Park revealing the remains of a wooden ship believed to be a post-Civil War cargo … Continue reading

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‘Extraordinary’ 800 Year Old Shipwreck Found off Swedish Coast

This is a busy time for underwater explorers in the waters off Sweden. Yesterday, we posted about an unidentified object on the Baltic Sea floor which the media has been referring to as the Millennium Falcon.   Recently, divers off the south coast of Sweden … Continue reading

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DNA Testing and the Mystery of the 18th Century Shipwrecked Bone-Setter

A fascinating story from Wales. Sometime between 1743 and 1745, a smuggler from  Llanfairynghornwy on  the isle of Anglesey, rescued two boys, in stormy seas in the middle of the night – the only survivors of an apparent shipwreck. Both boys had … Continue reading

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The Haunted Point Lookout Lighthouse

In honor of Halloween, it seems appropriate to post about the Point Lookout Lighthouse of St. Mary’s County, Md., at the junction of the the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, which is said to be the most haunted lighthouse … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Pirate Bluebeard and the Queen Anne’s Revenge

The wreck of the pirate Blackbeard‘s Queen Anne’s Revenge, which sank in 1718, was believed to be discovered in 1996.   After 15 years of excavation, the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina Maritime Museum announced today that they had confirmed that … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Champagne Sells at Auction

Last  July we posted about divers finding intact bottles of champagne, believed to date from between 1782 and 1788, in the hold of a shipwreck on the Baltic seabed.   In November, a bottle of the “world’s oldest champagne” was opened and tasted by … Continue reading

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Cyclone Reveals Unbury Island’s 130-Year-Old Shipwreck

As the sands of Fire Island are swallowing Le Papillon, Cyclone Yasi has uncovered a mysterious shipwreck on an island off  the Queensland coast. Cyclone Winds Unbury Island’s 130-Year-Old Shipwreck The huge cyclone’s intense winds blew away sand on one … Continue reading

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The Sands of Fire Island – Le Papillon and Gluckauf

Fire Island is a thirty mile long barrier island on the south shore of Long Island, east of the entrance of New York harbor.   Last week, Le Papillon, a 50′ steel pinky schooner, went ashore on the beach on Fire … Continue reading

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Tragedy on Christmas Island – Asylum Seekers Die in Shipwreck

A horrific story from Australia’s Christmas Island where a boat carrying asylum-seekers believed to be from Iraq and Iran broke up in rough after striking rocks offshore.  Forty two people were been rescued and twenty seven have been confirmed dead, though that … Continue reading

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A Shipwreck inside an Art Gallery

Artist Josh Beckman’s “Sea Nymph” in LA’s Machine Project gallery is nothing less that a shipwreck in an art gallery.  To accompany the installation, the gallery has hosted a series of nautical-themed events, performances, lectures, and workshops, as well as … Continue reading

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Removal of the Murmansk Shipwreck on Webcam and Documentary

After a service life of almost 40 years, the Soviet light cruiser Murmansk was decommissioned and sold for scrap.  On Christmas Eve in 1994, the ship was under tow to India when the tug lost control of the ship in a storm. … Continue reading

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Lost Wooden Steamer L.R. Doty Located After 112 Years

In October of 1898, the wooden steamship L.R. Doty disappeared in Lake Michigan in a storm with seventy mile an hour winds and thirty foot waves. Her crew of 17 and two ship’s cats were lost.   A group of … Continue reading

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Beachcomber stumbles upon historical shipwreck

A beachcomber found the wreck of a ship uncovered by winter gales on  a beach in North Carolina.   Originally though to the an 18th century Royal Navy ship, the wreck has now been identified as dating from the 1600s, making it the … Continue reading

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Divers close in on lost fortune of Ann Cargill, a scandalous star

An intriguing news story. (Thanks to LizMc on the Horatians forum.) According to the BBC, Ann Carghill was “was the Britney Spears of her day.”  I think they slight poor Ms Cargill. A Scandalous Star  “When the packet ship, The Nancy, … Continue reading

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