Famous rediscovered shipwrecks

lastay By lastay, 18th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Many shipwrecks remain buried under the sea for hundreds or thousands of year some time we may know where they were rumored to have sunk but it take year and a lot of skills to actually find one.

The reasons why a ship is not found immediately after it sinks

There are many factures that come into play when it comes o finding a shipwreck, you have to look at the weather, storms, tsunami, hurricane, and volcano, they can all cause the position of the wreck to move. You also have to look at the technology that they had at the time, maybe they did not have an accurate method of calculating directions so the correct site would have been incorrectly documented.

Titanic


The Titanic was claimed as being the largest passenger ship at the time she set sail only to sink four days later after hitting an iceberg at 11.40 p.m. on April 14, 1912,killing 1,517 passengers and crew and was lost to the waters of the Atlantic by 2:20 am.
Marine explorers discovered the wreck 370 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada, in 1985 it has been said that no one has yet been able to raise the entire remains of the titanic but thousands of pieces and artifacts have been salvaged and exhibited.

Vasa


The Swedish warship Vasa sank just one nautical mile into her maiden voyage, on Aug. 10, 1628. discovered it in 1956, just 100 meters off the shore of Beckholmen, a naval island in Sweden's capital, Stockholm by Anders Franzen an historian that spent years looking for it, in 1961 a team raised her from the sea bed, she is now sitting in a museum with almost all of her original timbers remaining.

Mary Rose


The Mary Rose, one of King Henry VIII's most treasured warships sank in 1545 killing most of its crew. It was raised in her entirety in 1982 and placed in a museum in Portsmouth, England.
The British Royal Navy launched HMS Victory in 1737, but she lasted only until October 4, 1744, when a storm destroyed her in the English Channel, one of the most powerful warships of her day, she sank with a crew of 1100 and 100 guns, shipwreck hunters later discovered the wreckage in 2009 salvaging two cannon and ending one of the biggest mystery of that era.

Uluburun

Uluburun was discovered in 1982 at 8.5 kilometers south east of Kas, Uluburun ship draws our attention because of its age, its finds and it’s so called Royal cargo. This was a Bronze Age ship dating to 14th century with a cargo of copper ingots and various objects originating from different parts of ancient world. Discovered at 45 meters depth by a sponge diver Mehmet Cakir, Uluburun wreck was one of the most difficult ships to excavate because of the great depth of the wreck. The ship's major cargo was mainly raw material and items of trade such as 10 tons of Cypriot copper, in the form of 318 flat, four handled copper ingots. Each ingot weighted nearly 23 kilograms. In addition to four handled ingots, there are 31 two handled ingots, flat ones, bun ingots. One of the most interesting items discovered on the ship was a ton of pure tine ingots with unknown origin. As taken from http://www.guidebodrum.com/uluburun_wreck.htm

S.S. Thistlegorm

The S.S. Thistlegorm was a British Merchant Navy ship that was sunk by a German bomb in 1941 as it carried guns, bombs, and ammunition on its way to Alexandria. The wreck was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1956 and has since become one of the most popular dive sites in the world. The wreck is located about 30 meters beneath the surface of the Red Sea just off the coast of the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. Divers can explore the the locomotives that were on board at the time the Thistlegorm sank, the well-preserved guns and torpedoes, various military vehicles that were being transported, and the location where the two 1,000 lb. German bombs hit the ship and led to its demise. Taken from http://weburbanist.com/2008/06/18/strange-and-intriguing-shipwrecks/

Black Swan

The ‘Black Swan’ the so-called ‘Black Swan’ project involves the largest treasure ever discovered at sea. A Florida-based company by the name of Odyssey Marine Exploration is a group of modern-day treasure hunters, and they discovered the richest shipwreck ever found off the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic. Odyssey has been highly secretive about the exact location and the name of the shipwreck since they discovered it a few years back. So far, they’ve recovered 500,000 gold and silver coins worth approximately $254 million!
The government of Spain believes that this lost ship is the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, which was sunk by British war ships in 1804 along with 200 crew members. A historical account of the Mercedes says that there were 4,436,519 gold and silver pesos on-board at the time of its demise. This wreck led to Spain declaring war on Great Britain. Spain is now trying to get a piece of the lost treasure which they claim should be in a museum, but Odyssey most likely will be able to keep the majority of the gold and silver found at this amazing shipwreck. http://weburbanist.com/2008/06/18/strange-and-intriguing-shipwrecks/

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Mary Rose, Mary Rose Museum, Mary Rose Ship, Ship, Shipwreck, Titanic Maiden Voyage, Titanic Sunk, Vasa

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Sep 2012 (#)

I cannot even swim but it would be amazing to have been somebody who discovered these shipwrecks or swim around their ruins (preferably in warm shallow waters)

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author avatar philpalm
9th Jun 2013 (#)

The Spanish galleons had a lot of untold riches. I suppose treasure hunters have already found most of the ones accidentally sunk.

Unknown is the far distant voyages of the Chinese and Arabic sailors/merchants. I wouldn't be surprised that someone has found them and kept quiet in order to find more of them.

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