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AI generated image of a ship in a storm (Stream Skins / Adobe Stock)

The Curse Of The 1715-Spanish Plate Fleet: Run Aground On The Coast Of Treasure

On July 24, 1715, a convoy of 11 Spanish ships and one French merchantman set sail from Havana, Cuba to Spain. It was called a “Plate Fleet” because their cargo consisted of valuable treasure looted...
AI generated image of a complete shipwreck, representative of wrecks that have recently been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. Source: MediaM/Adobe Stock

Survey Finds Two Dozen Shipwrecks Proving Historic Mediterranean Sea Routes

Archaeologists have long believed ancient mariners were excessively cautious when sailing the Mediterranean, staying close to the coast at all times to avoid the risk of tumultuous mid-sea storms and...
An amateur has found a new piece of timber from the Spanish galleon known as the Beeswax wreck. To date, many artifact fragments have been found on this rough coastline area, including pieces of Chinese porcelain. This image shows an unnamed wooden shipwreck have buried in a sand beach. Source: Scott Williams / Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Wreckage from 17th Century Spanish Galleon Found Along Oregon Coast

A beachcomber exploring sea caves along the north coast of western Oregon, USA discovered timbers from the hull of the Beeswax wreck Spanish galleon that sunk in the Pacific Ocean more than 300 years...
This marble head, believed to be the head of Hercules, was found next to the legendary Antikythera shipwreck. It may complete a headless statue found on the wreck in 1900 that is now on display in Athens’ largest museum. Source: Ministry of Culture and Sports

Divers Recovered a ‘Herculean’ Marble Head from the Antikythera Shipwreck

For a long time, most only associated the word “Antikythera” with an ancient computer. In 2020, that changed after Greek divers recovered a giant marble head from the world-renowned shipwreck...
This Hanseatic League ship, which may exceed the Bremen Cog for preservation quality, was miraculously discovered 5 feet (1.5 meters) beneath the streets of Tallinn, Estonia’s capital.	 	Source: Patrik Tamm / ERR

Massive Medieval Hanseatic League Ship Found Near Tallinn, Estonia

One of the largest ports in the Baltic Sea, Estonia’s Tallinn Port is also one of the oldest in northern Europe, famous as trade center between Rurik Novgorod and Viking Scandinavia. Yesterday, a 700...
A recent extensive new analysis published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports has more or less proven that the mysterious 1863 Cape Cod shipwreck is the 1626 Sparrow-Hawk small pinnace that sailed to the early English colonies but floundered at sea.		Source: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Salvaged Cape Cod Shipwreck Wood is the 1626 Sparrow-Hawk, Says Study

Did the remains of a Cape Cod shipwreck found in Massachusetts in 1863 really come from the long-lost Sparrow-Hawk, a name given in the 19th century to a “small pinnace” vessel known to have sunk in...
Antarctic explorer Earnest Shackleton’s long lost Endurance shipwreck, which sank in 1915, has finally been found at a depth of 10,000 feet or 350 meters off the coast of the icy continent. 		Source: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust / National Geographic / Endurance22

Shackleton’s Famous Antarctic Shipwreck Endurance Is Finally Discovered

Sir Ernest Shackleton's lost Endurance shipwreck has been discovered at the bottom of Antarctica's Weddell Sea. And while this isn’t a discovery from the ancient world, it packs such a historically...
The Roman inscription is still clear on this amphorae recovered with many other well-preserved artifacts from a 4th-century-AD Roman cargo ship found meters from a busy Mallorca, Spain beach in 2019.					Source: Jose A Moya / Arqueomallornauta-Consell de Mallorca, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad de Cádiz, Universitat de les Illes Balears

1600-Year-Old Roman Shipwreck Found in “Perfect” Condition in Spain

In 117 AD, at the time of Caesar Trajan’s death, the Roman Empire had reached its territorial peak, stretching across the Mediterranean Sea to North Africa and Western Asia. And the Romans used ships...
Gold ingots from China (representational image). Source: malp / Adobe Stock

Chinese Gold Ingots Stolen From 18th Century Shipwreck Have Been Returned

The United States government has just returned a collection of historically significant artifacts stolen by fortune hunters to the French government, to whom the artifacts rightfully belong according...
Australian aquatic forensics experts working on a wreck off the coast of Western Australia, in an attempt to understand what happens to bones over time in shipwrecks.		Source: The Conversation / Western Australian Museum

Aquatic Forensics Opens Up the Cold, Wet Cases of Australia’s Shipwrecks

A team of Australian marine archaeologists, specialists in aquatic forensics, have studied ancient bones discovered on ships, revealing their owners' circumstances after death. Aquatic forensics is a...
Divers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden at the site of the Swedish cog ship shipwreck off the west coast of the country, which is one of the oldest cog shipwrecks ever found in Europe. (University of Gothenburg / PHYS)

800-Year-Old Cog Shipwreck Found off Swedish Coast is One of The Oldest

Divers have discovered the oldest Swedish cog ship in Bohuslän province, and one of the oldest cog shipwrecks ever found European waters. The shipwreck of the Swedish cog ship was found off the coast...
Lake Erie is believed to be home to over 2,500 shipwrecks. A few have been found washed up on beaches after violent storms. 		Source: David Arment / Adobe Stock

Lake Erie a Graveyard For Ships, May Hold up to 2,500 Sunken Vessels

As one of the most heavily trafficked inland waterways in the world, Lake Erie has seen more than its share of catastrophe and tragedy. While it is the second smallest of the five Great Lakes, an...
An aerial view of the Latvian shipwreck as it was found in deep beach sand near the country’s capital, Riga.		Source: Rigas Brivosta

Mysterious 40 Foot Latvian Shipwreck Unearthed On the Beach Near Riga

A 40-foot-long (12-meter-long) Latvian shipwreck has been found on a beach near the country’s capital, Riga. Might this be the ghostly remains of a lost British Royal Navy warship? Or perhaps, it’s a...
Hundreds of Shipwrecks Revealed in Lake Michigan

Hundreds of Shipwrecks Were Revealed in Lake Michigan as Water Cleared

In 2015, Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, put on a particularly rare show – crystal clear waters were created by specific climatic conditions that prevented the growth of...
Shallow shipwreck found in Turkey waters

Byzantine shipwrecks reveal advanced shipbuilding techniques

A trove of ancient Byzantine ships found in waters near Istanbul, Turkey, displayed more advanced construction than scholars previously knew for that era. The ships include two unique Byzantine...