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Roman shipwreck full of wine jars found in Albania

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in News / Events | Comments Off on Roman shipwreck full of wine jars found in Albania

Roman shipwreck full of wine jars found in Albania

A US-Albanian archaeological mission claims to have found the well-preserved wreck of a Roman cargo ship off Albania’s coast, complete with some 300 wine jars — all empty, alas. The 30-metre long wreck dates to the 1st century BC and its cargo is believed to have been the produce of southern Albanian vineyards en route to western European markets, including France. A statement from the Key West, Florida-based RPM Nautical Foundation said the find was made 50m deep near the port city of Vlora, 140 kilometres southwest of the capital,...

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Donegal wreck may have Spanish Armada link

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 in News / Events | Comments Off on Donegal wreck may have Spanish Armada link

Donegal wreck may have Spanish Armada link

TWO SHIPWRECKS discovered off the Donegal coastline may be linked to the late 16th-century Spanish Armada and a separate late 18th-century French armada, despatched to assist Irish rebellion efforts. However, identification of the two wrecks outside Burtonport harbour may take some time, Connie Kelleher of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s underwater archaeology unit, said yesterday. The two shipwrecks, one of which is definitely a warship, are lying 200m apart in just four metres of water off Rutland Island close to...

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Captain Morgan’s Cannons Found?

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in News / Events | Comments Off on Captain Morgan’s Cannons Found?

Captain Morgan’s Cannons Found?

Diver Joe Lepore steadies a heavy 17th-century cannon as it’s lifted by an airbag from the seafloor near the mouth of Panama’s Chagres River (see map) in a recently released picture taken in 2010. The newly recovered cannon is among six believed to have belonged to the fleet of 17th-century buccaneer Capt. Henry Morgan, whom later accounts painted as a bloodthirsty pirate. In 1671 Captain Morgan’s current flagship, Satisfaction, hit a rocky reef and sank as he sailed out of the mouth of the Chagres River en route to sacking...

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Buried treasure in English Channel

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in News / Events | Comments Off on Buried treasure in English Channel

Buried treasure in English Channel

HE has been working in the murky seas around Britain’s coast for 25 years. But now commercial diver Sean Ryan, of Huddersfield, has struck gold – quite literally! The 45-year-old from Crosland Moor has found a hoard of buried treasure. Okay, it may not be a rotting wooden chest full of gold doubloons and goblets. But the haul of coins, cutlery and medals he uncovered 120 metres down on the sea bed of the English Channel is worth a few thousand pounds. And it brought a touch of excitement to the daily life of Sean, who is working on a seabed...

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