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19th century wine recovered from sunken ship

Five bottles of wine have been recovered from the sunken blockade runner Mary Celestia which sank in 1864. The find adds weight to the theory that the ship was carrying contraband in its bow or that the bosun (the senior crew-member) had stowed away a personal stash of goods there. The Mary-Celestia

Subway dig uncovers intact 5th century ship

Subway construction in Istanbul has uncovered a ship which dates back to the 5th century A.D. “The width of the wreck is about five meters. This is one gunwale. There is probably another one which has not yet been uncovered. Some of the amphoras on top [of the cargo] are broken

North Carolina wreck officially Queen Anne’s Revenge

For 15 years a wreck off the North Carolina coast has thought to have belonged to the pirate Blackbeard. Now, officials are conclusively stating that yes, the ship is infact the Queen Anne's Revenge. "We have now changed our position, and we are quite categorically saying that it's the Queen Anne's

Roman ships had on-board fish tanks

A piece of lead piping found in the hull of a Roman shipwreck may be part of a pumping system for keeping fish alive on board. Historians have assumed that in ancient times fresh fish were eaten close to where they were caught, because without refrigeration they would have rotted during

Hull of 400-year-old sunken shipwreck to be raised

The hull of a 17th-century ship which sunk off the Dorset coast of England will be raised before it erodes away into nothing. A 17th-century shipwreck described as the "biggest discovery since the Mary Rose" is rotting so rapidly that it could disappear within five years. The remains of the ship, known

DNA analysis performed on shipwreck medicines

DNA extracted from pills found on a 2,000-year-old Italian shipwreck may offer up new medical insights. "Medicinal plants have been identified before, but not a compound medicine, so this is really something new," says Alain Touwaide, director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, which has the world's largest

The oldest shipwreck in the Caribbean

Treasures hunters in the Caribbean have found the oldest shipwreck in the area off the Dominican Republic coast. At the last count Captain Billy Rawson and his crew had uncovered 700 silver coins that could be worth millions, jade figurines and even a mirrored stone that was possibly used in Shamanic

Titanic’s unknown child idenfied

Five days after the Titanic sank, the body of a child was pulled from the ocean and buried in Halifax under the maker "Unknown child". Nearly 100 years later the child's name has finally been identified. When it sank, the Titanic took the lives of 1,497 of the 2,209 people aboard