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Historic shipwreck finds

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    Salvage team finds wreck of the Victory The Guardian [UK], 1 February 2009 The wreck of one of the most famous ships in British naval history has been
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2009
      Salvage team finds wreck of the Victory
      The Guardian [UK], 1 February 2009

      The wreck of one of the most famous ships in British naval history has
      been discovered by a controversial US marine salvage company - a find
      that will fuel a major row about the UK's heritage. HMS Victory, a
      warship known as "the finest ship in the world", went down with all
      hands in 1744 off the Channel Islands and its exact location has
      remained a mystery for more than 250 years. But now Odyssey Marine
      Exploration claims it has proof of the whereabouts of the wooden wreck,
      in which 1,100 seamen died during a fierce storm. The valuable remains,
      including 100 brass cannon, would be worth hundreds of thousands of
      pounds today. After weeks of secrecy, Odyssey, an American based
      commercial company which is regularly accused of exploiting historic
      shipwrecks, plans to unveil artefacts retrieved from the wreck.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/feb/01/hms-victory-wreck

      See also The Times [UK]:
      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5627477.ece

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      Steam-powered shipwreck uncovered in Mackay river
      ABC News [Australia], Jan 30, 2009

      A maritime mystery is beginning to unravel in north Queensland after the
      discovery of the remains of an old ship in Mackay's Pioneer River.
      Construction workers building Mackay's new Forgan Bridge found the
      remains of the Brinawarr late last week. The Member for Mackay, Tim
      Mulherin, says the steam-powered timber ship sank after slamming into an
      old bridge during a cyclone more than 90 years ago. "It completes a bit
      of a riddle," he said. "Back in 1918 people probably would've known
      exactly where it came to rest but then we lose that history."

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/01/30/2478947.htm
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