Second World War Shipwrecks Destroyed by Illegal Salvage

December 2016

An international investigation has been launched into the mysterious disappearance of a number of British, Dutch and American Second World War shipwrecks that have vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia. The cruisers  H.N.L.M.S. De Ruyter, H.N.L.M.S. Java and H.M.S. Exeter, destroyers H.M.S. Electra, H.M.S. Encounter, and H.N.L.M.S. Kortenaer, […] Read More

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Thames Estuary Shipwreck Art at Pop-up Museum

September 2016

Ahead of the planned new permanent Museum of the Thames Estuary a pop-up museum in a shipping container in London is displaying work by the artist Adam Dant. The exhibition includes a new piece by Adam Dant featuring many known shipwrecks of the estuary such as the 17th Century warship London that blew up while […] Read More

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Free Mary Rose Articles from The Mariner’s Mirror

September 2016

To celebrate the re-opening of the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, editor Dr. Martin Bellamy has selected some of the best articles from The Mariner’s Mirror archive relating to Henry VIII’s warship and its role in the Tudor navy, which have been made free to access here by publishers Taylor & Francis. The articles chosen […] Read More

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Nelson in the Mediterranean – Archaeological Finds

August 2016

This summer is seeing a considerable amount of archaeological activity in the Mediterranean that is uncovering various artefacts relating to some of Britain’s battles against the French in the Mediterranean during the French Revolutionary Wars, and particularly some of those that would help make the name of the Royal Navy’s greatest hero, Horatio Nelson. Off the Italian […] Read More

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£2 Million Excavation of H.M.S. Invincible Wreck

July 2016

The Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust has received a £2 million grant from the LIBOR Fund for the rescue excavation, recovery, conservation and public display of material from the wreck of H.M.S. Invincible in partnership with Bournemouth University and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Built by the French in 1744 and captured by Vice Admiral Sir George Anson […] Read More

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Mary Rose Museum to Re-open

June 2016

The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has announced that it will be re-opening on 20th July 2016 following a six month closure to facilitate work on new galleries and the removal of ducting that has been in place since April 2013, helping to dry the ship out. This will give the public an unobstructed view of the hull […] Read More

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Jutland 1916 Archaeology Talk in Falmouth

June 2016

Renowned maritime archaeologist, Dr. Innes McCartney will be speaking at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society at Falmouth on Thursday 9th June on his latest work “Jutland 1916: The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield“. Over the last 25 years, Dr. McCartney has specialised in the discovery of and investigation into twentieth century shipwrecks including the wrecks of […] Read More

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HMS Hood’s bell unveiled at National Museum of the Royal Navy

May 2016

Exactly seventy-five years after she sank to the bottom of the Denmark Strait with 1,415 of her crew, the bell of the famous Second World War Royal Navy battlecruiser, H.M.S. Hood, has been unveiled by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in a ceremony at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. With the […] Read More

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Wrecks of Scotland’s Lost Ships and Aircraft Recorded

May 2016

Wessex Archaeology Scotland have completed their third and final annual Project S.A.M.P.I.R.E. report, funded by the Crown Estate, documenting over one hundred shipwrecks and maritime artefacts from Cape Wrath to Solway Firth. Highlights noted by the B.B.C. included the discovery of Second World War flying boats in the Firth of Lorn, the wreck of the Hersilia, an armed […] Read More

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Wreck of Captain Cook’s Endeavour Found?

May 2016

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (R.I.M.A.P.) believe they may be close to locating and identifying the wreck of the troop carrier Lord Sandwich, previously Captain Cook’s fabled H.M. Bark Endeavour, which was scuttled along with thirteen other ships in Newport Harbor, prior to the Battle of Rhode Island in the American Revolution in 1778. A grant from the Australian […] Read More

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