ABC News (Australia): Pandora shipwreck history to be shared through digital project in Queensland

ABC News (Australia): Pandora shipwreck history to be shared through digital project in Queensland. “Thousands of underwater films, photographs, hand-drawn maps, field journals and other unseen archive material are being digitised to bring to light the untold story of the discovery and excavation of the Pandora wreck 120 kilometres east of Cape York.”

New York Times: How Tree Rings Helped Identify a Rhode Island Whaler Lost at Sea

New York Times: How Tree Rings Helped Identify a Rhode Island Whaler Lost at Sea. “New research, published last month in the scholarly journal Dendrochronologia, allowed researchers to identify the shipwreck to a high degree of certainty, said Ignacio Mundo, the lead author and an adjunct researcher with the Dendrochronology and Environmental History Laboratory at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Mendoza, Argentina. The finding was possible because of the analysis of a kind of fingerprint of the ship itself: The rings on its wooden planks and futtocks, or curved timber pieces.”

Alabama shipwreck holds key to the past for descendants of enslaved Africans: “Be sure that that legacy lives on” (CBS News)

CBS News: Alabama shipwreck holds key to the past for descendants of enslaved Africans: “Be sure that that legacy lives on”. “Work performed this month will help answer a question residents of the area called Africatown USA are anxious to resolve: Can remnants of the slave ship Clotilda be retrieved from the water to both fill out details about their heritage and to serve as an attraction that might revitalize the place their ancestors built after emancipation?”

Mezha: Moskva cruiser has become an object of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine

Mezha: Moskva cruiser has become an object of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine. “Hit by the Ukrainian Navy Forces, the Russian flagship of the Black Sea Fleet Moskva missile cruiser, which sank after being damaged with Neptun missiles, became an object of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine. According to the UNESCO Convention, all traces of human activity on the bottom of the Black Sea, within the economic zone of Ukraine are its property. Therefore, Moskva missile cruiser was entered in the register of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine under number 2064.”

BusinessWire: National Geographic Dives Into the Untold History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade With New Podcast, INTO THE DEPTHS, Launching Jan. 27 (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: National Geographic Dives Into the Untold History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade With New Podcast, INTO THE DEPTHS, Launching Jan. 27 (PRESS RELEASE). “Ahead of Black History Month, National Geographic is launching a powerful new podcast, INTO THE DEPTHS, on Jan. 27, 2022, that uncovers the deep history of the transatlantic slave trade as it follows a group of Black divers who are dedicated to finding and helping to document slave shipwrecks.”

New York Times: Last Known Slave Ship Is Remarkably Well Preserved, Researchers Say

New York Times: Last Known Slave Ship Is Remarkably Well Preserved, Researchers Say. “As much as two-thirds of the original structure remains, including the hold below the main deck where 110 people were imprisoned during the ship’s final, brutal journey from Benin to Mobile in 1860. The researchers said it was possible that DNA could be extracted from the sealed, oxygen-free hull, which is filled with silt. Barrels, casks and bags used to stow provisions for the captives could also be found inside, they said.”

The Conversation: AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air

The Conversation: AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air. “In collaboration with the United States Navy’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, I taught a computer how to recognize shipwrecks on the ocean floor from scans taken by aircraft and ships on the surface. The computer model we created is 92% accurate in finding known shipwrecks. The project focused on the coasts of the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico. It is now ready to be used to find unknown or unmapped shipwrecks.”

Rockhamption Regional Council: New exhibition uncovers Australia’s fascinating shipwreck history

Rockhamption Regional Council: New exhibition uncovers Australia’s fascinating shipwreck history. “Australia’s coast is the final resting place of over 11,000 shipwrecks – roughly one wreck for every three kilometres of coastline, and Queensland’s Sovereign and Foam, are two of 14 wrecks whose stories will feature in the nationally touring panel exhibition…. Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks is on a two year national tour across regional Australia. All 68 submitted shipwreck stories are available now on the AMMC website in a digital archive.

‘Look after yourself my darling’: poignant letters salvaged from 1941 shipwreck (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Look after yourself my darling’: poignant letters salvaged from 1941 shipwreck. “The fragments of a 1941 love letter to a woman named Iris, found nearly three miles under the ocean in a shipwreck, have been painstakingly pieced together by experts, 80 years after it was posted….The letter is one of 717 that were never delivered by the cargo ship, the SS Gairsoppa, which was destined for the US. The ship was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat on 16 February 1941. Of the 86 crew on board, only one survived.”

Hereford Times: Belfast archive being used in bid to stem leaking shipwreck off Canadian coast

Hereford Times: Belfast archive being used in bid to stem leaking shipwreck off Canadian coast. “National Museums NI is helping the Canadian coastguard’s operation by supplying plans and images from the building of the 483ft cargo ship in Belfast in 1949. Originally a steamship, it was rebuilt in the 1960s to its oil-fuelled form. These plans will help to build a clear picture of the type of oil used and the location and capacity of its fuel tanks.”

State of Michigan: New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore

State of Michigan: New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore. “The Syracuse and the Cedarville are among 1,500 shipwrecks submerged in Michigan waters, making up one-quarter of the estimated 6,000 wrecks found throughout the Great Lakes. Now, thanks to the recently launched Michigan Shipwrecks StoryMap, it’s easy to learn about the mystery and tragedy surrounding these ships.”

Phys .org: 360 degree virtual dive in Iceland shipwreck

Phys .org: 360 degree virtual dive in Iceland shipwreck. “October 16, 2019 marks 360 years since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt (Milkmaid) was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island during a clandestine trading mission…. To mark this anniversary, digital archaeology specialists at Flinders University have collaborated with maritime archaeologists at the University of Iceland to release a 360 degree virtual dive on the wreck.”

The Beacon: Lake Erie shipwrecks guide updated, on display in Port Clinton

The Beacon: Lake Erie shipwrecks guide updated, on display in Port Clinton. “Ohio Sea Grant and partners have released an update of Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales of the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, a web guide to Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, their history and location. First created in 2008, the website now features five additional shipwrecks beyond the 26 listed in the accompanying brochure, as well as 22 lighthouses and nine maritime museums along the shoreline.”