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04/03/2015 Billionaire Paul Allen discovers WWII battleship Musashi
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American billionaire Paul Allen has announced the discovery of the famous World War Two Japanese battleship, the Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk by US forces.

Mr Allen said the vessel was found by his private exploration team.

It was at a depth of more than 1km (3,280ft) on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines.
more info: bbc.com/news/world-asia-31724995
related wrecks:  Musashi IJN (武蔵) (+1944)
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 BBC
entered: Jan Lettens
category: archaeology, discovery
26/02/2015 280-pound catfish caught in Po River
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Catfish come in all varieties, shapes and sizes, some big and some small. And one downright gigantic, apparently now swimming in a river in Italy. That's the fish story being told by Dino Ferrari, who reeled in a 280-pound (127-kilogram), 8.75-foot-long catfish last Thursday along the Po River, said Davide Valla, who is with Ferrari's sponsor company Sportex. (The sponsored fisherman wouldn't say exactly where he caught the big fellow, choosing to keep his favorite spots secret.) Assuming the world isn't being hooked, this would not be the first time someone has caught a whopper of a catfish and lived to tell the tale.
more info: edition.cnn.com/2015/02/25/europe/italy-giant-catfish/index.html
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 CNN news
entered: Jan Lettens
category: biology, fishing
19/02/2015 MV Lysblink Seaways runs aground
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A large cargo ship that ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point in the West Highlands is likely to be stuck there for some time, the coastguard has said. The 120m-long MV Lysblink Seaways got into difficulty at Kilchoan at about 01:50. on nthe 18th Feb 2015. No-one was injured and the ship, which is believed to be carrying paper waste, is not thought to be in any immediate danger. It did not refloat at high tide, and tugs are expected to be used to try to free it. The Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat is standing by at the scene.
more info: bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31515061
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  bbc.co.uk
entered: Allen Tony
category: new wreck
19/02/2015 MV Lys Foss runs aground and is badly damaged.
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An assessment of the Swedish cargo ship which ran aground off Mull on Monday has found the vessel has suffered extensive damage. A Coastguard spokesman, however, said the environmental threat from the 3,718 tonne MV Lys Foss was minimal at this time. Hazardous chemicals being carried by the vessel are said to be in sealed containers within the ship. The remaining crew members have been removed as efforts to salvage the vessel continue. Clyde Coastguard helped take the crew off the MV Lys Foss was en route from Sweden to Belfast with a cargo of paper, timber and chemicals when it grounded just after 0530BST on Monday16th Feb 2015. Six of the eight man crew were evacuated but the master and one other stayed The cargo ship's port side was badly holed and began taking in water. The MV Lys Foss sank further overnight, prompting the Coastguard to take the remaining two crew off.
more info: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/1318769.stm
entered: Allen Tony
category: new wreck
18/02/2015 Israeli divers find treasure on seabed
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Scuba divers have inadvertently discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel's Mediterranean coast.

About 2,000 pieces dating back more than 1,000 years were spotted on the seabed by members of a diving club, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.

Divers were exploring an ancient harbour in Caesarea when they came across the gold.

Experts from the authority called to the site uncovered "almost 2,000 gold coins in different denominations" circulated by the Fatimid Caliphate, which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171.
more info: bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31517433
ref. used: 
 CNN news
entered: Jan Lettens
category: archaeology, discovery
08/02/2015 Printing blocks found in Thames
 

Printing blocks for a typeface called Doves Type have been discovered in the River Thames.
The font has not been used for nearly a century as the printing type blocks, used to print letters, were thrown into the river in 1917.
more info: bbc.com/news/uk-31188255
ref. used: 
 BBC
entered: Jan Lettens
category: archaeology, discovery
31/01/2015 ss Great Britain wreck site uncovered


A team of archaeologists led by Professor Mark Horton from the University of Bristol believe they have found the site where the ss Great Britain ran aground. Brunel's ship ran aground in Dundrum Bay, Northern Ireland after its captain made an error of judgement on a journey in 1846.


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more info: bbc.com/news/uk-england-30951924
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 BBC
entered: Jan Lettens
category: archaeology, discovery
26/01/2015 Ancient underwater forest discovered off Norfolk coast

Ancient underwater forest discovered off Norfolk coast.

Nature experts have discovered a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old under the sea close to the Norfolk coast.
The trees were part of an area known as 'Doggerland' which formed part of a much bigger area before it was flooded by the North Sea. It was once so vast that hunter-gatherers who lived in the vicinity could have walked to Germany across its land mass.

The underwater forest was discovered by Dawn Watson and Rob Spray from Sea Search on a diving trip to study marine life. The prehistoric forest lay undiscovered until it was exposed by the extreme storms along the east of England coast in December 2013.


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more info: bbc.com/news/uk-england-30905267
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 BBC
entered: Jan Lettens
category: archaeology, discovery
06/01/2015 MV Cemfjord wreck found.
The wreck of the MV Cemfjord has been located in the eastern approaches to the Firth by the lighthouse tender, Pharos, using sonar equipment.

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more info: bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-30689218
entered: Allen Tony
category: new wreck
04/01/2015 Cargo ship aground off the IOW
The 180 metre car transporter MV Hoegh Osaka was heading to Germany when it ran on to the Brambles Bank, in the entrance to Southampton Water, at about 21:30 GMT, the RNLI said. The ship's crew of 25 are being rescued from the water and onboard the vessel, which is listing at 45 degrees.

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more info: bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-30670746
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  bbc.co.uk
entered: Allen Tony
category: new wreck
04/01/2015 Cargo ship MV Cemfjord sinks off the Pentland Firth
Lifeboats searching near the wreck of the Cemfjord have started to return to their home ports, with hopes of finding survivors said to be "very slim". The ship is believed to have sunk off the north of Scotland. There has been no sign of the eight-strong crew. The vessel's upturned hull was found by a passing ferry in the Pentland Firth on Saturday. There had been no distress call from the ship, which was carrying a bulk load of cement from Denmark. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the search had involved two helicopters and four lifeboats, assisted by coastguard rescue teams from Kirkwall, St Margaret's Hope, Duncansby, Scrabster and Wick. HMS Somerset and its helicopter also joined the search.

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more info: bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-30670842
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  bbc.co.uk
entered: Allen Tony
category: new wreck
31/12/2014 Wreck of the AirAsia airplane in 30 meters depth
According to media reports, the plane crashed have been seen at the bottom of the Java Sea. Six bodies had been recovered. Jakarta. The wreckage of the crashed machine AirAsia has been found according to media reports. The crew of Indonesian Navy ship had taken pictures that showed the wreck west of Kumai on Borneo in about 24 to 30 meters depth. In the region of the first wreckage and victims had been sighted at the water surface. The wreck lies according to these data with the roof down. The Airbus A320 of the airline had disappeared on the way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore from radar. On board were 162 people, mostly Indonesians.

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related wrecks:  A320-216 Air Asia PK-AXC (+2014)
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 Abendblatt
entered: M.K.
category: new wreck
21/12/2014 An unknown Russian Ship sank in Artic
A Russian ship sinks in the Arctic Ocean. The incident initially took place a few weeks ago, but footage has just resurfaced online. It appears all persons made it out in time to watch their vessel sink from a safe distance.

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more info: youtube.com/watch?v=bdeltmenfva
entered: M.K.
category: new wreck
19/12/2014 Smart fore bow raised
 
Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Titan Salvage has successfully refloated the bow, the largest and most challenging section of the wrecked bulk carrier Smart, and then scuttled it in designated waters. The vessel was carrying a load of coal when it went aground in August 2013 in heavy seas in Richards Bay, South Africa.
 
related wrecks:  Smart MV (fore section) (+2013)
ref. used: 
 Marinelog
entered: M.K.
category: new wreck
12/12/2014 Norwegians found a Aircraft Bomber
This bombers attacked the German "Tirpitz" Norwegian scientists have in a fjord the wreck of a British Halifax bomber found that had to ditch in 1942 after the attack on the largest German battleship. One of the four engines of Halifax with the serial number W7656. My luck was probably just exhausted. For the third time since March 30 and April 27, 1942, the crew of Flight Lieutenant Petley was launched on 28 April 1942 to attack one of the most important strategic naval targets: The German giant battleship "Tirpitz", which was in a fjord in Southern Norway and the Allied supply routes threatened on the North Atlantic. But while Petley and his co-pilot Sergeant Granger had controlled machine twice their less healthy return to base, they were hit hard this time and had to ditch in the early morning of April 29, 1942. Four men, including the two pilots who made it into the lifeboat; the other two sank with the wreck of the Handley Page Halifax with the serial number W7656. More than 72 years later, Norwegian scientists and students now have most likely found the wreck. It is about 180 meters depth in a fjord in Trondheim and is identified by its characteristic shape of the cockpit window as machine from an early series of the first British bomber with four engines. While were on the three attacks on the "Tirpitz", which were attended by Petley and his crew, a total of ten machines Halifax lost, but only the W7656 sank approximately where now the researchers at the University of Trondheim were successful with a submersible robot. The "Tirpitz" was protected by numerous antiaircraft guns and smoke ships Become aware of the team was led by Martin Ludvigsen from the Marine Research Institute by the words of a contractor, who had joined in preparations for oil rigs on an unknown object. But first, the scientists found that it was a downed Halifax. The fight against the "Tirpitz" was a priority for the Royal Navy. Which at the time largest battleship in the world (the even larger Japanese ships "Yamato" and Musashi "were not yet fully operational, which is also larger ships of the American" Iowa "class were first under construction) threatened the Allied supply routes across the Atlantic. Only with concentration of all forces had succeeded in May 1941 to track the sister ship of the "Tirpitz", the "Bismarck" and sink. A similar operation would not have been possible in the spring of 1942, because the Royal Navy had now suffered heavy losses in East Asia and the US Navy was unable, in view of the Japanese advance in the Pacific, to send capital ships in the Atlantic. All other Allied ships but the enormous fire strong "Tirpitz" was far superior. The "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord in July 1942 Hitler did not want to risk using the "Bismarck" to lose the other new capital ship of the Navy - and ordered to transfer the "Tirpitz" to Norway. From here, the giant indeed launched in the following months, several smaller forays into the North Atlantic, but scored no sinkings. Nevertheless, forced the sheer presence of the battleship Royal Navy, ready to hold heavy units for counter-attacks. The Royal Air Force was ordered to attack the battleship and immobilize - the old-fashioned biplane of the British aircraft carriers were not in a position. But in Faettenfjord it was well protected within a double barrier of Torpedo barrier nets, also surrounded by 17 anti-aircraft and eight old, and often requisitioned "smoke ships". They produced an impending air attack with their deliberately set on poor combustion engine a smoke curtain that made an accurate goals impossible. The first attack on the night of 30 to 31 March 1942, the Halifax used 34-pound bombs dropped in 2000, but missed all her goal. But the "Tirpitz" to prevent from leaking, it had to be not necessarily a direct hit. It was enough, if you made the fjord impassable. Therefore, the tactics of the two attacks was changed in late April. Well Lancaster bombers should discard the even larger 4000-pound bombs that did not fit into the wells of Halifax. Their task was now rather to throw 1,000 pounds mines in the fjord; four of them could get to the finish each machine. Beginning of 1942 was the "Tirpitz" the greatest operational battleship in the world. Its main armament were eight 38-inch guns That was dangerous, because mines had to be dropped at low altitude - 50 meters above the water surface. On the night of 27 to 28 April, five of the 40 employed Halifax were lost; in the following night, when the re-attack the defenders of the German battleship surprised, only two - including the W7656 Lieutenant Petley. The four survivors of ditching were rescued after three hours in the lifeboat by Norwegians, but immediately handed over to the German occupation forces, Petley and his three comrades spent the rest of the war in various prison camps of the Wehrmacht. Missing were the navigator Alfred Columbine and a New Zealander named Evans; they were probably killed in the ditching. Maybe remains of their dead bodies in the newly discovered wreck would secure yet. But it is not the custom to recover dead soldiers from their graves in the sea. The two children of Columbine, the 75-year-old Sylvia Ireland and the 72-year-old David Columbine, who was born after the crash of Halifax, know now that her father might have found his last resting.

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more info: welt.de/geschichte/zweiter-weltkrieg/article135291432/dieser-bomber-attackiert..website
related wrecks:  Halifax Bomber (+1942)
ref. used: 
 Welt
entered: M.K.
category: archaeology, discovery
12/12/2014 Indonesia presents German U-boat wreck
 
Under the code name "monsoon" continued in 1943 a group of eleven German submarines to the Indian Ocean. This included U-168th His remains were now presented by archaeologists in Jakarta. In the spring of 1943 had Karl Doenitz, just ordered the commander of the Navy, realize that the Wehrmacht was also urged to sea on the defensive. More and more U-boats were lost, at the same time decreased the number of Allied tonnage sunk. In this situation, Doenitz took up a proposal of distant allies Japan. Its navy had offered the end of 1942 to build in Penang on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, a German U-boat base. Under the code name "monsoon" was towards the Indian Ocean in march immediately set a group of eleven submarines. One of these boats was U-168, which expired from the Breton port of Lorient in July 1943. In October 1944 it was sunk off the coast of East Java. As a final position applies: 6.20 south latitude and 111.28 east longitude. In this area, Fischer made a remarkable discovery in the fall of 2013. They found the wreckage of a submarine. Specialists of the Indonesian archeology authority quickly found out that it was a German U-boat in World War II. Its shell is destroyed to more than one-third, it said. Inside 17 skeletons were found in addition to equipment and "Nazi regalia". Because of the lack of tower number was a final identification but not possible. Now other findings were presented from dives to the submarine in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Officers of the Indonesian Navy're now quite certain that we can assign the found pieces of U-168. However, an elevation of the wreck as a prerequisite for further investigations should fail in the costs. U-168 was a submarine of type IX C / 40th It was 76 meters long, 6.5 meters wide, displaced 1,153 tons submerged, reaching over water at a speed of 18 knots. The crew included 44 to 48 men, the main armament consisted of six torpedo tubes with 22 bullets. The maximum depth was 200 meters. Because despite technical modifications, the maximum range was above water only at 14,000 miles, the boat was dependent on supply submarines that supplied it with fuel. Since some of the designated U-tanker had been caught already in the Bay of Biscay from a hunt group of US Navy submarines had some of the company reverse "Monsoon", five were sunk. After 132 days at sea, the boat reached under the command of Lieutenant Helmuth Pich the base in Penang. From there, ran U-168 from three patrols, on which many coastal sailors and four more ships were sunk. This was measured by the effort and the numbers from previous years, little. Nevertheless summed Doenitz that the sea area between Madagascar and Mauritius have proven to be the most "successful surgical area the last time." In addition, the German naval staff pursued with the operations of another purpose. She wanted to run their Japanese allies in mind could be a U-boat warfare against merchant ships as successful. In vain. By war's end, the Imperial Navy should adhere to its principle that submarines should be used mainly against warships. During the end of 1944 the war in Europe already approached the borders of the Empire and thus the operation possibilities of the Navy significantly restricted, were still controlled by the Japanese army Malaya (Malaysia) and the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Beginning of October 1944 was U-168 from Jakarta to be fitted in Surabaya for use any time. On the way there the boat on October 6 by the Dutch submarine "Hr. Ms. Zwaardvisch" was spotted and shot with torpedoes. The commander and 26 of his men were saved. The remains of the other crew are now clearly identified.
more info: welt.de/geschichte/zweiter-weltkrieg/article135283295/indonesien-praesentiert-..website
related wrecks:  U-168 (+1944)
ref. used: 
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entered: M.K.
category: archaeology, discovery
01/12/2014 Tjipetir mystery: why rubber-like blocks wash up on beaches?
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For the past few years, 100-year-old rubber-like blocks from Indonesia have been mysteriously washing up on beaches in the UK and northern Europe. The TITANIC has been suggested as one of the possible sources - but now a beachcomber says she may have solved the puzzle of the Tjipetir blocks. They most probably come from the Japanese liner MIYAZAKI MARU.
more info: bbc.com/news/magazine-30043875
related wrecks:  Miyazaki Maru (+1917), U-88 (+1917)
ref. used: 
 BBC News
entered: Jan Lettens
category: archaeology, discovery
04/11/2014 UKHO Updates Q3 2013 till Q1 2014


A huge update/synchronisation was done with the worldwide UKHO database. with the newest data (till 31st March 2014). In total, more than 125.000 updates have been done and some 3000 new wrecks added worldwide.
Click here to see the new entries and updates in British waters.

The 125.000 updates are not listed in that page, but can be seen using our updates page. To find updates in your area, select your favourite chart or any other chart in the update page.


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entered: Jan Lettens
category: wrecksite
02/11/2014 Trawler Ocean Way missing
Missing trawler: One dead as search continues off Farne Islands Ocean Way The Ocean Way is registered in Fraserburgh A trawlerman plucked from the North Sea with two other crew members has died, as the search continues for the remaining missing sailors. The Ocean Way, registered in Fraserburgh, was last heard from about 100 miles east of the Farne Islands. Helicopters from the UK and Norway were involved in the hunt for the British skipper and his four Filipino crew. Three people were winched to safety but one subsequently died. Two others remain missing. The rescued men were taken to Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington. 'Mayday message' The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said an RAF helicopter initially winched two people to safety who were found in the water. Later, another member of the crew was recovered but efforts were continuing to find the remaining two. The boat is believed to have sailed from North Shields on Saturday. On Sunday it transmitted an emergency beacon, sparking the rescue mission. A statement from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "The emergency beacon from the vessel began transmitting earlier today. "Since then the coastguard have been trying to contact the skipper and have also been broadcasting mayday relay messages which have been requesting all shipping to look out for the missing crew. An RAF rescue helicopter began the search and was joined by the Norwegian helicopter Rescue 1. Mike Puplett, the Humber Coastguard watch manager, said: "We will continue searching as long as necessary."

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more info: bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-29872188
related wrecks:  Ocean Way MFV (FR349) (+2014)
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entered: M.K.
category: new wreck
27/10/2014 Lee Joon-seok is sentenced 36 years, instead Death
South Korea ferry disaster: prosecutors seek death penalty for captain Prosecution tells court Lee Joon-seok should be sentenced to death after more than 300 killed in capsized ferry The Guardian, Monday 27 October 2014 08.05 GMT South Korea prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Lee Joon-seok, captain of the Sewol ferry that sank in April with the loss of more than 300 lives. South Korea prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Lee Joon-seok, captain of the Sewol ferry that sank in April with the loss of more than 300 lives. South Korean prosecutors have sought the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people, most of them schoolchildren, dead or missing in a trial of 15 crew who escaped the vessel before it sank. Lee Joon-seok, 68, who has been charged with homicide, should be sentenced to death for failing to carry out his duty, the prosecution told the court, resting its case in a trial that has taken place amid intense public anger towards the crew. Lee was among 15 accused of abandoning the sharply listing ferry after telling the passengers to stay put in their cabins. Four, including the captain, face homicide charges. The rest face lesser charges, including negligence. A three-judge panel is expected to announce its verdicts in November. No formal pleas have been made but Lee has denied intent to kill. Several defendants have been sentenced to death in South Korea in recent years but there have been no executions since 1997. “Lee supplied the cause of the sinking of the Sewol … he has the heaviest responsibility for the accident,” the lead prosecutor in the case, Park Jae-eok, said. “We ask that the court sentence him to death.” The prosecutors sought life sentences for the other three charged with homicide, and prison terms varying from 15 to 30 years for the rest. The Sewol capsized and sank on a routine voyage on 16 April, triggering an outpouring of nationwide grief and sharp criticism of the government of President Park Geun-hye for its handling of the rescue operation. The crew members on trial have said they thought it was the coastguard’s job to evacuate passengers. Video footage of their escape triggered outrage, especially after survivors testified they repeatedly told passengers to stay put.

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more info: theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/27/south-korea-ferry-disaster-prosecutors-death..website
related wrecks:  Sewol MV (+2014)
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entered: M.K.
category: legal, law, crime
22/10/2014 German Uboat U-576 found off Cape Hatteras
 
A World War II German U-boat, sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic more than 72 years ago, has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday. The German sub, the U-576, was found at the bottom of the Atlantic 30 miles off Cape Hatteras and just 240 yards from an American merchant ship, the merchant tanker Bluefields, which was part of a 24-ship U.S. convoy heading from Virginia to Key West, Florida, on July 14, 1942.
more info: cnn.com/2014/10/21/us/north-carolina-u-boat-wreck/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
related wrecks:  U-576 (+1942), Bluefields MV (+1942)
entered: Allen Tony
category: archaeology, discovery
15/10/2014 iOS8 & wrecksite

Two members have reported severe problems with the wrecksite after upgrading their computer/iPhone/iPad to iOS8 and using Safari as browser.

Some of the issues reported:
1) charts can not be clicked anymore
2) textboxes have become invisible, making it impossible to login.

We are looking at a possible solution, but for the time being, we advise not to update to iOS8, if there is no urgent need.

Anyone able to help solve this problem is welcome, as we are in shortage of time.

EDIT: As a follow up, we believe we have now solved this problem (dd. 9/11/2014)


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entered: Jan Lettens
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11/10/2014 Tides 2015 ready
 
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entered: Jan Lettens
category: wrecksite
13/09/2014 Franklin expedition ship pieces believed discovered in Arctic
 
Franklin expedition ship pieces believed discovered in Arctic Search by Parks Canada and partners for long-lost 19th-century Northwest Passage expedition started in 2008 CBC News Posted: Sep 08, 2014 7:16 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 09, 2014 7:08 AM ET An archeology team has discovered pieces from the long-lost 19th-century Franklin expedition ships — "the first discovery" of its kind in modern times, the government of Nunavut announced on Monday. Franklin expedition ship An iron fitting from a Royal Navy ship, identified as part of a boat-launching davit and bearing two broad arrows, was found on an island in the southern search area. (Douglas Stenton, Government of Nunavut) "A wooden object, possibly a plug for a deck hawse, the iron pipe through which the ship’s chain cable would descend into the chain locker below, was also discovered." Archeologist Doug Stenton headed the three-member team from the Nunavut government that found the items on an island in the Queen Maud Gulf near Nunavut's King William Island on Sept. 1. "The iron fitting was lying on the shore, adjacent to a rock, a large rock, and the wooden artifact was a bit farther away, a bit farther from the shoreline," Stenton told CBC News. Franklin expedition ships A close-up reveals the Royal Navy broad arrows stamped at the base of the davit heel. The number 12 is also visible. (Douglas Stenton, Government of Nunavut) In 1845, Sir John Franklin and 128 sailors embarked from England to find the Northwest Passage aboard the ships Erebus and Terror. Search parties later recorded Inuit testimony that claimed one ship sank in deep water west of King William Island and one ship went perhaps as far south as Queen Maud Gulf or into Wilmot and Crampton Bay. 'Exciting and significant' Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna congratulated the archeological team, made up of experts from Nunavut, the federal government and private partners. “Congratulations to Nunavut’s archeological team for uncovering this important element of our territory’s history," Taptuna said. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who is also the MP for Nunavut, told CBC News the discovery was both "significant" and "exciting." She applauded the government of Nunavut's efforts in finding pieces from what she deemed "the most sought-after shipwreck in Canadian history, if not the world." "This is huge news for the history buffs out there, it's great news for Canadian arctic history, for people in the Arctic — and it's exciting, it's just very exciting. I commend the Nunavut government team for their contribution to this effort," Aglukkaq said. Andrew Campbell, the vice president for Parks Canada, told CBC News the pieces were found on Hat Island, located south west of King William Island. Campbell said a team of experts is in the process of analyzing the pieces. Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service first started searching for the ill-fated Franklin expedition ships in 2008.
more info: cbc.ca/news/politics/franklin-expedition-ship-pieces-believed-discovered-in-ar..website
related wrecks:  Terror HMS (+1848), Erebus HMS (+1848)
ref. used: 
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entered: M.K.
category: archaeology, discovery
13/09/2014 Philippines search for survivors after ferry sinks
The MV Maharlika II ferry sank north-west off Panaon Island, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says. She was carrying 84 passengers and crew and sank in bad weather. An order to abandon ship was given at around 21:20 (13:20 GMT) 09/13/2004 after the vessel encountered strong winds and huge waves, coast guard officials say. Rescue boats had trouble reaching survivors because of the "huge waves," a spokesman for the council, Mina Marasigan, told AFP news agency.

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more info: bbc.com/news/world-asia-29193653
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entered: Allen Tony
category: new wreck
09/09/2014 Fabled Franklin Arctic ship found
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One of two British explorer Sir John Franklin ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. The loss of the ships prompted one of largest searches in history, running from 1848 to 1859.
more info: bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29131757
related wrecks:  Erebus HMS (+1848), Terror HMS (+1848)
ref. used: 
 BBC
entered: Jan Lettens
category: archaeology, discovery
23/08/2014 Major Update British Charts
At this time, wrecksite is updating about 800 charts from the British Islands to their newest Revision. Most of the updated charts show more colours for depth contours, buoys and lighthouse directions. Some of the Belgian, French and Netherlands maps will be updated as well. All of this work will be done by Jan Lettens.

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entered: Jan Lettens
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23/08/2014 Major Updates South-Africa & Namibia
The wrecksite is now updating the South-African and Namibian maps with Fedde Van Den Bosch's wreck database, for which we have been fiven permission to take over. The updates include many new historic ships, south-african trawlers and other vessels not listed before in wrecksite. These updates are being done by Nico Vleggeert and Jan Lettens.

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entered: Jan Lettens
category: wrecksite
20/08/2014 USS Houston wreck found in Java Sea
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The US Navy has confirmed a wreck found on the bottom of the Java Sea is the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese in World War Two. The wreck is the final resting place of as many as 700 US sailors and marines, the Navy said. US and Indonesian divers discovered evidence that pieces of the hull and unexploded ordnance had been removed. The site is a popular underwater dive spot, and officials are co-ordinating its conservation. "In my discussions with our Indonesian navy partners, they share our sense of obligation to protect this and other gravesites," Adm Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. The Houston, nicknamed "the Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast", sank during the Battle of Sunda Strait on 28 February 1942. Its commanding officer, Capt Albert Rooks, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest US military decoration, for extraordinary heroism during the battle. All 1,068 sailors and marines on board were presumed dead after the sinking. But when the war ended in 1945, 291 sailors and marines who survived the sinking and three years in prisoner of war camps were repatriated to the US. US officials laid a wreath at the site in June to commemorate the loss of the ship, but it was only on Monday that the Navy's History and Heritage Command confirmed the wreck was consistent with the sunken warship.
more info: bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28857195
related wrecks:  Houston USS (CA-30) [+1942]
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entered: Allen Tony
category: archaeology, discovery
19/08/2014 Puerto Natales Ferry Wreck
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Puerto Natales, Chile: Approximately 50 kilometers from the port town of Puerto Natales ran a ferry on base. Passengers and crew members who survived the capsizing of its ferry unharmed. The ship was, according to media reports on Monday (local time) capsized in the south of the country - 50 kilometers away from Puerto Natales. The accident was caused by the wreck by an underwater obstacle that tore a hole in the hull. In addition to the 17 passengers are 28 crew members were on board. They all survived the capsizing of the boat unharmed. The accident occurred about 3000 kilometers south of the capital Santiago de Chile, near the Strait of Magellan.
more info: t-online.de/fotografie/id_18045204/tid_embedded/sid_43385764/si_2/fotografie-b..website
related wrecks:  Amadeo I MV (+2014)
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  navimag.com
entered: M.K.
category: new wreck
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