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  • Divers successfully recover cannons from Queen Anne's Revenge (Blackbeard's ship)

    06/22/2013 4:38:18 AM PDT · by csvset · 24 replies
    WSFX.com ^ | Jun 21, 2013 | WECT Staff
    ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WECT) – Divers trying to recover cannons from Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge wreck site off the coast of North Carolina were successful in their efforts Thursday. Bad weather forced the team to scrub the previous two trips, but the conditions were just right the third time around. A group from Cape Fear Community College used inflation bags to float two cannons to the surface. This is the first time the cannons have been out of the water in almost 300 years. According to David Hardin with CFCC, the cannons are estimated to weigh 2,000 pounds...
  • Caribbean Pirate Life: Tobacco, Ale ... and Fine Pottery

    09/03/2011 11:39:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, September 1, 2011 | Owen Jarus
    From historical records scientists had known that by 1720 these Caribbean pirates occupied a settlement called the "Barcadares," a name derived from the Spanish word for "landing place." Located 15 miles (24 kilometers) up the Belize River, in territory controlled by the Spanish, the site was used as an illegal logwood-cutting operation. The records indicate that a good portion of its occupants were pirates taking a pause from life at sea. Their living conditions were rustic to say the least. There were no houses, and the men slept on raised platforms with a canvas over them to keep the mosquitoes...
  • Henry Morgan's 1671 ship hull and chests rediscovered

    08/07/2011 10:14:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    3 News (New Zealand) ^ | Friday, August 5, 2011 | 3 News / Reuters
    A group of US archaeologists may have uncovered a section of hull and coral-covered chests that privateer Henry Morgan lost during his 1671 raid of Panama. The team from Texas State University is led by underwater archaeologist Frederick Hanselmann. He led last year's discovery of cannons at the mouth of the Chagres River that may also have belonged to five ships Morgan is believed to have lost. The team have been working slowly to uncover the wreckage of the ship that has been buried in the sand. "When we get to an archaeological site, like a shipwreck that has a...
  • Mullen Shocked by Pirate Attack on Supertanker

    11/17/2008 4:30:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 89 replies · 13,785+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2008 – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said he was shocked by the piracy of a Saudi Arabian supertanker 450 nautical miles off the coast of Kenya in the Arabian Sea. Mullen, speaking during a Pentagon news conference today, said the Sirius Star was attacked more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya. News reports indicate the pirates have hijacked the ship and are heading for the Somali port of Eyl. The ship is owned by a Saudi Arabian oil company and flagged in Liberia. Its crew of 25 includes citizens of Croatia, Great Britain, The Philippines,...
  • The Ancient Girl With The Golden Eye: 5,000 Year Old Priestess Found

    02/21/2007 2:40:41 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,213+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-12-2007
    The ancient girl with the golden eye: 5,000 year old priestess found Last updated at 14:21pm on 21st February 2007 The body of a strikingly tall 5,000-year-old woman with an artificial golden eye has been discovered in Iran. Archaeologists said the woman was a female soothsayer or priestess and would have transfixed those around her with her eyeball, making them believe she had occult powers and could see into the future. The 25-30-year old Persian woman, who was almost 6 feet tall, was also buried with an ornate bronze hand mirror so she could check her startling appearance. Italian and...
  • 4800-Year-Old Artificial Eyeball (Pics)

    12/21/2006 3:23:49 PM PST · by blam · 76 replies · 2,679+ views
    Med Gadget ^ | 12-20-2006
    December 20, 2006 4800-Year-Old Artificial Eyeball From the announcement by the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies, an educational and research group out of UK: Archaeologists in Burnt City announced unprecedented discovery of an artificial eyeball, dated to 4800 years ago, in this historic site. Announcing this news, director of Burnt City archaeology excavation team, Mansur Sajadi, said that this eyeball belongs to a sturdy woman who was between 25 to 30 years of age at the time of death. Skeletal remains of the woman were found in grave number 6705 of Burnt City's cemetery. Regarding the material used to make...
  • White House loot may be in shipwreck

    11/27/2005 2:37:52 PM PST · by wagglebee · 38 replies · 1,883+ views
    Halifax Herald ^ | 11/17/05 | Halifax Herald
    Nearly 200 years after it foundered near Prospect, a British naval ship could spark an international incident if treasure hunters are allowed access to it before archeologists, a Halifax documentary filmmaker says. Earlier this year Nova Scotia issued a treasure trove licence to a group seeking to recover the potential loot raided from the White House in the War of 1812 and sent to the bottom of the sea when a fleet of British ships went down in a storm before it reached the friendly port of Halifax. Arcadia Films producer John Wesley Chisholm has applied to the province for...
  • White House loot anchors fight over sunken bounty [War of 1812]

    09/22/2006 5:15:39 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 46 replies · 1,391+ views
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | 22. September 2006 | Alison Auld
    By Alison AuldThe Canadian PressHALIFAX (Sep 22, 2006) A stash of loot possibly stolen from the White House in the early 1800s is at the centre of an international dispute over who owns the bounty that now rests in a watery grave off the Nova Scotia coast.A U.S. exploration company has laid claim to the bounty on what it suspects is the HMS Fantome, a navy brig that was loaded with goods British and Canadian soldiers made off with after ransacking the White House and Capitol buildings during the War of 1812.The company, Sovereign Exploration Associates International Inc., has...