Shipwrecks being found on the ocean beds are really massive discoveries for scientists and historians looking for ways to probe into depths of history and find out more about times bygone.
A shipwreck treasure is more than just a treasure in monetary sense. It’s more like a time capsule that carries a glimpse of the past. Some the latest found shipwrecks that caught eye of the world are mentioned here:
1. Roman shipwreck found off the coast of Albania
This shipwreck was discovered by archeologists in August, 2011, somewhere near the port city of Vlora, about 140 kilometers southwest of the capital Tirana. An amazing addition to list of shipwrecks of the world, this particularly discovery has historians thrilled with the amazing store of information to be unearthed from it.
This particular ship is reported to have about 300 unbroken jars of wine which were believably being taken to western markets when the ship sunk. The discovery of this shipwreck is particularly exhilarating for historians considering its date and depth of discovery, enough to consider it one of the most intriguing shipwrecks found in the Mediterranean.
2. The Lake Ontario Shipwreck
Recently somewhere in early of July, 2011, a Canadian schooner believed to be about 158 years old was found off the shores of Lake Ontario, New York. The reports believe the ship to have been carrying about 480 tons of coal when it took its final dive. The cause of ship sink is believed to be a leak that developed on sides that was soaking in water too quickly for the crew to be able to ward off substantial damage.
The original search for this ship began somewhere in 2009 but was interrupted due to technical difficulties. However, two years later when finally the shipwreck was found, it has lots of stories to tell. Having been around half a century old when this ship finally met its end in mid 1800s, it’s a shipwreck treasure in true sense for the archeologists waiting to unearth shipping secrets of time back then.
3. Shipwrecks near English channel
In May 2008, the US treasure hunting company- Odyssey Marine exploration found two shipwrecks near English Channel. This amazing shipwreck found is believed to have been carrying artifacts from Colonial period along with coins in silver and gold that would stand worth $500 million presently.
The ship was believed to be bringing back treasure to Peru from an expedition when it was attacked by British warships, with a probable aim of plunder that led to sinking of this ship. Historians believe that this ship existed somewhere in 1800s. However ensuing a battle for rightful claim on this shipwreck many secrets from this ship has not been unraveled so far.
4. Shipwreck found in Lake Michigan
One of the most notable shipwrecks found in this last one decade was that of a 60-foot single masted sloop that was found in Lake Michigan. Having been found by Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates, this particular wreck was accidentally discovered by the excavators when they were studying another plane crash in the same area.
However, having chanced upon this shipping marvel, they discovered to have found remains of a single masted ship from around mid 1800s and believed to have been under water for more than 60 years now. Despite the long time, the ship is in considerably good shape, meaning there is an ample chance for researchers to find out more about engineering marvels of that era.
5. Shipwrecks found near China Coast
In December 2010, probably some of the most amazing shipwrecks of the world were found near the coast of china where a bunch of such sites were discovered. These sites are believed to be carrying remains of about 30 ships that had sunk at different times. All those ships are believed to have been carrying important merchandise at time of sinking.
That included goods like silk, ceramics, artifacts, pottery etc. Even though the research had been conducted somewhere in 2008 under a project named 908, its findings were released only in 2010. Study of those ship remains could possibly tell more about the common trading materials and trade routes that existed at that time especially for trade of valuables like silk and artifacts which are also believed to have been stolen in large number from these sites.
6. Ancient Roman Shipwrecks
Archeologists discovered shipwrecks of Roman ships, about 150 meters deep in the sea water, somewhere near the coast of Italy in 2009. These ships were supposedly carrying merchandise like pottery, vases and other cargo.
The exact location of ship’s remains is somewhere close to a tiny island belonging to the Archipelago group of islands lying between Rome and Naples. Most of the cargo being carried by this ship is intact which allows archeologists with a lot of material to base their findings on.
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