We’re searching for ways to use recovered bones and teeth to better understand time spent in the sea, and the overall journey of the mortal remains.
WikiCommons/Illustration by Samuel Atkins
I have worked on many shipwreck investigations and have been involved in the discovery of a couple of shipwreck sites of this period. Here’s what’s usually involved in identifying a ship.
A bathymetric map showing SS Iron Crown on the sea floor.
Finding the wreck of SS Iron Crown, lost underwater for more than 70 years, was the (relatively) easy part. It’s what we can learn from now on that’s the challenge.
The wreck of the British merchant ship SS Apapa, sunk by a German U-boat off Wales in 1917.
Wrecks like the recently discovered USS Juneau reveal much about combat on the oceans.
Paul Uhlmann, Batavia 4th June 1629 (night of my sickness), 2017, oil on canvas (detail, one of three panels).
Courtesy of the artist
The shipwreck of the Batavia and subsequent murders of 115 men, women and children have inspired many retellings. A new exhibition combines art and science to find new angles on an old tale.
HMS Terror. Engraving by George Back.
via Wikimedia Commons
168 years on, experts are finally uncovering the secrets of the Royal Navy’s tragic expedition to the Northwest Passage.
Chris Ison / PA Archive/Press Association Images
Historical insight is not the only thing that has been raised with the Mary Rose.
Illustration of the Mary Rose, c. 1546.
An assimilation of artistic, geographical and historical records offers the best reconstruction of the battle in which the Mary Rose sank yet.
HMS Terror thrown up by the ice. Engraving after a drawing by Captain George Back, from his 1836-37 Arctic expedition.
Captain George Back/Wikimedia Commons , PD-UK
On September 6, Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, announced that one of the fabled lost ships of Sir John Franklin’s expedition had been found off Hat Island, south-west of King William Island…
Men have almost double the chance of surviving a shipwreck compared to women, a new study has found. Economists from Uppsala…
We are still learning about the Mongolian invasions, 750 years after they happened.
Hanoi History Museum, James Delgado
Archaeologists from the University of the Ryukyus in Japan have discovered part of a 13th century ship that apparently belonged to Mongolian warlord Kublai Khan. The ship is believed to be a remnant of…
Fist-sized clumps of oil have washed ashore New Zealand beaches following the shipwreck of cargo boat Rena on Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga Harbour.
Experts have warned of damage to marine ecosystems after the cargo ship Rena struck a New Zealand reef and leaked around 50 tonnes of oil into the Bay of Plenty. New Zealand maritime authorities said on…
The SS Gairsoppa wreck is believed to hold $200 million worth of silver ingots.
BBC News has revealed that a shipwreck containing 200 tonnes of silver has been found in the Atlantic Ocean, 500 kilometres off the west coast of Ireland. It’s the largest haul of precious metal ever discovered…