The SS “Leecliffe Hall” sailing on the Welland Canal, Ontario, shortly before it sank in the St. Lawrence.
(Matt Miner Collection)
The St. Lawrence is one of the most difficult rivers in the world to navigate. It has been the site of collisions, groundings and shipwrecks. Several thousand wrecks lie beneath its surface.
A view of the bow of the Endurance.
Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Geographic
Earlier this month, one of the most famous shipwrecks in history was discovered in a part of Antarctica claimed by multiple nations.
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.
The wreck of the SS Gothenburg.
Queensland Museum Network
Throughout the past 230 years, over 1,200 vessels met their end on the reef – but only 114 have been found.
Shipwrecks, plane crashes and lost desert expeditions in Australian history all feature stories of horror and disaster that rival the thrilling TV show Yellowjackets.
Panoramic view of the Batavia ship exterior oak planking.
Patrick E. Baker/Western Australian Museum
Archival records of Dutch timber trade before 1650 are rare or lost. But the wooden timbers of the Batavia contain many secrets.
Money cowries (Monetaria moneta) retrieved from the São Bento.
Mudzunga Munzhedzi (2019). KwaZulu-Natal Museum
Money cowries were used for thousands of years as currency across the Indo-Pacific world but introduced into Atlantic commercial networks relatively late.
It should be obvious to this diver that this is a shipwreck and not a reef, but what about to someone looking at a image of this spot taken from an aircraft?
It’s difficult to tell a shipwreck from a natural feature on the ocean floor in a scan taken from a plane or ship. This project used deep learning to get it right 92% of the time.
Tube worms, anemones and mussels clustered near a hydrothermal vent on the Galapagos Rift.
NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011/Flickr
Oceanographer Robert D. Ballard, who is best known for finding the wreck of Titanic, has written a memoir recounting his biggest discoveries and calling for more ocean exploration.
NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island
A recent ruling allowing a new expedition to the Titanic wreck gives the go ahead to commercial exploitation.
Macbeth’s Scottish heaths may seem a long way from tropical Queensland, but there are points of connection.
Seeking ways to engage students with Shakespeare’s Scottish play in far north Queensland, highlights disjunctions and surprising correlations between play and place.
Nature’s bank vault.
The sediments that accumulate beneath seagrass meadows can act as secure vaults for shipwrecks and other precious artefacts, by stopping water and oxygen from damaging the delicate timbers.
A replica of HMB Endeavour in 2011.
As the first European seafaring vessel to reach the east coast of Australia, the Endeavour – much like James Cook himself – has become part of Australia’s national mythology.
Tudor warship, part of a manuscript presented to Henry VIII in 1546 by Anthony Anthony.
The cargo ship was built at around the time that England was beginning to look further afield for trade opportunities.
Sea War Museum
Raising U-3523 wouldn’t be worth the incredible cost.
The stern of HMAS Sydney.
Courtesy of Curtin University and WA Museum. © WA Museum
More than 48 shipwrecks have been illicitly salvaged - and the figure may be much higher. Museums can play a key role in the protection of these wrecks, alongside strategic recovery and legislative steps.
Louis XVI giving final instructions to the Comte de La Perouse in 1785, before La Perouse embarked on his fateful expedition to the Southern Hemisphere.
State Library of NSW
The French La Pérouse expedition left Botany Bay in 1788, and then vanished, rumoured to be wrecked in the Solomon Islands. But an Indian newspaper article might reveal the fate of its survivors.
Chinese ceramics recovered from the 9th century Belitung shipwreck in Indonesia, now held at the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore)
ArtScience Museum Singapore
Archaeologists this week found that more than half of of HMAS Perth, a WWII wreck in Indonesia, has disappeared. It’s now a race to protect the millions of other wrecks and sunken cities lying under the oceans.
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.