17th Century Shipwreck Salvage Story Just Published


John Clifford

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Here is a link from www.cnn.com:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/18/treasure.ship.ap/index.html

Apparently another shipwreck salvage project has yielded "quite a bonanza" for its backers. This is the same exploration group that located the SS Republic off the Georgia Coast four years ago.
The name of the sunken ship was not identified; am sure that detail will be released in the next few days.
The main item was that it is believed to be a ship lost near England sometime in the 17th Century. The British Government is said to be an eventual recipient for part of the salvage haul.

The estimated value of the items may be $500 million. Stay Tuned.
 
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From The BBC:

Spain targets US treasure ships
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A Spanish court has ordered the interception of two US boats should they leave Gibraltar, amid a row over treasure from a shipwreck.
A judge in Cadiz instructed police to capture the ships if they entered Spanish waters, Spanish media said.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, which owns the ships, recently said it had found $500m (£253m) in coins from a wreck somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

Spain has launched legal action amid rumours it was found off Spain.
Story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6725059.stm

Comment: Don't kid yourself. no matter which way this goes, it's all about the money! Stsy tuned for further developments.​
 
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The ship may be the HMS Sussex actually which sank in 1694 carrying gold bullion.
I have a book called "Deep-Sea Detectives" by Peter R. Limburg that says this company was looking for it and that it may be possibly in spanish waters.
(Good book btw, it applies forensic science to wrecks. Has a good chapter on the marine electric, gaul, ect, good reading if you can find it)
 
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Sorry about the delay, but have been working and not able to get on as much as i'd like.
There is an article in the diversnet news about it which is a fairly approximate confirmation if it's indeed the Sussex as they claim. , plus the book i mentioned previously said this same company was looking for it awhile back.
Basically the DN article says britain, spain and the salvage company have worked things out for the removal of the gold if it is indeed the Sussex.
 
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The plot thickens. From Yahoo News:

Spain intercepts US ship in treasure row
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MADRID (AFP) - Spanish police intercepted a ship belonging to US deep-sea explorer firm Odyssey on Thursday, officials said, in a row over a massive treasure haul recovered from a sunken wreck in the Atlantic.

An Odyssey official and British authorities in Gibraltar disputed Spain's actions, saying it had no jurisdiction over the waters where the authorities stopped the ship.
Story at http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070712/ts_afp/spainustreasure
 
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From The BBC:

Spain releases treasure-hunt ship
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A US treasure-hunting ship intercepted and searched by Spanish police investigating a mysterious haul of riches has been cleared to leave port.
The Ocean Alert is owned by a company in Miami which recently raised a record haul of silver coins from a shipwreck.

Spanish authorities suspect the discovery might have been made in their territorial waters.

But Gibraltar disputes the claim, saying the ship had been boarded in international waters.
More at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6903807.stm
 
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Just when you thought it was safe to dive on galleons, from the Khaleej Times OnLine:

Spain seizes US treasure ship at gunpoint
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GIBRALTAR - A Spanish warship seized a US treasure-hunting vessel at gunpoint on Tuesday, believing it had taken gold and silver worth millions of dollars from a sunken Spanish galleon, the US crew said.


The Spanish Navy corvette blocked the path of the Odyssey Explorer after it left Gibraltar, a British colony on the southern tip of Spain, and threatened to open fire when the captain refused to let police board.
Click on This Hotlink for the rest of the story.​
 
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Eeck looks like trouble. Spain has gone loopy. Why don't they go down and get the gold and leave our ships alone

Whens the Ocean Alert going to get its hard drives and other computer equipment back is what I want to know. I hope Spain issues an apology when they find their in error. Bet they won't though. If the salvagers did try to do some stealing well that's what they get. My sympathy is at low ebb for Salvagers.

Especially after certain salvagers played Jack The Ripper with the Persia when they salvaged it. Cut her to pieces.
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From The Houston Chronicle:

Spanish authorities release captain of treasure-hunting ship
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MADRID, Spain – The captain of a treasure-hunting ship intercepted in a dispute over a $500 million undersea find was released today after being held overnight for questioning in a southern Spanish port city, his company said.

Sterling Vorus was detained after his ship, the Odyssey Explorer, was seized Tuesday as it sailed into Spanish waters from the British colony of Gibraltar off Spain's southern tip, police said.
For the rest, see http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/5222314.html
 
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From The Tampa Bay Business Journal:

Spain ready to release Odyssey ship
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Spain's latest seizure of an Odyssey Marine Exploration ship is nearly over. Spanish authorities have notified the company that it is free to depart after the master of the vessel gives a statement and the judge issues the relevant order.

The Odyssey Explorer had been stopped Tuesday morning in international waters by the Spanish Navy and Guardia Civil and compelled under the force of arms to proceed into Algeciras, Spain, reportedly for court-ordered inspection. The master, a U.S. citizen, was temporarily taken into custody for allegedly failing to obey the court's order, but released the following morning, a release from Odyssey said.
Full story at http://tampabay.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2007/10/15/daily49.html?jst=cn_cn_lk
 
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From MSNBC:

Sunken treasure of silver now a court battle
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TAMPA, Fla. - The playground legal principle "Finders keepers, losers weepers" is being put to the test in an international dispute over what could be the richest sunken treasure ever found: 17 tons of silver coins brought up from a centuries-old shipwreck.

A Florida treasure-hunting company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, found the wreck at the bottom of the Atlantic and argues that the age-old law of the high seas entitles the finders to most or all of the booty, said to be worth around $500 million.

But the government of Spain suspects the ship was Spanish and says it has never expressly abandoned any of its vessels lost at sea. The kingdom has made it clear that if the treasure does have some connection to Spain, it wants every last coin returned.
Full story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22826040/

Comment: Hoo boy, this is going to be fun!​
 
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From Jacksonville.com:

Judge says treasure hunters may have to disclose identity of ship
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TAMPA, Fla. - A federal judge on Thursday said Tampa deep-sea explorers may be forced to provide to the Spanish government their "best available hypothesis" regarding the identity of a shipwreck that yielded an estimated $500 million in treasure.

An attorney for the Spanish government has complained that Odyssey Marine Exploration has failed to comply with a judge's order to hand over enough information about the shipwreck to determine if Spain has a claim to the 17 tons of colonial era coins salvaged from the wreck last year.
More at http://www.jacksonville.com/apnews/stories/030608/D8V87F300.shtml

Comment: Don't kid yourself. It's not the principle, it's all about the money.​
 
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From BYM:

USA & Spain. Federal Judge advances Odyssey shipwreck cases
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Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq: OMEX) has announced that United States Magistrate Judge, Mark Pizzo, has issued orders in three pending Admiralty cases that the Company believes will help to expeditiously move these cases forward. Two of the orders were in response to Spain’s Motions to Compel Compliance and to Declare Certain Materials as Not Confidential.
Full story at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=23813

Comment: And the game goes on!​
 
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From BYM:

Spain. Claim to one of Odyssey shipwrecks dismissed
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Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq
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MEX), the world leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, has announced that Spain’s claim in Admiralty case number 8:07-CV-00616 has been dismissed pursuant to a motion filed on behalf of the Government of Spain.
More at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=24636
 
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From Stockhouse.com:

Spain identifies ship in Odyssey case
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A U.S. lawyer representing Spain in the case of a sunken ship and its valuable haul said here Thursday that an inspection of artifacts from the wreck discovered by U.S. treasure hunters conclusively shows that it is a 19th century Spanish frigate.
For the rest, see http://www.stockhouse.com/News/USReleasesDetail.aspx?n=6890933
 
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From Odyssey Marine Explorations:

Odyssey Marine Exploration Shipwreck Expeditions to Become World Premiere Series on Discovery Channel
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Tampa, FL - May 27, 2008 - Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), the world leader in deep ocean shipwreck exploration, has granted Primetime Emmy® Award-winning JWM Productions exclusive access to film Odyssey's 2008 Atlas Search expeditions to produce a shipwreck exploration television series. Discovery Channel expects to premiere the 11-part High Definition (HD) series to worldwide audiences in 2009. Production is slated to begin immediately.
More at http://shipwreck.net/pr167.html

Comment: And we get Discovery HD at our house! This series should be interesting if they produce the same quality material that the Deep Sea Detectives did.​
 
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From Odyssey Marine Explorations:

Odyssey Marine Exploration Files Admiralty Arrests on Two Shipwreck Sites
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Tampa, FL - May 29, 2008 - Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), the world leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, today filed Admiralty Arrest Complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on two separate shipwreck sites recently discovered by the Company.
More at http://shipwreck.net/pr168.html
 

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