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40 Years Ago Today, The Edmund Fitzgerald Sank with 29 Crew Aboard “When the Gales of November Came Early”


Photo: AP/News Tribune files.

The Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot iron ore carrier broke up and sank with all 29 crew aboard in 80 mph winds and 25 foot seas approximately 17 miles off Whitefish Point, Michigan in Lake Superior forty years ago today.

Watch an early news report on the tragedy followed by Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” which he wrote two weeks later after he felt that the ship and her crew had been dishonored by an NPR piece which misprinted the the vessel’s name:

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Am I My Brother’s Eater? 5 Fishermen Survived on Seawater, Raw Fish and Urine While Clinging to Their Capsized Boat for A Week


The five fishermen ashore, happy to be alive. Days ago, these brothers were having to come to terms with the notion that they might have to eat one another. Photo by A Pratap.

Five shipwrecked fishermen returned home to Chinnai on Sunday morning after they had been presumed lost at sea for over a week.

Brothers Kadumbadi (28) and Mayandi (32), Sakthivel (23), Suresh (23) and Mani (25) left Kasimedu Fishing Harbour last week for what was to be a routine fishing excursion–a three hour tour, so to speak.

By the end of the day, the men were satisfied with their haul and only about 20 kilometers from shore, but just as they turned for home, the weather started getting rough:

“As we made our way back, the sea turned rough and soon a mighty wave swept us and our boat was capsized. Everything was washed away, and the five of us were hanging on to the boat. We spent eight days like that”, Mayandi told the Times of India.

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Shipwreck Booty and the Highest Price Ever Paid for a Dollar


The oldest coin minted in the Americas, is set to go on auction for the first time in almost 5 centuries. Discovered from a shipwreck in the early 1990’s, the ‘Foremost’ is an 8 reales minted in 1538 in Mexico, during the reign of Charles and Joanna of Spain and while Hernan Cortes was still exploring the territory after the Conquest.

The ‘first dollar’ of Mexico is technically the first such coin of the United States as well. The US-mint 1794-dollar was modeled after the ‘Foremost’ and sold at auction last year for $10 million dollars.

“We already have interested parties, which means this coin could break the record for the highest price ever paid for a ‘dollar’ that was not struck at a US mint.” says Agustin Garcia-Barneche V.P. of the auction company Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC. There will be worldwide interest, not just for the coin’s historical importance but also because collectors are confident about its extreme rarity.”

The first coin of the New World will be auctioned November 6th, in Orlando, Florida.

Something Rotten in Paradise: Diving Bermuda’s Gorgeous Shipwrecks


Shipwrecks are tragic. Shipwrecks are also, for divers far removed from the disaster itself, a chance to explore what happens when nature has its eventual way with mankind and its puny machines. Bermuda’s waters are known for having plenty of wrecks, even considering the ones that didn’t disappear entirely.

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Ancient Roman Ship May Have Carried Live Fish


June 3, 2011 — Found in 1986 six miles off the coast of Grado in northeastern Italy, this Roman shipwreck was recovered in pieces in 1999. Dating from the second century,  the 55-foot-long, 19-foot-wide trade vessel was packed with some 600 vases called amphoras.They were filled with sardines, salted mackerel and garum, a fish sauce much loved by the Romans.
Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Friuli Venezia Giulia

Recently, archaeologists found signs that Roman sailors maintained an oxygenated water fish tank on board the ship.


By Rossella Lorenzi, for Discovery News


The ancient Romans might have traded live fish across the Mediterranean Sea by endowing their ships with an ingenious hydraulic system, a new investigation into a second century A.D. wreck suggests.

Consisting of a pumping system designed to suck the sea water into a fish tank, the apparatus has been reconstructed by a team of Italian researchers who analyzed a unique feature of the wreck: a lead pipe inserted in the hull near the keel.

Recovered in pieces from the Adriatic sea in 1999, the ship was carrying a cargo of processed fish when it sank six miles off the coast of Grado in northeastern Italy…

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Castle Bravo, The USA’s Biggest Atomic Bomb Test on the Bikini Atoll

In terms of TNT tonnage equivalence, Castle Bravo was about 1,200 times more powerful than the atomic bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

When Bravo was detonated, it formed a fireball almost four and a half miles (roughly 7 km) across within a second. This fireball was visible on the Kwajalein atoll over 250 miles (450 km) away. The explosion left a crater of 6,500 feet (2,000 m) in diameter and 250 feet (75 m) in depth.

The following pictures are remains of various ships wrecked during atomic bomb test in the Bikini Atoll, some by accident, some on purpose: USS Saratoga, USS Anderson, and USS Apogon. Some of the most beautiful underwater pictures you could ever see.

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*Chris DeJong via Blackgang*

The Titanic, Scanned

Dave Gallo and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute are launching an expedition to create a precise 3d scan of the Titanic before it deteriorates further. Previous trips to the ship. Previous trips have been for “exploration or adventure” but this trip is archeological in nature, meant to scan the ship’s entirety using robots with cameras and sonar, including the remaining estimated 40-50% that has never been seen before. [Expedition Titanic via Reuters]