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November 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
After searching the ocean for more than 10 years, marine explorers found crates of gold at the site of a Civil War-era shipwreck about 100 miles east of Savannah. Archeologists and technicians from Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. found at least two wooden crates of gold coins buried in the sediment, said company spokeswoman Laura Lionetti Barton. The gold's worth is not yet known. Barton said that her company had been awarded temporary legal custody of all that is recovered from the wreck.
August 16, 2003 | From Associated Press
Salvage crews were struggling Friday to keep a grounded oil tanker from completely breaking up off Pakistan's southern coast and blocking part of a major shipping channel near Karachi, the country's biggest city, officials said. The Greek-registered ship's hull split in two Thursday, and pipes within the vessel were holding the wreckage together and keeping it from floating away, said Brig. Iftikhar Arshad, general manager of the Karachi Port Trust, which operates the port.
February 11, 2003 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
A space shuttle fragment recovered last week has been positively identified as a piece of Columbia's left wing, where sensors recorded a series of temperature spikes and other failures moments before the craft disintegrated, NASA said Monday. The wing fragment is regarded as the most valuable find in a painstaking hunt over hundreds of miles of territory, but a senior NASA official said it was still too early to tell how the piece would ultimately fit into the puzzle.
August 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Human remains were found in the gun turret of the Civil War ship Monitor, two days after the 140-year-old relic was raised from the Atlantic Ocean floor off North Carolina, project officials said. The bones, along with buttons and a pocketknife, were found by workers clearing the turret. Portions of another skeleton were found Sunday. Sixteen men died when the Monitor sank during a storm in December 1862.
August 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. company that has the rights to salvage and display artifacts from the Titanic said it has asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that bans it from selling items recovered from the sunken ship. RMS Titanic Inc., based in Atlanta, argues that a federal appeals court was wrong when it ruled in April that the company did not have proper title to the 6,000 items it salvaged from the vessel.
August 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Strong undersea currents and shifting winds delayed an attempt to raise the 120-ton revolving gun turret of the Civil War ironclad the Monitor from 240 feet under the Atlantic Ocean's surface 16 miles off Cape Hatteras. Cmdr. Bobbie Scholley, the Navy's commander for the expedition, said the operation could take place today. Raising the turret is the last big job in a five-year effort to save the ship's unique features.
June 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The Russian navy has lifted a large fragment of the nose section of the nuclear submarine Kursk from the floor of the Barents Sea, officials said. The Kursk exploded and sank in August 2000, killing all 118 people aboard. The bulk of the vessel was raised last October. The Kursk's fore section, which was mangled by powerful explosions, was sawed off and had remained on the sea floor because of fears it might break off and destabilize the earlier operation.
May 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
FLORIDA * Efforts to right and fully sink a retired Navy ship resumed after a three-day delay due to high wind and seas. The 510-foot Spiegel Grove sank upside-down May 17, hours before it was to be scuttled as an artificial reef and diving attraction. The ship is in about 130 feet of water, its stern on the bottom but its bow protruding from the ocean six miles off Key Largo.
December 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The San Diego Sheriff's Department has suspended its search for the third person aboard a plane that crashed into the ocean Tuesday off San Onofre State Beach. A helicopter searched the shoreline Friday morning for signs of Edward Muhammad, 25, of Inglewood, but found nothing. The Sheriff's Department search and rescue dive team now is helping collect evidence and debris, said Sheriff's Lt. Guy Chambers.
November 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
After struggling for three days against 30-foot storm swells and winds of more than 50 mph, salvage workers succeeded Friday in attaching a rope to a drifting crude oil tanker and began towing it. Rough seas subsided and winds slackened enough to allow a helicopter to lower a six-person crew onto the deck of the 906-foot Atigun Pass, which had drifted to within 30 miles of the Washington coast Friday afternoon. The Coast Guard had feared it would hit land and begin leaking.
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