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June 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
The first 79,000 gallons of oil from a tanker that sank in the Atlantic off northwestern Spain in 2002 have been successfully extracted, officials said Saturday. The project is considered one of the most difficult oil cleanup operations ever attempted because the tanker, the Prestige, is resting 2 1/2 miles below the surface.
February 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The lower Mississippi River was partially reopened to heavy ships after salvage crews moved a sunken vessel that had been blocking the river's only deep opening into the Gulf of Mexico. Traffic was restricted to one direction at a time and the Coast Guard kept ships moving through the channel at least two miles apart, Coast Guard Capt. Ron Branch said. There were 69 ships waiting in the Gulf of Mexico to head upriver, and 47 vessels on the river waiting to head into the gulf.
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.
February 8, 2003 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Strange, sad things happen a lot in a town founded solely to sell beer in dry Dawson County. So people here raised their eyebrows but otherwise made little of the stiff pieces of a $10 bill floating in the sky and waddling in the dust the morning of Feb. 1. Then they learned the space shuttle Columbia had been lost. They flicked the pieces into an envelope, just in case. "Maybe the $10 came from there," Israel Ybanez, who incorporated this town in 1983, says, pointing to the sky.
December 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
Steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center was headed to a Mississippi shipyard Saturday to possibly become part of the bow of the USS New York, a warship named in honor of those who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. It was the Navy's idea to incorporate the steel into the vessel, said Capt. Kevin Wensing, a Navy public affairs officer in Washington.
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.
After nearly 140 years of resting on the ocean bottom off North Carolina, the massive gun turret of the Monitor--the first modern warship--was brought to the surface Monday evening along with its two large Dahlgren cannons. Strong undersea currents and bad weather Saturday had delayed the effort for two days, and another storm threatened the expedition today.
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