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Imagine holding a piece of history in your hand, a golden treasure culled from a Spanish galleon that was driven by a hurricane onto the deadly coral reefs off the Florida Keys in 1622. The Nuestra Senora de Atocha, laden with the heaviest consignment of royal and private treasures from the New World, was buried by the forces of nature and shrouded in secrecy by the sea for more than 3 1/2 centuries before being discovered by explorer Mel Fisher in 1985.
April 23, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The passenger steamer was located once before in the murky depths. The year was 1890 and the City of Chester had gone down just two years prior after colliding with another ship in dense fog near the Golden Gate Bridge of today. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- successor to the agency that made the initial find by dragging a wire across the ocean floor -- announced the wreck has been located again. NOAA officials said they will share the story of the City of Chester through a planned waterfront exhibit at the San Francisco headquarters of the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
April 24, 1988
By a vote of 340 to 64, the House passed and sent to the White House a bill (S 858) to protect valuable shipwrecks from encroachment by sport divers, commercial salvagers and archeologists. The bill assigns states title to historic shipwrecks submerged within three miles of shore or embedded in coral reefs, giving them power to control access and determine allocation of any discovered treasure. Federal courts could no longer assert jurisdiction under admiralty law.
October 11, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - At least 27 people drowned Friday  in the Mediterranean Sea after a boat packed with more than 240 would-be migrants capsized south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, scene of another deadly sinking last week. Military aircraft from Italy and Malta dropped inflatable life rafts to scores of people in the water, as ships raced to the site of the accident. An Italian navy spokesman said 221 people were rescued by vessels from both countries, with the injured taken to Lampedusa by helicopter.
August 27, 1985 | Associated Press
The Coast Guard on Monday picked up 15 shipwrecked Haitians from barren Flamingo Cay in the Bahamas and brought them to Florida for medical treatment, officials said. "Some were pregnant women, some had ulcers and some had bad cuts," said Coast Guard spokesman Joe Gibson. The Haitians were believed to have been trying to enter the United States illegally when they became stranded.
August 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Peru's government wants to know if 17 tons of silver coins recovered from a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean last year were made there, complicating the legal quest to determine who rightfully owns the multimillion-dollar treasure. Peru filed a claim in U.S. District Court in Tampa to determine where the coins originated, entering the fray over the $500-million loot found on a sunken ship by Odyssey Marine Exploration. Odyssey, of Tampa, has been fighting Spain for ownership of the ship and its contents.
December 6, 1992 | BRUCE INGRAM
Sherwood Schwartz, creator of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," two of the most omnipresent shows in syndicated TV, loves to tell the story of how he almost killed "Gilligan" 30 years ago with two ill-chosen words. "It was in an early meeting at CBS with William Paley himself, the chairman of the board," Schwartz recalled. "When he asked me to describe the show, I said it was a social microcosm. "The man visibly blanched. He said, 'I thought it was a comedy show.' I said, 'Mr.
September 8, 2013 | McClatchy Newspapers
Baseball historians know him as a businessman who helped bring Major League ball back to Milwaukee, but Edmund B. Fitzgerald is better known for his family connection to one of America's most famous shipwrecks. All 29 sailors on the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald drowned in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975. The next year, they were memorialized in Gordon Lightfoot's haunting ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. " The reasons for the wreck are still uncertain, but its legacy followed Fitzgerald throughout his life.
May 22, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which crashed on rocks off the Italian coast last year, was ordered by a judge Wednesday to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. Thirty-two of the more than 4,000 passengers drowned after the captain, Francesco Schettino, piloted the 950-foot-long vessel onto rocks on the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, puncturing the hull of the ship, which then tipped over in shallow water. During the chaotic evacuation that followed, passengers struggled to board packed lifeboats, and some were sucked to their deaths as they tried to swim ashore by whirlpools created as the ship tilted.
April 10, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The operator of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which struck rocks and partially sank off Italy last year, killing 32 people, agreed  Wednesday to pay a $1.3-million fine to avoid a possible criminal trial. A judge in Tuscany accepted the plea agreement for Costa Crociere , a division of Miami-based Carnival Corp. , in connection with the shipwreck off the island of Giglio in January 2012. The company will not face trial, but a hearing is scheduled Monday in Tuscany to determine whether six of the firm's employees --  including the vessel's captain, Francesco Schettino , who is accused of steering the vessel ontothe   rocks --  must stand trial on charges that inclu de manslaughter.
December 31, 2012 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Ang Lee, the famously meticulous director of "Life of Pi," originally had planned to hire a survival consultant to infuse the allegorical tale of a boy's oceangoing raft journey with a tiger with a dose of realism. Then he read Steven Callahan's riveting 1986 memoir, "Adrift," detailing his own perilous life-raft adventure in the Atlantic. In Callahan, Ang and screenwriter David Magee saw a guide who understood and could articulate the metaphysical themes they were hoping to explore in the film.
January 21, 2012 | By Sarah Delaney, Los Angeles Times
The blame game surrounding the wreck of the Costa Concordia has spread like ripples on a tranquil Mediterranean bay. Eight days after the hull of the liner was ripped open by a rocky outcrop, the dynamics of the brutal interruption of a starry-night cruise past a small Tuscan island aren't clear. But that hasn't stopped an almost unseemly rash of finger-pointing. There appears to be no doubt about the personal responsibility of Capt. Francesco Schettino, who has acknowledged bringing the 1,000-foot-long floating city startlingly close to the craggy coast of Giglio island, leading to a Friday the 13th tragedy that has so far claimed 12 lives, including a woman whose body was recovered Saturday from a submerged ship corridor.
July 13, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Sherwood Schwartz, the comedy writer and producer who created "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," which have remained two of the most enduringly popular TV series in worldwide syndication, died Tuesday morning. He was 94. Schwartz, who began his more than six-decade career by writing gags for Bob Hope's radio show in 1939, died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his son Lloyd. Schwartz once said he created "Gilligan's Island," which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967, as an escape from his seven years on "The Red Skelton Show," for which he served as head writer and won an Emmy in 1961.
June 19, 2011 | David Zucchino
In the fall of 1996, a private treasure-hunting company discovered a shipwreck in shallow waters a mile off the coast of this colonial fishing harbor. Divers found a bronze bell dated 1705, an English musketoon gun barrel, and 18th century cannons and cannon balls. North Carolina's top marine archaeologists were pretty sure the wreck was the Queen Anne's Revenge, the cannon-heavy flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard that ran aground here in 1718. But being scientists, they used buzzkill qualifiers such as "believed to be" and "consistent with" to describe the wreck.
June 12, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
As the sun rises over the Port of Long Beach, two hard-hat divers step off the edge of a harbor patrol dive boat and splash into the murky waters a half-mile offshore. Their mission: to investigate the sonar blips that suggest there is a large submerged object menacing a busy shipping lane. They disappear in a profusion of bubbles, descending 46 feet in 30 seconds to the ocean floor. A remote-controlled rover with a video camera plunges with them, so the crew can monitor their every move.
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