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November 6, 1992 | PHYLLIS CHACHERE LOWE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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NEWS
June 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica says it has found the site of a "phantom shipwreck" believed to be the graveyard of about 283 illegal immigrants who tried to reach Italy in 1996 and whose fate has been hushed up for years. The ship sank in waters off the southeastern tip of Sicily, near the town of Portopalo, but was never found. The identity card of a victim was caught recently in a fisherman's net, and the newspaper used a robot to search for the wreck.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1991
Canadian authorities say they intend to stop an operator from salvaging a 19th-Century Lake Erie shipwreck that he believes contains $60 million in gold. Steven Morgan, of San Pedro-based Mar Dive Corp., said his company has claim to the steamer Atlantic, which sank in 1852 in Canadian waters west of Buffalo, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1989
A group of divers recently revisited the scene of a long-ago maritime disaster. As they descended toward the bottom off Anacapa Island, the bits of encrusted wreckage strewn across the sand evoked a story that many of them already knew by heart. It was on Dec. 2, 1853, that the Winfield Scott went down. Just a day out of San Francisco, Capt. Simon F. Blunt was attempting to shave some time off his run to Panama by navigating between the Channel Islands, rather than seaward of them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
A group of divers recently revisited the scene of a long-ago maritime disaster. As they descended toward the bottom off Anacapa Island, the bits of encrusted wreckage strewn across the sand evoked a story that many of them already knew by heart. It was on Dec. 2, 1853, that the Winfield Scott went down. Just a day out of San Francisco, Capt. Simon F. Blunt was attempting to shave some time off his run to Panama by navigating between the Channel Islands, rather than seaward of them.
NEWS
August 8, 1994 | PHYLLIS W. JORDAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Scuba diving off the coast of Santa Rosa Island one day, Don Morris came across an archeological puzzle: the scattered remains of a ship. As the Channel Islands National Park archeologist, Morris had spent years researching shipwrecks around the islands off the Ventura County coast. But he had no record of a ship sinking at that spot. Then a volunteer came across a paragraph in an obscure 1931 Coast Guard document: "received word by radio that the W. T. & B No.
NEWS
July 21, 1988 | Associated Press
Nine explorers this summer will survey the wreck of the largest 19th-Century steam sailing ship, taking the first step toward raising it from beneath the polar ice cap off Alaska, the leader of the expedition said Wednesday. "It's like an underwater time capsule," project director Dan W. Shirey said of the 177-foot whaler Orca, which is thought to lie perfectly preserved in the Chukchi Sea. "You couldn't have asked for a gentler shipwreck."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1988 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Marine biologist John Naughton Jr. was looking for green turtles on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands recently when he found something that was thought to be lost forever. It was the "Sarah Joe," a small, fiberglass motor boat that disappeared with five men on board during a storm in the Hawaiian Islands nearly 10 years ago. One of the five was a 27-year-old former high school football star from Granada Hills. And wedged in a pile of stones near the battered boat was a driftwood cross.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Karl S. Ryll, who grew up dreaming of lost treasures in faraway lands, the lure of a sunken World War II ship in the Philippines was too strong to resist. So Ryll pinned his fantasy on a treasure hunter from Los Angeles named Dennis Standefer. The way Ryll tells it, Standefer boasted to investors that he had found a valuable shipwreck off a remote island in the Philippines and needed to raise funds to salvage its valuable mother lode.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sapped of his strength and running low on hope, with sharks circling like a hangman's noose in the great Pacific, Jorge Bello made a resolution: He would not be eaten alive. If he felt a shark's teeth ripping into his flesh, he decided, he would slit his own throat with a knife and be done with the torment--and, just possibly, save the lives of his two companions. "I have seen what a shark can do, and I didn't want that to happen to me while I was living," Bello recalled Saturday.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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