Museums, Shipwrecks, and Projects
Naval and Maritime Museums in the UK
- For each museum, hours of operation, address, telephone number, and a brief
summary of its holdings is included. Entries are listed alphabetically,
and a list of historic ships and a bibliography are also given.
The Mary Rose Virtual
- The museum of the Mary Rose (Henry VIII's great ship, which sank in
1545 and was raised in 1982 for conservation at
Portsmouth) has recently developed a WWW page. It provides hours of
operation, photographs, and a virtual tour of the museum and the salvage
and resoration project.
- Estonian State Maritime Museum
- The museum exhibits the general history of shipping and fishing in Estonia. This page is maintained by Per Ekesson. There is an English version, as well.
Museum Stockholm, Sweden
- This museum is devoted to the Vasa, a 1628 warship. The ship was salvaged and restored, and is now one of the world's best preserved 17th-century ships. Hours of operation and directions to the museum are given.
- The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Turkey
- The oldest Shipwreck materials in the world are exhibited here in Bodrum. Details include an extensive history of the Museum which is located in the Castle of the Knights of St. John.
- The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
- a non-profit organization for preserving and sharing the history of Lake Champlain.
- North Carolina
- Links are provided to texts concerning the museum's collections,
exhibits, history, mission, programs, and publications.
Mariner's Museum Newport News, Virginia
- This page has information on the museum's hours and on its holdings.
These include a large collection of books, photographs and artifacts.
- Chesapeake Bay
Maritime Museum Home Page
- This page includes a brief history of the museum and provides links
to FAQs, some photographs and descriptions of the collection.
Hart Nautical Collections Cambridge, MA USA
- The Francis Russell Hart Nautical Museum was founded in1921. The focus of
the collection is on the technical history of shipand small craft design,
construction, and propulsion.
Museum of the Atlantic Halifax, NS Canada
- The museum's history and hours of operation are given, as are thumbnail
images of items in its collection. Links to a few other maritime museums are
- Australia Maritime Museum
- The museum's holdings and hours of operation are provided. Be sure to visit
their ambitious database, maritime
archaeological excavations of the world.
Shipwrecks & Sites
- Worldwide Sources of Shipwreck
- This site consists of a list of addresses for museums, libraries, historical
societies, and other organizations pertinent to the study of shipwrecks. The
list is arranged alphabetically by country.
- Northern Maritime
Research (NMR) Northern Shipwreck Database Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Information regarding area of coverage and requesting access to the 50,000+
records in their database.
- Web site for the Franck Goddio Society describes the recent discovery of
a sunken city off the coast of Egypt.
- Napoleon's Lost Fleet
- The article from Athena Review briefly chronicles the discovery of this
suken fleet during the Bay of Aboukir excavations.
- Port of Alexandria
- "Swimming With the Sphinxes," originally published in UNESCO Sources,
February 1997, this article discusses the challenges encountered during the
discovery of this ancient port.
- HMS Pandora
- The Pandora was the Royal Navy warship sent to the South Pacific to capture
the 25 men who had "pirated" the Bounty. The site sponsored by the Queensland
Museum describes the excavation of the ship and the "mutiny on the Bounty."
- Guide to Historic
Wreck Sites (UK)
- Information on over 40 protected wreck sites in the UK, the name of the
vessel, its location, the site history, and information regarding licensing
to survey or excavate the site is included here.
- Duart point shipwreck
- A site dated 1653 near Duart Castle, off the coast of Scotland. A prosaic
description of the excavations. You may wish to access the Web site's index.
- The La Belle Project
- A shipwreck believed to be that of La Belle, one of the ships brought by
the French explorer Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, the man who claimed
the Mississippi and all its tributaries for France. La Belle was lost in Matagorda
Bay in 1686. See also the exhibit
schedule for "La Belle: The Mystery of La Salle in the Gulf."
of a vessel from Phip's Fleet(1690)
- Biography of Sir William Phips and his expeditions against New France. A
history of the shipwreck's discovery, the salvage operation and archaeological
expedition. Participating institutions and organizations include, Centre
de conservation du Québec (CCQ), Groupe de préservation
des vestiges subaquatiques de Manicouagan, Ministère
de la Culture et des Communications du Quèbec, Municipalité
régionale de comté de Manicouagan, Parks
Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage. Version
- Titanic Home Page
- This page consists of a collection of information on the Titanic, with links
to additional resources.
- Underwater Shipwreck
State Parks and Historic Sites
- Descriptions of the San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve, Florida;
Benwood Historic Shipwreck, Florida; and Emerald Bay Historic Barges, California.
- CSS Hunley
- One of the first submarines, it sank on February 17, 1864 off Sullivan's
Island, South Carolina. The Web site is maintained by the University of South
- The Friends of the CSS Hunley
- Photos, articles and information concerning conservation of recovered artifacts.
Excavations, Expeditions, and Volunteer Projects
- The Athenian Trireme
- A reconstruction of an Athenian Trireme of the 5th and 4th centuries BC,
Olympias was commissioned into the Hellenic Navy in 1987. This web page provides
the latest news, pictures, a glossary of Trireme terms, and information for
those who would like to participate in Olympias sea trials.
- North Caribbean Research - Simon
- North Caribbean Research and Oxford University MARE in a joint archaeological
shipwreck project on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. In recent
years a number of wrecks of dating from the 15th century to the 18th century
have been found. In 1998 Mensun Bound of Oxford Uinversity MARE will be leading
missions to the island to carry out evaluations, surveys and excavations.
The purpose of the missions will be to conduct non-disruptive site surveys
prior to a partial excavation of one of the following: The "Perfume" wreck,
the "Faience" wreck, the "Musket Ball" wreck and the "Cannon" wreck. Any divers
interested in joining the team may go to Simon Spooner's page or North
Caribbean Research for information.
- Poseidon Volunteer
- The Poseidon Project aims to collect information about Greece and its development
as a prominent maritime nation from ancient to modern times. This page describes
the project's goals and how to join its team of volunteers.
- Little Salt Spring
- This website describes archaeological work at Little Salt Spring, a now
submerged site in southwestern Florida. It is believed to have been utilized
roughly 12,500 - 6,000 years before present.
- Florida Underwater Archaeological
- A description of a system of five underwater parks in Florida is given here.
Each is the site of a shipwreck and can be visited for free by interested
- Jason Project Home Page
- This page provides information on the JASON Project, its history, descriptions
of its past expeditions and its future plans. Links to additional resources
- Combined Caesarea
- Web site concerning the underwater excavations of Sabastos, King Herod's
Harbor. It provides descriptions of their research projects and information
regarding their Diver Volunteer Program
- The Pipe Wreck
- A project of the Pan-American Institute of Maritime Archaeology (PIMA),
volunteers are invited to join. This page provides information about the project
and how to become a volunteer.
- Ancient Arabian Wrecks,
Ra's al Hadd, Oman.
- Earthwatch sponsored teams will examine the skeletons of boat wrecks on
the beaches of Oman.
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