Thursday, February 18, 2016

2/18/16 Report - Mardi Gras Shipwreck Report. Billion Dollar Shipwreck. 404 Carat Diamond Found. North Wind.

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Cover Illustration From a Report On the Mardi Gras Shipwreck
Showing Conglomerate of Weapons Including Swords, Muskets Etc.  

Source: See link below.

Maybe you've seen the Billion Dollar Wreck show on the History channel.  So far I just saw a few pieces.  I heard from one reader that thinks the treasure might be gone.  From what I have seen, it looks interesting.  Here is an excerpt from the History channel web site.

Fifty miles off the coast of Nantucket, 250 feet beneath the Atlantic, lies the RMS Republic and her secret treasure. A famed White Star liner, Republic, set sail three years before her sister-ship Titanic. Like Titanic, she met a similar fate at the bottom of the ocean. As soon as Republic sank, rumors spread of a precious cargo, but Republic has kept her secrets intact for over a century. Until now.

Life-long treasure hunter Martin Bayerle has devoted the past 35 years of his life researching the Republic and proving the existence of her reputed cargo of 150,000 American Eagle gold coins–a bounty worth a billion dollars in today’s economy...

Now, with the help of his estranged son, Grant, Martin is returning to Republic for one last shot at the gold. Armed with three decades worth of new research, Martin is convinced he now knows the precise location of the gold. Together, Martin and Grant will lead a team of salvage divers down the deep, dark and dangerous waters that have held Republic’s bounty hostage for a century...

Here is the link if you want to read more about that.


On the subject of deep water wrecks, here is a super report on the excavation of the Mardi Gras Shipwreck.  It is a really in depth report, complete with photos and illustrations.  Very good.

The report is very complete.  There is an extensive reference list in the appendix.  Check out the artifacts, many of which are military.

I am often critical of the government, but this is a government product that is excellent. Archaeological information is sometimes kept from the public instead of being published for free and easy access.  I don't have any doubt that this project cost millions of dollars.  Nothing is free... except this blog.

I'll comment on the expensive books published by University Presses some other time.

The Mardi Gras Shipwreck site was characterized by a scatter of large and small diagnostic artifacts and features within a discrete 20 m (65 ft) long by 5 m (15 ft) wide area of the silty, nearly flat bottom. The hull and artifacts were distributed along a northwest to southeast line, with the probable bow situated to the northwest. These artifacts, which were nearly all in a remarkable state of preservation, included an anchor, a cannon, a ship’s stove, ceramic tableware, glass bottles, navigation instruments, and a wooden chest containing an assortment of small arms. The remains of the ship’s hull were visible in specific areas, but the majority of the ship was deteriorated or buried in the sediment and beyond the scope of this project. The artifact assemblage and hull remains suggest that the vessel wrecked circa 1808– 1820 and was constructed during the preceding decade...

Here is the web site that you'll surely want to visit.

And here is the preferred citation.

Ford, B., A. Borgens, W. Bryant, D. Marshall, P. Hitchcock, C. Arias, and D. Hamilton. 2008. Archaeological excavation of the Mardi Gras Shipwreck (16GM01), Gulf of Mexico continental slope. Prepared by Texas A&M University. U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Report MMS 2008-037. 313 pp.


A 404 carat diamond was discovered in Angola.  It is the 27th largest recorded.

Here is the link.


On the Treasure Coast the wind is coming from the north now.  Tomorrow the surf will bump up to around 4 - 6 feet if the predictions are correct.  That isn't bad if it lasts any time at all.

Happy hunting,