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Salvage work on the "Nanhai One" has begun in the South China Sea. The huge steel box that sealed the ancient sunken vessel has been partially lifted out of the water.
Good weather allowed the salvage work to begin a day earlier than scheduled and a crane-ship hauled the sealed box onto an underwater carrier. The ship is expected to be lifted completely from the sea on Saturday.
It will then be sent to a newly built museum, where treasures unearthed from China's ancient maritime silk road will be put on display.

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Indiana University discovers 1699 Captain Kidd Shipwreck
Resting in less than 10 feet of Caribbean seawater, the wreckage of Quedagh Merchant, the ship abandoned by the scandalous 17th century pirate Capt. Kidd as he raced to New York in an ill-fated attempt to clear his name, has escaped discovery -- until now. An underwater archaeology team from Indiana University announced today (Dec. 13) the discovery of the remnants.

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 For nearly 300 years, the wreck of the Spanish galleon San Jose has tantalised archaeologists and salvagers alike.
When it sunk in 266-metre-deep water off this fortified Spanish colonial city, it was carrying gold, silver and precious jewels that a group of treasure hunters believe are now worth $2 billion (Dh7.34 billion).
But a quarter century after the US group that originally included a now-deceased Hollywood actor, a professional golfer and a convicted Watergate felon staked its claim, exploration and retrieval of the wreck seems as distant as the sinking sun at dusk over this historic walled city.

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China is building a giant underwater museum to preserve and exhibit an ancient shipwreck. The museum, the first of its kind in the world, is to contain a sunken ship more than 800 years old and its treasures.

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An ancient ship in China, lying on the sea bed for more than 800 years, is just weeks away to be lifted out of the water after months of salvage operation that took three years for planning.
Sunken cargo vessel the Nanhai No.1 with an estimated 80,000 cultural relics, including porcelain, gold artefacts, copper coins, jewellery and copper mirrors from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 to 1279 AD), is under the sea, 30 nautical miles west of Hailing island near Yangjiang city.

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A Maritime Pompeii
Pisa is famous for its leaning tower, but archaeologists there are now uncovering an amazing fleet of ancient ships, some complete with crew and cargo.
The San Rossore train station on the edge of Pisa, Italy, is a lonely stop. Tourists who visit this city to see its famous leaning tower generally use the central station across town. But San Rossore is about to be recognized as one of the country's most significant archaeological digs. For nearly a decade archaeologists have been working near and under the tracks to unearth what is nothing short of a maritime Pompeii.
So far the excavation has turned up 39 ancient shipwrecks buried under nine centuries of silt, which preserved extraordinary artefacts.

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In 1559, a hurricane sent up to seven Spanish sailing vessels to the bottom of Pensacola Bay, hampering Don Tristan de Luna's attempt to colonize this section of the Florida Panhandle.
Now, almost 500 years later, a second of those ships has been found, helping archaeologists learn about the settlement, which ended in 1561. No trace of it has ever been found on land.
Some 650 pieces of artefacts, mostly pieces of pottery and wood were on display Thursday for about 100 people who gathered at the north end of Pensacola Bay Bridge, about a half-mile from the shipwreck.

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"Based on what we can see on the surface, there is a high probability that (the amphora) is a sign of a shipwreck located deep there from that period" - Jeffrey Royal, archaeological director of RPM, whose Mediterranean operations are based in Valletta, Malta.

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Encrusted with tiny shells and smelling strongly of the sea, a 2,400-year-old Greek jar lies in a sal****er bath in Durres Museum, on Albania's Adriatic coast.
Part of a sunken shipment of up to 60 ceramic vessels, the 67-centimeter  storage jar, or amphora, was the top find from what organisers say is the first archaeological survey of this small Balkan nation's seabed, conducted by U.S. and Albanian experts.

"Touch it, touch it. It's luck. You're touching something that was made before Plato was born" - mission leader George Robb of the Key West, Florida-based RPM Nautical Foundation.

Launched in July, the month-long survey was the first step in compiling an underwater cultural heritage map that could eventually plot the position of sunken fleets from ancient and mediaeval times believed to lie along Albania's 360-kilometer  coastline.

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