Travel around the globe and back in time with artifacts and stories from shipwrecks, both famous and unidentified!
Shipwrecks from Around the World
The 1622 Fleet: Riches from the New World
The 17th century was a time of dramatic growth for the Spanish empire. Staying afloat required masses of wealth obtained from the colonies—valuable agricultural goods, gold, silver and gems delivered on merchant ships. Inevitably some of these ships never made it home. Unearth the incredible stories of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha and the Buen Jesús y Nuestra Señora del Rosario, both belonging to the famous Tierra Firme treasure fleet. These mighty vessels fell victim to a powerful hurricane and were lost for nearly 400 years.
SS Gairsoppa: Extraordinary War Silver
Lying three miles deep, under the brutal waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, was a time capsule waiting to be recovered. The SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War II and all but one crew member was lost along with a fortune in silver. The recovery operation required incredible skill and precision, as advanced robotics were used to surgically cut through the steel hull and locate the treasure hidden deep in the ship’s cargo holds; over 110 tons of silver! Explore the tragic story of the sinking and marvel at an actual 80 pound silver ingot recovered from the depths.
Journey to the Republic
Mid-19th century America was a time of great innovation and change. People were moving, politics were changing, technology was advancing and the seas were filled with ships transporting goods. The SS Republic was no exception but her cargo was. Held deep in her hold, was a fortune in gold and silver coins, destined for New Orleans, when she was seized by a hurricane and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic seabed, 1700 feet deep off the Georgia coast. Come relive her spirited Civil War era adventures, marvel at her treasures and the battered remains of the ship.
$ Gold and silver coins, ingots, as well as several rare and unseen artifacts.
$ 60 unique 18th century bottles, ranging from alcohol spirits, to quack medicinal products, make up the lighted Bottle Wall display, which is accompanied by a touchscreen interactive that lets each piece tell its story.
$ A tremendous amphora display that features ancient shipping containers that pre-date the time of Christ.
$ Three different ship bells from the 18th and 19th century including a bell from a privateer ship – a government sponsored legal form of piracy.