Founded by Dr. Clive Cussler, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) is a non-profit, volunteer foundation dedicated to preserving our maritime heritage through the discovery, archaeological survey and conservation of shipwreck artifacts.

Clive Cussler, Founder of NUMA

REPUBLIC Remains Saga of Treasure and Intrigue

RMS Republic

RMS Republic

Capt. Martin Bayerle is back and he thinks he knows where the treasure lies aboard the RMS Republic, a luxury liner that sank off Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 1909. It’s not that he went away after a failed attempt in 1987 to retrieve the cargo of gold coins purported to be somewhere in the bowels of the 585-foot White Star liner. more »

The “Two-Fers”—Two Wrecks, One Dive!

Joe Dorsey Dives THE DALHIA, a two-fer in the French West Indies.

Joe Dorsey Dives THE DALHIA, a two-fer in the French West Indies.

They aren’t easy to come by, these “two-fers,” two shipwrecks in one dive. It’s serendipity for”shipwreck nuts,” and adds double notches to their belts of wreck exploration. Among the two-fers I’ve explored, the Bermuda wrecks: Constellation and Montana, remain my favorites.

Mike Burke, Blue Water Divers, smiled when he told me that our first dive would be the Constellation. He knew that I knew it was the backdrop for movie star Jacquelin Bisset’s wet t-shirt scene in The Deep. Taken from the late Peter Benchley’s novel written more than 25 years ago, the film starred the sexy Bisset, Nick Nolte and the late Robert Shaw in a tale of lost treasure, drugs and intrigue. The 200-foot, four-masted schooner went down near Western Blue Cut, Bermuda, in 1943 while sailing from New York to South America. Thousands of bottles and glass shards cover the wreck, sparkling like jewels as the sun penetrates the clear 15 to 30 foot depths. These medicine, whiskey and mineral water bottles were part of a cargo that also included opium ampules, slate and cement bound for the city of La Guira, Venezuela. more »

Gold on the Clara Nevada: Cold Case Gets Hot

Clara Nevada

Clara Nevada

The cat’s out of the bag. All bets are off. I’m letting the chips fall where they may. Or perhaps I should say I’m letting the gold fall into the hands of divers who have the determination and tenacity to discover it. I’m not trying to start an Alaskan gold rush, but when you hear the “Clara Nevada” story you might be tempted to pack your gear and head for the Klondike. more »

Pigeon Forge Hosts World’s Largest Titanic Museum

The glamorous grand staircase delights visitors.

The glamorous grand staircase delights visitors.

Nestled not far from the foot of the Smokey Mountains, a replica of an enormous ship faces The Parkway looking for all the world like it’s ready to set sail into the steady traffic cruising through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

As they board, passengers see lifeboats lashed in tightly above first class cabins near the bow. Above them, one of four majestic stacks stands tall as if ready to belch smoke before embarking on a voyage that will launch the travelers back in time…to April 15, 1912. That’s when the 883-foot White Star liner—sailing from Southampton, UK, to New York—suffered one of the most tragic voyages in maritime history. more »

Treasure Ships of the Great Lakes

Diver explores the remains of an unidentified coal carrier in Georgian Bay, Tobermory, Lake Huron. Photo Credit: Bill Hughes.

Diver explores the remains of an unidentified coal carrier in Georgian Bay, Tobermory, Lake Huron. Photo Credit: Bill Hughes.

Jim Barrett of St. Paul, Minnesota, writes: “After researching the CITY OF BANGOR, sunk in Lake Superior in 1926—and how its cargo of new automobiles was salvaged—I’m wondering what other treasures have been recovered from the Great Lakes?” Although parts of Lakes Ontario, Huron and Superior are so deep that salvage has seldom been an option, Lakes Michigan and Erie have relinquished some valuable cargoes from their shallow depths. more »

 

photo of Clive Cussler © Los Angeles Photographer Rob Greer

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