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Shipwreck Has Tie-in With the “Real Rhett Butler”

When biographer Darden Asbury Pyron wrote the life story about the renowned author of Gone With the Wind (Southern Daughter: The Life of Margaret Mitchell) he discovered close ties between real people and the characters in her 1936 epic. It’s more »

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Shipwrecks of the Chesapeake

An estimated 1,800 wrecked or abandoned ships, sailing during Colonial times to modern days, lie on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. From the Susquehanna River to Cape Charles, they foundered in storms, ran aground, blew up, more »

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Sunken Sub Reveals Surprise

Last month, in a “Voice From the Bottom of the Sea,” Okino (Oakie) Sasaki, told his story of being aboard a Japanese two-man midget submarine during the December 7, 1941, attach on Pearl Harbor. When his vessel lost power and more »

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A Voice From the Bottom of the Sea

In the late 1960s, when I met Okino Sasaki, better known as “Oakie,” he was bartending at the Jade East Restaurant in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. A small, quiet man, he was efficient behind the bar and always more »

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Unlucky Lady of Grenada

While some divers consider the demise of the Bianca-C, an “unlucky break,” others call it just plain stupidity. At any rate, it has provided them with one of the best shipwreck dives in the Caribbean. When the 600-foot-long cruise ship more »

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My Favorite: Most Loved Shipwrecks

When my friends want to know if I have a favorite shipwreck, I feel like a father who has been asked which one of his children he loves the most!   The Sapona, a massive freighter constructed from cement in order more »

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Story of Four Chaplains Remains Sentimental Saga

In a recent newsletter published by the The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, retired U.S. Navy Captain Louis Cavaliere cites the organization’s “remarkable communication” through Web and Facebook pages. He says there’s renewed interest in the heroic story of more »

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The Atocha Odyssey: The Life & Legacy of a Treasure Hunting Family

So many books have been written about the late Mel Fisher, readers have to wonder if there’s room in the bookcase for another one. Without doubt this one, “The Atocha Odyssey: The Life & Legacy of a Treasure Hunting Family,” more »

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Sad Saga of the Jacob Jones

Why would anyone want to dive on a shipwreck that’s broken in half and scattered all over the bottom of the ocean? “It’s the story,” says Dr. Bill Scheibel, a veteran east coast diver who has logged many dives on more »

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Shipwrecks Of Barbados

When Englishman Charles Wolverstone founded Barbados in 1628, he wrote in his log that he bumped into an “out of place island.” The pear-shaped 166-square-mile island does seem misplaced compared to the graceful, curving half-moon pattern of other islands that more »

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