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Treasure hunters show off their finds Email

Monday, 24 September 2012 13:34

By Christopher Nichols

silvercityTAUNTON, MA — The Silver City Treasure Seekers held their third annual New England Treasure Show on Saturday, featuring a variety of historical artifacts that have been found across New England.

The Silver City Treasure Seekers was founded in 2001 as a hobby metal detector club. Members range from students to retirees and hail from Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island

“Our aim is to recover, preserve and share our love of history with others,” said club president Joseph Baker.

The Silver City Treasure Seekers meet the first Friday of every month to share finds, invite guest speakers, hold raffles, trade stories and declare the Find of the Month. For three of the past four years, the club has hosted this expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School.

“Once a year we host this New England Trade Show, and it’s an opportunity to have a liaison with like-minded hobby clubs throughout the New England area and showcase our finds to the public,” Baker said. “We invite anyone who’s interested in the hobby... or just local history.”

One vendor at the expo, Hank Phillips, of Hudson, N.H., displayed multiple tables of artifacts he has gathered in his 17 years as a treasure seeker.
Among the many items in his collection are a set of buttons, buckles and coins belonging to Edward Hilton, one of the first settlers of New Hampshire, according to Phillips.

“He was the first fish merchant to arrive from England, and he moved to New Hampshire with his brother William Hilton,” Phillips said, adding that he also researches his finds in addition to treasure seeking. “So Edward and William were some of the first settlers of America.”

He also boasts in his collection a ring that he believes belonged to Captain Samuel Wadsworth who was killed during an ambush in King Philip’s War in 1675.

“He was ambushed by like 500 Indians, and 27 Englishmen were killed,” Phillips said. “When we went up there, we found lots of musket parts, gun parts. It was obvious there was a battle.”

He is still trying to independently verify if the ring did in fact belong to Wadsworth, but he said the ring has been dated to the same time period.
The New England Treasure Show also featured raffles, food and items, such as metal detectors, for sale.

More information on the Silver City Treasure Seekers can be found on their website

Courtesy; Taunton Gazette

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Florida man claims N.J. shipwreck site Email

Monday, 24 September 2012 13:22

By Marilyn S. D'Angelo

A Florida man has staked his claim to a sunken treasure off the coast of Asbury Park. He posted an ad in the classifieds of a local newspaper announcing to "modern day pirates" that the previously undiscovered 19th century steamship, the Ella Warley, was his for the taking.

It was a clear winter's night in 1863. The Ella Warley was heading south along New Jersey's coast. She was steaming for New Orleans with 30 passengers and cargo worth about $175,000 when she collided with the S.S. North Star. Both ships were damaged, but the Warley never made it back to port. She sank in just 20 minutes, with all her booty still aboard: jewelry, a safe containing $5,000 and at least $8,000 in gold coins.

According to,

Allan Gardner, a Florida diver who is seeking to salvage the ship "has asked the courts to recognize him as the sole owner of anything he unearths at the wreck site, a little-known niche of maritime law that would permit the arrest of anyone else who tries to poach his watery bounty."

"Anyone who feels they have a legal claim to the Ella Warley or its contents, be they a family member of a crewman or an insurance company that covered the ship, has until Thursday to notify the U.S. District Court in Newark. If not, it's all Gardner's."


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Odyssey to Begin Commodity Wreck Program Email

Monday, 24 September 2012 13:12

Tampa, FL – September 20, 2012 – Odyssey Marine Exploration (NasdaqCM: OMEX), pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, today announced that the company has received project approval and salvage contracts from ship owners for a major multi-year commodity shipwreck program with a potential total recovery value of more than $230 million based upon current commodity prices and related assumptions. The company has negotiated salvage contracts with ship owners that will award 90% of the net recovered cargo value to Odyssey for four separate deep-ocean shipwrecks carrying valuable commodities when they sank. There are additional valuable shipwrecks that do not require salvage agreements that can be added to the program and undertaken while Odyssey has a ship and equipment nearby.

Planning is underway to assemble the necessary ship and equipment for the recovery of these cargoes, which is targeted to begin as early as the second quarter of 2013. Search operations are anticipated to be completed very quickly with the recovery vessel so operations can flow directly from confirmation to cargo recovery. In addition, Odyssey has received an expression of interest from an investment group interest in providing non-dilutive funding to take the project to the stage where it will generate positive cash flow. Odyssey will evaluate this proposal, other potential non-dilutive options, and the possibility of self-funding the operation to determine the best course of action for long-term shareholder value.

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Shark attacks treasure hunter Email

Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:26

Kylie_MaguireTONGA, SOUTH PACIFIC - Kylie Maguire has worked on Ice for four months, a boat owned by wreck-hunting company Tonga Blue. This year the company has been working with the Tongan Government to uncover the area's "hidden maritime past".

The 29-year-old is an experienced diver, surfer, photographer and conservationist.

Kylie's father, Mike Maguire, yesterday told The Northern Star he was told on Monday afternoon his daughter had been attacked by a shark while swimming with another woman, Kim Hands.

"Kylie told me that she didn't see the shark, but it hit hard on her thighs and buttocks," he said.

"She was fighting it ... she doesn't really remember what happened next but then she was back in the kayak."

Doctors who treated Kylie in Tonga estimated the length of the shark to be 3m, with teeth about 25mm across and a 40-45cm bite circumference,

It was possibly a bull shark.

Mr Maguire and his wife, Denise, were originally told that Kylie would recover well in the Tongan hospital.

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SS Gairsoppa Recovery Operations Update Email

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 19:52


TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 11, 2012 (Press Release) -- Odyssey Marine Exploration (Nasdaq:OMEX), pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, today announced that the chartered vessel working on the SS Gairsoppa project, the Seabed Worker, will make a scheduled port call in Cork, Ireland, beginning September 12, 2012. After taking on fuel, supplies and changing personnel, the Seabed Worker will immediately return to the site to continue recovery operations under an extension of the charter agreement.

No materials recovered from the shipwreck site will be landed during this port call in Ireland. Pursuant to Odyssey's agreement with the UK Government, the company will not comment on the status of operations or recovery of cargo until any additional silver recovered has been transported to the secure facility in the United Kingdom.

"As with our port call in August, making our regularly scheduled crew change in Ireland instead of the UK allows us to spend an additional two, or more, working days on the site. As the weather conditions tend to become less friendly in the North Atlantic as we get closer to October, every additional day of operations is important," said Mark Gordon, Odyssey President and COO. "The processing of the silver delivered in July remains on schedule with the first portion available for sale in September. We expect all processing of the silver recovered to date to be completed during the fourth quarter. We're delighted by the recent move in silver prices. If they hold or continue to increase, it will significantly boost the value of this project."

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Shipwreck Reveals Precious Coins, Rare Pewter Artifacts Email

Monday, 10 September 2012 12:40


PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The most important shipwreck of its kind dating from the 1500s was recently discovered by Anchor Research & Salvage SRL.

According to noted pewter expert Martin Roberts "Pewter finds from the 2012 diving season continue to support present hypotheses on date and origin while also surprising collectors and challenging orthodox knowledge of the mid-16th Century pewter trade. The quantity of pewter now recovered definitely makes this the largest single cache ever discovered."

Recovery and preservation efforts are ongoing, according to Robert H. Pritchett, CEO of Anchor Research & Salvage SRL & Global Marine Exploration, saying "…many more discoveries are likely as we bring the latest technology and our full resources online. We've only just scratched the surface."

About Global Marine Exploration, Inc.

Global Marine Exploration, Inc. (GME), a C Corp. is a privately held company headquartered in Tampa, FL.  Visit:

Anchor Research & Salvage SRL is a Global Marine Exploration Inc. company working in conjunction with the Punta Cana Foundation & Sub Aquatic office of the Minister of Culture Dominican Republic.

Media Contact:
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SOURCE Global Marine Exploration, Inc.

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GPAA: Gold & Treasure Show headed to Butte, Montana Sept. 15 -16 Email

Sunday, 09 September 2012 13:55

(PRWEB) Press Release

The Gold Prospectors Association of America will hold its Gold & Treasure Show Sept. 15-16 in Butte, Montana. The show will feature gold-panning contests as well as seminars led by experienced prospectors.

With the price of gold hitting record highs last year, GPAA President Brandon Johnson said gold fever is definitely rising and memberships to the organization have shown substantial growth over the last year.

“Spiking gold prices are sometimes the deciding factor to turn off the TV and actually go gold prospecting to experience it for yourself. A quarter-ounce or pennyweight of gold is worth a lot more now than it used to be,” Johnson said.

“Prospecting isn’t necessarily all about having the gold. It’s as much about finding it,” he said, adding that for many members the thrill is enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

The Gold & Treasure Show in Butte will feature vendors and displays of gold nuggets, jewelry and prospecting equipment such as metal detectors, drywashers, spiral gold pans, dredges and highbankers.

Showgoers over 18 years of age will get a chance to win a two-week Alaska Gold Expedition trip to GPAA’s famous Cripple River gold prospecting camp near Nome, Alaska. The event will run Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Butte Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave. Butte, MT 59701.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and under admitted free. The first 100 paid attendees will receive a free vial of placer gold. Tickets are available at the door. To pre-register online and get in free, go to

To find out more about gold prospecting, gem and treasure hunting or how to contact a local GPAA chapter in your area, visit or call (800) 551-9707.

The Gold Prospectors Association of America is the producer of “Gold Fever“ and “Alaskan” TV shows on Outdoor Channel and the publisher of Gold Prospectors magazine and the Pick & Shovel Gazette.

The GPAA has more than doubled the number of Gold & Treasure Shows on its nationwide tour from nine last year to 20 shows in 2012. There are 6 shows remaining this year:

2012 Gold & Treasure Shows

Butte, MT September 15 – 16, 2012

Denver, CO September 22 – 23, 2012

Mesa, AZ September 29 – 30, 2012

St. Joseph, MO October 13 – 14, 2012

Dayton, OH October 20 – 21, 2012

Spartanburg, SC October 27 – 28, 2012


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Joe Fortunato strikes gold in Alaska Email

Sunday, 02 September 2012 15:05

Joe_FortunatoWestminster prospector Joe Fortunato has been on the hunt for gold for the past eight years. He says he plans to hold on to his recent find in Alaska. ( RJ Sangosti | The Denver Post)

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The Denver Post

Joe Fortunato traveled to Alaska this summer to prospect for gold and hit a cache that yielded nearly 30 ounces for him and his three friends.

"I was in total disbelief," said Fortunato, a Westminster small-business owner.

Thanks to a bad economy, unemployment and the high price of gold, prospecting has become popular in recent years.

For Fortunato, the fascination started eight years ago when he was watching TV.

"I was sitting in my easy chair, surfing the channels, when I see this guy gold-prospecting," he said of "Gold Fever" on the Outdoor Channel, hosted by Tom Massie. "At first, I thought, 'Boy, this is kind of hokey.' "

But then he got hooked.

He watched the show every week, joined Gold Prospectors of the Rockies, read endlessly about how to find gold with a metal detector and got a claim up near Leadville.

"As the years went by, I learned more and more," he said. "I got a whole new circle of friends."

He got to know some die-hard prospectors, guys who had found gold in the Australian outback, or made 19 trips to Alaska hunting gold. One day, three of them invited him to join them on a trip to Nome, Alaska, where they planned to prospect at an abandoned mine.

He jumped at the opportunity. Alaska, the site of many 19th-century gold rushes, sparked his imagination.

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Montezuma's Treasure Email

Sunday, 02 September 2012 11:45

by Loren Webb

(Kane County, UT) - Using a map he had obtained from Mexico, Freddie Crystal believed he could find Aztec treasure in Johnson Canyon, East of Kanab, in Kane County, Utah. In 1920, Crystal started poking around the rugged slopes of the White Mountains in Johnson Canyon, with the hope of discovering the hiding place of what he said was Montezuma's Treasure. According to Author George Thompson, in his book, "Some Dreams Die" Crystal's map described a place where ancient Petro glyphs would point the way to a canyon with four branches surrounded by four mountains, one each on the east, west, north and south. In the center was another mountain where the treasure was apparently hidden. Everything on the map was found in Johnson Canyon, and White Mountain fit the description of the Treasure Mountain perfectly, Thompson wrote. With the help of almost every man from the surrounding towns, Crystal started his search. A tent city of treasure hunters sprung up in Johnson Canyon as everyone hurried to help find the treasure. Just as the map revealed, ancient hand cut steps were discovered leading up the mountain face. A man-made shaft was found, almost concealed with closely fit granite blocks cemented into place. To add to the mystery, the cement blocks were made of find sand found many miles away in New Mexico. When the granite wall was dug away, a 14 foot tunnel was discovered, but 60 feet from the surface another granite wall was located, it was removed and a maze of tunnels and shafts were found, along with some deadly booby traps. Huge, delicately balanced boulders would fall without warning. Man-made cement floors and side tunnels blocked by hard granite walls severely slowed the search. After two years of searching, nothing was found and disappointment set in. People went back to their daily routines and Crystal disappeared. But while it lasted, the search for Montezuma's Treasure captivated the local townspeople.


Courtesy KCSG

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Emperor Caligula Gold Coin Found Underwater Near Cyprus Email

Saturday, 25 August 2012 13:53

By Marianna Tsatsou

greek_coinA significant archaeological finding, a gold coin, has been reported discovered underwater in the area between Limassol and Larnaca by a local amateur fisherman. According to Cypriot authorities, the coin is of great value.

Cypriot media reported that it dates back to the first century A.D. and depicts the third Roman emperor called Caligula, well-known for his fierce and brutal policy during his reign. On this coin, Caligula is sacrificing an animal before the Temple of Augustus, which is constituted by six pillars.

Many coins of the same age have been found over the course of time, but this one is regarded among the most significant because it’s made of gold. Representatives of the Nicosia Archaeological Museum of Cyprus stated that such a finding enriches cultural heritage of the broader region, and may provide archaeologists with important information on ancient Cyprus’ trade.  Moreover, the area, where the golden coin was found, could reveal more clues concerning the coin’s origin and the way it ended up in Cyprus, they said.


Courtesy Greek Reporter

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