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BC’s Tales of the Pacific | Treasure and shipwreck hunter websites

“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course.  It happened to me…on that summer’s day, when my eyes were opened to the sea.” — Jacques Cousteau

Fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”

Vincent Van Gogh

SHIPWRECKS and treasure, sailors, pirates and explorers. The sea floor is littered with the debris of commerce, war and adventure and the Pacific is no exception. As Jimmy Buffett said, in her belly she holds the treasure few have ever seen.

I am a shipwreck enthusiast just as many of you are. As a historian the vessels and planes scattered on the ocean floor hold special meaning for me. They are glimpses into past eras but also stand as monuments to the undying human spirit. In spite of the risks we take to the seas to explore, to fight and to trade.

I follow many different shipwreck websites and have listed a few of them below. Enjoy.

boem.gov The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has opened a virtual archaeology museum with amazing 3-D capabilities you have to see to believe. You can explore a wreck site with such realism you will get water in your ears.

Australian National Shipwreck database. Many countries provide wreck information for their own waters. This is one of the finer examples. Also search for sites by America, Japan, and Canada among others.

shipwreckworld.com This one contains many features I love on shipwreck sites: a forum to communicate with other wreck enthusiasts, a wreck finder database with global reach, and a great links page.

seasky.org This site is built with children in mind, with a portion devoted to sea exploration and another devoted to astronomy and space. It is a great introduction to the subject.

nauticalarchaeologysociety.org- This is one of the finest examples of a professional, academic organization devoted to documenting and preserving the underwater heritage. The UK- based Society is registered as a charity and welcomes your involvement.

wrecksite.eu This is the granddaddy of wreck websites, with over 185,000 confirmed wrecks, most of which are positioned. Members enjoy updates on search developments and new finds.

melfisher.com One of the most famous shipwreck hunters in the world has his own website, describing treasure hunts and ship discoveries, and there is even a store where you can buy artifacts. Many of the bigger salvage operators use websites to generate extra income and finance future expeditions.

shipwrecks.com Another site put together by a wreck hunter, similar to Fisher’s.

cunardshipwrecks.com This site represents a useful and interesting version of the wreck site. The Cunard shipping line provides maps, pics and stories for every ship they have lost over their illustrious history. Fans of particular shipping lines will be able to find others.

BC Cook, PhD lived on Saipan and has taught history for 20 years. He travels the Pacific but currently resides on the mainland U.S.