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The research vessel Odyssey Explorer works above shipwreck sites around the world
The SS Republic portside paddlewheel on the seabed 1,700 feet deep
The SS Republic archaeological excavation produced hundreds of gold coins
The ROV ZEUS works around the clock on shipwreck sites often thousands of feet deep
A ceramic angel recovered from the Atlantic seabed 1,700 feet deep

Throughout time, the mystery and excitement of shipwrecks and sunken treasures have captured imaginations and inspired dreams of underwater adventure and discovery.

Welcome to the fascinating world of Odyssey Marine Exploration where we've turned dreams into reality and adventure into a science that takes us deep below the ocean surface into a realm where few others dare venture.  

Odyssey is the world leader in deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, searching the globe's vast oceans for sunken ships with intriguing stories, extraordinary treasure and precious artifacts spanning centuries of maritime travel. Our important discoveries also uncover priceless new knowledge and history from the depths. As we recover these shipwreck treasures once believed lost forever, we also resurrect lifetimes long forgotten, offering a rare and fascinating window into historic events that would otherwise remain obscure.

Our passion for shipwrecks and the amazing stories they tell is as deep as the oceans we explore.

No one knows shipwrecks better than our world-class team of researchers, scientists, technicians, and archaeologists. We've surveyed and mapped more than 26,000 square miles of seabed and spent more than 14,000 hours diving on shipwreck sites using advanced robotic technology, while more importantly, applying the highest archaeological standards. Our expert team has discovered hundreds of shipwrecks ranging from third-century BC Punic sites to U-boats and Colonial warships.

In 2003, we discovered the Civil War-era shipwreck of the SS Republic® and recovered over 51,000 coins and nearly 14,000 artifacts from the 1,700 foot (518 meters) deep site. In May 2007, we announced the recovery of over 500,000 silver and gold coins, weighing 17 tons, from a Colonial-era deep-ocean site code-named "Black Swan." In 2008, Odyssey discovered what is considered one of the most significant shipwrecks in history HMS Victory, Admiral Sir John Balchin's flagship, which perished in 1744. And our expeditions continue to unveil new sites with fascinating stories and cargoes.In 2011, Odyssey located the shipwreck of the SS Gairsoppa, which sank in 1941 carrying a reported cargo of up to seven million ounces of silver. The company also discovered the SS Mantola, which reportedly carried 600,000 ounces of silver. In 2012, Odyssey announced the recovery of 48 tons of silver bars from the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck. Then in 2013, Odyssey recovered more than 61 tons (1.8 million ounces) of silver from the shipwreck - this is the largest and heaviest recovery of precious metal from a shipwreck in history. To date, Odyssey has recovered over 110 tons or 2,792 silver ingots (more than 99% of the insured silver documented to be on board) from the SS Gairsoppa.

We share the thrill and adventure of deep-ocean exploration by making shipwreck treasures, artifacts and information available to collectors, the general public and students through our webstore, exhibits, books, television, merchandise, educational programs and a virtual museum. In 2009, Discovery Channel aired a 12-part primetime series about our worldwide explorations called TREASURE QUEST. A three-part series called SILVER RUSH premiered with back-to-back episodes on Discovery Channel in the United States in 2013. We also provide information, materials and access to historical, archaeological and scientific researchers.

Follow our progress as new shipwrecks are discovered, treasures are brought to the surface and forgotten tales are told by long-lost ships covering thousands of years of mankind’s nautical history. To stay informed about the latest Odyssey news, be sure to sign up for free e-mail updates in the upper right corner of this page. You can also become a fan of Odyssey on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

*®SS Republic is a registered trademark of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

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