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Shipwreck over a century old discovered in Nova Scotia harbour

A team of seven divers were the first to visit a shipwreck over a century old in Pictou Harbour, N.S. on Friday. The divers came back with photos and the news that considering how long it has been down there. the ship is in remarkably good condition .

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan

Rome - Italy will recover hundreds of bodies from a boat which capsized in April in a bid to prevent the collapse of an EU plan to tackle the migrant crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Italian navy finds migrant disaster boat

Rome - The Italian navy announced Thursday it had located the sunken wreck of a migrant boat in which 700 people are feared to have died last month.The boat was found 85 miles off the Libyan coast at a depth of 375 metres, the navy said in a statement.

French patrol boat saves 217 migrants off Libya

Toulon - A French navy ship sent to boost EU migrant patrols in the Mediterranean rescued 217 people Saturday off the coast of Libya, officials said.

For desperate migrants, shipwrecks a risk worth taking

Alexandria - Syrian refugee Fares al-Bashawat knows his two daughters may drown trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. But he says leaving them behind would be an even worse fate.

Italian judge keeps migrant disaster ship skipper behind bars

Catania - The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned is to remain behind bars as an Italian judge continues his inquiry into the deadly disaster.

Military response to migrant crisis unworkable and wrong: experts

Paris - Calls have mounted for a military response to the Mediterranean migrant crisis, but experts say such plans are totally unworkable and mark an attempt to militarise what should be a purely humanitarian problem.

Why the Mediterranean death toll is surging

Catania - As the boats get ever more rickety, the numbers crammed on to them increase and the chances of catastrophe get higher.

Mediterranean migrants could surge to 500,000 this year: IMO chief

Singapore - The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean could surge to 500,000 this year, with deaths at sea reaching thousands if no action is taken against the people who traffic them, the head of the UN's maritime agency warned Wednesday.

170-year-old champagne found from shipwreck, and tasted

Fancy trying a glass of 170 year-old champagne? You now can for around $100,000 a bottle. The bottles were recovered from a shipwreck and a few have been put up for auction.

Boat skipper facing charges over migrant disaster

Catania - The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which 800 people are feared to have drowned is set to be charged with causing the Mediterranean's deadliest disaster in decades.

Mediterranean migrant deaths soar 'exponentially': IOM

Ginebra - Some 1,750 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean since the start of the year, a 30-fold increase over the same period last year, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

Skipper of sunken migrant boat held after 800 died in tragedy

Catania - Italian police on Tuesday arrested the captain and first mate of a boat involved in the Mediterranean's deadliest disaster in decades on suspicion of murder, causing a shipwreck and involvement in illegal immigration.

800 dead after Sunday's Mediterranean migrant shipwreck: UN

Catania - The United Nations refugee agency has confirmed 800 migrants died in a shipwreck off Libya on Sunday after speaking to survivors of the disaster.

Will latest migrant drama prod Europe into action?

Brussels - EU nations have long had the recipes for managing migrant flows and sharing out the burden of illegal migration but have lacked the political will for action despite multiple dramas in the Mediterranean, critics say.

EU unveils migrant action plan as more boats in distress

Luxembourg - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini unveiled plans Monday to tackle a growing migrant crisis after telling member states they had "no more excuses" not to act as fresh distress calls rang out in the Mediterranean.

Child among migrants drowned off Greece in new tragedy

Atenas - At least three people, including a child, died when a boat carrying more than 90 migrants sank off the Greek island of Rhodes on Monday, police said.

'Callous' EU policies turn Med into 'vast cemetery': UN

Ginebra - The Mediterranean is turning into a "vast cemetery" because of soaring migrant deaths, the UN human rights chief said on Monday, as he strongly condemned "callous" EU migration policies.

EU Commission proposes 10-point migrant crisis action plan

Luxembourg - The EU unveiled a 10-point action plan Monday to stem the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean after the latest disastrous loss of life, promising to step up both control and rescue operations.

Sinking boat in Med raises distress call, 'at least 20 dead'

Ginebra - The International Organization for Migration said Monday it had received a distress call from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean carrying more than 300 people, with at least 20 people reported dead.

Merkel says 'everything' to be done to avoid migrant disasters

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that "everything" would be done to prevent more migrants dying in the Mediterranean in the quest for a better life in Europe.

'Disgrace': EU under media fire after new migrant horror

Paris - Newspapers across Europe furiously called on the EU on Monday to act once and for all as the continent reeled from the shock of yet another migrant disaster -- the deadliest on record in the Mediterranean.

Operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Rome - Several operations have been launched to rescue migrants making the perilous journey to European shores from North Africa.The biggest was Mare Nostrum, which was scrapped by Italy in late 2014.

'No more excuses', EU warns as another migrant boat sinks

Luxembourg - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told European nations Monday they had "no more excuses" not to act on the migrant crisis as another boat with 300 people onboard issued a distress call from the Mediterranean.

EU told to act over migrant horror in Mediterranean

Rome - European Union ministers headed into crisis talks Monday under pressure to act over people smuggling as Italian and Maltese authorities grappled with the grim aftermath of the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant disaster.

Under-pressure EU mulls emergency summit after migrant tragedy

Brussels - EU president Donald Tusk was considering Sunday an emergency summit on illegal immigration, as European leaders called for action after more than 700 were feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant disaster yet.

700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Rome - As many as 700 migrants were feared drowned Sunday after their packed boat capsized off Libya in what was described as the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean.

Migrants 'thrown overboard' in religious row as toll climbs

Augusta - Italian police on Thursday said 12 African migrants had died after being thrown overboard by fellow passengers in the latest high-seas tragedy in the Mediterranean, as another 41 boat migrants were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Dozens of migrants 'missing in new Mediterranean boat tragedy'

Rome - As many as 41 migrants have drowned after another boat carrying refugees sank in the Mediterranean, Italian media reported.

Italy pleads for aid to cope with migrant influx

Reggio Calabria - Italy pleaded for more help Thursday to rescue migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean, and demanded a "clear answer" from the European Union about where the refugees should be sent.
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A ladder leading up onto the forecastle deck of the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck approximately 4,700 meters deep. One of the cargo holds can be seen at left.
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screengrab of NOAA footage showing artifacts lying on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico from 19th century shipwreck
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The refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is being dragged to the harbor of Pra di Voltri near Genoa early on July 27, 2014
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Boat sank near Panama City  Florida
Boat sank near Panama City, Florida
Screen shot of image taken of shipwreck found buried on Georgia s Cumberland Island
Screen shot of image taken of shipwreck found buried on Georgia's Cumberland Island
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Screenshot of some of the treasures found on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The shipwreck site has been identified to be that of the Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario. This Spanish ship was lost at sea during a massive hurricane in 1622.
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YouTube screengrab of the New York  a steamer that sunk in Lake Huron in 1910
YouTube screengrab of the New York, a steamer that sunk in Lake Huron in 1910
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A camera  lost in a shipwreck by Paul Burgoyne and found 2 years later.
A camera, lost in a shipwreck by Paul Burgoyne and found 2 years later.
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screengrab of NOAA footage of recently discovered shipwreck
screengrab of NOAA footage of recently discovered shipwreck
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One of the wrecked ships on display in the Charlestown Shipwreck Museum. With ships brought together over the last 50 years, it forms the basis of one of the most unusual and interesting collections.
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The skylight over the engine room and a lifeboat cradle on the SS Gairsoppa, discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration,
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Boat sank near Panama City, Florida
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SS Ohio was an iron passenger-cargo steamship (although the Dory was made of wood) built by William Cramp & Sons in 1872.
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Screengrab from YouTube of 17 century shipwreck found in Sweden in March 2013.
Screengrab from YouTube of 17 century shipwreck found in Sweden in March 2013.
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Boat sank near Panama City, Florida