Thursday, October 18, 2007

Marine archaeology Treasure hunting update Big business of deep-sea treasure hunters
The interception of a treasure-hunt ship off the coast of Gibraltar is the latest broadside in a tense battle between a US-based salvage company and Spain over an unidentified shipwreck and its rich cargo of gold and silver coins.

On Tuesday, patrol boats from Spain's maritime police intercepted the 76m Odyssey Explorer, owned by underwater salvage firm Odyssey Marine International, three miles off the coast of Gibraltar. It was ordered to the Spanish port of Algeciras for inspection.

Spain's Guardia Civil has been keeping a close eye on the company's vessel since a Spanish judge ordered that it be detained and searched if it left port in Gibraltar.

Long article, mostly about Odyssey Marine International.