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Few adventures are more enticing to the imagination than the search for and discovery of sunken shipwrecks filled with lost treasures and tales of history and human drama. This is the work that the exploration team of Blue Water Ventures does every day, on some of the most important and exciting shipwreck sites in the world.

Through the application of historic research, advanced technology, and the combined skills of a world-class team of professionals, Blue Waters’ mission is to locate and recover historic sunken ships whose cargos offer material, intellectual, and social rewards. Our goal is to be the best in the field.

Blue Water Ventures is committed to the mission of responsible and cooperative exploration of our shared marine environment through industry best practices and standards, open dissemination of knowledge, transparency of intent, and international cooperation.

Global Exploration

We have projects under development in many parts of the world with active projects off North America and in the Caribbean.

Marine Surveys

We use the latest state of the art technology to perform high precision studies of the ocean environment.

Marine Archaeology

Marine archaeology is a cornerstone of our business.  We utilize a stringent set of techniques and procedures during excavations.

Scientific Study

Our work permits us to engage in detailed scientific studies of shipwrecks and the overall ocean environment.

Research and Development

Our R&D program is constantly searching for new technologies for use during the course of our operations.

Environmental Responsibility

Preservation of the environment is of the highest priority.  We maintain strict policies during active field operations.
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More coins recovered from the wreck of the Pulaski

The latest visit to the site has yielded more coins.  We continue to be surprised by the variety and quality of the coins we're finding!  Here you can watch a video of Jim Sinclair's analysis of the latest coins....

Jim Sinclair Has Joined The Expedition

BWVI Marine Archaeologist Jim Sinclair has joined the Pulaski Expedition.  The Blue Water Rose left port this morning to continue work on the site.  Jim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this project!

First coins from the Pulaski begin coming up!

The Blue Water Rose has just arrived back in port with the first coins from the Steamship Pulaski. They include Spanish and early United States issues.  Our field team is preparing to return to the site ASAP!

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Steamship Pulaski - North Carolina - 1838

First coins From the Steamship Pulaski after stage one cleaning and preservation.

Contemporary Account Of The Loss Of The Steamship Pulaski

Wilmington Advertiser June 18, 1838

PARTICULARS OF THE LOSS OF THE STEAMBOAT PULASKI Loss of the steam packet PULASKI, with a crew of thirty seven, and one hundred and fifty or one hundred and sixty passengers. On Thursday, the 14th instant, the Steamboat PULASKI, Capt. DUBOIS, left Charleston for Baltimore with about 150 passengers, of whom about 50 were ladies. About 11 o'clock in the night, while off North Carolina coast, say 30 miles from land, weather moderate and night dark, the starboard boiler exploded, and the vessel was lost, with all the passengers and crew except those whose names are enumerated among those saved in the list to be found below. We have gathered the following fact from the first mate, MR. HIBBERD, who had charge of the boat at the time. MR. HIBBERD states that about 10 o'clock at night he was called to the command of the boat, and that he was pacing the promenade deck in front of the steerage house; that he found him. If, shortly after, upon the main deck, lying between the mast and side of the boat; that upon the return of consciousness, he had a confused idea of having heard an explosion, something like that of gunpowder immediately before he discovered himself in his then situation. He was induced, therefore to raise and walk aft, where he discovered that the boat midships was blown entirely to pieces that the head of the starboard boiler was blown out, and the top torn open; that the timbers and plank on the starboard were forced asunder and that the boat took in water whenever she rolled in that direction. He became immediately aware of the horrors of their situation, and the danger of letting the passengers know that the boat was sinking, before lowering the small boats. He proceeded, therefore, to do this. Upon dropping the boat, he was asked his object, and he replied that it was to pass round the steamer to ascertain her condition. Before doing this, however, he took in a couple of men. He ordered the other boats to be lowered, and two were shortly put into the water, but they leaked so much in consequence of their long exposure to the sun, that one of them sunk, after a fruitless attempt to bail her. He had in the interim taken several from the water, until the number of ten. In the other boat afloat there were eleven. While they were making a fruitless attempt to bail the small boat, the PULASKI went down with a crash, in about 45 minutes after the explosion. Both boats now insisted upon MR. HIBBARD'S directing their course to the shore, but he resisted their remonstrances, replying that he would not abandon the spot till day light. At about three o'clock in the morning they started amidst of the wailing of the hopeless beings who were floating around in every direction, upon pieces of the wreck, to seek land, which was about thirty miles distant. After pulling about thirteen hours, the persons in both boats became tired, and insisted that MR. HIBBARD should land. This he opposed, thinking it safest to proceed along the coast, and to enter some of its numerous inlets; but he was at length forced to yield to the general desire, and to attempt a landing upon the beach a little east of Stump Inlet. He advised, MR. COOPER, of Ga., who had command of the other boat, and a couple of ladies with two children under his charge, to wait until his boat had first landed, as he apprehended much danger in the attempt, and should they succeed they might assist him and the ladies and children. There were eleven persons in the mate's boat, (having taken two black women from MR. COOPER'S.) Of these, two passengers, one of the crew, and the two negro women were drowned, and six gained the shore. After waiting for a signal, which he received from the mate, MR. COOPER and his companions landed in about three hours after the first boat, in safety. They then proceeded a short distance across Stump Ground, to Mr. Redd's of Onslow County, where they remained from Friday evening until Sunday morning, and then started for Wilmington. The mate and two passengers reached here this morning about 9 o'clock. Passengers rescued in the two yawls:  MRS. P. M. NIGHTINGALE, servant and child and MRS. W. FREHER and child, St. Simons, Georgia
J. H. COOPER, Glynn, Georgia.
F. W. POOLER, Savannah, Georgia.
Capt. POOLER, son.
WILLIAM ROBERTSON, Savannah, Georgia.
ELIAS L. BARNEY, N.C. SOLOMON
________ S. HIBBERD, 1st mate Pulaski.
W. C. N. SWIFT, New Bedford.
F. A. ZENOHTENBERG, Munich.
CHARLES B. TAPPAN, New York.
GIDEON WEST, New Bedford, boatswain.
B. BRAGG, Norfolk, steward. Persons drowned in landing:
MR. BIRD, of Byranton, Georgia.
An old gentleman from Buffalo, N.Y., and recently from Pensacola.
A young man, name unknown.
JENNY, a colored woman.
PRISCILLA, a colored woman, stewardess.
PASSENGERS SO FAR AS THEIR NAMES ARE KNOWN
Found in The Loss of the Steamer Pulaski,  a personal account as told by Mrs. Rebecca (Lamar) McLeod
Inhabitants and Residents of Savannah
Dr. John Cumming, lady and servant
Samuel B. Parkman, Esq.
Misses Authexa, Caroline and Theresa Parkman
Master Whitney Parkman
Dr. P.H. Wilkins, lady and son Francis
Mr. Robert Hutchinson, lady, two children and servant
Mr. G.B. Lamar, lady and servant Misses Martha, Rebecca and Caroline Lamar
Masters Charles, William, Thomas and George Lamar
Mrs. William Mackay, two children and servant
Mrs. John Wagner
Colonel William Robertson
Captain R.W. Pooler and son,
Robert Mr. George Huntington
Messrs. B.W. Fosdick, Sirman Miller, A. Hamilton, L. Bird,
Samuel Livermore,
A. Stansfield,
R. Brown,
W.W. Foster and C. Ward Jenny,
Priscilla and Sallie Middleton (colored women)
Inhabitants of Other Places Who Embarked at Savannah
Mrs. Nightingale, child and servant
Mrs. Fraser (or Freher) and child
Colonel W.A. Dunham and lady
Rev. I.L. Woart and lady
Dr. J.E. Stewart, lady and servant
Rev. E. Crafts
Mrs. J.E. Taylor Misses Rebecca and Eliza Lamar
J.H. Couper, Esq. Major
J.P. Heath
Dr. Thomas F. Ash
Messrs. H. Eldridge, H.N. Carter, A. Lovejoy, A. Burns,
Wm. A. Stewart, Farquhar McRae and C. Hodson
Embarked at Charleston
Mr. Ed. J. Pringle, lady, child and servant
T.P. Rutledge and lady
H.S. Ball and lady, child and servant
B.F. Smith and ladyRev.
S.S. Murray, lady and four children
Mr. G.S. Davis and lady
Mr. J. Lengworth and lady
Mr. Eddings, lady and child
Mr. N. Smith, lady and child
Mr. Hubbard Misses Evans
Mr. Merritt, lady and child
Miss R. W. Freeman
Judge Wm. B. Rochester
Charles B. TappanJudge
S.A. CameronMaster T. Whaley
Captain Daniel Britt and ladyJ
.D. Twiggs
Mr. Coy, lady and child
T. DowaieMajor G.L. Twiggs
Lieutenant Thornton, USA
Misses E. Drayton, Rutledge, Heald, Trassier, Michel, Clark and Greenwood
Messrs. R. Seabrook,
S. Keith,
R.D. Walker,
E. James,
Joseph Anse,
Bennett,
C.W. Clifton,
B.L. Greenwood,
E.W. Innis and W.C.N. Swift
"So far as I have ascertained there were 131 passengers -- 54 saved in all; 77 lost."

Pulaski Expedition Videos

Santa Margarita - Florida Keys - 1622
The Golden Chalice

This beautiful artifact was recovered by BWVI from the wreck the Santa Margarita a Spanish galleon that sank in 1622. The Golden Chalice remains one of the most beautiful and exquisite treasures ever discovered.

The Margarita Treasure Collection

The saga of the Santa Margarita begins in 1622. Namesake of the patron saint of homeless people, midwives and reformed prostitutes, Santa Margarita was a Spanish galleon of 600 tons, armed with twenty-five cannon. One of a fleet of 28 ships, she was voyaging to Spain with an enormous cargo of plundered New World treasures. In registered wealth, the Santa Margarita carried 166,574 silver “pieces of eight” treasure coins, more than 550 ingots of silver weighing some 10,000 pounds, and over 9,000 ounces of gold in the form of bars, discs and bits. Additionally, there was contraband — a fortune in “unregistered” treasure having been smuggled on board to avoid paying a 20 percent tax to the Spanish king. The Santa Margarita also carried riches in the form of copper, silverware, indigo, and personal possessions of officers, passengers, and crew, including medical tools, navigational instruments, gold coins, and precious jewelry of almost unimaginable opulence.

Salvage crews operating out of Havana recovered much treasure shortly after her sinking.  Nearly 400 years later BWVI found some of the treasure they left behind.

Margarita Pearls

Many beautiful artifacts were recovered from the wreck of the Santa Margarita.  Among them was a lead box containing over 16,000 natural pearls.  This is likely the largest and oldest collection of natural pearls in the world.

The Margarita Pearl Collection

During the reign of Spain in colonial America pearls from the rich fisheries at Margarita Island were highly prized.  Indian divers were forced to harvest the mollusks that produced these beautiful gems. These pearls were shipped around the world and are found in crown jewels, historic jewelry and museum collections around the world.

BWVI through it's wholly owned subsidiary Blue Water Treasures has begun creating an exclusive line of jewelry using Margarita Pearls as the centerpiece of each design.

Let our designers create a one of a kind ensemble especially for you!

After the discovery of the pearls BWVI sent the collection to the prestigious Gemological Institute of America.  Their report is available at this link or by clicking on the photo to the left.

This ensemble consists of;

Pendant and chain weighs 14.3grams of 14kt rose gold and contain approx. 193 diamonds with a combined weight of approx. 1.89ctw and the chain contains another .53ctw.

Ring weighs 7.8grams of 14kt rose gold and contain approx. 161 diamonds with a combined weight of approx. 1.57ctw.

Earrings weigh 8.6grams of 14kt rose gold and contain approx. 158 diamonds with a combined weight of approx. 1.54ctw.

Total Aggregate: Over 500 diamonds set with a total diamond weight of 5.53 carats / 30.7 grams of 14 karat rose gold.

Each piece is engraved with the ships name and BWVI.

Santa Margarita Video Collection
San Jose - Panama - 1631

The Wreck of the San Jose

Panama - 1631

The South Seas Armada

An assortment of treasure recovered from the San Jose, the "Almiranta" of the South Seas Armada, consisting of pieces of eight, gold jewelry, document seals, musket balls and pottery.

Treasure Maps Are Real!
The Story of the Map
The story of this map begins in 1680.  That year Captain Bartholomew Sharpe, an English privateer, was attaching Spanish shipping off the west coast of South America.  On board one of the ships he found "A Great Atlas of the South Seas of America". During colonial times navigators aboard Spanish ships would make maps of the coastlines in the areas they sailed.  A collection of these maps were known as a "Derrotero" or Atlas in modern terms. This document was considered to be of such great importance that the King of England commissioned William Hack to create a version in English.  Today it is known as the "Hack Atlas". This particular atlas details the pacific coast of South America from Mexico to Chile with references to ports, anchorages, fresh water sources, sailing instructions and even a few shipwrecks such as is shown on this particular map.  
The Clue to the Treasure

At the top left corner is a reference that allowed modern day explorers to locate the wreckage of this richly laden Spanish galleon.  The passages reads;

"On this should was lost the Admiral of the King of Spain in 1631 - with aboundance of riches."

This is a clear refernce  to one of the galleons of the South Seas Armada which transported all of the gold and silver from the mines and mints of South America up to Panama.  Once there the treasure was taken by mule train across Panama to the Atlantic side where ships picked up the treasure and took it back to Spain.

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Wiki Portal

Our business combines a diverse range of knowledge and skills, skilled professionals in a wide range of disciplines are required to operate effectively. Administrators, historians, archivists, divers, mechanics, technicians and sailors and just some of the specialists that make up the Blue Water team.

To learn about what we and how we do it you can access our "Wiki Portal" and the vast amount of information that we've gathered and organized.  Simply click on this link or the image on the left.

We Explore The World's Oceans!
The Blue Water Rose

Image of one of BWVI's ships, the Blue Water Rose.  This is a marine research vessel equipped with the latest state of the art technology and can support multiple dive teams during operations.

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