Sunday, June 12, 2005


Odyssey Marine on stage in New Orleans


June 08, 2005

Odyssey Marine Entertainment Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., will open an interactive shipwreck and treasure attraction in the French Quarter this summer.

Located in the Jax Brewery, Odyssey's Shipwreck & Treasure Adventure will reveal the stories behind some of the world's most famous shipwrecks, their treasure and historical artifacts, and will allow visitors to experience a deep-ocean shipwreck exploration through multiple hands-on exhibits.

The attraction will feature the SS Republic, a Civil War-era ship with a connection to New Orleans. The ship sank in a hurricane off the coast of Georgia while sailing from New York to New Orleans in 1865.

Odyssey (AMEX: OMR) discovered the Republic nearly 1,700 feet deep in the summer of 2003 - almost 138 years after the ship went down. More than 51,000 gold and silver coins, and approximately 13,000 additional artifacts, were recovered in the deep-ocean archaeological excavation.

Some of the attraction's interactive exhibits include a weather and science station where visitors can build, sink and recover model ships, consoles to pilot a remotely operated vehicle and operate the manipulator arms used to pick up objects in the deep ocean, a wind tunnel that allows visitors to experience hurricane-force winds, a search exhibit in which sunken ships can be found using sonar and other technologies, and a display to learn about the treasures Odyssey has uncovered thousands of feet underwater.


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