Saturday, July 30, 2005
New attraction brings shipwrecks to the surface
Tampa Bay Business Journal
July 29, 2005
Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc.'s newest attraction is set to open in New Orleans.
Odyssey's Shipwreck and Treasure Adventure will have its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 27.
The festivities will begin with a traditional parade through the streets of the French Quarter, followed by welcoming remarks and a ribbon cutting ceremony with New Orleans dignitaries. The attraction will then open to the public at noon.
Located in the Jax Brewery in the French Quarter, Odyssey's Shipwreck & Treasure Adventure reveals the stories behind some of the world's most famous shipwrecks, their treasure and historical artifacts, and it allows visitors to experience the adventure and excitement of 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 discovered the Republic nearly 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 2003 - nearly 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.