In January of 1979, ABC premiered a made-for-TV movie called Salvage
, featuring Harry Broderick (Andy Griffith) as "the junkman with a dream," which he stated simply: "I want to build a ship, fly to the moon, salvage all the NASA stuff up there, bring it back to the earth, and sell it." His crazy idea isn't so crazy, thanks to the assistance of former astronaut Skip Carmichael (Joel Higgins) and fuel/tech expert Melanie Slozar (Trish Stewart). They managed to build their spaceship and get to the moon and back, thanks to Carmichael's ingenious "Trans-Linear Vector Principle
." The movie did so well that the crew's adventures were extended into a total of 18 episodes
, split into two seasons
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 18, 2014 -
Like a "modern-day pirate," 75-year-old Ray Ives has been diving for sunken treasure for decades. Wearing an ancient, bronze-helmeted diving suit, he searches the ocean floor and keeps a huge collection of marine salvage (including antique cannon balls, 'bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear') in a shipping container "museum" at a British marina.
Ray: A Life Underwater: Vimeo
. (A short film documentary.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 23, 2011 -
. Of all the wrecks on Papua New Guinea (PNG), none is as fabled as the "Swamp Ghost," a B-17E Flying Fortress that ran out of fuel on an ill-fated bombing mission in early 1942 and was ditched in the Agaiambo Swamp about eight miles inland on the northern coast. There the plane rested, intact and more or less unmolested, in soggy splendor for 64 years—that is, until May 2006, when an American salvager took it apart and removed it. This caused such a controversy that the plane was stopped from leaving the country.
The story of the Swamp Ghost illustrates the international debate over ownership of salvaged wrecks and war surplus, told from a personal perspective by a journalist whose war-correspondent father died in PNG during WWII.
posted by amyms
on Oct 7, 2007 -
Last winter, Sweden was blasted
by the first storm in recorded history to ever deliver hurricane force winds, devastating the country's forests. Logging crews came from all over the world. This massive collection of wood is now stored at a former air strip. via Inhabitat
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 31, 2006 -
The Tricolor, a 50,000-ton cargo vessel carrying 3000 automobiles worth more than $40 million, is being raised.
Cost to raise the Tricolor
: $40 million. It sunk, then was hit three times
, once by the Nicola, then by the Vicky
(an oil tanker which spilled some, and killed marine life
), then by a salvage tug. Good summary
of the collisions in Dutch and English, with photos (similarly in French
). Official press briefings
offer good outline of all stages since the beginning. The automobile manufacturers tried to prevent pictures
being taken of the destroyed automobiles, but there they are
and even more and better
. The official Tricolor salvage site
offers a PDF file on how the salvage is being done
: in part, with a huge cutting wire.
posted by Mo Nickels
on Aug 8, 2003 -
Need a pair of Nikes?
Fifteen or so thousand pairs of Nikes were lost overboard December 12th while
on their way to Tacoma and are making their way north. Some of those shoes started to show up on the
Washington coast late last month. The bulk of these shoes will find their way to
the Alaskan coast and the Aleutian shores. You may have a problem finding a good
pair; the shoes were not bound to their mates.
This isn't the first time Nike has
lost a load of
). In fact, in just a little poking around, it seems that there is all
flotsam drifting along the ocean currents
posted by YohonTheLarge
on Feb 26, 2003 -
The Spiegel Grove
was supposed to be sunk upright, creating the largest and most accessible artificial reef ever. Cool!
Unfortunately, the ship had other ideas and now appears to be impersonating a
. One of the nation's top marine salvage outfits
has been called to the rescue. Looks like a potential Discovery Channel show in the making. (Check out the pictures on the Spiegel Grove site, they're pretty cool.)
posted by groundhog
on May 27, 2002 -
Remember the Kursk? It was discussed in length here last year.
Now the Russians are going to haul it up, because they don't want US salvage divers to see what their best technology looks like. But the people involved in the rescue attempt last year charge that the haste is risky, and could lead to serious consequences if those reactors were to rupture.
posted by Ezrael
on Jul 17, 2001 -