Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure Exhibit
Sets Sail for Waterloo Region Museum in Ontario
** SHIPWRECK! Makes its Debut in Canada! **
Tampa, FL – January 15, 2014 – Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX) today announced that its multi-media traveling exhibit SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will open to the public at Waterloo Region Museum on January 31, 2014.
“We are excited to bring SHIPWRECK! to the Waterloo Regional Museum. One of the Museum’s missions is to ‘act as storytellers and recorders of the community's history, aspirations, achievements and disappointments.’ SHIPWRECK! presents the stories of shipwrecks, passengers, and artifacts once lost to the deep and now recovered and shared with the public through the exhibit,” said Mark Gordon, Odyssey President and COO.
Showcasing Odyssey’s world-class archaeological work in the deep ocean, the SHIPWRECK! exhibit contains over 500 authentic shipwreck artifacts, a variety of interactive elements and graphic display panels. Odyssey has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating shipwrecks, including the record-breaking recovery of the heaviest and deepest cargo of precious metal from the SS Gairsoppa. World War II-era silver, including the first bar recovered, from the Gairsoppa is on display in SHIPWRECK!
“Filled with interactive games and challenges, SHIPWRECK! allows visitors to experience the thrill of shipwreck exploration while investigating some of the world’s greatest maritime stories,” said James Jensen, Curator of Exhibits at the Waterloo Region Museum.
Featuring authentic shipwreck artifacts recovered by Odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean, English Channel, the Florida Straits and Mediterranean Sea, the exhibit takes visitors on a voyage through more than 2,000 years of seafaring history. A variety of authentic shipwreck treasure, decorative porcelain figurines, personal items like combs and tooth brushes and even the 300-year-old logarithmic calculator on a folding rule – the oldest ever recovered on a shipwreck site – will be on display at Waterloo Region Museum, in Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure exhibit.
The fascinating story of one of America’s most famous shipwrecks, the Civil War-era SS Republic, is the highlight of the exhibit. The Republic’s vivid history is brought to life by the wide variety of treasure on display in the exhibit. First-hand accounts from the passengers aboard the Republic during her final stormy journey help paint the picture of the tragic demise.
Experience the pioneering techniques and technology that allowed Odyssey to discover some of the most famous wreck sites in the world including ancient Roman and Phoenicians wrecks, the Republic, German U-boats, French and Barbary pirate ships, and Balchin’s HMS Victory. A full-size replica of ZEUS, Odyssey’s eight-ton Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which acts as the archaeologist’s hands and eyes in the deep ocean will be on display.
Guests can test their skills by attempting to pick up artifacts with a working model of ZEUS’ robotic arm. An interactive version of the SS Republic photomosaic is also on display. Visitors can zoom in on specific areas of the photomosaic to find artifacts as small as a domino. More than 2,500 digital photographs, taken by ZEUS, were stitched together to create this large scale photographic map of the wreck site.
Finally, SHIPWRECK!’s “World of Pirates” interactive gallery and activities immerse visitors with the lore, legends, and facts of pirates of the Caribbean, Barbary Corsairs, Privateers and Buccaneers. Guests can learn how to identify pirate vessels on the horizon using spyglasses, raise the banners of notorious pirates, learn to tie essential knots for life on the high seas, and create their own pirate in an interactive game! . A mid-18th century swivel gun on display allows guests to see first-hand an example of the weaponry favored by privateers and pirates of the day.
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will be on display at the Waterloo Region Museum, located at 10 Huron Road, Kitchener, ON, Canada N2P 2R7. For hours of operation and ticket prices, please visit the Museum’s website at http://waterlooregionmuseum.com/.
About Waterloo Region Museum
Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. The main gallery of the museum tells the story of Waterloo Region and the feature gallery of the museum showcases changing local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Waterloo Region Museum is open daily and is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village
About Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state of-the-art technology for shipwreck projects and mineral exploration. For additional details, please visit www.odysseymarine.com. Odyssey offers various ways to share in the excitement of deep-ocean exploration by making shipwreck treasures and artifacts available to the general public, students, and collectors through its webstore, exhibits, books, television, merchandise, educational programs and virtual museum located at www.OdysseysVirtualMuseum.com. The company also maintains a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OdysseyMarine, a Twitter feed @OdysseyMarine and an Instagram profile @omexploration.