Sub Sea Research has announced the identity of the wrecked vessel that I was one of the first to dive and assist in the identification of the vessel accompanied by Tim Taylor, Doug Rice and Warren Miller- http://www.nauticalresearch.com/page9.html . Our group filmed and retrieved several small items that were critical in the identification of this vessel that included pieces of the port side red running light and bottles. A picture of these items can be found on Sub Sea Research's website at: http://subsearesearch.com/news.htm .
Underwater explorers who’ve examined the wreck say their research indicates that it’s the Notre Dame de Deliverance — a 166-foot, armed merchant vessel of French origin. The research includes surveys of the site by state-of-the-art remote sensing devices, ROV’s and divers, a study of historical records, and the discovery that a few silver items — including a crucifix, plate and some coins — were brought up years ago by other salvagers. Recent underwater video footage is now being analyzed to determine the best procedure for recovery.
Greg Brooks and John Hardy of the Sub Sea Research states “It was one of the richest ships ever lost,” they estimate the value of the Deliverance’s trove could be between $2 billion and $3 billion. The Deliverance departed Havana on Halloween with an armed escort of seven or eight smaller, schooner-like vessels according to Brooks’ research in Cuba and elsewhere. The ship soon met a fate that Brooks now believes was remarkably similar to what befell the Atocha and its hapless crew in surrounding waters 133 years earlier. The complete press release can be found at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/8/prwebxml268879.php . Sub Sea Research runs a very classy operation and it was a pleasure working with them on the nautical archaeological end of their expedition.