TAMPA, Fla., April 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX), a pioneer in the fields of deep-ocean shipwreck and offshore mineral exploration, announced today that the first public unveiling of silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck will be held when its multi-media traveling exhibit opens at Discovery Times Square in New York City on May 24, 2013.
SHIPWRECK! features hundreds of authentic artifacts and historical treasures recovered from Odyssey's deep-ocean projects from around the world. Odyssey's world-class archaeological work is showcased through interactive elements, graphic displays and an enhanced theater experience.
Silver recovered from the World War II-era SS Gairsoppa shipwreck, which lies approximately three miles deep, will be on display. This is the first public showing of some of the 1,218 silver bars (approximately 48 tons) of silver recovered to date from the Gairsoppa, which is the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metal from a shipwreck in history.In addition to the Gairsoppa silver, Odyssey is expanding the SHIPWRECK! Treasure Room to include a large selection of never-before-displayed coins from both the SS Republic and the " Tortugas" shipwrecks. "We're really excited about bringing SHIPWRECK! to Discovery Times Square in New York City. Our team has discovered hundreds of shipwrecks in the deep ocean ranging from 2,000 year old Roman wrecks to WWII U-boats, and last year set a record by recovering 48 tons of silver from a shipwreck nearly three miles deep. One of our company's goals is to share our amazing work in the deep ocean with the general public, and Discovery Times Square is a premiere venue. SHIPWRECK! allows visitors to get up close and personal with the artifacts we've discovered and to learn about the team, tools and technology necessary to explore the deep ocean," said Greg Stemm, Odyssey Chief Executive Officer. "The Odyssey crew is a group of true pioneers in the world of deep-sea exploration and their quest for uncovering the past aligns well with the stories we have brought to life here at Discovery Times Square," said James Sanna, President and Executive Producer of Discovery Times Square. "We are thrilled to host such an exciting exhibition featuring Odyssey's incredible deep sea discoveries."