Shipwreck recovery attraction to open in French Quarter


NEW ORLEANS -- Odyssey Marine Entertainment, a subsidiary of deep-ocean excavator Odyssey Marine Exploration, will open its first interactive shipwreck and treasure attraction Aug. 27 in the Jax Brewery mall in the French Quarter.

Odysseys Shipwreck & Treasure Adventure promises to reveal the stories behind some of the worlds most famous shipwrecks and show off their treasures and artifacts. It also will enable visitors to experience deep-ocean shipwreck exploration through hands-on exhibits.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

The attraction will feature the 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.

The focus on the New Orleans-bound Republic shipwreck will make the story behind the ship and her treasures all the more compelling to the New Orleans market, said George Becker, CEO of Odyssey Marine Entertainment.

Odyssey Marine Exploration discovered the Republic 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic in 2003, nearly 138 years after the ship sank. More than 51,000 gold and silver coins and 13,000 artifacts were recovered.

The attraction also will tell the stories of passengers, one of whom was Charles Sauvinet, the longest-serving African-American in the Union Army. He was rescued and eventually made his way to New Orleans, where he went on to become the first African-American to serve as Orleans Parish civil sheriff.

Among the exhibits will be a weather and science station where visitors can build, sink and recover model ships; consoles to pilot a remotely operated vehicle and operate the manipulator arms used to pick up objects in the deep ocean; a wind tunnel that enables visitors to experience hurricane-force winds; and a search exhibit in which sunken ships can be found using sonar and other technologies.

Admission to Odysseys Shipwreck & Treasure Adventure will be $13.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Annual passes will be available at $35 for adults and $20 for children.

More information about Odyssey is available at

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