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.
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
Hours will be 9
a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
about Odyssey is available at www.shipwreckandtreasure.com.
Destinations editor Margaret Myre, send e-mail to [email protected].