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Marine Salvage Research Consultant
Interests and hobbies:
Scuba diving, Marine Research, Historical archives, Shipwrecks
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Marine Salvage Research Consultant, Pascal Kainic has been working in the field of historical shipwreck salvage and underwater archaeology since the 1980's. Diver and underwater photographer, he has specialized himself in shipwrecks archive research all over the world and possess a unique database of valuable cargoes still waiting to be recovered in every seas of the planet. He has participated in several major discoveries such as the wreck of the GENERAL ABBATUCCI, recovered in 1996 off Corsica by 2660 meters of water.

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<p><em>LOST TREASURES OF THE SEVEN SEAS</em> is a guide to several resources on marine salvage written by Pascal Kainic.  <br /><br />This is a difficult topic to teach because archaeological ethics forbids the sale of archaeological artefacts while marine salvage is often driven by the prospect of selling artefacts. "Treasure hunting", as marine salvage is sometimes labelled, is a reality that archaeologists need to confront as well as a difficult topic to teach; this website may be very helpful to approach the topic with students. <br /><br />Section "underwater archaeology" presents techniques to preserve recovered artefacts and includes one link to an article against treasure hunting, which summarises the position of archaeologists. "Rules in the World" contains excerpts of legislation from several countries or links to depositories of legislative texts. Wrecks/Treasure Stories" contains a wealth of case studies. <br /><br />"Still secret...!" contains excerpts from written sources detailing the history and contents of localised sunken ships awaiting to be researched or salvaged. Teachers may use this section dividing students in two groups, one highlighting sentences on the wealth aboard the ships and one highlighting sentences on historical facts and then prompt a debate between "archaeologists" and "treasure hunters". "The World of Shipwrecks" publishes a list of sunken ships according to the monetary value of their cargoes; a list of questions helps in selecting ships for salvage and has educational value because it exposes the (unethical) reasons for the selection. <br /><br />Of some interest is also the news section containing news from current salvage projects as well as articles of researches bordering myths and legends. Stories centered on the sea are as old as mariners and treasure hunters often pursue what to many could appear as a story or dream. This website contains a collection of resources that can help in understanding why treasure hunting exists, and how the inflexible opposition of archaeologists coexists with irresolute laws (treasure hunting is lawful but constrained in many countries) and the inexhaustible attraction of economic profit. <br /><br />Teachers may use this website to prompt a debate and some pages (e.g. legislation) can help advanced students in preparing a more informed debate. Unsupervised students should instead steer clear of this website until they have a solid knowledge of archaeological practices because some contents express positions not compatible with archaeological ethics and practice. <br /><br />The website is only recommended to teachers for its educational value in presenting a delicate and actual issue: most contents on their own cannot be endorsed by the academic community. Quoted by Andrea Vianello from INTUTE - http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/cgi-bin/fullrecord.pl?handle=20070828-141132<br /><br />Pascal Kainic is also a member of the Société des Explorateurs Français (France) and The Explorer's Club (USA)<br /><br /></p>

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The Swedish most famous shipwreck

Search for the Vasa


By Lucas Reilly - Mentafloss


Anders Franzén lived for shipwrecks. An engineer and expert on the naval warfare of the 16th and 17th centuries, he was especially obsessed with the old Swedish men-of-war that had once menaced the Baltic Sea.

When he wasn’t busy at his day job with the Swedish Naval Administration, he’d spend hours combing through archives in search of maps and documents, hoping they might reveal the location of Sweden’s great sunken warships.

And when he learned that one wreck might still be trapped, undiscovered, not far from his home in Stockholm, he was hungry to find it.

For five years, Franzén spent his spare time searching for the shipwreck. He had little luck. Trawling the waterways around Stockholm—what locals call the ström—with a grappling hook, Franzén's “booty consisted mainly of rusty iron cookers, ladies’ bicycles, Christmas trees, and dead cats,” he’d later recall.

But on August 25, 1956, Franzén's grappling iron hooked something 100 feet below. And whatever it was, it was big. Franzén gently lowered a core sampler—a tool used by oceanographers to get soil samples from the bottom of bodies of water—and retrieved a dark and soggy chunk of black oak.

The following month, Franzén's friend Per Edvin Fälting dived into the ström and see what was down there.


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