Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX) today announced that its multi-media traveling exhibit SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will open to the public at the Greensboro Science Center on May 26, 2014.
Showcasing Odyssey's world-class archaeological work in the deep ocean, the SHIPWRECK! exhibit contains over 500 authentic shipwreck artifacts, a variety of interactive elements and graphic display panels. Odyssey has discovered some of the world's most fascinating shipwrecks, including the record-breaking recovery of the heaviest and deepest cargo of precious metal from the SS Gairsoppa. World War II-era silver, including the first bar recovered, from the Gairsoppa is on display in SHIPWRECK!
"We are extremely excited to bring the SHIPWRECK! exhibit to Greensboro," said Glenn Dobrogosz, Executive Director of the Greensboro Science Center. "The timing is perfect, with Odyssey Marine Exploration currently working off our coast to salvage the remains of the S.S. Central America. Since the exhibit will be at the Center during peak tourism season, we expect it to rival the attendance numbers brought in by past traveling exhibits like Bodies Revealed and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. This exhibit will certainly contribute to the Center's mission to bring science-based tourism to the forefront of Greensboro's economic and cultural future."
Filled with interactive games and challenges, SHIPWRECK! allows visitors to experience the thrill of shipwreck exploration while investigating some of the world's greatest maritime stories. Featuring authentic shipwreck artifacts recovered by Odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean, English Channel and Mediterranean Sea, the exhibit takes visitors on a voyage through more than 2,000 years of seafaring history. A variety of authentic shipwreck treasure, decorative porcelain figurines, personal items like combs and tooth brushes and even the 300-year-old logarithmic calculator on a folding rule – the oldest ever recovered on a shipwreck site – will be on display at the Greensboro Science Center, in Odyssey's SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure exhibit.
"We are excited to bring SHIPWRECK! to the Greensboro Science Center. Their commitment to excellence in science education mirrors our passion for sharing the knowledge and the treasures from our deep-ocean explorations. We also share a common mission with the museum to excite the next generation of future scientists and explorers to pursue their education so they too can contribute to the body of scientific knowledge," said Mark Gordon, Odyssey President and COO. "It is our hope that the Greensboro community enjoys the interactive technology, authentic treasures and history on featured in our exhibit."
The fascinating story of one of America's most famous shipwrecks, the Civil War-era SS Republic, is the highlight of the exhibit. The Republic's vivid history is brought to life by the wide variety of treasure on display in the exhibit. First-hand accounts from the passengers aboard the Republic during her final stormy journey help paint the picture of the tragic demise.
The pioneering techniques and technology that allowed Odyssey to discover some of the most famous wreck sites in the world including ancient Roman and Phoenicians wrecks, the Republic, German U-boats, French and Barbary pirate ships, and Balchin's HMS Victory are also presented. A full-size replica of ZEUS, Odyssey's eight-ton Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which acts as the archaeologist's hands and eyes in the deep ocean will be on display.
Guests can test their skills by attempting to pick up artifacts with a working model of ZEUS' robotic arm. An interactive version of the SS Republic photomosaic is also on display. Visitors can zoom in on specific areas of the photomosaic to find artifacts as small as a domino. More than 2,500 digital photographs, taken by ZEUS, were stitched together to create this large scale photographic map of the wreck site.
Finally, SHIPWRECK!'s "World of Pirates" interactive gallery and activities immerse visitors with the lore, legends, and facts of pirates of the Caribbean, Barbary Corsairs, Privateers and Buccaneers. Guests can learn how to identify pirate vessels on the horizon using spyglasses, raise the banners of notorious pirates, learn to tie essential knots for life on the high seas, and create their own pirate in an interactive game!
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will be on display at the Greensboro Science Center, located at 4301 Lawndale Drive from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For hours of operation and ticket prices, please visit the Center's website at www.greensboroscience.org.