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Endurance Exploration Group to Present Operational Update

Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. (OTCQB:EXPL) plans to present to its core investor group at the annual Freedom Investors / KDC Financial conference in Milwaukee on Monday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 22 (www.freedominvestorscorp.com) regarding current success and future operations at the site of the shipwreck Connaught, a steamship lost in 1860 with a cargo of gold coins. The updated investor presentation is attached as an exhibit herein. In addition, Endurance has updated their corporate Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EnduranceExplorationGroup) with video and still imagery from their recent subsea survey and salvage work of the Connaught wreck site.

Endurance Exploration Team Completes Video Survey, Recovers First Artifacts

Endurance Exploration Group (OTCQB:EXPL) is pleased to announce that it has completed a video survey of the shipwrecked paddle steamer Connaught and retrieved the first artifacts from the surrounding debris field. These artifacts, including bottles and chinaware, are currently undergoing conservation. Initial video footage of the site will be released soon.

Underwater view of shipwreck Connaught debris field

Underwater view of shipwreck Connaught debris field

“This represents the first big step as we begin the careful excavation of the shipwreck Connaught,” said Endurance CEO Micah Eldred. “Artifacts from the debris field are giving us an up-close look into the condition of the ships’ cargo after 155 year of submergence and fishing net strikes. This information is critical to our exploration of the Connaught’s interior as we work to locate her gold cargo.”

Sonar – How Does it Work? What Does it Reveal?

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What is side scan sonar? And how does it help find shipwrecks?

SONAR (Sound Navigation And Ranging) refers to the use of underwater sound waves to detect objects. Typically towed behind a ship, a sonar unit sends out sound waves and records the strength of the returning echo. Rocks, obstructions and man-made objects stand out from the surrounding seabed, as their smooth or irregular shapes typically reflect sound more easily than the ocean bottom and any object rising from the ocean floor will create a “shadow” behind it, further clues to the shape and size.

Stage 1 of Connaught Mission Complete!

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Endurance Exploration Group is pleased to announce that Stage 1 of our summer 2015 survey and recovery mission to steamship Connaught has been successfully completed! Our ship is now back at dock to swap out gear and personnel for the next stage.

What have we done so far? It’s been a busy few weeks of mobilization and offshore work for Endurance. Our crew first re-established the exact location of the wreck site and associated debris field using data collected from our 2013 and 2014 expeditions. Next, we surveyed the site with 500 kHz high-resolution side scan sonar from multiple angles to map the shipwreck hull and debris field. Finally, we deployed a three-point anchor mooring system. This meant dropping three 2,000lb anchors, 2,000lbs of anchor chain and 4000ft of heavy-duty wire rope, a system that will keep us on station regardless of wind and tide.

Project Connaught Q&A

hi-res-1Interested in learning more about Endurance Exploration Group’s expedition to the steamship Connaught? Check out our Q&A below!

What’s the story of the steamship Connaught? What is the history and how did she become a shipwreck?

Launched in 1860, the Connaught was a steam‐powered packet ship, part of a fast and indispensable transatlantic mail and passenger link between Britain and the United States. Large for her time, she was a side‐wheel steamer constructed almost entirely of iron.

All Hands on Deck!

What does it take to run a deep sea salvage company? Great gear and great people! From deckhands to directors, everybody at Endurance pitches in to mobilize for our upcoming recovery expedition.

M/V Manisee Mobilization

M/V Manisee Mobilization

Endurance director Steven St. Amour loading a sonar winch for transport from Florida to New England.

Endurance director Steven St. Amour loading a sonar winch for transport from Florida to New England.

Left, deep sea robotics launch and recovery system. Top right, Eclipse Group’s ROV “Mohawk 1”. Bottom right, inspection-class ROV deck maintenance.

Left, deep sea robotics launch and recovery system. Top right, Eclipse Group’s ROV “Mohawk 1”. Bottom right, inspection-class ROV deck maintenance.

 

Endurance Exploration Appointed Connaught Custodian

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CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. (OTCQB:EXPL) (“Endurance” or the “Company”), a company specializing in shipwreck research, survey and recovery, announced the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division (the “Court”) issued a warrant for the arrest of the shipwreck Connaught and has taken jurisdiction over the wreck. The U.S. Marshal’s arrested the hull fragments collected by Endurance. Subsequent to the arrest, Endurance was appointed, by the Court, as Substitute Custodian of the recovered hull fragment artifacts and any future artifacts recovered from the Connaught.

Endurance Exploration Discovers Lost Treasure Liner Connaught

Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. (OTCQB:EXPL) (“Endurance” or the “Company”), a company specializing in shipwreck research, survey and recovery, announces the successful completion of Phase 1 of “Project Sailfish” with the identification of the wreck believed to be that of the Connaught, a mid-19th century steamship reportedly lost with a cargo of gold coins.

The Steamship Connaught