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More than 14,000 artifacts were carefully recorded in situ and then recovered from the SS Republic site. Each received first-aid conservation aboard the Odyssey Explorer prior to being transferred to Odyssey’s land-based conservation facility. There, after 138 years hidden on the seabed, the new life of these pieces began to unfold as additional research shed light on their extraordinary past. This research is presented in several archaeological papers here.

This collection presents a unique image of daily life in post-Civil War America. Photographs and information about individual items are available through the categories below. A magnified view of any photograph on a specific artifact page is available by rolling your mouse over the picture.