The list of significant sunken warship finds has increased by at least two in recent months. HMS Victory, predecessor of the ship that fought under Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson at Trafalgar, has been located on the bottom of the English Channel, and the Danton, a French battleship sunk in 1917, has been discovered in remarkably good condition on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Florida-based company Odyssey Marine Exploration found the remains of the 175-foot-long Victory 330 feet down in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. The 110-gun warship had been returning from Lisbon, Portugal, possibly transporting 100,000 gold Portuguese coins for merchants. She was separated from her fleet and sank in the Channel on 4 October 1744 with at least 900 men on board.