British 18th Century 'First-Rate' Warship and Bronze Cannon Discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration and Captured in Discovery's Original Series TREASURE QUEST

    HMS Victory Subject of Thursday, February 5 Episode of 11-part Series

    LONDON and SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Odyssey Marine
Exploration (OME) announced today that it has found the HMS Victory, believed
to be one of Britain's greatest historic shipwrecks and potentially an
estimated value of one billion dollars for four tons of gold. Featured in the
fourth episode of Discovery Channel's world premiere original series TREASURE
QUEST, to air in the U.S. on Thursday, February 5 at 10PM EST/PST, viewers
will witness first-hand how each artifact and piece of evidence leads OME to
this resounding conclusion. In the UK, viewers can tune in to a two-part
special TREASURE QUEST: Victory Special beginning Sunday, February 8 at 9PM

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    "Discovery has a nearly 25-year history of documenting exploration as it
unfolds and our series TREASURE QUEST is the latest example of being at the
forefront of the action," said John Ford, President and General Manager of
Discovery Channel. "This ongoing series provides viewers with the perfect
blend of adventure, knowledge and edge of your seat excitement.  Being able to
follow OME as they search the ocean floor for shipwrecks is a thrill ride each

    As reported by Odyssey Marine Exploration, they discovered and solved in
2008 one of the world's most enduring naval mysteries.  In 1744, HMS Victory,
the direct predecessor to Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, was
the largest and most sophisticated warship in the world. This first-rate,
three-decked man-of-war is the only ship lost with a complete consignment of
110 bronze cannon, including colossal 42-pounders, the biggest guns in the
world and the ultimate naval deterrent.

    Victory was lost in the English Channel, presumably during a ferocious
storm in October 1744, which took its more than 900 souls, including one of
the greatest Admirals in British naval history, Sir John Balchin. The wreck
site was discovered in a location approximately 100 kilometers from where it
has long believed to have been lost, countering the legend that it was lost on
the Casquet rocks due to faulty navigation and a lighthouse that had gone dim.

    Online, viewers in the U.S. can dive deeper into the shipwrecks featured
in TREASURE QUEST at  Online features include
shipwreck tours, disaster timelines and a treasure chest that details the
types of coins and artifacts brought up from the depths.  Users will get a
closer look at life on a modern-day exploration vessel in exclusive webisodes,
from gourmet meals (fruit sculptures!?) to MacGyver-like ingenuity and
high-seas hijinks.  Odyssey's unique and spectacular shipwreck photomosaics
and crystal clear images of previously undiscovered deep ocean sites will also
be available on the site.

    In the UK, viewers can visit to learn
more about this hidden treasure. For territories outside the US and the UK,
more information can be found at

    TREASURE QUEST airs Thursday nights at 10PM EST/PST in the US. The series
will premiere in the UK on Sunday, February 20 at 9PM GMT.  TREASURE QUEST
will also premiere on Discovery Channel throughout Europe, Middle East,
Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific beginning this spring.

    The series is produced for Discovery Channel by JWM Productions.  Jason
Williams and Bill Morgan are executive producers for JWM.  Paul Gasek is
executive producer for Discovery Channel.

    Media can log on to for additional information about
TREASURE QUEST and today's announcement, download photos, or to watch the
February 2nd press conference with Odyssey Marine Exploration (video available
after 12noon EST).

    About JWM Productions
    JWM Productions is one of the world's leading non-fiction production
companies. Their clients have included almost every major broadcaster in the
US, the UK and around the world. Founded by multiple Emmy Award-winning
producers Jason Williams and Bill Morgan in 1996, JWM has now filmed over 200
hours of high-definition broadcast programming, on six continents and in every
situation imaginable.

    TREASURE QUEST, their latest Discovery Channel series, was filmed between
May and November in the Western Approaches to the British Isles as well as in
the English Channel. During production, a rotating crew of producers,
cameramen, and technical assistants lived, ate, and worked alongside the
Odyssey Marine Exploration team. Further information about past and current
JWM Productions projects can be found at

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