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Josh Gates recalls favorite moments from Expedition Unknown on ‘Amazing Adventures’ special

It is that time of year as Discovery and Expedition Unknown host Josh Gates reflect on their storied travels while examining the year that was — and the impact and production challenges the show’s episodes had on them personally.

Our teaser clip is from a special premiere this Wednesday called Amazing Adventures. It sees Josh and his cameraman Evan B. Stone curate the best Expedition Unknown moments, heart-stopping events and strange situations they found themselves in over the course of the series production.

Gates is our intrepid host who uses this event to recall his most hair-raising Expedition Unknowns of the year. Pic credit: Discovery
Josh uses the special to recall his most hair-raising Expedition Unknowns of the year. Pic credit: Discovery

The clip explores the so-called Mahogany ship, the lore of which goes back to 1836. On Australia’s shipwreck coast, the southwestern Victoria coastline, it is estimated that at least 700 ships were wrecked and it is believed that less than one-third of them were ever found again.

This is where seal hunters reportedly found the Mahogany ship, after stumbling across the hull of a vessel trapped in the sand dunes.

Josh talks about how the seal hunters’ description suggests the wreck is centuries old, and hundreds of years older than the first ships known to have explored Australia. Josh says the Mahogany ship could rewrite maritime history if found again.

And so we revisit this roiling Australian coast, where Josh and Evan recall the salty sea-sprayed adventure of a lifetime. Aussie guide Ross Poulter is also featured in the look back (the original air date of this episode was June 26, 2018, on Discovery). He was employed by the Expedition Unknown production team to find the centuries-old wreck now believed to be buried in the shallows of the surf.

Josh and Evan delight in recalling the onerous task of filming this particular episode, in which the waves and currents really tested their core strength and their commitment to the story being told.

Evan recalls being battered by ten feet of white water rushing over their heads and the force of the waves knocking them down. Josh says “I was getting the snot kicked out of me.” And we bear witness to this fact — they both really were getting knocked about!

This spike was dug up by Gates who braved the rough surf to find the wreck. Pic credit: Discovery
This spike was dug up by Gates who braved the rough surf to find the wreck. Pic credit: Discovery

Miraculously (and luckily for Evan and Josh) in a very short time Ross got a ping on his metal detector in this rough coastal surf. He tells Josh, who digs with his hands in the silt and finds something. He hands over a spike to Ross and Evan who are beyond excited as he says: “A piece of a wreck!”

Make sure to tune in Wednesday as Gates and Evan go over the most exciting and hair-raising moments of the series in the year-ender that underscores the amazing journeys Gates has taken us all on, including what Discovery describes as  “crazy close calls, and some down-right strange situations”.

Viewers will also get to see bonus behind-the-scenes footage, including an update on a “shocking new discovery”.

Expedition Unknown ‘Amazing Adventures’ premieres Wednesday, December 12, at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

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