Mark Brennan, 42, from South Shields, north-east England had been sailing around the world on the "trip of a lifetime."
Diaries were by merchant sailors onboard the Ann & Hope, which traveled to Australia in the 18th century.
Modern technology is helping to finally identify fallen sailors from World War II.
More than 1,000 military personnel were killed during the 1942 Battle of the Java Sea.
Families and troops are dissatisfied with increasing reliance on lengthy rotational deployments.
The search party hunted for 50 hours to find the missing sailor and enlisted the help of the Japanese coastguard.
Russian nationalists are collecting donations to build a Putin statue before his presidential term ends.
Georgia is slated to execute a former sailor on Wednesday for the murder and dismemberment of a fellow shipmate 24 years ago.