I wondered about the current
status of the investigation into the loss of the El Faro. A quick search yielded this news report and good short news video.
On the video one can see the Black Box or voyage recorder on the bottom and hear the last recorded communication by phone
with the Captain
as he described his ships condition (loss of power, hull
in three compartments).
From the article:
"The voyage data recorder from El Faro was retrieved late Monday from the ocean floor, 10 months after the U.S.-flagged cargo ship sank, federal authorities said.
Investigators are hoping the recorder, which records GPS
data and communications
between crew members, will give them insight into the final hours of the doomed ship before it went down during Hurricane
Joaquin in October 2015, killing all 33 of the ship's crew."
Voyage Data Recorder from Sunken El Faro Retrieved, NTSB Says - NBC News